Tasty Tuesday: Zesty Pizza Dip from #romance #author Augustina Van Hoven #funfood #recipe #mustread #fiction

This week’s Tasty Tuesday brings a tempting pizza dip recipe straight out of the pages of Augustina Van Hoven’s latest book, The Last Christmas on Earth. Enjoy!


Food is an essential part of my new frontier series.  Five thousand colonists and crew members are boarding the Starship Halcyon to take a nine-month voyage to colonize a new planet.  They have to bring enough food stores with them to sustain the group during the trip and for several months after they first land until they can harvest their own crops.

In the series prequel, The Last Christmas on Earth, we are introduced to Engineering Specialist, Duncan McGregor.  He’s not much of a cook but when he’s invited to a private poker game, he relies on an old recipe to use as his food contribution.

He’d called in a favor from one of the cooks in the galley and was allowed to make his grandmother’s recipe for pizza dip.  It was made with pizza sauce, several kinds of cheese, red and green peppers chopped up, and bits of hamburger, pepperoni, ham and bacon mixed through it.  He wasn’t much of a cook but this was something from his childhood that he’d made often.  Growing up with his grandparents there were times when money was tight.  They couldn’t afford to order out for pizza so his grandmother would make this dip with whatever ingredients she had.  She baked her own bread so there was always plenty of that.  It made for a tasty treat on the evenings they played cards or made puzzles.

Pizza Dip

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese

½ cup pizza sauce

½ cup mozzarella cheese

2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese

2 Tablespoons Red pepper (chopped)

2 Tablespoons Green pepper (chopped)

1 tsp of Italian seasonings

Optional:

Crumbled bacon, cooked ground beef, cooked diced ham, and chopped pepperoni

Instructions

Layer in order given.

Microwave 2 mins.

Serve with crackers or cut up toasted French bread.

AugustinaVanHoven_TheLastChristmasOnEarth_HRWhat if you had to make a choice, your lifelong dream or your soul mate?
Scott Southerland has his dream job and his dream woman. What could go wrong? With his mother around, plenty. Scott’s on his guard, and his soon-to-be fiancé, Harper Castille, is, too. Scott has no interest in the other women his mother dangles in front of him, but can his relationship with Harper survive the destruction of his dream?

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Tina small - CopyAugustina Van Hoven was born in The Netherlands and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two dogs and three cats.   She is an avid reader of romance, science fiction and fantasy.  When she’s not writing she likes to work in her garden or in the winter months crochet and knit on her knitting machines.

Website: www.augustinavanhoven.com

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Thanks, Augustina! You’ve given me some great ideas for the next time I do pizza fondue for my hubby and me. I do something similar in my fondue pot: marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, mini pepperoni slices, and use French bread to dip into the sauce. But adding in some bacon bits or maybe even some sliced black olives sounds mighty tempting, too.

Have you made a sauce or fondue like this? What other ingredients do you recommend?

Betty

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