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Something to dip into while watching the "Big Game" 
Feb. 5, 2012 8:52 am 
Updated: Feb. 5, 2012 2:33 pm
Today is the day of the Big Game - the Super Bowl.   That means parties and noshie food and beer, to me.  Most of my friends know that football really isn't my thing.  But this year I decided not to let that get in the way of a good party - it's just an excuse to get together with friends and eat and drink and have some laughs.    Many of my friends have a big get together at their homes to watch the Super Bowl, and this year I decided join them.  I'm not going empty handed, I made my own version of one of my Mom's excellent recipes, the "Low Fat Nacho Dip", to which I have added quite a few spicing tweaks of my own. 

This is such a fun and easy recipe to make, and it's a hit every time.  Of course I wanted to share it!<

For me the best part of this recipe is that you can choose to make it low fat, or you can just use the full fat versions of the same ingredients - but you really don't taste a lot of difference in the low fat version.  The other great thing is that you can add more or less spices as you like it. Want lots of heat? Add tabasco and use hot salsa.  Want it really mild?  Use mild salsa and cut the spices in half.  Want it about medium heat?  Make it as is.   

I used to worry about making it in a disposable tin,  so I could leave it with the hostess and not worry about getting my pan back.  The last few times I've made it, there's been nothing left long before the party was over and I could have made double the amount in fact.  So it's a "touchdown" every time!

I'm looking forward to hanging out with friends and family, noshing on some snacks, and watching the football nuts go nuts.  It's fun to watch - oh yeah, and the game is ok too.  

Low Fat Nacho Dip
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Feb. 5, 2012 9:46 am
Looks really good! Have a great day!
Feb. 5, 2012 10:23 am
Lol Beth! Fun blog and am most definately making this yummy dip for my gang! Yummo! All I need is the beans and I am going to Costco in a while anyway. Thanks and GO GIANTS!!
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I am a married mother of 2, stepmom of 2, and grandmother of 8, who loves to camp, kayak and canoe, cook, knit, crochet, cross-stitch, read, play guitar and sing. I lived in New England for my first 25 yrs and then moved to Florida to beat the rush. :-) One reason I learned to cook was because I was always on a diet of some sort, and the diet food was awful. When I first got married one of my mother's friends gave me a cookbook as a wedding gift because she knew how bad I was in the kitchen and wanted to make sure my husband survived. Once I figured out how to read a recipe and follow the directions, I found that it was fun to try new things and easy to learn.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new recipes, or new flavor combinations. Some of my favorite long time recipes are a veggie pot pie that tastes so hearty people think there's meat in it, and pumpkin pie made from fresh pumpkins. I love cauliflower and pumpkin soups because they are so easy and yet so rich and flavorful. I love to substitute veggies or low fat yogurt for higher fat items in a recipe and then tweak the flavor so it's even better than the original. I also really enjoy taking leftovers out of the fridge and chopping them up on a pizza crust to make the most interesting homemade pizzas with different combinations.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always try to make the pumpkin and apple pies for the family get togethers because I make them from scratch and they just taste so much better than the frozen ones. For my Dad who is diabetic, I substitute sweetener for most of the sugar so that he can enjoy it too. Roast chicken with roast potatoes and carrots was always a favorite Sunday dinner, and again, very easy to make. For the holidays, we get pitted dates, stuff them with peanut butter, and roll them in powdered sugar for a treat, and now we have the grandkids making them too.
My cooking triumphs
I "inherited" my grandmother's mustard recipe (no one else wanted to make it, too much work!) and then I added to it and tweaked the ingredients to make several different kinds of spicy mustard. I don't make it often, because it's labor intensive, but all my family and friends absolutely love it and bring the jars back for refills. I also am happy with the spaghetti sauce recipe I developed which is sweet and full of herbs and spices. My favorite thing to do when we go out to eat is to write down all the flavors I taste and then try to make the recipe at home. That's how I got started trying to make Indian and Asian food, and shopping at the Indian and Oriental markets, where I can buy the spices that make their cuisine unique. Once I learn what the spices taste like and what the best combinations are, then I can revitalize drab tasting dishes with new spice combinations. My husband loves to try my experiments and we critique them together.
My cooking tragedies
I have made some bread that turned out as bricks - as well as brick brownies. I used soy milk in pudding - yuck! I doubled the yeast in bread because it wouldn't rise - awful! (put it in the car instead with the windows closed, that works!) Growing up I used to burn everything because I had my nose in a book and paid no attention to what was cooking once I put it on the stove. I once boiled all the water out of the teapot and the bottom of the teapot became fused to the gas stove burner! My mother was furious! I used to burn potatoes because I would put them in the pot and then put it on high and leave it. The house would fill with smoke before I would notice they were burning. If there's hope for me to learn to be a good cook, then there's hope for everyone because I was the WORST!
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