Ugly dip is a recipe that needs to be shared with the world. Last summer I rediscovered this recipe my mom had made off and on growing up – mostly for football game watching – and I don’t think I fully appreciated it then. My mom got the recipe out of a Knoxville News Sentinel article and this one was submitted by Phillip Fulmer‘s wife (that is the genealogy for Ugly Dip as far back as I know it).
ANYWAY, a new appreciation grew last summer and my friend Leah and I proceeded to make it at least every other week in double portions. BBQ, casual get-together, baby shower, bought too many chips… the reasons were endless. Here it is in it’s true recipe, but I will add my two cents as well:
1 can Shoepeg corn (11 oz), 1 can black beans (15.5 oz), 1 package feta (4 oz), 1 small bunch of green onions chopped
Combine all of these. *Ashley’s note: first, if corn on the cob is in season then go for IT. Cut the kernels off of about 3 ears and cook with oil on medium heat about 10 min. or until softened. Second, I always double the corn and beans! I do 2 cans of each and then get a bigger thing of feta if I’m not feeling too cheap.
Toss together. Chill at least one hour and mix together well. Good with scoop corn chips… or any other vehicle to get it to your mouth 🙂 Why is it called ugly dip, you ask? Well, I don’t think it will win any prizes for looks but who cares when it tastes so dang good!
*Another Ashley Note: when I double the first half of the recipe, I keep the other measurements the same. If you do not double, I would recommend cutting back on the second half proportions.
Our graduation celebratory dinner at Longman and Eagle inspired this drink. They call it the Bitter Bourbon Buck.
Start with a glass of ice. Add a shot (or two) of your favorite bourbon or whiskey.
Add the most delicious ingredient, ginger beer, which as far as I can tell the same as ginger ale, except, perhaps more ginger-y. Try a 2:1 ratio of beer to whiskey, adding more beer if you like it sweeter.
Top with a splash of the most interesting ingredient, Fernet Branca, a bitter Italian liquor. This stuff is crazy. It’s made from a hodge-podge of different spices including saffron, chamomile, iris, gentian root, galangal, aloe, lime tree bark, and myrrh. Yes, myrrh, the same stuff Jesus got for his birthday. Honestly, the liquor is pretty gross if you drink it straight. But it does add some crazy complexity to the drink.
Finally, drop an orange wedge in and give it a stir (or whatever bartenders do).
Gents, the bittersweet smoky complexity of this drink is great, and you can still keep your man card when you order it off the “cocktail” menu.