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Jul
8
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Guacamole with Tomatillo and Tomato

Guacamole with Tomatillo and Tomato

Ever had a hankering for something that you just can’t seem to satiate? That’s been me lately with avocados. Given the  obsession, an ordinary guacamole wouldn’t do. Nope, not at all.

I wandered the produce aisle and came up with this guacamole concoction instead. It might just be the best one I’ve made to date. And the best part? It’s been 24 hours and the guac still hasn’t browned. I’ll thank the food processor for effectively distributing those acids and keeping my guac bright green. (more…)

Jun
3
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The Condiment Lovers Dream: Ship & Dip

The Condiment Lovers Dream: Ship & Dip

My friend Nina is a constant Saucy Dipper supporter and a true source of blog post inspiration. Even all the way in Paris she found out about a new US company that provides a monthly condiment subscription for those…well, for those who are just like me and love sauces and dips like no other. The company is Ship & Dip, and the story, the founders, and the products they feature couldn’t be more clever.

If you love condiments, you better keep reading because things are about to get good! (more…)

May
7
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It’s All Gravy. An Easy Sausage Gravy Recipe.

It’s All Gravy. An Easy Sausage Gravy Recipe.

Growing up I didn’t care for gravy. At holiday meals I’d pass that boat and opt for ketchup instead (yes, ketchup on turkey AND ham). It was the consistency, the color, and the idea that gravy was a result of all the leftover bits that would otherwise go in the trash.

Now, decades later, I’ve realized my distaste is unfounded. Maybe those insta-gravy mixes should be outlawed, but a fresh home made gravy is delicious and it should be slathered on many different things…especially biscuits. So, one Saturday morning recently, that’s what I did.  (more…)

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…)

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