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Chili Con Queso

[Photograph: Lisa Fain]

In Texas, whipping up a bowl of the cheesy dip known as Chili Con Queso can be as simple as melting a block of everyone's favorite shelf stable "cheese food" (read: Velveeta) with a can of Ro*Tel diced tomatoes with green chiles. But things weren't quite so easy for Lisa Fain, AKA The Homesick Texan when she moved to Manhattan. Unable to locate the tomatoes that give this party favorite its distinct zing, she took it upon herself to make over this Texan dip.

Taking a cue from the cheese dips of Mexico, where real cheeses were used instead of "cheese food," Fain came up with this blend of cheddar and jack studded with fresh tomatoes and chiles. Melted with a buttery roux and a bit of sour cream for both tang and smoothness, Fain's Chili Con Queso is just as creamy as the original with the added brightness of fresh vegetables and cilantro and big, cheesy flavor.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Homesick Texan Cookbook to give away this week.

FromThe Homesick Texan Cookbook by Lisa Fain. Text and photographs copyright © 2011 Lisa Fain. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved

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