Spicy Bean Dip and My 2-Year Blogibirthery!

Happy Two-Year to meeeeee! Who wants bean dip?


Truth is, I nearly forgot about my blogibirthery. I KNOW.

I’ve been super distracted lately becauuuuuse there’s this tree in our back yard. This huge top-heavy tree in the back left-hand corner of our yard. And over Memorial Day weekend, when we were out of town, doing all of this, it snapped and fell in half. But it was still attached to the bottom half of the tree! It was weird and sad. Looked like a really confused capital L.

So we get back Monday afternoon to discover this wonk-a-lonk tree sitch, and it’s like, really? Ain’t nobody got time for dat! (you hate me) So then it was a couple of days of figuring out how in the boohonky to get this tree down, other than call a company to take care of it, because we like to be super complicated. Husband borrows a tree trimming thingy. He saws it all down. He cuts the main stump things into logs for the fall and winter, yay.

Buuuut, now there are katrillions and bajillions of leaves and twigs and small branches and limbs aaaaaall in our yard still and I want to stab the entire world. We look like we live on COPS.

Gosh I really love that show.

I mean, you can clearly see how I almost spaced this monumental day in history (in my head). Stupid tree.

So I made a spicy bean dip that kinda sorta tastes like the stuff from the can! It’s spicy. And garlicky. And blogiberthery-y.


Thaaaank you thank you thank you, incredible reader friends for humoring me every single day while I feel the need to torture you with complete nonsense. You make me so happy.

Spicy Bean Dip:

What it took for about 1 1/2 cups:

* 1 (15 oz) can refried beans
* 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
* 2 cloves garlic
* 2 Tbs. olive brine
* 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
* 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
* 1 pinch garlic salt
* 1 pinch coarse salt

Put everything in a food processor and blitz blitz blitz until smooth and awesome.

Chill for 30 minutes, or stuff your face immediately.

Garnish with minced jalapeno pepper and serve with Fritos!


Aaand because I’m a nerd I put candles in my bean dip. Ignore that waxy bite.

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37 Responses to Spicy Bean Dip and My 2-Year Blogibirthery!

  1. Tieghan June 7, 2013 at 7:27 am #
    Happy two years! I still can not believe you have only been blogging for two years, that amazing! You have come so far!! Love this dip and your candles too, fun and delicious!
  2. dixya| food, pleasure, and health June 7, 2013 at 7:55 am #
    happppy blogibirthday :) I could stuff my face with this everyday looks so smooth I could make a face mask :P
  3. Olivia @ Liv Lives Life June 7, 2013 at 7:59 am #
    Happy Two-Years! I love the candles. ;-)
  4. Shelly (Pastry Shells) June 7, 2013 at 8:16 am #
    Happy Birthday to your blog!
  5. Amy @Very Culinary June 7, 2013 at 8:18 am #
    2 years...that's it? I feel like you've been dominating the food blog universe for much longer! Cheers to you!
  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks June 7, 2013 at 8:24 am #
    Happy 2 years, Bev! That's awesome and I remember when I read your blog way back when! Wow, time flies and look at you now!!!!!!!!
  7. Marie @ Little Kitchie June 7, 2013 at 8:34 am #
    Happy, happy dear! You have created such a happy place here, and it's always a treat to visit! Lots of love!! Now gimme that bean dip.
  8. Sarah Crowder June 7, 2013 at 8:39 am #
    1) Yay congratulations on two years! 2) Love the candles. 3) Also, love the fritos. Excellent choice.
  9. Tracey @ Cooking with Love June 7, 2013 at 9:22 am #
    Happy 2 year anniversary sweet lady!!! Looking forward to many more years of blogging from you!! :)
  10. Kathryn June 7, 2013 at 10:07 am #
    Happy happy two years of Bev Cooks! Here's to many more.
  11. Vijay @ NoshOnIt June 7, 2013 at 10:12 am #
    Happy 2 years to you! And, love the idea of adding olive brine to the dip. Very clever!
  12. Heather June 7, 2013 at 10:17 am #
    Girlfriend, somehow you made bean dip look beautiful in these photos! Gimme somadat!
  13. Jess June 7, 2013 at 10:26 am #
    Happy 2 years!! :)
  14. Rachel Cooks June 7, 2013 at 11:42 am #
    I know I should say happy 2nd blog birthday (I've missed both of mine too so don't feel bad about almost forgetting yours!), and I know I should say that the bean dip looks good (it does!), but all I can think about are those dang fritos. Must. Have. Fritos. NOWWWW.
  15. kelly @ livelovepasta.com June 7, 2013 at 11:55 am #
    Happy Blogibirthery! I wish I had this dip in front of me. Wow does that look good...and the fritos too!
  16. BusyWorkingMama June 7, 2013 at 11:57 am #
    Looks delicious, and what a fun way to celebrate the blog!
  17. Julie June 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm #
    Happy 2 Year Blogibithery! You make me laugh allthetime!!!
  18. Stacey I June 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm #
    Happy Blogiberthery :)
  19. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet June 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm #
  20. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner June 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm #
    Happy 2 years! This dip looks amazing. Pinning to make. :) Blogiberthery...hysterical. Love that term.
  21. Katie June 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm #
    Only you can get away with birthday candles in a bowl of bean dip. ONLY YOU. (happy 2 years, my lovely!)
  22. Kari@Loaves n Dishes June 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm #
    Happy Blogibirthythingy! Yummy bean dip, I love that I can eat gobs of it and it's not fattening...oops, except for the chips. Oh well.
  23. sharonjo June 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm #
    Happy 2-Year Anniversary. Candles in the bean dip?! Don't think I've ever seen that before!
  24. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm #
    Happy Birfday to your bloggy!!
  25. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 8, 2013 at 1:18 am #
    Happy blogoversary! And can I just please stuff my face with this dip?!
  26. Jaclyn June 8, 2013 at 10:09 am #
    Happy two years! What a yummy dip-and with FRITOS! I'm making this for happy hour with my hubby!
  27. Jazzmin June 8, 2013 at 11:15 pm #
    What hosting site did you use to start your website? And do you pay a fee?
  28. Constance Waid June 9, 2013 at 12:24 am #
    Bet it would be good with sliced vegetables to dip too......
  29. Kristi June 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm #
    I love bean dip. Never made it, but I think I will be trying this recipe very soon. Happy blog birfday.
  30. Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion June 10, 2013 at 6:18 am #
    I can't believe you have only been blogging for 2 years!!! I love your blog, its in my top 10
  31. Julie June 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm #
    love your blog! Can't wait for all the years to come :)
  32. Dionna Mash June 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm #
    You had me at those fritos. And the bean dip looks pretty amazing too ;)
  33. angela@ another bite please June 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm #
    Happy 2 year blogiversary!!!!!! love the candles in the dip...gotta have candles to celebrate!!!!
  34. Nutmeg Nanny June 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm #
    Happy happy blogibirthday! This dip is amazing, gotta make it asap! :)
  35. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence June 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm #
    Candles in a bean dip. Nice. Happy Blogiberthery!!
  36. Kevin (Closet Cooking) June 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm #
    Congrats on 2 very tasty years!


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