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Arizona Biltmore Dip


Conference venues aren't generally known for memorable food but sometimes you might be pleasantly surprised. I attended a compliance conference at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix AZ. The setting is striking as the hotel is one of the few worldwide with an architectural imprint by the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright.

At one of the conference receptions, hors d'oeuvres included a dip served with crudités and crackers. The Arizona Biltmore Dip was so tasty that I gobbled up more than my fair share then asked the chef if he would share his recipe. It's amazing how the right combination of common ingredients can be so delicious! This is a good recipe to keep on hand for upcoming holiday parties.


1 1/2 cups Hellman's mayonnaise
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
20 pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
6 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients into a small food processor and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.