Jalapeno Cilantro Dip

DSC_0006 The peppers in the garden are coming at full speed ahead!

I have a jalapeno (or two) in my egg every morning, fresh salsa with a jalapeno (or two) at lunch and then in the evening – as many jalapeno poppers as I can get away from the children!

I think it’s safe to say that we’re a little obsessed with our Tam jalapenos!

So when I tried this recipe I found on Pinterest – it was love at first bite!

It was smooth and creamy – with a touch of heat at the very end. Perfection!

If you don’t like cilantro (you poor souls!) you could probably substitute parsley. I will say that even my non-cilantro eaters ate some and liked it!

And if the heat of the jalapenos is worrying you – just put fewer in and make sure you remove the seeds and the white (that’s where the heat lives.)

The original recipe calls for one packet of dry Ranch dressing mix – but I always make my own. I guesstimate I used about a heaping tablespoon or two.

Jalapeno Cilantro Dip

6-8 jalapenos (or less)
a handful of cilantro
1 packet of dry Ranch dressing mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise

Slice the jalapenos and remove the white and seeds. Puree the jalapenos and cilantro in a food processor until it looks like a paste.

Add the Ranch dressing mix, sour cream, and mayonnaise. Mix until well combined.

Chill for an hour and serve – or eat it immediately because you just can’t wait!

This is fabulous on veggies, chips, or crackers, or even as a topper on chicken or a burger.


Another Season Begins

SeedsIt’s official – Gardening Season 2012 has begun!

After several days of dreaming over our favorite seed catalogs – we finally made the first seed purchase of the 2012 season.

But it was not without drama.

The tomatoes were easy – my 2 favorite heirlooms, Amish Paste and Rutgers, plus a new one this year – the Jersey Giant.

We even found the spaghetti squash we wanted and the elusive ghost pepper – thought to be the hottest pepper in the world. (I don’t know if the hottest – but it is rare – we could only buy 10 seeds. I hope they grow.)

The drama came when I typed in our all-time favorite – as in we can’t live without it – this is the entire reason we garden –  jalapeno – the amazing Tam Jalapeno.

They were out of stock.

My heart stopped. I’m sure the world ceased revolving for a few minutes (surely you felt it?!)

What? No Tam Jalapeno?

I panicked. Dagmar cried. Angel Girl went white. This was a national emergency. Jan immediately started looking through our other seed catalogs. Nothing.

We were a house in mourning.

No Tam Jalapenos.

This was major. Almost every night while they are in season we make a huge pan of poppers for supper. Seriously. We are addicted to them! I buy cream cheese by the case just for poppers. My mouth is watering right now just thinking about them.

Out of stock. Unbelievable.

The dark cloud hung over the entire household until Sunday when my friend Martha suggested checking eBay or Amazon for the seeds.

Brilliant! Why didn’t we think of that?!

Jan found the seeds on Amazon and quickly bought a hundred of the wonder seeds.

A hundred! Just think of all those plants! Jan will have to plow up another garden spot just to make room for them all!

Such joy!

God bless Martha.

The entire garden season is saved.

Such drama and we’ve only ordered the seeds! It’s gonna be a great season!