Romance Cooks

Black Bean Chili Dip – Keri Ford

black bean chili dip

This recipe started out as a chili, but I got it a little too spicy. After blending it though, it works as a great healthy dip on carrots and celery!

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1 lb of dry black beans (soak overnight in water). Leave enough liquid over your beans so they’re under about an inch of water.

1 package of chili seasoning (tho, if you just half the package, or use enough seasoning for the amount of beans you have, you just make chili. Since I used all the seasoning for my little pot, I came out with dip. I used 2-Alarm Chili Seasoning and put in everything but the mesa flour and paprika. I meant to do the paprika…but it was left out by mistake. Poor paprika.)

1can of diced tomatoes

4 or 5 cloves of garlic, chopped

1diced medium onion

Olive Oil


Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add onions and garlic. Simmer until onions are translucent. Add to your soaked beans. Put the bean mix over medium heat, add the tomatoes and seasoning. Heat until boiling. Turn back the heat to low-medium and cover. Cook for a few hours, stirring every now and then. Eat as is, or puree to make a dip or a creamy soup!


In The Hay by Keri Ford


It’s been a White Picket Fence life for Nicolette. Charming, but tedious. She graduated high school, raring to go. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems though. The fear of being stuck in a rut, living a dull day-to-day life keeps Nicolette from settling on a career, despite her six years of college. When the chance arrives for her to housesit, she takes opportunity by the horns for a little playtime. She would experience life and find something that would make her happy.

Drew knows exactly what he wants. To run the family construction business. Too bad his dad doesn’t think he’s ready. They make a deal. Drew will help his cousin put up a new fence and after he’s learned hard work, the construction business is his. Drew’s not sure learning how to string fence line together will see him suitable for a career of paper pushing, but he’ll do it.

When Drew meets the wanna-be-free-spirited Nicolette, his determined thoughts of what he’s always worked for begins to sway. Nicolette’s finding the fun in life. But their relationship is temporary. A week tops.

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