Happy December 1st!!
I always view this day with mixed feelings. On the one hand I love the “official” start of the Christmas/Hanukkah season – on the other I tend to get this little “panicky” feeling in the pit of my stomach when I think of all the things I need/want to do between now and the “big day”. It’s silly, I know because every year I feel the same way and every year I manage to “make my list and check it twice” as the saying goes.
But I still can’t get rid of that feeling.
Which is where my lists come in. I am a habitual list maker – if there was a self help group for that I’d be a charter member. I’ve got lists for just about everything and I tend to go into overdrive during the holiday season…and of course I have one for “holiday dishes/appetizers”. Knowing that I’ve got dishes “up my sleeve” relieves some of the stress I feel during this time of year – when those holiday get together invites hit my mailbox, I don’t have to spend time thinking about what to make – I already have the choices narrowed down…. and if I am brutally honest here I will also tell you that I note what dish to put it in!!!
Yes, I know, I need help.
So, back to “the list”.
This year, I’ve added this roasted corn dip and I had to share with you all! I am really excited about this dip for a couple of reasons. First, it is delicious (duh!) but it’s also vegetarian (no bacon in sight) AND it doesn’t have any aged cheese in it… which may not be a big deal but when you have a friend (and you know who you are!) who can’t eat aged cheeses, warm dips can be kind of a challenge. So, finding one that is delicious, vegetarian that doesn’t contain aged cheese and can be made ahead… “yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus!!” is all I can say.