LUCY, I’M HOME! When Mr. Right walks through that door at the end of the day, it is nice to unwind a bit before we jump into dinner or our walk. He changes from work attire into something a whole lot more comfortable. Read that as shorts and a t-shirt. I love that time during the day, where we “get to know” each other all over again. How was your day? No, you go first, how was your day? Oh, excuse me for interrupting, I saw a hummingbird today! Oh, and last night was day two of 8 solid hours of sleep. I feel like the old me again!!! I actually, hold onto your hat, went back to work today! woohoo! I love my job. I love baking for dogs. Oh, yes, you were going to say something? How was your day Ricky?
As we catch up with the important and most vital parts of our separate days………..we hang out on the deck. Usually under the gazebo and the dog wants in on the action too. Tonight, she gets a freshly baked “Apple Pie with Attitude” dog biscuit and we get to indulge in a savory, creamy, luscious herb dip that makes you forget that it is actually good for you. Glory Be!
No matter who you speak to in the world of nutrition, every single human being says, eat beans every day. I heartily agree. The tricky part is using your imagination and creativity to come up with tempting ways to present and indulge in those nutrition packed beauties. I myself am looking for savory, tongue teasing, bursting with divine flavor ideas.
Today, the new CD by Mr. Darius Rucker has been the lively background music to prepare food and type along in rhythm. Now, I am not saying that you have to choose Mr. Rucker. However, that gentleman knows how to get things jumping in kitchen. Great music? Check! Cute and sassy apron? Check! Blend Tec plugged in and ready for action? Check! Let’s do this!
By the way, if you exclude the cost of a blender, this appetizing appetizer costs about one dollar. Yes, you read that correctly. One buck. Who among us would say no to nutrition, savory goodness for about $1.00?
You don’t even have to figure out the recipe. I invented it this morning. Check! First, drain and rinse 1 can of Great Northern Beans, put them in the blender along with: 1 clove of garlic, 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice, 2 Tablespoons good olive oil, 1/4 cup just picked herbs, from your deck (today, I used parsley, chives, rosemary, sage, dill, lots of dill), shake & shimmy in a couple of dashes of real salt (yes, there is a difference) and grind that pepper grinder in beat with the music. Blend, blend, blend. Oh my goodness. The color is simply lovely. So appetizing and such a charming, pleasing, cool green color. This dip looks fresh and alive. It is smooth and creamy and most certainly looks like something you would want to sample.
So, go freshen up. Put on a saucy summer dress, splashy bling covered sandals, slide on some fresh summer color lipstick, say Grace (who among us doesn’t have a laundry list of things we are grateful for?) and sashay out to the table and indulge in a fresh, lovely appetizer with your someone special. Here’s to a lovely warm, sun dappled summer evening. Here’s to our good health!
Add some pita triangles or some crackers or some fresh-cut veggies and you are in business. This stuff practically sells it’s self. It is no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are “heal”. Ed Northstrum