Category Archives: Savory Snacks, Dips and Sauces

White Bean Hummus

Open my pantry and you’ll see all kinds of canned beans. They’re just so useful – good in soups, chilis, tossed in salads or processed into hearty dips – that I will always keep plenty around. Dips especially are a favorite of mine to make because I usually have something around that requires dipping, whether it is a bag of tortilla chips, a batch of ... Read More »

Parmesan Pretzel Sticks

Parmesan Pretzel Sticks

I’m a huge soft pretzel fan. Whether they’re homemade or store-bought (preferably from a store or market that specializes, to some degree, in pretzel production), I’m usually happy to munch on a salted pretzel with a bit of mustard. But pretzels certainly come on more forms than soft, and the crunchy variety certainly has its uses, especially where dips are concerned. I had never had ... Read More »

How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

The first time that I had toasted pumpkin seeds was in elementary school. I specifically remember my 1st grade teacher having us bring in seeds and toasting them – by which I mean watching her toast them – in the school’s kitchen. I don’t remember how they turned out, but it sure was fun. These days, I’m not even sure if you’re allowed to celebrated Halloween ... Read More »

Do it yourself microwave popcorn

homemade popcorn

Now that “Popcorn Workers’ Lung” (more formally known as “bronchiolitis obliterans”) has been found outside of microwave popcorn production factories, the suggestion that we should avoid microwaved popcorn is all over the news. Health and safety should take precedence over snack foods, but all the same, the taste and convenience of microwave popcorn is hard to match. Fortunately, you can make your own microwave popcorn ... Read More »

Dad’s Spice Rub

dad's spice rub

There was no shortage of Father’s Day gift ideas this year, but in the end, I still opted to go the homemade route for my father’s gift. I mixed up a batch of one of his favorite spice rubs, all packed up in a convenient shaker and ready to go to the grill. It’s a pretty versatile combination of salt, pepper and spices, including cumin, ... Read More »

Chipotle Guacamole and other dips

Normally, I wouldn’t crosspost something here and at Slashfood, but I am so enamored of some of the dips that I have done for the Super Bowl Dip of the Day feature that I couldn’t resist getting them out where they can be seen (and hopefully enjoyed!) by the maximum possible number of people. This is a twist on guacamole. Ordinarily, I use a bit ... Read More »

Mushroom Caviar

When I saw Elise‘s post about mushroom caviar, I was immediately interested in it. It’s a cross between dip and “real” food, not to mention that it’s different from most of the dips that I have on a regular basis, so I thought it would be a great summer snack. And I was right. This dish is called “caviar” for its slight physical resemblance to ... Read More »

Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue sauce is a great condiment to have around, especially during summer when the grill gets a lot of use. You can put it on just about anything and, somehow, it manages to always taste great. My current favorite way to have it is to add it to a salad instead of dressing. While I love barbecue sauce, sometimes they tend to be a little ... Read More »

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