For me the Ace of Swords is about great starts and being creative. There is an aspect of inventiveness about this particular Ace that I love. For me the Aces are the seeds of each suit. They contain all the possibilities both good and bad of that suit’s energy. Swords are about air in my world (I know, I know, some see them as fire and I do get that). This is challenging yourself mentally.
The great start part of this card is why I associated it with this recipe. This one is a combination of my cooking talents and those of my best friend, co-writer, and fellow author, Kacey Smith. Kacey, whom I know as Cai, is one of those people who can create amazing things with food. She has a natural gift for this.
The background to this dip is that I wanted to make a cheese dip but couldn’t make my normal standby of Rotel Cheese dip. It’s simple. It’s fast. But it had chiles in it. My housemate is allergic to chiles. I didn’t want to make something he couldn’t enjoy so I decided to wing it.
With Cai’s input, here is the results of that “winging it”. The party goers all had good things to say about this one.
1 lb Jimmy Dean sausage, mild
1 can Garlic/Onion Tomatoes, not drained!
1/2 C white wine (we used an off brand that was very drinkable. Never cook with a wine you wouldn’t want to drink!)
1 16 oz box Velveeta(tm) cheese
In a large skillet, brown the sausage. Chop up the Velveeta ™ into a medium sized crockpot. I melted the cheese in the microwave for about 3 minutes.
Add the sausage along with the tomatoes to the cheese. Stir thoroughly. Add in the wine until you have reached a smooth consistency. Now starting with 1 TBS garlic powder, stir in the garlic until you have reached a taste you like.
I did add a bit of pepper as well.
Turn the crockpot on low and serve when nicely melted. If this is for a party, keep an eye on it. When it is all gone, you are going to want to turn it off so the cheese doesn’t bake in the pot making it nearly impossible to remove. (Yes, voice of experience on that one, lol.)
Serve with tortilla chips or bread or pretzels.
I hope you enjoy this recipe at your own holiday parties.