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One thing I love about summer is the get-togethers with family and friends, especially the big cookouts with good food and lots of people. Back when I was a kid my grandparents lived on a lake in Minnesota. They would through an enormous party every summer. I can’t even say how many people would come. Dozens and dozens of their friends from all over.
Those were the best cookouts, but I also recall a neighborhood tradition when I was little that I don’t think many do these days. The Block Party. The street would be blocked off and everyone would gather and cookout, play games, listen to music, and socialize.
It’s kind of sad that these traditions aren’t kept these days. Everyone seems to be too busy with their own lives to even know the neighbors who live around them. I miss the days when the neighbors watched out for one another, and the kids could play outside without cell phones, when my mother would ring the dinner bell and we’d come in for dinner, then most often, go back outside and play for another few hours.
The good ol’ days.
At least I can still look forward to a few cookouts every year. I’m not much of a cook, but one thing I love to make is Mexican Corn Dip. It’s always a favorite, and easy enough to make that a lot of the time I let the kids make it.
3 -11 oz cans Mexican style corn (Mexicorn) drained
1-4oz can diced green chilis (drained)
5 green onions chopped
1-8oz container sour cream
1 jalepeno pepper chopped
3/4 cup mayo
10oz shredded cheddar cheese (I’ve seen a recipe added pepper jack cheese too)
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with tortilla chips.
It’s really tasty. I’m thinking of trying it out with elbow noodles and making it a pasta salad. I think it would work!
I hope you’ll try it for your next cookout!
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