Thursday, July 04, 2013
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday with family and friends! We are fortunate to have sunshine today, for the first time all week. Because 4th of July is synonymous with movies and cookouts, we DVR'd a movie in advance to avoid commercials - And stocked up on chicken burgers and fresh corn for the grill!
We watched MOONRISE KINGDOM, a social commentary on the 1960's. It is a dark-humored love story about a summer romance between two "tweens". The actors included Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and, I think, Toni Collette. (From "In My Sister's Shoes" and others. "Shoes" takes place in my hometown of Philadelphia, by the way.) "Moonrise" is from the same guy that made "The Tenenbaums," a movie which I cannot stand but cannot look away from, either. "Moonrise" is much better suited for the masses than "Tenenbaums." There is still a lot of comically bizarre awkwardness, but it is more tasteful and, in my opinion, better timed overall, for both individual scene length and moving the story along.
I made two dips to go along with our movie watching. One spicy and one savory. Enjoy!
GARLIC GREEN PEA DIP - Packs a "Pow!" with the garlic.
Combine all ingredients in a small blender and pulse. I like to have different sizes of peas in my dip for texture. If you're a purist, blend all the way!
1 cup frozen green peas
1 -2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, according to taste
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup yogurt-based ranch dressing (sub with greek yogurt + spices)
1/2 tsp honey
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
sprinkle of kosher salt
CARMELIZED ONION DIP - Satisfying without being overpowering
Carmelize 1 large diced onion on the stovetop. Place into mixing bowl with a 1.5:1 combination of sour cream to mayonnaise substitute (I use Miracle Whip). Add pinches of salt and/or sugar to adjust flavor. *I do these adjustments during the carmelization process. I barely carmelize the onions. I used a regular white cooking onion. ** A crumbled piece or two of bacon would make this even better but more sinful!
SUGGESTED PAIRINGS FOR DIPS:
Pea dip: Reduced Fat/Reduced Salt Triscuits, Sea Salt Pita Chips, or Carrots
Onion Dip: Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips or Celery