Sunday, January 31, 2010

Chili-Cheese Dip

The little man recently got the go-ahead from his doctor to start solid food. Foodie that I am, I'd like to make as much of his food as I can. I'm stocked with an e-book from and a copy of Super Baby Food (which I presume will make my baby a Super Baby). I have a steamer, food processor, and blender.

And a baby who can't seem to eat anything except chocolate pudding. Granted, he's still sick and on antibiotics. But you would not believe the havoc wrought by a single tablespoon of mashed bananas. And I thought ALL babies could eat rice cereal.

Nevertheless, we'll keep on trying. (Tips are welcome.) And hopefully we can still find time to feed the adults in the house, too. (I actually have been cooking more than my blog would imply. The hubby and I have been cooking ahead on weekends, and we've been making a lot of our favorites because we're trying to compile everything into a cookbook for ourselves. With better pics!)

The little man actually enjoys hanging out in the kitchen with me. He sits in his Bumbo chair on the counter (yes, he's always supervised) and we chat while I cook. I explain everything that I'm doing, and he watches me and plays with the ingredients. (This is Jack, Keeper of the Bay Leaves.)

(He was on a bad mood and insisted on being photographed only from the torso down.)

Tonight, my tiny sous chef and I are making baked steak burritos, because my brother Cory is coming to visit. And for some pre-supper munchies, we're having chips with chili-cheese dip. This is one of those recipes that everyone has a version of. I've tried dozens, and this is my favorite. Very simple, very yummy.

Chili-Cheese Dip
Serves 2-4

1 can hot chili without beans
3 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1/2 c. shredded pepperjack cheese
1/2 tsp. chili powder

1. In a small saucepan, heat chili over medium heat. Stir in cream cheese, pepperjack cheese, and chili powder. Cook until thoroughly heated, stirring often.

2. Serve with chips.


cricket said...

Your tiny chef is adorable! Even if we can only see him from the waist down.

Sophie said...

The little man looks so good in his outfit!! hahaha,...

The cheese dip sings to me!! Yum!

Sarah said...

We made Baked Steak Burritos on our last visit to Sioux Falls. They were a big hit!

The antibiotics can sure wreak havoc on a little system, can't they?

Try baby oatmeal. Slightly different than rice cereal. They also have whole grain cereal that he might like.

Muneeba said...

Oh girl, am I glad for your blog! Since your little man is a few months ahead of mine, I can always look to you for good advice. So getting that Bumbo thing btw ;) And yes, am totally ready to dive into that chili cheese dip!

Christina said...

I've never made my own chili cheese dip, although I love eating it out. This recipe is too darn simple not to try!

Anonymous said...

Hi Angel. I got this url from your husband. I also played with your brother Cory before. They know me as Blitz.

Super babyfood is great, but it takes a long time to make all those babyfood. Their food schedule is not too bad, how old the baby needs to be before try something. Remember to try new things in the morning so if there is any allergic reaction, you have enough time to observe, find them and take action.

It's also easier to make a batch, then pour the babyfood into ice cube making container and freeze them. After they become mini baby food ice cubes, you can store them in a zip lock bag. It's easy to take 1, 2, 3, 4, n cubes of babyfood out, nuke it, then feed your baby. It's already in portion for your baby, easy to store, great for busy parents.