All posts tagged: balsamic vinegar

Carmelized Onion Dip with Chips

Caramelized Onion Dip with Cottage Fried Chips

Onion dip is readily available at any grocery store silently sitting beside the ranch dip, like an old married couple.   But if you look closely to the ingredient list on the bottom of the tub, you might think twice on taking it home to serve family and friends.  Why?  Just check out some of the ingredients found on the label: trio calcium phosphate, guar gum, xanthan gum, vegetable gum (really needs 3 GUMS?), corn starch, distilled vinegar, sugar, caramel color, onion flavoring, dried onion flakes, dried parsley, malteddexrin, and a whole lot of other things that don’t look either nutritious nor appetizing.   With homemade caramelized onion dip you know exactly what you are eating, and will enjoy pungent flavors of robust onion and garlic with a touch of lemon zest that provides a delightful freshness to this dip.

Beet salad w Orange

Roasted Beet Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Mascarpone Cheese

Beets and mandarin oranges are plentiful in my local grocery store, as both are in season.  I recently had a delicious beet salad with mandarin oranges at the Trellis Restaurant in Kirkland.  Then last week I had a great beet salad with mascarpone (no mandarins) at Tulio in Seattle.  I liked both salads very much and decided to combine the flavors from both salads and came up with what you see here.  This is about as easy a salad as you can get other than stopping at your local salad bar (which I am never in favor of).  You do have to roast the beets, but it is quite easy,

Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and the “Cash Only Line”

You gotta love the chemistry of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in just about any film they make (although Joe Versus the Volcano was kinda lame).  While watching You’ve Got Mail this weekend I found I really liked the quick wit and banter between the two of them (the script was written by Nora Ephron, need I say more?).  Sometimes it is just the way they say a line as in the  “Happy Thanksgiving Back” scene where Kathleen (Meg’s character) is in the “cash only line” in the supermarket – makes me smile – here’s the clip: I’m confident that Kathleen was buying Brussels sprouts in that scene for Thanksgiving Dinner – maybe because I was flipping through my recipes and landed on Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts at that precise moment in the movie…at the cash register. Was this

Watermelon and feta cheese salad

I remember the first time I had this salad, which was in Athens quite a few years ago. My sister Lorie and I had traveled to Greece, where we made Athens our home port while we explored Mykonos, Corinth, Delphi,  Santorini and other cities and islands in Greece, before heading to Cairo to see the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza.  This was a major trip for us traveling over 6,800 miles from home.  And then there was the Six Degrees of Separation thing, only we didn’t know