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Dips For Your Labor Day

4 Sep

You can’t go wrong with any of these wonderful appetizers

I have a slew of new posts prepping but in the meantime, enjoy your holiday weekend with some of the best dips imaginable. Yes I’m being cocky.

But I’m also right…

This is a compilation of the best dips I’ve offered over the eight years since I created On Food And Film. (Eight years! I cannot believe this.)

Have fun and enjoy!

SPICY PIMENTO CHEESE DIP

This is so good my friends have dubbed it ‘crack’… that’s what we all call it. Just as addictive but a lot better for you:

Pimento Cheese “crack”

DEVILED EGG DIP

This has actually surpassed my pimento cheese “crack” as the most popular dip on the blog… and for good reason. It’s incredible.

Deviled Egg Dip

GOAT CHEESE SPREAD

This was my very first post! I wrote about this first because it is such a wonderful and wonderfully easy spread to prepare. You cannot go wrong with this on your table or counter.

Goat Cheese Spread

BEST. GUACAMOLE. EVER.

Is there anything more to say?

Best. Guacamole. Ever.

And never forget, you can always add bacon to guacamole:

Bacon Guacamole

Bacon Guacamole

Super Bowl Sunday: Killer Dips and Vegan Chili??

28 Jan

Yes! Perfect dips and vegetarian (vegan!) chili for your game day

I’ve been so swamped this January I don’t even know who is playing both in the game itself and at half time. But I’ll find out Sunday because I never miss a chance to make Super Bowl food!

I’m including three previous posts: the best dips imaginable.

What’s new is yet another dip, also wonderful, and a mind-blowing vegetarian chili recipe (actually, its vegan!) that even the staunchest carnivore will love: it tastes like chili!

So scroll down, pick some recipes you like and get ready for Sunday!

First, previous recipes that can’t be beat (click the links!):

The Best Guacamole Ever

Guac 5

(Don’t forget, you can also make Bacon Guacamole…)

and what friends of mine have now dubbed, in all seriousness, ‘crack’:

Spicy Pimento Cheese Dip

Pim Cheese corn dip

This is new! Another dip just as incredible… at least if you like pickles! Courtesy of Foodie with Family, this is divine:

Dill Pickle Dip

DillPickleDip

And now, a recipe for an amazing vegetarian chili.

Most recipes I see online for vegetarian chili are more a vegetable stew, rather than an actual chili. Take, for example, this excellent version from Emeril: Vegetarian Chili (stew)

That’s a great recipe. But it’s not chili. At least nothing like the chili I grew up with in Texas.

So… for a vegetarian (vegan!) chili that actually tastes like chili, walnuts are the way to go! Sound crazy? Not if you know raw food. I actually went raw for 4 months once, to see what eating raw was like. I actually liked the food but it was a pain in the ass! You think “Raw food… no cooking… easy!” Um, no. I spent a lot more time figuring out what to eat and how to prep it than I ever do in a normal week. Still, I enjoyed the experience and learned a lot. 

One of my favorite recipes then was Raw Tacos, about which I will soon post. Walnuts, prepped properly, were a shockingly great substitute for ground taco meat. The same transformation happens in this wonderful recipe. Give it a try and surprise yourself! You can make it in an hour, though, as with any chili, it’s best to make it the day before. This only gets better with time.

VEGETARIAN CHILI (It’s actually Vegan!)

Chili

NOTE: I’m simplifying a longer recipe I sometimes cook by using canned beans and store-bought chili powder. If you have the time, cooking your own dried beans from scratch and making your own chili powder will elevate the chili even more. But the easy version is still terrific. Which means that is all you will make. And you will be happy.

NOTE: Making your own vegetable broth really adds to the taste. You can easily make the veggie broth as you sauté your onions: In a pot, throw an onion with skin, a few chilis and/or bell peppers, carrots, celery, bay leaf and peppercorns (all chopped roughly, any or all of these that you have around) and bring to a boil. Then turn down to low. Then start your onions. By the time you need the broth in the recipe… voila!

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Bacon Guacamole

4 Feb

Yes that’s right. Bacon Guacamole. When you have two of the best tasting wonders in all the universe, why not combine them for something even better? And just in time for SuperBowl Sunday.

Bacon Guacamole

Bacon Guacamole

I wish I could say I thought of the idea. But when I can make and eat a dish this incredible… who cares? My friends Jeff and Owen introduced me to a wonderful Mexican restaurant in Studio City called Cascabel. They have Bacon Guacamole as an appetizer. Jeff and Owen said it was a must. They ordered it and the waitress brought it to the table.

After I pulled my face out of the bowl and wiped the remains out of my eyebrows, I realized I would have to try my own version. So here it comes. 

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