4th o’ July is right around the corner, which for the kiddos (big & small) means fireworks but for the hungry, means BBQ’s.
And if you’re not hosting one, chances are you’re attending one. And if you fall into the latter category, and provided you have manners, you will probably ask the obligatory “can I bring anything” question.
The answer depends on the host but usually falls into a few select categories: more booze, paper goods, chips, dip, more booze… oh and ice. How come everyone (including myself) always forgets ice?
In any event, this post caters specifically to those asked to bring dip…
If asked to bring booze might I suggest this!
Specifically those who want to make a killer dip.
A dip that happily makes it onto the chin and into the bellies of happy BBQ goers everywhere.
A dip that Sweets and I heard about maybe 10 minutes after we were invited to a BBQ this weekend (before the 4th) on the Food Networks’ “Best Thing I Ever Ate” program.
Iron Chef Michael Symon was boasting on about a guacamole he had at Lopez Southwest Kitchen in Cleveland, Ohio while I was doing a little Sunday afternoon Facebook stalking… when Sweets turned around and suggested we make this.
Guacamole with Bacon (we used Turkey Bacon), Blue Cheese and Sage.
And so we did.
And it was delicious.
Slow cookers were scientifically engineered to make things a billion times more delicious.
I would tell you that I just made that up… cause I kind of did.
But I have proof to back that statement (made up or not) up.
Well… I had proof.
Sweets and I kind of ate it… and by ate I mean devoured.
But there was proof. Last week that proof was slowly cooking away in my little kitchen while Sweets and I were off working our little fannies off. And last week when I came home from work, I could smell that delicious BBQ sweet and spicy proof from my front yard… and the closer I got to the front door the closer that proof became a reality… and then finally… dinner.
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Served with a Sweetie & The Kitchen Favorite… Lindsey’s Spicy BBQ Baked Beans
Birthday Dinner Success
Usually I make a pretty big deal out of my birthday… actually it’s more like a “birthmonth” consequently March has basically been “my month” since I was old enough to figure out how to get attention.
But this year I opted to skip the production – take it easy – celebrate with Sweets, good food, tasty wine and hopefully pie.
And that’s exactly what I did and I think it’s fair to say it was one of the best birthdays thus far.
28th Birthday Menu:
- Feta & Sun Dried Tomato Turkey Burger Sliders
- BBQ Turkey Burger Sliders
- Baked not fried French Fries
- Spinach salad
- Marques de Carceres Rioja Dry White Wine (Review to come)
- Flying Star Desserts
- Top Chef
- Plenty of in between bite/commercial break kisses
Whoever invented sliders was a genius… these tiny little delicious hamburgers make it easy to make 2, 3 or even 4 different variations, eat one of each and not feel like a piglet!
Now what goes better with burgers than fries? Nothing.
And with these recipes you can have your sliders and fries and call it a healthy meal. I don’t think comfort food gets better than that.
I made two different kinds of turkey burger sliders: One was inspired by Picky Palate and the other inspired by my love of BBQ
Feta & Sun Dried Tomato Turkey Burger Sliders, BBQ Turkey Burger Sliders, Baked not fried French Fries.
As I get older, so are my friends.
And as we get older together, many of us pick up a few tips down the road and it’s great when we can learn some of those tips from one another.
What kind of things? Tasty things.
Recently a friend of mine posted a picture of some type of bean masterpiece on her Facebook page. Now for those of you who have read this blog or know me personally, you can imagine, it didn’t matter what kind of bean dish was posted my interest perked.
The dish, Baked Beans with a Bite, was love at first site and I hadn’t even tasted it yet.
They had to be mine and so I made it happen.
I also made one ridiculously tender BBQ Roasted Chicken happen and sweets made some Garlic Brussels Sprouts happen.
Together we made some Monday BBQ Dinner Magic happen.
Each sin packed into an exquisite and delicious layer…
There’s nothing very sinful about it… maybe gluttony.. but does that really count these days?
For the past couple of years I’ve encountered the same disappointment party after BBQ after wedding after baby shower after dinner party… NO 7 Layer Bean Dip.
And what is a party with no 7 layers? A failure. That’s right, a failure.
I wasn’t about to make the same mistake, so for Sweeties birthday BBQ I didn’t waste anytime.
This is how I did it and I seriously suggest you do it too…
Seven Delectable Layer Bean Dip