Baked Three-Cheese Onion Dip with Chive and Pepperoncini

When great dips get together, it’s magic. This recipe boasts all the beauty of a creamy onion dip with the irresistible appeal of queso, perfect to bring to Super Bowl Sunday! Bonus you can add in your own AeroGarden herbs to add your own touch of uniqueness.

 

YIELD
Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
    • Kosher salt
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 4 ounces sharp white cheddar, coarsely grated (about 1 cup), divided
    • 2 ounces Monterey Jack, coarsely grated (about 1/2 cup), divided
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives – From your AeroGarden
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pepperoncini
    • Crackers and/or tortilla chips (for serving)

PREPARATION

    1. Preheat oven to 375°. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and softened, 8–10 minutes; season with salt. Let cool.
    2. Pulse cream cheese and mayonnaise in a food processor until smooth.
    3. Toss cornstarch, 3/4 cup cheddar, and 1/4 cup Monterey Jack in a medium bowl to coat cheese. Mix in cream cheese mixture and cooked onion; season with salt and pepper. Scrape into a 1-qt. baking dish and top with remaining cheddar and Monterey Jack. Bake dip until golden and bubbling, 20–25 minutes. Let dip cool 5 minutes, then top with chives and pepperoncini. Serve with crackers.

Image and Recipe from: Epicurious

Calendula Bath Bombs

For this Mother’s day we decided to try a fun, unique DIY craft- Bath Bombs. They are a ton of fun to make and satisfying to drop into the bath. These petal-laden bath bombs are exploding with essential oils, and our very own Calendula flowers. So grab your Mom or a friend and get ready to get your hands dirty making these unique, relaxing, and entertaining bathroom essentials.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Epsom Salts
  • 1/4 Cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 Tsp Water
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 5-10 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Calendula Petals
  • Bath Bomb Molds

*Makes 3-6 Bath Bombs (depending on size of mold)

Instructions:

  1. Gather two bowls. In one bowl combine all the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. In the other bowl combine all the wet ingredients and mix.
  2. Slowly pour the liquid mix over the dry ingredients and whisk.
  3. Test the texture by grabbing a handful and squeezing. If it holds, then move on. If too wet or dry add additional baking soda or water until desired firm consistency. *Note-do not overdue extra water-it will cause an early fizzy reaction, and the bath bombs will not form to the mold properly.
  4. Add Calendula petals and mix with hands.
  5. Fill each side of the molds, making sure there is no extra space.
  6. Add a little extra to one half of a mold, and then firmly press the two halves together for 10-30 seconds.
  7. Gently pull off the molds, one half at a time, and place on wax paper to dry for 24 hours.
  8. Drop into your warm luxurious bath, and enjoy the fizzle of your hand-made bath bomb.

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