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Oh, What A Night July 21, 2009

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Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip

There’s nothing like getting together with a bunch of girls, too much food and barrels of wine.  Last night was girls’ night.  It’s a monthly event with several friends from college.  One person hosts each month and they’re responsible for setting the menu and telling everyone else what to bring.  There are a couple of  regulars- Buffy’s Better Than Sex Cake, Floaty’s Cheese in a Crescent Roll and Ms. Butterpants’ (yes, yours truly) Spinach Dip.  Last night was appetizer night.  Oh yes.

Ladies’ night is usually quite rowdy, debauched, and excessive. Secrets are shared.  Stories are told.  Old wounds are opened.  Last night was a doozy.  We went from discussing old paramours to telling ghost stories of our old, haunted college theatre, to sharing memories of the deaths of two very important and precious people in our department. As we sat there and relived all those moments, I was struck by how lucky we are. We get each other. We were all present for some not-so-pretty moments and we still love each other. We support each other. We want the best for each other. We don’t judge when certain ladies drink too much wine and overshare. Stop looking at me like that. We share breakups, new relationships, sadness, joy, uncertainty, and spinach dip.

Spinach dip. This dip was born of a desire to replicate Houston’s Spinach Dip at home. I did a little googling and found Robbie’s Recipes. It’s pretty close and it’s quite excellent. I’ve toyed with it a bit to fit my tastes and you’ll find my adaptation below.

Make this. Share it with your girlfriends. Or your boyfriends. Or don’t. Just sit in your house and eat it all by yourself with Stacy’s Pita Chips.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
adapted from Robbie’s Recipes

2 cloves minced garlic
2 tbs. minced onion
1/4 cup real butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 cup fresh-grated Pecorino Romano cheese
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sour cream
(2) 10 oz. boxes frozen chopped spinach – thawed, squeezed dry
2/3 cup artichoke hearts – drained, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup shredded monterey jack or white cheddar cheese (sometimes I use less, sometimes I use more- depends on my mood)

In a largish saucepan over medium heat, cook garlic and onion in butter until golden, about 3 – 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in cream and broth and continue cooking until boiling. When it’s boiling, stir in the Romano cheese, lemon juice, and salt; stir until cheese has melted; remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Stir sour cream into pan, then fold in dry spinach and artichoke hearts. Fold the mixture into a microwave-safe serving dish. Sprinkle the cheddar evenly over top. The dip can be refrigerated until you’re ready to serve it. I usually keep it in a crockpot for a party. When I’m ready to serve, I put it in the crockpot, top it with cheese then let it heat up til the cheese is melted.

I’ll never make this again without thinking of my girlfriends. I love them. I love the ones that live within driving distance and I love the ones who are separated from me by far too many time zones.

Party here, party there, everywhere. This is our night, ladies.
Ms. Butterpants

eat it

eat it

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Eating at the Nut Hut July 15, 2009

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Valdosta Walnuts (c. Sahale Snacks)

Valdosta Pecans (c. Sahale Snacks)

There is one thing I cannot stand at work: no snacks. I hate feeling hungry with nothing to eat because that leads to potato chips from the vending machine and leftover donuts from the morning meeting. My current obsession is nuts. Nuts are a great snack because they’re full of protein, fiber, and yes, fat too, but supposedly it’s the “good” kind (tell that to my thighs, why don’t you?). The best part is that they’re really filling so you don’t need to eat a whole bag to feel satisfied (please don’t eat the whole bag; they have a lot of calories). Below is my list of favorite nut snacks:

  • Peanut butter: I LOVE peanut butter. True, I don’t keep a jar of pb at my desk and also true peanut butter is a legume, not a nut. But it’s got NUT in the name, so there. There are only two kinds I like: Jif or Trader Joe’s (with salt). Must be creamy. Peanut butter with bananas and honey is heaven on toast and makes a good pre-workout snack.
  • Sahale Snacks: Unique blends of nuts and spices. My current favorite is the Valdosta which makes excellent use of orange zest and black pepper.
  • Whole Foods Salted Cashews: Cashews are my favorite nut because they’re sweet. As a kid, when my parents would buy the mixed nuts, I would just eat all the cashews out of it. The salty-sweet combo of this brand is perfect.
  • Trader Joe’s Chocolate-Covered Almonds: Made with turbinado sugar and sea salt. The chocolate makes it more indulgent. I actually like to suck on these for a second to get a good dose of salt before chewing. What? Is that weird?
    Hey, go nuts!

    ♥Lady Butterbuns

 

Lazy Chips June 14, 2009

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hot and fresh

hot and fresh

I am one of the laziest people I know. The other day I wanted tortilla chips but we were out. I didn’t feel like packing up the kids and going to the store to pay too much for snack food. So in a brililant move of backwards logic, I thought,” I have tortillas and oil, I will just make my own chips.” I know, it makes no sense. However, it did result in yummy, hot and salty snack. I am calling this health food. That is right people! It is not processed! My challenge to you- make something from scratch that you would normally buy. You can do it cause maybe you are a little lazy too!

-Mother Butter