We Like to Party… and Eat Dip

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My liver has officially sent out an SOS call to anyone who's willing to help it. I got on my five hour long bus ride straight after work last Friday in order to go home for my lil broski's "going away to the Army" party. And as soon as I arrived, I headed straight to the bar to hang out with a bunch of people I went on the cruise with. Partying happened.

Then the next day everyone I've known from, like, ever in the history of life came to one of the local bars in my hometown for my brother's actual party. Obviously this included many more drinks and dancing and partying. I went to bed at 2:30am.

I then woke up two hours later to get myself in the car to head back to the city in order to go to the Rangers/Devils NHL game at Yankee Stadium. This obviously included carmosas for the trip, as well as many, many, many warn layers of clothes because it was a solid 18 degrees the entire four hours we sat outside.

It was SO worth it, though. Even if we did look like eskimos. Even if I couldn't keep my eyes open past 9pm last night. Even if I now want to lock myself away from any and all alcohol forever. Cough, I mean until next weekend, cough.

And speaking of partying, we're not about to stop anytime soon. Why? Because, umm, the Super Bowl is coming. Duh. And it's not only coming… it's coming straight to my city. Holy hot dogs and hamburgers, this is about to get really real.

The city has already been in prep mode for a couple weeks now. The airport was decked out with "Welcome to the Bowl" banners as soon as I got back from my cruise, Times Square is transforming right before my very eyes, and bars are starting to send me emails with game day specials. And now I think we should probably just hold the Super Bowl here every year. Except I'm probably going to hide away in an apartment at a party instead of venturing out into the craziness that's about to ensue in six days. My liver can't handle too much more stress. I know because it told me personally. 

But now that the NYC is in prep mode, I need to be as well. And that's exactly what I did this past weekend. But since I'm going to have to travel through citywide chaos in order to get to my party, it's going to be pretty tricky trying to bring along my dish to pass. All of you who don't live in big cities and carry your supplies straight from your front door to the back seat of your car don't really have this problem. But little ol' me who takes buses and subways just about everywhere she goes, doesn't have such a luxury. And I mean luxury in every literal sense of the word because I really do miss being able to do that.

Here's where Rubbermaid food storage products come into my life. I bought one at Target (along with quite a few other things, obviously) this past weekend and I've decided that I'll probably use it for everything from my Super Bowl dish to my cereal bowl when football's all over. It's just that easy.  

P.S. if you ever try putting the contents of your shopping cart on the floor at Target in order to take a picture of it all, you'll end up with quite a few stares from strangers to accompany you on your trip home. I wouldn't know this from personal experience or anything though, obviously.

But come on, how could I not Instagram a shot of Super Bowl and Valentine's Day prep all in one picture? Especially when my pink Hunter boots got to make an appearance as well.

Anyway, you're probably wondering what exactly I used that genius little dish for by now aren't you? I mean, who doesn't want to know what kinds of food I'm shoveling into my mouth on the daily? This weekend it was all about the dip. Because if there was one food group I put higher on my love list than Chipotle (yes, I consider Chipotle a food group) it would be dips. Give me ALL the dips. No joke, if there is chips and dip at your party and you invite me over I will physically have to train my brain into not allowing me to pull up a chair right in front of it.

But thank goodness I was in my own home this past weekend and could do exactly that because this dip is not one I enjoy sharing. Enter Dorito Dip. Yes, DORITO dip. Because it's just simply not as good with any other chip.

This is a dish I've been making since before I even knew that Doritos came from Tortilla chips and not the other way around. It' basically like a taco in a layered dip form and it is to. die. for. The only problem with the whole thing is that it serves as a reminder as to how I'm not a billionaire from creating the Dorito Taco at Taco Bell. Because I was doing tacos with Doritos wayyy before that stupid Chihuahua ever did. Epic life fail right there.

What you'll need:

8oz of cream cheese
8oz of sour cream
1/2 a packet of taco seasoning
Taco sauce - I use the bottle of Ortego
Romaine lettuce
Shredded Mexican blend cheese
Doritos - or whatever chip you want to use for dipping
*These amounts are perfect for a square 9x9 dish. Double everything when using the 9x13 dishes.

1. Mix your cream cheese and sour cream up until you have a smooth, non-lumpy consistency
2. Stir in the taco seasoning
3. Spread this concoction in your Rubbermaid dish until you have a uniform layer
4. Spoon on and spread out the taco sauce on top of the cream cheese/sour cream layer
5. Shred up the lettuce and lay that layer on next
6. Sprinkle the cheese on top of all that
7. Grab a chair and get as close as possible to the dip
8. Devour for a couple hours until dip is completely finished
9. Lick the dish clean
10. Put the dish straight into the dishwasher and never look back, or regret what you just did - it was worth it!

Plus if you want to get a little crafty and festive for the actual party you should probably grab yourself some Sharpies in order to decorate some football cutout food labels. Because it's always nice to know what you're eating before you pile it on your plate. Plate space is important and you don't want to hog it all up with crap you never wanted in the first place. So cut out some football shapes, go to town with your Sharpie markers, tape them to the back of wooden kabob skewers and you're all set with helping your guests make the best food decisions.

P.S. if you're way better at life than I am and actually attempt to save money while grocery shopping, text COUPONS to TARGET to receive $1 coupon off Rubbermaid products as well as $1 coupon off a four (or larger) pack of Sharpies.