J’s birthday was on Sunday. My passionately strong souled love with the softest cancerian tendencies. Alive another year, every one better than the last. Of course I had to make him deliciously unhealthy foods on his day. Though not terribly unhealthy. We had a fresh abundant salad with a toasted almond and herb vinaigrette, arctic caribou meatballs in a apricot cumin glaze,garlicky hummus and ciabatta,sweet potatoes and this “hot mess” cheesy dip filled with garlic, kale, onion, cherry tomatoes and of course cheesy goodness with fried wonton crisp. To top it all off I made a birthday pie, yes you can do that! J’s always bugging me to make him a berry pie, so I hooked him up with a raspberry-saskatoon-mango butter crust pie!


The best birthday present ever, an epic double rainbow!



OH god now I’m watching the double rainbow explained video on the bottomless pit that is youtube.

So back to the hot mess cheesy dip. When we were doing the Whole 30 I stumble upon this recipe at the white on rice couple.  Those guys could make a pile of haggis look good they are so talented.  This dip was all I wanted in the whole world, it just oozes delicious comfort in its every molecule.  Those fresh tomatoes they popped on top YES! Pucker! (As Jamie Oliver would say) I switched up the recipe a touch by adding some garlic and kale, plus I skipped out on the cream cheese and stuck to just monterery jack.


The hot mess

“The Hot Mess” Cheesey Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4-6


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cups grated monterey jack cheese
  • 3 stalks kale, finely chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • generous amount of fresh cracked pepper
  • enough cherry tomatoes to plunk on top of your dish
  • and handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • one package wonton wrapper
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil for frying


  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a oven proof deep baking dish (I used a typical fondue pot) about 6inches in diameter mix together the mayo, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, kale and cheese.
  3. Top with cherry tomatoes and another sprinkling of cheese
  4. Bake for about an hour until the top is golden brown.
  5. For the wonton crisps, heat oil in a frying pan, add wonton wrappers a few at a time, frying until golden. Allow to drain on paper towel. Repeat for as many crisps as you want.

This is a luxurious dip to share with friends and family.  Or to just gobble up all on your own, whatever, you only eat cheesy dip once in awhile rightttt? Or maybe cheesy dip is your go to staple food. Who knows. Wouldn’t be so bad would it?

What’s your favourite go to birthday treat?


The Hot Mess Cheesy Dip

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