Monday, December 15, 2008

Dog Barf Dip and the Cookies Nobody Wants

It is SUPPOSED to be snowing here. There's a 70% chance over the next three days. But here is the view out my back door:

NO SNOW. But I'm making the best of it. I lit a couple candles, and I am not going out. I AM POSITIVE it is going to snow! (Also, I have roughly eight loads of laundry to do today, let's be honest.)

Meanwhile, what better time than just before a blizzard to share some fun Winter recipes? The first I call Dog Barf Dip, because that is what it looks like. Chef's tip: don't broadcast the name when you serve it. The disgusting look of it doesn't seem to put people off. They must sense how utterly delicious and unhealthy it is. By next year, I will figure out a way to improve the color. If anyone has made a variation of this that doesn't look like canine sickness, TELL!

Dog Barf Dip: (from the kitchen of my buddy Rachel M., who, it should be told, makes her own marshmallows - why, I don't know - tell us, Rachel!)
1 can of chili - I like Trader Joe's turkey chili, but anything will work - heck, be an overachiever and make your own!
a brick of cream cheese
a few handfuls of grated cheddar, to desired thickness
Throw it all together in a mini-crock or nuke it in a bowl, whatever you have time for. Goes GREAT with Trader Joe's Longboard Tortilla Chips.

And, the Cookies Nobody Wants (except Teri - so invite me over if you serve them, especially if it's a fancy get-together or a festive cookie exchange, I like an excuse to get out)
a.k.a. Honey Milk Balls (no joke, I took these to a potluck banquet in college --- (where else would you have "potluck" and "banquet" in the same place?) --- and no one ate them. Well, almost no one. I had quite a few, and a few brave folks tried them and deemed them "filling". Which, as a label for cookies, is better than "disgusting".

1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. honey
1 c. dry milk
1 c. quick oats
Put peanut butter and honey in bowl. Stir until mixed. Slowly add dry milk and oats. Make into small balls and serve. Makes 2 dozen unless you get carried away with ball diameter.

This has got me thinking. We are invited to a cul-de-sac Christmas open house this week and it's a potluck - appetizers and desserts! Do you dare me to make these two award-winners, take them to the party, and then watch like a hawk to see who tries 'em?
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