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Looking toward the New Year
By Melba Lovelace Modified: December 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm •  Published: December 26, 2012

DEAR MELBA: With the New Year practically here, let's get dippin'.


1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 3/4 cup (3 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated Whip all ingredients in blender until well blended; chill.


1 can (16 ounces) ranch style or pinto beans in chili gravy 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 tablespoon dry taco seasoning 1/8 teaspoon cumin 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 cup sour cream 1/8 to 1/4 cup picante sauce or salsa 1/2 cup grated Velveeta cheese Put all ingredients in blender or food processor and puree until uniform mixture. DAVE FARRINGTON, Midwest City

DEAR READERS: When planning a New Year's party, I usually serve dips and appetizers. I read that appetizers are foods that stimulate the appetite and are usually served before a meal. My appetite does not need to be stimulated. I can eat an entire meal of appetizers. Actually, they're supposed to only pique the appetite. According to Webster's dictionary, hors doeuvres, are any of various savory foods - usually served as appetizers. So, if they're used synonymously, call them what you will. But, choose foods that have contrasting tastes, textures, colors, and most of all are easily handled. Let's try a Ham Ball.


2 packages (4 ounces each) cooked ham 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon prepared mustard 1 tablespoon dehydrated onions 1/2 teaspoon horseradish 1 jar (4 ounces) chopped pimientos, drained Crackers Grind ham. Add cream cheese and process to blend. Stir in mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, onions, horseradish and pimientos. Place mixture on waxed paper, and with hands shape into a ball. Refrigerate and serve with crackers. Serves 8 to 10.


DEAR MELBA: In 1987, you published a pattern for a three-dimensional star pincushion. I have the pattern, but you also printed a picture of the finished pincushion with it, and I would love to have the picture. Please ask readers if anyone has it to mail it to me at 22544 170th St., Lamberton, MN 56152.

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