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?


Laura said...

Okay we need to work on your marketing.....cuz something can look gross but if the name is good people will eat it. Your posts bring happiness to my day, I don't know what I'd do without you Teri, especially now that I'm pregnant with my fifth child, oh God help me!

littlecbsmom said...

I don't care about the name, if someeone else makes it and it is edible, it is good for me. That sounds yummy, will have to try it! I wish I had a Trader Joe's a little closer than 1 hour away!

I love Bethanie's hair, she is so darn cute and you did a great job!

We did have snow yesterday and trust me it is not all that it is cracked up to be, although it sure is beautiful to look at!

Muddlin' Mother said...

That's hysterical! And how funny is it that I too blogged today because I'm stuck at home doing about 80 loads of laundry! Great minds think alike!

Beth said...

I remember those cookies. They weren't too bad. I love that dip but really you should call it something else like creamy cheesy chili dip, I'm sure your creative mind can come up with something good.

I agree with Suzie, great job on Bethie's hair. She is so cute!

Speaking of posting didn;t post one of the cake from Joe's birthday. Didn't you do some special cake for him? I'd love to see it if you did.

Teri said...

I'm proud to say I took the dip to a potluck tonight at church and refrained from referring to it as "Dog Barf". "Chili cheese dip" seems adequate.

Rachel said...

Adam and I were just talking about that dip tonight. I'm totally craving it now, thanks. And who wouldn't want to make their own marshmallows? It's my once a year chance to be Martha Stewart.