07/12/18

Creamy Herb Dip

I like many of you, love a good dip!

It’s the ultimate party food and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love to gather and gab around the dip bowl!

It’s the first thing to go at any party or gathering and, more often than not, you can make it in advance and store it away in the fridge. And the leftovers? Divine!

This Creamy Herb Dip is one of Ina Garten’s classic party recipes served the the veggie dippers of your choice. Serve this at your next get-together and watch it go fast!  For an engagement party or baby shower, I have doubled the recipe that you see below for a total of 4 cups of dip, but the recipe is very forgiving to make 1/2 the recipe size or to double or triple the amount as well. Make however much or little as you like!

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Creamy Herb Dip 

Yields 2 cups

{original recipe adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa cookbook, 2004}

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 scallions, white & green parts minced finely
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Assorted crudites and/or crackers for serving

Directions:

Place the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, scallions, parsley, dill, salt, and pepper in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and blend.

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Transfer to a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 2-3 hours to allow the flavors to develop.

Serve at room temperature with vegetables and/or crackers for dipping.Engagement Party 046

Some favorites are cucumber, carrot chips, cauliflower, sweet red or yellow bell pepper strips or little baby peppers, and even classic Pita chips, or ultra-crispy kettle chips for extra crunch! But, other great options would be broccoli, sugar snap peas, endive leaves, cherry tomatoes… just use your imagination! The sky is truly the limit.

This dip would also be a sensational spread for toasted bread or even a great baked potato topper.

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It’s beautiful, colorful, fresh, and most importantly, it’s absolutely delicious!

You will be making this one all summertime long…Enjoy!!

XOXO…

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07/08/18

The Canadian Rockies

Recently, my family and I got to travel to Canada and adventured our way through the Canadian Rockies and 2 provinces of this gorgeous country, British Columbia and Alberta. From Vancouver to Banff and Victoria to Jasper, we saw all there was to see, tasted what there was to taste, and experienced all they had to give and show!

I have been to many beautiful places in my life thus far. Not as many as some of course, but still, many places, but few things I have ever seen can compare to the beauty and awe-inspiring nature of these mountains, rocks, and lakes.

Words are not necessary, and completely inadequate, so I think Ill just leave a few memories here. I believe that the pictures speak loudly all for themselves.

Just a few highlights from one incredibly journey!

Get out and see the creation He created! It’s amazing.

XOXO

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