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Apr
9
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Author of ‘Crackers & Dips’ Says ‘No’ to Gloppy Calorie Bomb Dips

Author of ‘Crackers & Dips’ Says ‘No’ to Gloppy Calorie Bomb Dips

Today on the Saucy Dipper I’m talking to Ivy Manning, a freelance food and travel writer, food stylist, and author of four cookbooks including Crackers & Dips. Ivy’s cookbook violently jumped out at me while browsing Amazon, which is exactly why I sought her out to ask a few questions. I feel like she wrote this book for me!

Thank you, Ivy, for taking the time to share your ideas and for creating dip recipes that are not of the “gloppy calorie bomb” variety. (Her words, not mine, but I love it!) (more…)

Mar
19
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An Easy Butternut Squash Soup

An Easy Butternut Squash Soup

Sometimes you just feel like soup. Like those times when spring arrives but it still feels like winter. You know, when it’s snowing in March for example.

This week I took the hand blender and crafted an incredibly easy and smooth butternut squash soup. If you’re a dip-my-spicy-or-cheesy-sandwich-into-my-soup kind of person, then this butternut squash soup is definitely for you.

I know most squash soups often call for roasting your veggies, but I was in a bit of a hurry — so I microwaved. And THAT makes an easy soup recipe even easier. Hope you enjoy!  (more…)

Jan
29
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A Big Week for Spreads. Hello, Lime Curd and Bacon Pâté.

A Big Week for Spreads. Hello, Lime Curd and Bacon Pâté.

Two things happened in the past week or so that led me to two outstanding dip slash spread recipes. Love it when you get a recipe right on the initial go without any modification.

First, I went to the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and saw a good number of citrus curds on display. I was definitely drawn to the lime variety more than once. Not long after returning from my trip, I was browsing around the food blog world and came across this post about lime curd. It felt like serendipity. (more…)

Jan
22
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Making Tartar Sauce and Cooking for a Toddler

Making Tartar Sauce and Cooking for a Toddler

In an ideal world your toddler would eat what you eat for dinner. I make a nice roasted chicken thinking, “yea, she’ll love this.” But nope. Rarely does our two year old Maggie even consider eating what we’re eating.

It’s more likely that we’ll eat what she WANTS, which is, you can probably guess, something like macaroni and cheese or fish sticks. To make myself feel better I’ll throw in a homemade sauce and a side salad.

On this particular day I opted for a homemade tartar sauce. Another easy, versatile dipping sauce you can throw together on a moment’s notice. If you’ve got mayo, pickle relish, and an imagination, you’ve got all you need. (more…)

Jan
15
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Crab Rangoon Dip with Wonton Dippers

Crab Rangoon Dip with Wonton Dippers

It’s tough for me to say what my “favorites” are in life. For instance, I can’t tell you about my favorite book or movie because I’m not really sure which ONE I like best. That feels like too much pressure to pick just one. Same with picking a favorite color, music genre, or time of year. Too much!

However with food I’m a little bit clearer. I can say with real confidence that the chicken curry I ate in Thailand was the best meal I’d ever had. I also know that there is no replacement for a traditional potato chip dip….except maybe crab rangoon dip, which happens to be a favorite appetizer of mine. (more…)

Jan
8
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How to Make Pumpkin Glaze and Other Tasty Treats from #31DayCooks

How to Make Pumpkin Glaze and Other Tasty Treats from #31DayCooks

The glaze. The easiest and possibly sweetest frosting. It’s so versatile. Add a little vanilla or a touch of lemon or whatever! Everything goes with milk and sugar!

I chose to make a pumpkin glaze since I still had some around after the holidays. (Pumpkin season is over when I say it’s over!)  The flavor combo worked nicely with a low-sugar banana bread. (Actually it was more like a banana/pumpkin bread. I had LOTS of pumpkin to use.) (more…)

Jan
1
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Day 1 of 31 Day Cooking Challenge: Three Tips for Making Your Own Ketchup (with Recipe)

Day 1 of 31 Day Cooking Challenge: Three Tips for Making Your Own Ketchup (with Recipe)

I got started a little early on my 31 day cooking challenge, and I’m glad I did because my first recipe became a PROCESS. Turns out there’s a few things you need to know about making your own homemade ketchup, including these three tips: (more…)

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