"Did you get the recipe?" I asked.
"No," Randy said, incredulous. Like he would *ask* Gregg Marshall for a recipe! Puh-leeze.
"How good was that dip?" I asked.
"OK," he reconsidered. "I'll get the recipe."
He got it, on an index card in Lynn Marshall's handwriting: "Buffalo Chicken Dip." And I knew it was, in fact, an awesome recipe when I saw "Texas Pete" listed as one of the ingredients. I didn't realize until later -- when I shared the recipe with a few friends -- that not everyone around here knows what Texas Pete is.
Where I come from, Texas Pete is like Kleenex or Q-Tips. You wouldn't say you needed a "facial tissue" or a "cotton swab," and similarly, in North Carolina, where Texas Pete was created, you don't say "hot sauce." You just say Texas Pete.
So here's the recipe, perfect for Super Bowl Sunday or March Madness or book clubs (I'm taking it to mine this week) or any kind of gathering where you might want the most awesome dip ever:
BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP
1 package cream cheese
2 cans (10 oz. each) white meat chicken
1/2 cup Texas Pete
3/4 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup monterrey jack cheese, shredded
Spread cream cheese in Pyrex pan (8x11 or so). Combine Ranch, Texas Pete and chicken and spread over cream cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with monterrey jack. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to cool down. Serve with Tostitos or Fritos scoops.