taramasalata dip

taramasalata

Twenty-six years ago, Mr. S introduced me to a Greek fish dip called taramasalata.  We had recently begun to date and at a restaurant, he ordered the dip.  I was, at first, turned off by the ingredients.  However, when one is in a new relationship, one tends to be more adventurous. 🙂 But how on…

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chestnut dip

chestnut dip

To be honest, I cannot say I was ever a real fan of the chestnut.  Perhaps it was the smell of something burning which permeated the air when we lived in Hong Kong. Roasted chestnuts are a beloved winter tradition in Hong Kong. Mobile hawker stalls spring up on sidewalks around the city and outside…

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salsa verde (a classic Italian green sauce)

salsa verde - a delicious green sauce

Green sauce, you make my heart sing!  It has to be one of THE easiest and healthy sauces one can make.  But wait!  What is a green sauce, you ask?   If you have tried chimichurri, pesto, sauce vert or Mexican salsa verde you’ve tasted a green sauce.  Salsa verde is a rustic sauce that can…

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grilled green onion feta dip (easy to make)

grilled green onion & feta dip -a cinch to make

Autumn is a favourite time of the year for me.  I love all the local produce seen at markets and in food shops.  Canada celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend (Monday was the holiday but most celebrate it on Sunday) and vendors tables at the farmers’ market on Saturday were filled with veggies, fruits and meat…

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garlic scapes hummus

garlic scapes hummus

Garlic scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant and are cut to force the garlic bulbs to grow bigger. Some gardeners throw these away! The flavour is less pungent than a garlic clove and has a subtle scallion flavour. How to use? Think of how you would cook a green vegetable (stir-fry, sauté,…

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what to do with leftover sour cream

sour cream dressing recipe

When a recipe calls for a small amount of sour cream I feel my shoulders slump.  For me the thought of having to buy a container of sour cream for 2 tablespoons or even a cup seems like a such a waste; there’s always some leftover.  I could substitute it for yogurt but I would…

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Onion Dip – made from scratch

As a youngster and young adult, one of my favorite junk foods was French Onion Dip and a bag of rippled potato chips.  It’s been years since I last snacked on a commercial onion dip but the other day while I was at the grocery store, I really wanted to buy one.  Instead, my inner…

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Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush is a Middle Eastern dip made from eggplants. I’ve made this dip many times over the years and it’s an easy dish to make.  It requires only a few ingredients and the key is to use these to enhance the flavor of the eggplant.  If you are not a fan of eggplant, this…

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Tzatziki

Tzatziki is a thick Greek sauce where it is served with gyros, souvlaki or in a mezze.  But you can use it with just about anything! Try it as an accompaniment to fish, grilled chicken, lamb, pita bread, falafel, grilled vegetables, as a dip – you get the idea. Tzatziki is easy to make and is…

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Baked Fontina Dip

I was on the train into the city and caught a glimpse into my future.  I spotted an elderly couple who were deep in conversation.  They looked so cute together; her silver hair was a bit disheveled and his white mane slicked back.  Both were in great shape.  He pulled out two books from his…

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