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1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
as needed: 4 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
graham crackers

  1. Cream together the butter, sugars and vanilla until fluffy.  Stir in flour until combined, then stir in chips.  Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
  2. Dump mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap; shape into a ball and refrigerate that for another hour.
  3. Just before serving, roll the ball in pecans. Serve with graham cracker sticks.

Creamy Cilantro Dip

16 oz cream cheese, softened (microwave 30 sec)
1 bunch (2 oz.) fresh cilantro, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
juice of 1 1/2 limes
2-4 tablespoons water, depending on desired consistancy

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Soften cream cheese by microwaving 30 seconds.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour into medium glass bowl, cover with foil and bake for approx. 25-30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Serve warm or cold with cheese toast. (Have a seeded baguette sliced, spray slices with cooking oil, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and toast lightly.)
Add more water and serve as a soup.