Cooking with Katie


Salsa

Salsa salsa salsa! Salsa salsa salsa! I’m sorry, but for some reason, I just love that word!

I’m weird like that. :)

Not only do I love the word salsa, though, I also love the actual salsa! Mine is sweet and spicy, tangy and refreshing, and crunchy and smooth. I love that you can get so much complexity from just one little appetizer!

Salsa (adapted from Paula Dean)

  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 yellow peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 avocado, diced

I know that the recipe says 2 red peppers and 2 yellow peppers, but I found these cute little sweet bell peppers and used them instead.

Just dice them up and throw them in a bowl.

Then grab an onion and cut it in half. Our Safeway has really good Vidalia onions right now, so that’s what I used, but you can use whatever type of onion you like.

Dice it up and throw it in the bowl along with the diced jalapeno.

Then, add the diced tomatoes…

…and the lime juice. How cool is this old-fashioned juicer? It’s so fun to use! And look….

…total lime demolition! :0

Ok, back to the salsa. Throw in a can of green chilies… 

..the balsamic vinegar, the olive oil, and the salt and pepper.

Now this is a very important step, take a tortilla chip, scoop up some salsa, and taste it. For seasoning, of course! Adjust it as needed and set in the fridge for atleast an hour. The flavor will intensify as it sits, so don’t over-season it! When you’re ready to serve it, add the diced avocado and dig in!


Spinach Artichoke Dip

 

This may just be the easiest and most addictive dip of all time! We make it alot at my house, whether it’s for company or just for a mid-afternoon snack. I think we love it so much because it’s the  perfect balance between spicy, creamy, and crunchy. I think you’ll fall in love with this dip, too!

Spinach Artichoke Dip (Alton Brown)

  • 1 c thawed, chopped frozen spinach
  • 1 1/2 c artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 c sour cream
  • 1/4 c mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder (optional)

Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in the rest of ingredients and serve with ritz crackers hot or room temperature.


Game-day Feast

We are a football-loving family, so the Super Bowl was a big event in our house! We didn’t have a party or anything, but we did have some awesome food! Our Super Bowl spread included Italian Cheese Pizza, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Taco Dip, Deviled Eggs, and Brownies! My dish was the shrimp, but I’ll give the recipe for them all!

This is a recipe that my family makes for just about every party/special event that comes our way! It’s something that everyone will love (even the kids!) because it’s so simple. Believe me, you’ll be making this dip for every reason imaginable!

Taco Dip

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4  salsa, more as needed
  • cheddar cheese
  • lettuce
  • grape tomatoes
  • black olives

Blend together the cream cheese and salsa, adding more salsa if needed. Place in a decorative dish and refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes. Top with the cheese, sliced lettuce, quartered tomatoes, and sliced olives. Serve with tortilla chips and dig in!



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