This is a  “repeat”. I’ve been up to my ears in activities/chores so I haven’t had time to write anything original.

However I really love this dip, so it is worth repeating for the newer Spo-fans who may not know of it


We live in a social neighborhood. Soon after we moved in, the neighbors came over to introduce themselves and bring us a cake. There are block parties and seasonal get togethers. We have not ever felt excluded.
This year we gather again for a Hallowe’en block party and candy give away.

We’ll each bring a dish, make some drinks, and receive the visiting kids who ‘hit all the houses’ in one stop – buffet style.

Someone and I have 3 “grades” of candy.
The “A” candy is for really sweet/polite kids and fabulous costumes (This year the ‘A” candy are Hallowe’en PEZ dispensers).
The “B” candy is for the usual lot. It will be fun size Milky Way bars
The “C” candy is for the Impolite, the No Costumes, and Teenagers. One ‘Smartie’ each.

I am bringing my now famous Pumpkin Dip. I make it at Hallowe’en whenever a dish is requested. It is apropos for Hallowe’en, being made with pumpkin. It is also healthier than ‘bean dip’ dishes as the high fiber/vitamins rich pumpkin replaces nasty refried beans.

Alas, it is not ‘lo-cal’ but this is a holiday dish dammit.

Pumpkin Dip

1 15oz. can of pure pumpkin
1 8oz package of softened cream cheese
2-3 tablespoons finely chopped sliced jalapenos from a jar
3 tablespoons of the jalapeno juice/water
1 cup (8 ounces) light sour cream
1 4 ounce can diced green chiles
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
1 can sliced black olives
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
2 green onions. Sliced
1 orange bell pepper
1 large tomato, diced
Tortilla chips

1- Combine pumpkin, cream cheese and jalapeno juice in a bowl. Spread into an 8 inch square dish.
2 – Combine sour cream, chiles, jalapenos, and garlic salt in a small bowl. Spread over the pumpkin mixture
3 – Top off with diced tomatoes, then top with diced black olives, diced orange pepper, green and purple onions.

3a (optional) – make a pumpkin face on top using lots of diced orange pepper . Diced black olives make the face.

b (also optional) – do a little jig 3x counterclockwise around the kitchen island and chant
“Eye of newt and gopher knees; make this chip dip people please” and cross your eyes and click your heels 3 times too.

4 – Refrigerate the dish for at least 2 hours. Serve with chips.