WHO would have though 15-20 years ago one would need to budget for their coffee consumption? Who in their right mind would think anyone would pay $3.50 for a coffee? God Bless America!
You know, I expect to be over-charged and pay $3.50 for my mocha habit at Starbucks. What I don’t expect and what gives me an awkward tinge of guilty heartburn is paying $3.75 for a smaller size at my church coffee shop. Yes, I belong to one of those cool, trendy churches that actually has a cafe’ on its premises. That aside, where is the tenet of generosity of our faith when my wallet is hijacked by the looting horde of mocha’s, caramel macchiatos and green tea lattes? Of course I know I don’t have to succumb to the temptation, but if you want to go there, should the church be in the business of tempting me to begin with? It’s an unholy alliance from top to bottom! Especially when you consider they charge $1 a donut! Remember the days when coffee and donuts were free after the service? Well I do. It was at our old church. Makes me think, maybe competition isn’t so bad after all. Now I shall retire to repent of my sins.
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Makes 2 cups
2 large yellow onions
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup sour cream
½ cup good mayonnaise
Cut the onions in half, and then slice them into 1/8-inch-thick half-rounds. (You will have about 3 cups of onions.)
Heat the butter and oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper and sauté for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes, until the onions are browned and caramelized. Allow the onions to cool.
Place the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add the onions and mix well. Taste for seasonings.
Serve at room temperature.
Thanks to Carol L for getting this to me!
2 oz tequila (100% agave)
2 oz triple sec
1 whole lime squeezed, 1/2 if you’re on a budget (it’s the fresh lime juice that sells it)
3 oz Marg mix or to taste (sweeter or less sweet)
Shake with 1/2 shaker if ice. Pour in glass or some other beverage device. Garnish with a wedge of lime if you like.
Bluemoon Brewing’s Honeymoon Ale and margaritas