Thursday, September 15, 2016

Feel the heat

The father of my children, the grandfather of my grandchildren, and my main squeeze has taken quite a bit of good natured ribbing over the years from family and friends for not being able to take the heat.
With it being football season and hence and therefore big finger food season, I spent this week experimenting in my kitchen, until I came up with "Pete's Hotstuffs".  My husband no longer needs to endure seeing handmade surrender flags made from triangular white paper and toothpicks stuck in his small platter of bites.  No longer does our guy need to hear " No, no! those are grandpa's; eat these instead!"  NO longer does our favorite QB need to see small platters next to big platters on the munchie table and feel the jokes coming or hearing the giggles as he places "his bites" on his plate.
Everyone saddles up to the ample, large platter of Pete's Hotstuffs and loads their plates and then chooses a dollop of dip depending on their heat preference.  My dips range from smooth & easy to screaming.  My hottest dip I have dubbed "Run for the horse trough", and I serve it in the smallest dip bowl I have!  Everyone takes a moment to reflect before choosing a dip discerning how courageous they feel for the day....

Pete's Hotstuffs Recipe
a batch of your favorite roll dough made in bread machine or
frozen bread dough bought in freezer section of your grocery store [thawed]
1 c. sharp cheddar grated
1 c. pepper jack grated
8 oz. room temperature cream cheese
1 c. room temperature butter
2 diced jalapenos [seeded, membranes removed, diced]
8-10 slices cooked bacon strips [crumbled]
1 Tbsp. chives [fresh if you have it]
pinch of salt
pepper to taste
1/8-1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Directions: Mix with a spatula, sit aside.  Roll out dough in rectangle approximately 7x12 inches.  Spread Hotstuff mix on dough.  Leave a 1/2 inch border, mix free all around dough.  Roll up snug but not too tight.  Pinch off seam.  Roll up snug in saran wrap.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.  After the hour slice in 1/2 inch to 1 inch slices, and place on parchment lined baking tray.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 12- 20 minutes or until golden and toothpick comes out of dough edge clean. Serve with your favorite dip or my favorite herb dips [recipes next] and celery and carrot sticks.

Herb Dip Recipe

1 c. sour cream
1 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. buttermilk
2 Tbsp. oregano
3 Tbsp. Basil
1 tsp. dill
1 Tbsp. Chives
salt & pepper to taste
1/8 tsp. cayenne
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Directions: Mix and chill.  I used fresh herbs.  Yum! Serve with Pete's Hotstuffs and carrot & celery sticks.

Run to the horse trough dip Recipe

a batch of my herb dip above
8 drops of hot sauce
1/2 tsp. cayenne
2 diced jalapenos with seeds
1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce chopped and 1 Tbsp. of the adobe sauce
Mix, chill, and enjoy!

Rooney loves football game day.  She finds her humans upbeat and energetic, and talking to the T.V., and sometimes shouting at the T.V. screen.  Rooney is fascinated by the howls her humans make after tasting certain things on the munchie table.  Sometimes she howls too, because she loves joining in with all the hullabaloo.  Rooney's philosophy is when in game day mode, join the flow.  She even passes out her football squeaky toys to her human receivers.  Rooney melds into the groove and when she hears her humans groan, because something not good happened on the T.V. she growls to show her support.  When her humans jump up and down, and laugh, and move their knees outside, inside she bows and low jumps, and yips to show she is happy too.
Without a doubt if Rooney was writing a PhD thesis, I think her theme would be on human tribal behavior on game day.  I am sure she would write about the fascinating ritual body movements humans make when they are elated.  Let's hope she does not learn how to use the digital camera or camcorder, because she would be out the door headed to Cali to make her billions.
Rooney is the best canine FB enthusiast on the planet!

Enjoy Pete's Hotstuffs!  Choose your dip with courage!

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