Happy Monday, everyone! Please excuse the title of today’s entry on the BelleView porch. I know it sounds like a boast, but I have it on good authority that this is, indeed, the best white cheese dip ever.
Granted, that commentary came from one husband, two man-children who aren’t known for discerning palates, and several 4th of July guests who were probably close to starving, but those words were uttered this very weekend, in direct response to this very cheese dip.
I’ve had a long-standing romance with the white cheese dip (not the standard cheddar-and-tomato queso, but the smooth, creamy, slightly spicy and always delicious queso blanco) served in some of my favorite Mexican restaurants. I’ve tried for years to tweak, and experiment, and come up with just the right combination of ingredients, and heretofore have created everything from cheese soup to white goo. But this weekend, I finally got it perfect. Oh, the joy!
I dropped a bit on the floor, and even the Huckleberry agreed.
Since there’s no sense keeping a good thing under your sombrero, I’m sharing it with all of our porch friends this Monday morning. It’s a nice change from the standard Rotel and Velveeta dip. A different taste, or a great companion to the traditional kind on a Mexican buffet.
Either way, Viva el queso. Es muy bueno!
Seriously The Best White Cheese Dip Ever
1 lb Velveeta (white) Queso Blanco
1 can PET milk
1 Tbs butter or margarine
2 4 oz cans chopped green chilies
1 cup water (only as needed to thin the dip)
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
dash cayenne pepper (to taste)
Cut Velveeta into chunks, place in sauce pan or microwave dish, add PET milk, melt in sauce pan or microwave dish, stirring occasionally until smooth. Add chilies, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder. Add water as needed to thin the dip to desired consistency. Add cayenne pepper to taste (more or less heat, depending on how brave you are.) Enjoy!
And on a sidenote…
And since we’re talking about cheese today on the porch, I wanted to let you know that my BRAND NEW BOOK BABY hit the shelves just before the holiday. It actually has nothing to do with cheese, but it was a joy to write, and the thrill of seeing it release is right up there with the thrill of having finally succeeded in the cheese dip quest. The Tidewater Sisters is a novella bridge between The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper (upcoming in September). A fascinating historical thread connected to Appalachia and the Outer Banks binds this group of North Carolina novels together.
Here’s the skivvy on The Tidewater Sisters novella, which is only $2.51 on Amazon. I hope you’ll check it out!
Tandi Reese and her sister, Gina, have always been bound by complicated ties. Amid the rubble of a difficult childhood lie memories of huddling beneath beds and behind sofas while parental wars raged. Sisterhood was safety . . . once. But now? Faced with legal papers for a fraud she didn’t commit, Tandi suspects that her sister has done something unthinkable. With Tandi’s wedding just around the corner, a trip to the North Carolina Tidewater for a reckoning with Gina was not part of the plan. But unraveling lies from truth will require confronting strained sibling bonds and uncovering a dark family secret that could free Tandi from her past or stain her future forever.
The Tidewater Sisters Baby Shower Giveaway!
In celebration of The Tidewater Sisters release and to get the word out, I’m giving away a SIGNED ADVANCE READER copy of The Story Keeper along with a $50 Sea Glass Shop gift certificate, To enter, share the picture below on Facebook, pin it on Pinterest, tweet on Twitter, (if you share online BE SURE to leave a comment and let me know you shared, and where, so you’ll be entered) OR answer the question of the day in the comments below. I’ll announce a winner on Tuesday on my Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/LisaWingateAuthorPage?ref=br_tf!
Question of the day: The Tidewater Sisters is about the complicated bonds of sisterhood. Who was your favorite companion and confidante growing up? A sister, a sister-friend, a cousin? What did you enjoy doing together and are you still in touch?
The Prayer Box — Selected as One of Booklist’s Top Ten of 2013!