Monday, December 31, 2007


First, a lovely picture of Bean from the Christmas pageant at church. There are many interesting animal choices in the Christmas pageant. The little ones are sheep, ducks, etc. There is an amazing two-person camel.

Bean was a peacock (they come in with the Three Wise Men - I still prefer Bean's term for them at age three: The Three Surprisemen).

The lead peacock has not only the fabulous headdress, but also a gorgeous full-plumed tail. Really amazing stuff.

I received a little something other than the breaker box from Dr. Pig. Yes, the sheep looks like a bear and he meant swift instead of "wool winder", but inside was a large wooden swift so I'm not arguing.

The package is magically reloading as well. It's a Bean!

Hours of fun were had with the box until it finally expired.

As for the stuffed part, take a looksee.

Yes, we are having a New Year's Day party.

The plastic containers with the blue lids hold the really, really good stuff.

On the bottom is Hattie's Goat Cheese Torta. The stuff of legend. Susan may no longer be with us, but I think of her every time I make this.

The middle layer is blue cheese and walnut dip.

And the top layer is Pan-Fried Onion Dip aka OH MAH GAWD.

You take a couple of softball sized yellow onions and cut them into slices and saute the slices in butter and olive oil on medium until they get a bit soft and then on medium low for about 45 minutes. Add some salt and pepper and maybe some cayenne or Tabasco to season them up.

Meanwhile, mix 4oz of cream cheese, half a cup of mayo, and a cup of sour cream together. Don't bother with any of that low fat crap. This stuff will kill you dead even then so why bother.

Once the onions are all golden brown and delicious, take 'em off the heat and let them cool. Pulse them a few times in the Cuisinart to get them all chopped up and then add them to the sour cream mixture. You may need to add a bit more S&P at this point, but I'd let it sit in the fridge for a while before doing too much seasoning.

Try to keep away from picking at the stuff until the party the next day.