12 February 2013

BLT Dip?? Yes please!

Thus far, the cult-ish fad that is Pinterest has done nothing but let me down when it comes to recipes.  Everything I've ever tried to make from there has been an epic failure...and I'm a halfway decent cook and can stumble my way around a kitchen.  But when I saw a recipe for BLT Dip I thought it sounded too good to pass up.  Naturally, I didn't follow the recipe, as is my custom, but took it and ran with it to make my own version.  Here, ladies and gentlemen, is the best hot dip...EVER...

BLT Dip

Ingredients:
1 lb bacon, cooked, drained, crumbled, and divided
1 small onion, diced and sauteed until carmalized
1 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
4 cups shredded cheese (I used Sargento 6 Cheese Italian)*
1 (8 oz) container sour cream**
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pinch Cayenne pepper
4 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
Grape tomatoes, quartered
Shredded lettuce
Crackers/chips for serving

*Note:  The original recipe calls for 2 cups shredded mozzarella and 2 cups shredded Fontina cheese but I found this Sargento blend that has both mozzarella AND Fontina cheeses in it along with Provolone, Romano, Asiago, and Parmesean cheeses...AND it's much cheaper to do it this way...the Fontina cheese alone would have been $6.00 but buying 2 bags of this cheese was less than that.


**Note:  The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup mayonaise...that's what I did in the recipe I made...however, Ragan and I both agree that the mayo didn't make enough of a difference flavor-wise to warrant having it in the recipe and I'll omit it next time in favor of the entire container of sour cream.  See, if you're like me, you don't always have mayo in the fridge (I'm not a huge fan of mayo) so by using the entire container of sour cream you omit an extra ingredient you have to purchase.


Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  (I used a smaller rectangle casserole dish).

Set aside 1/2 cup crumbled bacon.

In a large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except tomatoes and lettuce.  Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and  bubbly.













Sprinkle with chopped tomatoes, lettuce, and remaining bacon. 













 Serve immediately with chips and crackers.

04 February 2013

Book Review No. 69


















The Selection by Kiera Cass

Summary:  For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime.  The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth.  To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels.  To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.  But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare.  It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her.  Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.  Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.  Then America meets Prince Maxon.  Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.  (taken from book jacket)

First Line:  "When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic."

My Critique:  This book was described to me as a cross between The Bachelor and Hunger Games.  I envisioned a fresh lot of girls, all competing for the affections of Prince Maxon in a fight to the death type battle.  That's not what I got.  However, I still enjoyed the book.  It's a very quick read.  It's silly.  It's not profound but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.  If you're looking for pure entertainment in a Dystopic type world...this book is good.  Yes there's the typical love triangle but dang it...I still found myself swept up on it.  Looking forward to book 2 coming in April.  :)

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, The Selection, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------uh, nevermind...


Book Review No. 68


















Forever... by Judy Blume

Summary:  The bed is brass, covered with a patchwork quilt, and "nice and firm" Michael says, "in case you're interested."  Katherine is interested.  From this night on their life is a love story.  But Katherine is in love with love, and Michael is in love with Katherine.  Judy Blume has written a blithe and telling novel about young people in love--not only Katherine and Michael, but their suburban friends as well.  "No preaching (Blume never does), but the message is clear; no hedging (Blume never does), but a candid account by Kath gives intimate details of a first sexual relationship.  The characters and dialogue are equally natural and vigorous,  the language uncensored, the depiction of family relationships outstanding."  (taken from book jacket)

First Line:  "Sybil Davison has a genius I.Q. and has been laid by at least six different guys."

My Critique:  Well as you can tell from the opening line, this book is very sexual in nature.  Because of that, it has been surrounded by controversy and you know me...shroud something in controversy and I'm there.  So I wanted to read it for that reason specifically.  I gotta say, I quite enjoyed the book.  I felt it was a very accurate account of a first time sexual experience and I think that could be beneficial to a lot of teens who have a romanticized view of it BUT I'm just saying, I wouldn't want my teen to read it.  LOL

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, Forever..., are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------uh, nevermind...

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