Every year, Mr.S. and I usually throw a big summer BBQ. This summer, however, somehow time got away before we could get one planned. So since the weather was still warm and my birthday was coming up, we decided to host a birthday fiesta. We obtained 20 lbs. of delicious carnitas from La Esperanza and served it up with rice, beans, various dips and fun finger foods. It was a food extravaganza! My friend Cate made an amazing orange-chocolate cake (that was to die for) and we toasted with sangria, hibiscus margaritas and beer. I'm pretty sure everyone had a grand time- kidlets were running amuck, old friends were catching up and new friends were getting to know each other. I couldn't think of a better way to bring in the next year of my life.
Amongst the multitude of tasty eats covering the tables was some Texas Love Dip. Love Dip...I'm sure most of you are scratching your heads right about now, but if you've ever been to Texas' Central Market, you know exactly what dip I'm taking about. Central Market's Love Dip is unforgettable...and addicting. It's a creamy-tomato concoction with a spicy afterkick that'll make you swoon and become a lifetime convert after just one taste. Give it a go, I think you'll LOVE it ;)
Texas Love Dip
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup chunky fresh tomato salsa (I buy mine premade-a simple salsa of chopped tomatoes, white onions, cilantro and jalapenos at La Superior Market on Franklin)
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
dash of white pepper
1. Place the cream cheese, salsa, garlic, salt, tarragon and white pepper in food proccesor.
2. Process until it's mixed well and creamy.
3. Add in lemon juice, give the processor another whiz or two.
4. Transfer to a serving bowl. Place in fridge and allow flavors to meld for at least an hour. Serve with tortilla chips, bread bites or your favorite veggies.
5. Tip: If you have a little leftover the next day, it works great as a sandwich spread also.