Ok so the New Year is fast approaching, this whole season and year as a whole has gone by far too fast for my personal taste. What the heck happened, you blink and it's time to pack away all of the Christmas decorations when quite honestly I still have items from Halloween stacked in the basement to be properly stored. Meanwhile Target already has Easter stuff out, nooooooo! I'm seriously in a whirlwind and can't wrap my mind around this crazy time warp I feel I'm in, meanwhile everything just keeps whizzing by! We had an absolutely wonderful and blessed Christmas and I hope you all did as well, it really was beautiful and I'm so sad it's over already!
So I figured I had better get on the ball and share some killer party food just in case anyone is still trying to throw some things together for New Year's celebrations. Let me tell ya, we are not get dressed up, going out dancing in the streets until the wee hours, champagne bottle popping party folks around here, dare I say we're probably pretty boring when it comes to New Year's festivities. We prefer to stay close to home, like walking over to the neighbors house close, and maybe saying up to toast the midnight hour, but man we make some killer appetizers and drinks! lol :) Here are a few favorites, that are guaranteed pleasers at any gathering, hope you enjoy and have a wonderful, safe and truly blessed New Year my friends!!
We call this Corn Salsa (creative, I know), I've seen many variations with names like Cowboy Caviar and the like, but I stick to the original recipe given to me by my Mother in Law years ago, it is a party staple around here and always well received. Make sure you make it early on party day or the night before so you give all of these wonderful flavors time to meld and blend for the perfect bite. I sometimes make an entire batch for myself and take it for lunch for the week, my office smells like onions, but dang I'm happy, lol. I'm giving a scaled down version, but my norm is double this and if you're lucky there will be some left over!
Cheesy Artichoke Jalapeño Dip
2 14-oz. cans of un-marinated artichoke hearts (finely chopped)