Hey all you foodies out there… This is the Big Ragu from the Food Adventures blog.
Today we share a recipe you can put to use this Holiday Season.
This one comes from the secret vault of Big Ragu’s family.
Dusted off and not shared since 1978, it is time for a special treat.
HISTORY OF THE RECIPE:
John J. Miller was born in Arcanum in 1912. He served in WW2 and was a third shift foreman who retired from
McCall’s Printing Press in 1976. Known for his green thumb, handyman skills, and love of auctions and garage sales, he was also a foodie. From rural foods like Darke County farm feasts, to fried fish at Elder Beerman and eve his rotisserie BBQ, he enjoyed comfort foods. His family was used to making meals from scratch, so he had few good recipes up his sleeve.
I know this, because he was my grandfather.
Although he passed away unexpectedly in 1978, when I was 8, I was lucky enough to share times with him playing bumper pool, playing catch, listening to Reds games and cheering on Flyers basketball.
One vivid memory I had was a cheese dip or “spread” he would make called “Beer Cheese.”
Today I share not only a small recipe with you, but I share a piece of my heart …. My grandfather loved Christmas and I hope this recipe brings joy to a “get together” you have this season.
GRANDPA JOHN’S BEER CHEESE DIP
Let the cheddar cheese stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
In a medium bowl combine cheese, beer, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder.
Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined.
Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.
Makes about 3 cups of dip.
Serve with Club Crackers like Grandpa did or Big Ragu’s twist is serve it with Tomato and Basil flavored Wheat Thins.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family from the Food Adventures Crew.
Enjoy and cherish each day with your loved ones. We hope you make some wonderful memories this year.
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