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Mediterranean Dip

26 Apr

Two to Three nights a year, my family enjoys snack night for dinner.   These special occasions include Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and Super Bowl Sunday.  It is pure gluttony.  We eat with total abandon!  We all really look forward to these nights because anything goes.  However, there are a few must haves on the menu.  These include my guacamole (my 8 year old is an avocado fiend) and something with Velveeta.  We all know it isn’t a party without Velveeta.  I usually make an assortment of cold dips and hot dips.  Our proteins are usually Little Smokies and chicken wings.  But that’s not all my friends.  I have a chocolate popcorn recipe reserved just for these events.  And you know we have to have nachos.  Because I am a mom, I cut up peppers and fruit to balance out the fat.  But these go largely untouched.  And I don’t care.  This is one night were we all break the rules.  I mean we get to eat with our hands!  Plates are strictly optional.  Everyone is two -fisting it, with one fist holding dessert!  A kids dream, to eat dessert and dinner at the same time!!!!!  No one sits because we have to rotate around the table to sample everything.  Bowls, hot plates, dip bowls, chip bags and sweets litter the table to the fullest.  These are nights I never have to get after any one to eat or to stop talking.  In fact there isn’t any talking because all our mouths are crammed with deliciousness!  Alas, this doesn’t last long.  We fill up quickly.  Party comes to a halt.  We find ourselves feeling a bit down.  Partly because we are literally weighed down by all the cholesterol laden, high fat food.  And partly because this meal held such anticipation.  Come on, this is snack night after all.  We’ve cheated the norm!   Everyone backs away from the table in horror.  No one can look at whats left because then you have to face the reality of what’s been consumed.  My dog will get a few Smokies.  I keep what’s salvageable.  Somethings I cannot look at again without vomiting, therefore must be disposed of immediately.  The word Velveeta must not be ushered for another year!  Yes, we move heavily to our next activity, which hopefully involves sitting.  Rolaids is now our friend.

This year, I’ll be adding Mediterranean Dip to the rotation.  It is has a rich taste without the guilt.  Unless of course I eat it all by myself, which is certainly not out of the question.

Mediterranean Dip

8 oz package softened cream cheese

6 oz Greek style yogurt

3 cloves garlic minced

1 tsp Greek seasoning

Hummus (10oz)

4 oz crumbled feta cheese

1 cup chopped kalamata olives

1 small  cucumber diced

2 roma tomatoes diced

chopped parsly

In a bowl combine the softened cream cheese and the Greek yogurt until combined and spreadable.  Add in the garlic and the seasoning.  Spread  onto a serving plate.  Top with Hummus.  I used a traditional flavor, but you could use whatever flavor you like.  Top hummus with diced cucumber, diced tomatoes, olives and feta.  Garnish with parsley.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Malted White Chocolate Popcorn with Robin’s Eggs

31 Mar

 

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I have three kids.  My youngest is 3 years old.  She is with me all day, everyday.  And I mean ALL day.  She follows me to the bathroom, helps me in the kitchen, sits with me while I clean.   Rarely, I am without my mini me.  Lately, I’ve really been paying attention to how much this little child talks!  Wow!  It’s constant chatter.   She’s starts each sentence or new train of thought with “hey mamma”.  Just for fun, I thought I’d count how many “hey mamma’s I heard in an hour.  Well at 30 minutes, I counted 72!  I gave up on my experiment.  Really, what’s the point?  It’s clear she has a lot to say.  There are moments during the day, where I chuckle at all these one-side conversations.  Then there are the “mom of the year” moments where I think, can’t we just sit in silence for 5 minutes????  Please? Is that too much to ask?  But the truth is, if I had to choose between true silence and 500 “hey mamma’s” in an hour, I’d go for the latter, hands down!  There’s is nothing like a 3 year old after all.  Often her “hey mamma’s” are followed by ” I love you”.  And that’s priceless.  One day I will embarrass her and she will run from me.   I’m happy we get to hang out so much together right now.  Even if I can’t get a word in edgewise!

 

Malted White Chocolate Popcorn with Robin’s Eggs

 

Ingredients:

6 cups air popped popcorn, kernels removed

2 cups corn chips, crushed

1 package malted candies (either small or large)

2 6oz Packages of White Chocolate Squares

3 Tbs Malted Milk Powder

2 Tbs Shortening

Directions:

In a large bowl combine popcorn, corn chips and malted milk balls.  Melt chocolate in microwave for about 1 minute.  Stir. Repeat until completely melted.  Add malted milk powder (adjust to taste) and shortening and stir until completely dissolved.  Pour over popcorn and stir until chocolate covers as much popcorn as possible.  Pour popcorn onto a sheet pan lined with wax paper.   Place in fridge until set.  Break apart and keep in an air tight container.

 

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