Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Layered Dip

This dish is similar to a 7 layer dip. It has a few extra layers. But should be delicious. I am bringing it for a Relief Society PotLuck.

Layered Dip

1 -16-ounce can of refried beans
1 - envelope of taco seasoning
1 – 16 oz can of black beans drained
2 c. shredded cheese, like cheddar or Monterey Jack
2 c. guacamole
1 - 16-ounce container of sour cream
1 - 16-ounce jar of chunky salsa
2 cups shredded cheese, like cheddar or Monterey jack
1/3 c. green chili’s
1/2 head of shredded iceberg lettuce
Optional: olives and jalapeno’s
Tortilla chips
         A 13- x 9-inch microwave-safe glass baking dish or deep pie pan

In a microwave safe 13X9 baking dish, mix together the refried beans, and taco seasoning mix. Then sprinkle with the rinsed black beans. Heat in the microwave 2-3 minutes stirring every 45 seconds. Then top with cheese. Spread the guacamole on top, then the sour cream on top of the guacamole. Once that is spread spoon the chunky salsa on top and lightly spread around. Then sprinkle with more cheese. Lightly spread the green chili’s on top of the cheese layer, then sprinkle the lettuce on top. The lettuce should be cut small enough to be on a chip. Then sprinkle with additional cheese. Top as desired with olives and jalapeno’s if desired. Serve with Tortilla chips or corn chips.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

I have started a part-time job, so I haven't had much time for cooking from scratch lately, trying to juggle work, school, kids, family you know all the stuff that makes us busy, busy, busy! I have taken advantage of a few extra hours today, since it's stake conference at church. I have made some yumminess to add to my boys lunches this week. I doubled the original recipe, so we could have a few as a snack today and still have some for lunches. I also had 6 bananas that I needed to use.

These bars are moist and delicious. My kids have been begging for more. I guess that's a sign of success! :)


1 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4-6 medium)
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 pkg (2 cups) chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
1 1/2 cup walnuts (optional - I didn't use any nuts)


1. Grease 2 large jelly roll pans 15X10X1 baking pans. set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the grandulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt, beat til combined. Beat in the eggs, bananas, and vanilla til combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in the chocolate pieces and if desired nuts.
2. Spread the prepared baking pan with the mixture. Bake in a 350F oven about 25 minutes or til golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes a bunch, depending on how big you cut the bars.

This recipe comes from my 1930-2000 Limited Edition Better Homes and Gardens New CookBook. This recipe is already doubled. If you want to make a smaller batch, just cut the ingredient amount in half. This is great for those bruised/ultra soft bananas.

These are nice and moist, so tasty! :)