Monday, January 25, 2010

Armed and Dangerous Dip

This week's recipe, based on one of my art pieces, is truly insanely good. And as a extra bonus it is also insanely easy to prepare. I adapted a recipe from Allrecipes called "Carmel Apple Dip" and call this one "Armed and Dangerous Dip" in honor of my assemblage piece "Armed and Dangerous". It had always made me wonder why one of the most classic ideals of femine beauty was so physically challenged and so when I found the doll arms that were to exact scale of this Venus de Milo statue I knew I wanted give Venus back her power!

The recipe is sort of a lazy persons way of eating caramel apples. The soft caramel/cream cheese mix is perfect for those of you who adore caramel apples, but dislike the effort and caramel stuck to your teeth that is involved.

And of course there is a story to delight you while you munch this tasty treat.

Armed and Dangerous Dip

Her charm was intense, almost disarming. I first saw her standing in front of a replica of the Venus de Milo in the lobby of the local library. She was there to defend the statue from those who were marching about with placards to protest the semi-clothed female figure in the town's only cultural palace. I did not realize she had lived here for many years before moving to the city to start her own detective agency. The more I came to know Veronica the more I admired her. She often traveled to exciting places to do daring jobs that she could not talk much about. She had a soft spot for abandoned dogs and cats, was a very good shot, and collected assemblage art pieces from Colorado artists. Even after we lost the struggle to keep the local Venus de Milo who was eventually replaced by an ugly, but fully clothed Don Quixote, we kept in touch. Veronica got very sick trying to rescue pets in New Orleans after the hurricane, and often disappeared for months without a word. I was stunned when I saw her photo in the local newspaper, announcing that she had died in New Guinea a few months earlier. The editor told me he had a lot of trouble just getting permission to publish her death notice. He was sure she worked for the CIA. I organized a big event for the entire town to mourn Veronica's passing and to celebrate our only local celebrity. Everyone said it was the best party ever. I made loads of food, including something I called "Armed and Dangerous Dip" in her honor. Several people at the party told me about a new animal shelter just outside of town that took in unwanted pets and I always wondered why the woman running it did not come to our Celebration of Life for Veronica.

And the recipe:

20 individually wrapped Werther's Original Chewy Caramels
1/4 C. water
1 (8 ounce) low fat cream cheese
1/2 C. brown sugar
several gala apples sliced and tossed with lemon juice

Put unwrapped caramels in a microwaveable bowl with the water and heat on high for a minute. Stir together the caramels and water until the caramels have thoroughly dissolved. In another bowl cream together the cream cheese and brown sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the caramel/water mix. Serve with sliced apples.

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