Baked Cauliflower Hot Wings with a Dipping Sauce

A favorite vegetable becomes an appetizer dipping the florets in a  flavorful batter, baking them,  drizzling  with hot sauce and crisping them up under the broiler.  I do have to admit you do not get the crispy texture when you deep fry but they do have that great “hot wings” flavor and it is all … Continue reading

Salt Blocks for Serving, Cooking and a Few Recipes

Salt blocks and other salt mediums such as bowls and cups are a unique means of serving and preparing all kinds of recipes such as beverages, desserts, salads, grilled veggies, meat and fish. There are six techniques you can use with your salt blocks; serving, warming, curing, cooking, chilling and drinking. Mineral richness and amazing … Continue reading

Boiled Cider-Cinnamon Spread with Assorted Dippers

This is absolutely delicious and a perfect spread to make with homemade boiled cider. I have also included a number of dippers such as apple slices, toasted bread, pita or bagel slices to serve with this very yummy spread. I could not quit eating it and had to force myself to save it for guests … Continue reading

Caramelized Onion Dip

Who does not like caramelized onions?  You can use these with so many different recipes such as French Onion Soup, condiment on your burger or steak or how about a good old fashioned onion dip.  Say goodbye to Mrs. Grass Onion Soup mix and try this much better version from scratch. After some searching I … Continue reading

Lemon Aioli with Ina’s Roasted Shrimp

Normally I like to serve this delicious roasted shrimp from Ina Garten with a homemade cocktail sauce.  For a change of pace I also made Chef John’s Lemon Aioli with cured lemons.  This is too good with a perfect lemon touch – yum!  

Weight Watcher’s Caramelized Onion Dip

This is a great substitute for Mrs. Grass Onion Soup Mix combined with sour cream.  A lot less salt and fat!  Weight Watcher’s suggests using it as a dip with vegetables; I would prefer some roasted, sliced red potatoes or some baked potato chips.  As a dip for vegetables this just does not work for … Continue reading

Weight Watcher’s Santa Fe Queso Dip

This is a quick appetizer to serve when you have unexpected company.  Only two ingredients and you have a lower fat dip.  Weight Watcher’s points only 1 per 2 tbsp. (does not include the pretzels).  If you serve this with vegetables this recipe would be healthier as most vegetables have no points.  I used Snyder’s of … Continue reading

Guacamole Two Ways

Ripe guacamoles make a refreshing dip and then with the addition of tomatoes and chilies, look out.  In addition to a higher fat version I have provided a Weight Watcher’s recipe as well.  The main difference between the two is the mayonnaise.    

Queso Dips Nine Ways

I have a number of good queso dips and decided to include them all.  Four are cooked in the slow cooker. To keep your queso from breaking in a microwave add a little water (if cheese exceeds 180°F it will break); adding about 1 tsp. cornstarch and whisking vigorously.