My Mom’s Famous Spinach Dip

Every time I throw a party, my lovely, thoughtful mother asks what she can bring, and I always say, “A vegetable platter would be great!” This is for two reasons: one, my mom makes a beautiful vegetable platter–the way she cuts and arranges the veggies is gorgeous. Two, she always makes her famous spinach dip, which everyone loves. It’s rich and creamy and zesty and fresh-tasting, plus the spinach lets you feel healthy.

My mom wants to make sure I tell you it’s from Cookery for Entertaining by Marlene Sorosky. The book is out of print, but that cover is etched in my memory for all time. One day I will make that watermelon whale! Ahem. Back to the recipe.

My Mom’s Famous Spinach Dip

Makes 3 1/2 cups

1 pint sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
3/4 package Knorr dry leek soup mix, about ½ cup (I always use the whole thing)
1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon dry dill
1 teaspoon dry Italian salad dressing mix

In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine all ingredients until blended. Refrigerate until ready to serve, or up to two days. Serve dip with assorted raw vegetables.

This truly is a superb dip, perfect for veggies, crackers, bread, or your fingers. Don’t ask how I know the last one. Make it for your next party!

Happy Monday! I Am a Podcast Star & Super Bowl Food

Frito Pie

Frito Pie!!!! (Note: I will not be making these in individual bags, single tear. Image from Steamy Kitchen.

Oh man, this is laaaate. Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. I went to a friend’s birthday at a casino (great buffet, I did not gamble), and then went to an incredible comics mixer put on by Steve Lieber (Whiteout, Superior Foes of Spider-Man) last night. I’ve been a bit of a homebody since Sarah was born, so I had a fantastic time socializing with the local comic book scene.

Links!

Geekery

My second episode guest-hosting my favorite podcast, Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men, is live! Miles and I watched the failed ’89 X-Men cartoon pilot, “Pryde of the X-Men,” and then played the notorious quarter-eating X-Men game at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade–and then we talked about it. For you! I had so much fun with Miles–I feel grateful and terribly lucky that I’ve been able to take part in the show.

I’ve been enjoying the X-Files return thus far (it helps that I wasn’t a super-fan of the show, I think). Here’s a behind-the-scenes video of tonight’s episode, “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” written by Darin Morgan, one of the original series’ best writers:

Super Bowl

I am not a sports fan. I started out not caring for sports: spending five years waitressing in a Massachusetts sports bar sealed the deal. But: I do love Super Bowl food and parties, so I am throwing a bit of a shindig this Sunday. Here are the essential elements of a successful Super Bowl party menu:

Chili (yes I’m linking to my own recipe)–both to eat on its own and as a component of Frito Pie.

Velveeta-Rotel dip. You don’t like Velveeta? You are a communist. Shut up and eat your Velveeta and watch Super Bowl commercials because Amurrica!

Buffalo chicken dip. My friend Melissa (she of the Special K cookies of glory) made this once and it is addictive–any way less messy than wings. I use blue cheese dressing instead of ranch, and Fritos instead of chicken-flavored crackers (whaa?).

French Silk Pie. This isn’t really Super Bowl food, but I had a slice at the casino and I really want to make my own. I have a crust in the freezer to roll out, yay!

Hope you all have a great week!