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A Tasty (Garlicky) Bean Dip

  • Serves: 5
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Cooking time: N/A minutes

On Jan. 6 it was Natl. ‘Bean Day’… we love our legumes…. right? They are good for you and with so many things you can do with them, beans are a very versatile item to have on hand!

Here is a great recipe to share with your friends and family.

Amount Measure Ingredients
1-2 cloves minced garlic
2 cans white kidney beans (drained & rinsed)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp lemon zest

To prepare:

  • Place all ingredients in food processor (or I used my handy dandy ‘Magic Bullet’) and Blend till smooth.
  • Scoop into a dip bowl, and stir in chopped oregano.
  • Enjoy with pita chips…or tortilla chips!

Spectacular Spread for Super Bowl

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Cooking time: 10 minutes

A delectable layered spread for any special occasion made with feta and cream cheese, pesto, pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes. Vodka or gin may be substituted for the vermouth. Looks beautiful on the table, tastes heavenly on your tongue! Serve with crackers or even bread!

This makes a BIG portion, you might consider cutting the recipe in half or making two smaller tortes (which is what I did… that way everyone isn’t crowded around the ONE plate!!)

Amount Measure Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 lb feta cheese, crumbled
1 80z package cream cheese, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
3 Tbsp dry vermouth (I used Vodka and it was great)
ground white pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp pine nuts, toasted**
1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
3/4 cup pesto sauce

**Toasting Pine Nuts (Pine nuts will burn easily if you are not careful!!)

Oven Method: Spread nuts on a baking sheet & bake at 375, Stirring Occasionally, until golden brown 5-10 minutes.

Skillet Method: Put the nuts in a dry skillet & cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently… about 3 minutes.

To prepare:

  1. In a food processor, combine the butter, feta cheese, cream cheese, garlic, shallot, vermouth(or vodka or gin), and white pepper. Process until smooth.
  2. Oil a medium bowl, or gelatin mold, and line with plastic wrap for easy removal. Layer the dip into the mold as follows: Sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, pesto, cheese mixture. Repeat. Pat down into the mold, and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  3. Turn the dip out onto a serving plate, and remove plastic wrap. Serve with crackers.

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Maryann Curmi

You know Maryann, On Air Personality from Star 92.7 from 5:30 am to 9am.

First and foremost, let's say that Maryann loves to eat! She also enjoys having friends over and always seems to have something to offer them. Whether it's a spicy Thai peanut sauce to toss over angel hair pasta or a new twist on an old fashioned chicken soup recipe.

Feel free to change the recipes that's how Maryann has come to make her favorites. When realizing she doesn't have this or that, substituting and wah la…a new recipe is born!

Maryann is just as happy to share her recipes as she is her food. So whether you are listening to her weekly on air recipes, printing them here or dropping by her house for a bite, she hopes everyone will find something to enjoy!