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Jalapeno Corn Dip

I’ve added a new party dip to my repertoire – courtesy of the party-loving Catton family. Let me know what you think!

Lynd’s Jalapeno Corn Dip

  • 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) (I would suggest using a little less than 2 sticks, otherwise it can pool at the top of the dip)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 16-oz. can shoepeg white corn (drained)
  • 4 tbs. chopped jalapenos (I used canned so I don’t have to chop them. If you use fresh, be SURE to wear gloves!)

In a saucepan, melt the cream cheese and butter. Stir until blended. Add garlic powder, corn, and jalapenos. Transfer mixture to dish and bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serve hot with crackers or chips.

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Jared and I had dinner at our sister and brother-in-law’s place this week (corned beef and cabbage for an early St. Patty’s day celebration – yum!). My sis Jessica was telling me all about her adventures learning to cook since she got married this past August. When Jared and I got married four years ago (next week!) I didn’t really know how to cook other than the typical choices of baked chicken and mashed potatoes, spaghetti, stir-fry, etc. I slowly learned what flavors tasted good together and how to multitask in the kitchen.

My love for all things culinary dates back to my childhood, however. I can remember being in elementary school and conducting my own “cooking shows” in our kitchen – I would mix together a ridiculous combination of spices and liquids in a large bowl, all while carefully narrating my steps to my “audience.” (Thank goodness no one ever ate it!) I also used to love watching Great Chefs and being mesmerized to see different courses from around the world made right in my living room.

I don’t even need to mention Rachael Ray and 30-Minute Meals. I used to watch her almost every weeknight in high school. Her cookbook was one of the first I ever received 🙂 I still watch her show sometimes while I’m cooking – even if I’m not making the same dish she is.

In 2006, I was cast in my church‘s production of Godspell. I had a great time singing, dancing, and performing again. When it was over, however, I was bored! I had been so used to being busy that I needed an activity to fill my time. Ever since, I’ve renewed my love for cooking. I go through phrases where I cook more or cook less, but I always have found it to be a stress reliever. And I love experimenting with new ingredients and flavors.

I’m not sure where the journey will end. Maybe I’ll go to culinary school. Maybe I’ll own a restaurant. Maybe Jared and I will drop everything and move to Paris and eat and drink for a living a la Julia Child. Whatever it is, I’m enjoying learning along the way.

One of the secrets, and pleasures, of cooking is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it can’t be fixed. (Julia Child, My Life in France)

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