Halloween Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Chipotle Dipping Sauce

I am a sucker for sweet potato fries.  At this very moment, I have a mental ranking the best places to order sweet potato fries running through my head.  For me, this equation is 50% about the fries and 50% about the dipping sauce.  By a ginormous margin, my favorite pairing for sweet potato fries is a creamy chipotle dipping sauce.  More than an aioli.  More than even the finest of house made ketchups.  I love the balance of the sweetness of the fry against the smoky, spiciness of the chipotle. Unfortunately, my favorite version of this combo is roughly 2300 miles from my house according to “the Google.”  So,…

Football Food: Chicken Meatballs in Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Ok, we all know that I mostly watch and encourage others to join in the watching of Football primarily for the snacks.  Like 95% for the snacks.  4% to hang out with friends.  And 1% to appall the husband with my questions – due to my utter lack of football knowledge.  But, lets be clear, I am 0% there for the football. Since 95% of the reason I showed up or opened my home to these football watching people is the food, then it better be pretty darn tasty!  But a lot of football snacks are the same.  Chips. Dip. Guac. Lil smokies. Hoagies. Chicken wings. Ribs. Etc.  I think…

Football Food: Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

Football foods are easy apps, snacks, and crowd-friendly dishes for hosting game day or toting to your tailgate.     Football season is officially upon us.  While I may know more about football than before I the husband indoctrinated me on the finer points of the game, it does not mean I am any more keen on the sport.  You see, simply knowing the difference between a running back and a cornerback does not make one care about this distinction. Running, hitting, throwing, and refs throwing flags on calls no one knew existed?  Yea, no thanks.  If you need me, I’ll be by the snacks. Which leads me to this easy smoked…

Summer Salads and Sides: Roasted Artichokes and Smoky Baba Ganoush

Artichokes and aubergine. Here in the PNW, both are August staples! Did you know that? Artichokes, aubergine and August. The aliteration doesn’t lie. Well, actually that’s probably not a good rule of thumb. Both of their prime seasons extend well into September, but that’s just not as convenient for my attempt at creative prose;) Regardless, artichokes and eggplant are at their peak in the same month! Let me try that again. Two of my all-time favorite veg are at their peaks Right. Now!!! Run, don’t walk to your friendly farmers’ market and snag one of each because we are roasting up some artichokes and making the creamiest, smokiest baba ganoush!…

Summer Salads and Sides: German Potato Salad

So, when I started this Summer Salads and Sides series… I wanted to give alternatives to the typical beige and mayonnaise laden salads and side dishes we see so frequently at BBQs.  In truth, I wanted to steer clear of the potato/macaroni salad realm entirely.  And then I remembered this zingy little number: packed with fresh dill, bold flavors, and a mayonnaise-free red onion and apple cider vinegar vinaigrette… This is no typical potato salad.  No sir.  This zestier spin on German potato salad is summery, fresh, and ADDICTING (thank you apple cider vinegar!). You guys, this is ridiculously good.  We are trading in heavy and starchy for light and…
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