Artichoke, Cheddar, Chipotle Spread

  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 […]

Smoked Trout Dip

  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

  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 […]

Quinoa Cakes with Yogurt-Dill Dip

  To say I fell behind on spring cleaning this year would be an understatement.  I didn’t start until a few weeks ago–in the middle of summer.  Enough was enough.  My photography props have found their way into almost every room in my home, my pantry was a serious mess and my closets were a […]

Crab and Shrimp Dip

  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

  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

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 […]

Olive Tapenade as a Dip

There’s a restaurant in Sacramento–Piatti Ristorante and Bar–which my friends and I frequented years ago.  One of the things I always loved about the place was the dipping sauce they served with the bread at the beginning of each meal.  Years after I left Sacramento and started to learn how to cook, I tried to […]