This week for our soup, we aren’t having soup. We’re eating the best hot dip around. My “boys” are not finger food kinds of dudes. They have to have “real” food. They want something hot, something substantial, something with meat. Basically, your carnivore food. This dip has all of that in one. Our veterinarian calls it “cowboy dip”, which is a very fitting name. Call it what you will, it will satisfy those hungry appetites. So, if you have “dudes” in your house…..try this out. 024.jpg      Here’s the delicious recipe…..

1 cup chopped pecans

2 tablespoons butter

2 packages ( 8 oz. each ) cream cheese, softened

1 cup ( 8 oz. ) sour cream

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

2 packages ( 2 – 1/2 oz. each ) dried beef, chopped

4 tsp. diced onion

     In a skillet, sauté pecans in butter until golden; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sour cream and garlic powder; mix well. Stir in beef and onion. Spread into a greased 8 in. square baking dish. I put mine into a nice big pie plate, oblong dish, etc….. Top with the toasted pecans. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve with crackers or breadsticks. 028     I’m a “Town House” girl, so I use these crackers. This may last for one day in our house. When Candace is around, she and Earl are fighting over the last bite. 020.jpg     This is the dried beef that I use. It’s found in the canned meat aisle. It comes in these weenie little jars. Grab a half dozen or so while you’re at it. That way, when the craving hits… have something to work with.065.jpg           Yep….Cattleman’s Spread. That’s what they call it. Very fitting name for us. We got the cattle…..we got the spread…..and we got the cowboy/man………………Carol