White Bean Dip and Some Thoughts!!!

by Erica Dinho on August 17, 2009

White Bean DipWell, here I am trying to write in English. Not a problem for a lot people, but a little difficult for me. Some days I think I should give up and just write in Spanish, but that means giving up my dream of teaching the world about my culture.

My friend Gillian would tell me all the time that I should write a blog about Colombia, and I always said “yes, maybe one day”, but I never did. Until one day when my husband came to me, after starting his own blog, and said, “let’s buy your domain now, come and sit down with me”. And so I began. Now I can only thank them for pushing me to do it because I’m having a lot of fun. I love everything about it, the cooking, taking pictures and making new friends.

This is a simple and delicious bean dip. Enjoy!



  • 1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Crushed red pepper to your taste


  1. Take 2 tablespoons of the cannellini beans and set aside for later use.
  2. Place all the ingredients in the food processor and mix until well combined and smooth.
  3. Transfer the dip to a serving dish and top with the beans you set aside and fresh cilantro.
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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nora@ffr August 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM

HMM LOVE THIS POST!! vat a great idea.. bean dip sound delish!1 :)


2 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie August 17, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Your white bean dip looks fantastic! Perhaps you can write some posts in Spanish and for those of us who don’t know too much Spanish, there’s always Google Translate which actually works pretty well :)


3 Danielle August 17, 2009 at 1:45 PM

I had no idea that English is your second language. You’re doing a great job!! And your bean dip looks and sounds yummy!


4 Erica August 17, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments!!!!


5 Oysterculture August 17, 2009 at 2:57 PM

I am so glad you heeded their encouragement, I for one would not have known that English is not your first language, you write like a native. Thank you for educating me and offering me many tempting reasons to explore Columbia.


6 Soma August 17, 2009 at 4:20 PM

The bean dip is fantastic!!

Hmmmm. i do not understand Spanish & you if you did write i would miss your posts.. no i would use the translator! so may be you could use spanish sometimes?;-)


7 Erica August 17, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting :)


8 the epicurean's market August 17, 2009 at 9:06 PM

Thanks for sharing such a sweet story. The bean dip looks fabulous! ~Mina


9 Bunny August 17, 2009 at 9:25 PM

I think your doing a fantastic job writing in english! I love this dip it looks terrific, great football food!


10 Joy August 17, 2009 at 10:05 PM

Thankyou for persisting with English, because I am truly learning about your culture. This bean dip is just delicious, I can tell my reading the ingredients! I look forward to trying it!


11 Carrollton Foodie August 18, 2009 at 1:41 AM

I enjoy your blog and recipes very much. Your English is very good. I married into a bilingual family … they’ve lived in the U.S. proper; Puerto Rico; Carracas, Venezuela; and Mexico City. I’m trying to learn as much Spanish as I can, but it’s a very slow, very challenging process. I truly appreciate your skillfulness at writing your blog in your second language.


12 Erica August 18, 2009 at 7:42 AM

Thank you all for your continue support!!!


13 Tangled Noodle August 18, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Not to complain (I speak primarily English with a smattering of words in a few other languages) but I do find it interesting that English seems to be the default language of food blogs, at least. I’m grateful that foodies such as yourself and those from all over the globe write posts in my primary language. But I am also in awe at the multilingualism that you display. Speaking at least 2 languages seems to be the norm in most other countries (the native tongue and often English). I wish that we had the same approach here in US! By all means, please feel free to write posts in Spanish – I would welcome the opportunity and challenge of learning another language!

In the meantime, I will enjoy your white bean dip as I continue to mull over the issue of language and bloggign! 8-D


14 rebecca subbiah August 18, 2009 at 9:08 AM

keep doing it Erica you have a great blog and I love the recipes and learning about your country lol rebecca


15 Kim August 18, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Your English is perfect and I’m sure glad that you are blogging. I love your recipes: ) I have seen so many recipes with beans lately and that makes me so happy. I think beans are not used enough in cooking. I have been craving them lately and can’t get enough. This bean dip looks yummy!!


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17 Lynda August 19, 2009 at 10:59 PM

This bean dip looks delicious and so creamy. I’ve been looking for a good white bean dip, so I’ll be trying this!


18 Mindy August 26, 2009 at 6:43 PM

I’m glad you did start this blog. I started studying Spanish almost 20 years ago, and I’m so happy to have found a food blog like yours to use as inspiration for cooking. And this bean dip has some of my favorite flavors in it!


19 Carrollton Foodie October 25, 2009 at 5:21 PM

I’m really enjoying your recipes, I love learning about Colombian culture, and your English is great. I married into a Puerto Rican family and I live in Texas, so I’ve been trying to learn some Spanish. Let’s just say my bilingual attempts don’t hold a candle to yours. There’s no way I could write my blog in Spanish.


20 Shannon August 23, 2014 at 3:38 PM

got several of your recipes off pinterest and have made this bean dip several times and finally decided to tell you how good it is. I’m in TX on the gulf coast and we love it.


21 Erica Dinho August 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Thank you!


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