Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friday Friend Recipe #38 -- Spinach Dip

Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.

What is the Friday Friend cookbook:   I have about 50 of my closest friends and family on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends (from all over the county).  At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 15 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions,  exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts,  had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.

AND,  we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
Which brings me to this... recipe #38

My mom, Bev's
Spinach Dip

There is nothing new about spinach dip.  I'm sure my mom got this right off the box of Knorr Vegetable soup....BUT,  as you know,  I'm just making my way thru the Friday Friend Cookbook, and this is one my mom liked well enough to include.  I think it's a given that we all like it.  It's pretty good.  I had not had it in years -- isn't it funny how food trends come and go?   I used to see this at every event and dinner party I went to, but now?  Rarely. 
It's too bad, because it's really good.

A few years ago I wrote a little essay to my original group of Friday Friends pondering the cracker.
As you can see the crackers below are just your average pedestrian cracker. Not fancy, not elegant.  You can find these--Tiscuits and Wheat Thins -- on one side of the cracker aisle, with the Ritz and Chicken in a Biscuits, but  the more 'upper-class', gourmet,  type of crackers, they segregate on the other side of the aisle.

I guess I'm just a hum-drum, uninspired cracker buyer.
What about you?

Actually, most of the time, you use bread chunks for this dip.  
(I think we already ate them all by the time I took these photos)
Either way, the dip is yummy and I am going to serve it the next time I have guests over.

Spinach Dip
1  10-oz pkg frozen chopped spinach  (thawed & drained)
1 pint sour cream
1 cup mayo
1 pkg Knorr dry vegetable soup mix
1 can sliced water chestnuts, chopped

Mix all together.  Hollow out round loaf of sour dough bread.  Use the bread for dipping.  
Put the dip into the hollow of the bread and serve with bread chunks or crackers.

This is the part where I usually introduce you to the Friday Friend who contributed this recipe.  You already know from above that it is my mom who sent this in.
My mom passed away on December 19th.
And that is pretty much the reason I've been absent.
It was expected, but still --- it's my mom.
We are lucky tho, as we are strong in our faith and very rich in family and friends who make the journey of life much brighter.

The  story about my mom?  
She had five grandsons and she made every single one of them feel like they were the special one.
Even as grow men and one still a teenager, they all had special relationships with her.
I hope I'm that kind of grandma

Here are a few pictures of my mom --

My mom and dad when we went on a river float with them a few years ago.

A few years ago, I had a Friday Friend vacation and invited all from far and near, and we had a great time.
One night we had a traveling cocktail party ---
When my mom passed away, my friend Shelly sent me this picture. She said she didn't know them well, but this is how she'll always think of my parents --- having a great goofy time at the traveling cocktail party!
(my dad passed away in April of this year)

My mom

These are the last photos I took with my mom  this past fall.

Feel privileged that I am sharing photos of myself.
(the camera adds a million pounds,  you know)

1 comment:

Barbara Bakes said...

It's been too long since I've had spinach dip. I'm a hum-drum cracker buyer too. I prefer the basics. Thanks for sharing your pictures of your Mom and Dad with us. They look like such fun loving people. I'm sure you miss them terribly.

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