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Dips for the 4th! HAPPY 4TH!


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
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BARBANNA 7/5/2013 7:50PM

    Glad you had sunshine and also enjoyed a movie about the 60's. That was a crazy time in our history but a lot of it has repeated itself several times over since then. I would not want to relive that time except I was very young and carefree
I gather you like to cook or you like to feed your company tasty foods. You make it sound fun, tasty and truly enjoyable. I cook out of necessity and know that because I am inexperienced, the results are often questionable. I try not to put my quests in a position of tasting my food under those circumstances. My husband is also reluctant to let that happen. I used to cook for a very large family and learned to improvise so I tend to do the same and the results are not as good. I am a frugal gormet and that means frugal taste.

Thanks and enjoy your Happy Birthday America weekend! emoticon emoticon

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LJOYCE55 7/5/2013 3:07PM

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SPARKFRAN514 7/5/2013 12:10PM

    emoticon they are going to the family reunion next week end glad you had a good 4th happy trails to you and the family.

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FLAMENM 7/5/2013 12:04AM

    These sound yummy. Thanks for sharing!

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