Blackbean Dip
Submitted by: Sandi
15-ounce can black beans, drained
4 green onions, minced
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 can tomatoes with green chilis, drained
1 1/4 cups monterey jack cheese, grated
Tortilla chips
Mash beans, combine with remaining ingredients, excluding 1/2 cup cheese. Pour bean mixture into a 1-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 350F, 20-30 minutes. Serve hot with Tortilla chips.

Cilantro Lime Salsa
Submitted by: Sandi
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup salad oil
6 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
Mix onion, cilantro, parsley, oil, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, and jalapeno in a non-metallic bowl. If made ahead, cover and refrigerate overnight. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

Fruit and Cheese Dippers
Submitted by: SueW
1 cup plain yogurt 2 tablespoons honey
Stir together yogurt and honey in small bowl. Cover and  refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, assemble Dippers by alternating fruit pieces (see below) and cheese cubes on skewers. Serves as many as you want.
4 cups your favorite fresh fruit, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
(bananas, apples, strawberries, mandarin orange segments, grapes, pears, pineapple, etc)
1/4 pound slice (3/4-inch thick) Cheddar cheese, cubed
1/4 pound slice (3/4-inch thick) Swiss cheese, cubed
8 (8-inch) skewers
Note: Dip fruit pieces in lemon juice to prevent discoloration.

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