Martha Len Nelson / Food

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Add panache to Super Bowl parties with pizza dip

Our community will have the opportunity to experience a fun, family-friendly evening while supporting a worthy cause when Our Daily Bread sponsors the internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors at Denton High School next month.

Featuring dazzling ball-handling, slam dunks and comedy routines, the Ambassadors will face a team of local "celebrities," including Mayor Mark Burroughs; city council members Pete Kamp and James King; University of North Texas police officers; ministers Jeff Williams, Cammy Gaston and Christy Thomas; Denton Record-Chronicle publisher Bill Patterson; Northstar Bank CEO Tony Clark; and many more. Former Dallas Cowboy player Walt Garrison will serve as emcee for the evening.

The event is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased at the door or by calling Jim Bays, treasurer of Our Daily Bread, at 940-383-2297 or director Millie Bell at 940-765-7607.

And don't forget: Denton Community Theatre opens its staging of the Neil Simon comedy Laughter on the 23rd Floor at 7:30 p.m. today. It's worth noting that the play contains strong language. The play continues through next weekend. For more information, visit www.denton

Our local theater companies continue to produce very strong attractions. Last weekend's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill at the PointBank Black Box Performing Arts Center was memorable. The space has proven to be intimate, acoustically sound and altogether inviting.

Are we still interested in the Super Bowl? Real football fans are, I know, so today I have a dip suggested by two of my daughters, originally posted on


Pepperoni pizza dip

• 1 8-ounce package cream cheese

• 1/2 cup sour cream

• 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

• 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne

• 1/2 cup pizza sauce

• 3/4 cup chopped green pepper

• 10 to 12 pepperoni slices, quartered

• 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

• 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

• toasted bread rounds or bread sticks


Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, oregano, garlic powder and cayenne. Spread into a 9-inch pie plate or oven-safe serving platter. Cover with pizza sauce, then top with green pepper, pepperoni and onions.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, then sprinkle with cheese. Bake for five to eight more minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve with bread rounds or sticks.

MARTHA LEN NELSON can be contacted by calling her at 940-382-9597 or e-mail .


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