Artichoke, Cheddar, Chipotle Spread

Artichoke, Cheddar, Chipotle Spread | @lemonsanchovies

  Nature called during the night sometime last week.  It’s not surprising considering I usually drink a full glass of milk or seltzer water before bed, you know, to wash down that little piece (or two) of chocolate that I just have to have .  I got up, reluctant to hit the pause button on […]

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus | Lemons & Anchovies Blog

  This is a far cry from the recipe I used for years.  I was so picky, you see.  My hummus had to have just the right amount of tahini paste–too much or too little, it wouldn’t be good enough for me.  I was also somewhat of a hummus purist.  For me, there was no […]

Smoked Trout Dip

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  The story behind my obsession with smoked trout dip is here, where I first tried to recreate a Sun Valley grocery store specialty after falling in love with it a few years ago.  The main difference is that my first attempt was made with smoked salmon, an alternative I resorted to as I couldn’t […]

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

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  My husband and I are beginning to feel like restaurant jinxes.  Over the last few years we have discovered a few restaurants in our area only to see them close their doors a couple of years or even just a few months after deeming the eateries current favorites.  We don’t have a very good […]

Crab and Shrimp Dip

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  One of my favorite appetizers as a child was my mother’s crab mousse, one she always turned out expertly onto a plate from one of her copper-lined molds.  She used gelatin to set the mousse’s shape and its elegant appearance belied the use of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup which was the foundation of […]

Tapas: Peri Peri Pepper-Almond Dip with Marinated Anchovies

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  In the kitchen, I have lately found myself stuck in a box, a Jean in the Box, if you will.  The lid is tightly closed and I wait for someone to turn the crank so I can spring out and be freed from my limited views on dinner.  I have been serving conventional dinner […]

White Bean Dip

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We are left with only a few days before we ring in the new year.  Was it a good year for you or is it one better left behind?  Good or bad, what’s great about opening up that first page of the calendar is that it is a marker for new beginnings.  On the health/lifestyle […]

Smoked Salmon Dip

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  My husband thinks I’m extremely picky when it comes to food.  I disagree.  I don’t pull When Harry Met Sally-type behavior when we’re in restaurants, customizing menu items so that what is ultimately served to me is a mere whisper of what the chef originally intended.  I just know what I like; I think […]