There are things which take us back to specific people, places, ideas, and worlds. Back to a time which reminds us for a pivotal moment in our lives or people who were part of our life. Today, as I share Nancy’s Potluck Chip Dip, I am taken back to one of the more amazing women I’ve known in my life and a time in my life when I was full of excitement.
When I was a student at the College of Saint Catherine, a women’s college in St. Paul, Minnesota, I worked with so many amazing women. One of the women with whom I worked was a beautiful woman named Nancy Baumgartner. Nancy was the office coordinator in the Student Center and Activities office, where I worked my senior year of college. Prior to that time, the Student Center and Activities office did not exist. The student center was built in my second and third years working there, and the office came about as I was working at that point. Nancy, who has since passed away after a bout with cancer, was one of those women who touched the life of every student and/or person she met. She had a warm soul, was a former hippie, had two wonderful daughters, and spent her time enhancing the lives of women around her.
Nancy was a knitter and free spirit. I don’t think I saw her knitting much while I was a student, but she would talk about it on occasion and I ended up taking up knitting the following year. She stated she was inspired by me, although I think it was the opposite. Nancy would knit felted purses and then would name them after people she knew. She named a purse after me once. It is one of the ways I felt most blessed in my life.
One of the traditions we started quickly when I was working in the Student Center was a regular potluck. A few times, Nancy brought what I have come to know as Nancy’s Potluck Chip Dip. Although I haven’t made it recently, the reason I am blogging about it today is twofold.
- I always lose this recipe and just found it
- Nancy made such a positive impact on all around her, I feel like I need a little inspiration from Nancy at the moment!
There was no doubt that this dip is delicious. But, this is also tempered with the fact that the dip doesn’t look that pretty. In fact, it looks downright undelicious. But, when you finally give in and taste it, you will love it. So, for your next potluck, whip up a batch of Nancy’s potluck chip dip and embrace it. Until then, be blessed by the life of a truly beautiful person who, had you known her, would have left you smiling at every connection.
Nancy’s Potluck Chip Dip
3 c pepper jack cheese, shredded
½ c salsa
½ c sour cream
1 can black beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 can sliced black olives
1 bunch green onions, sliced
Take 2 ½ c cheese and mix with sour cream, salsa, corn, and beans. Put in 2 qt casserole. Spread olives and onions over the top and sprinkle rest of cheese on top.
Bake covered for 15 minutes.
Remove cover and bake 10 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.