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Saturday, February 5, 2011


Adapted from http://www.foodnetwork.com/food-network-magazine/

 #1 Fondue...Rub a small pot with garlic; add 1 cup white wine and simmer. Whisk in 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with a splash of cognac, then 1/4 lb. each of Emmentaler and Gruyere cheese; add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Serve hot with apples and bread.

#2 DEVILED DIP...Puree 8 hard-boiled eggs with 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon mustard, 1 chopped pickle, a dash of hot sauce and paprika, salt and pepper to taste.

#3 PIMIENT0-CHEESE DIP...Mix 1/2 lb. each grated cheddar and pepper jack, 1/4 cup each mayo and sour cream and 2 tablespoons diced pimientos. Season with hot sauce and onion and garlic powders.

 ‎#4 CLAM DIP...Puree 2 cans clams with 8 oz. cream cheese, a handful of parsley, 1/2 cup each cottage cheese and mayo, 1/2 chopped onion, 2 tablespoons clam juice and 1/2 teaspoon celery salt, Add the zest and juice of 1 lemon and salt and pepper.

#5 SLOW COOKER SPINACH DIP...Mix 1 cup grated smoked mozzarella, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, 8 oz. cream cheese, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 box drained thawed frozen spinach, 1 jar artichoke hearts, and salt and pepper in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 2 hours. Serve with some nice crackers, pretzels or crusty bread...

#6 GREEN CHUTNEY...Puree 1 inch fresh ginger, 3 chopped scallions, 1 cup each mint and cilantro, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 chopped jalapeno and a nice splash of lime juice. Add salt to taste, thin with a lil water. Serve with naan.

‎#7 CARAMELIZED ONION DIP...Mix together 2 cups each of sweet onion, mayonnaise and grated Swiss cheese. Place in casserole dish and cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Best stuff ever!!! Serve with chips and crackers.

 ‎#8 TOMATILLO SALSA...Broil 20 husked tomatillos, 1 sliced onion and 4 unpeeled garlic cloves until charred. Peel the garlic and puree with the tomatillos, onion, 1 chipolte in adobo sauce, 2 tablespoons cilantro and a healthy pinch each of sugar and salt. Serve with blue corn chips.

 ‎#9 QUESO DIP...Saute 3 tablespoons minced onion in oil. Add one 4 oz. can green chiles, 2 tablespoons flour, 1/3 cup beer, 1/4 lb. each grated cheddar and muenster and a handful of chopped cilantro, cook until the cheese melts, then broil until bubbly.

 ‎#10 HORSERADISH DIP...Mix 1 lb. grated cheddar, 1 grated apple and 1/4 cup each mayo, sour cream, horseradish and beer. Add 1 teaspoon each Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Season with onion and garlic powders. Nice with veggies.

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