Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. Mike and I took the dogs for a walk at the local reservoir before preparing for a family picnic at our house. We all hung out on our screened porch, ate and drank. Oh, I discovered my new summer beer, Watermelon Ale by Hooker Ale Brewery. Brewed locally in Bloomfield, CT (just a town over from us) Hooker Ale Brewery has a great assortment of specialty beers. The Watermelon Ale is delicious and very refreshing. The first thing that came to my mind when I opened the bottle is "it smells like a watermelon Jolly Rancher!" Really, really good.
Yesterday, I made the following appetizer for everyone and it was a hit! It's a quick and easy recipe that you can throw together in just a few short minutes and it tastes delicious! I was introduced to this recipe by Mike's cousin Patti and it's just amazing.
I've decided to call it the "Mediterrenean Layer Dip"
- Large container of plain hummus
- (Optional) Pesto (Store-bought) or you can make your own with Basil, Pine Nuts, Garlic, EVOO, S & P
- Cherry or grape tomatoes
- Calamata Olives (pitted are preferred)
- Feta Cheese or Goat Cheese
- Fresh Parsley
- Bag of pita chips
Next, you chop up the tomatoes and olives and layer those on.
Finally you add the cheese and some freshly chopped parsley and you're done! I served this with a bowl of pita chips and let me tell you, this was gone in about 5 minutes.