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Friday, February 10, 2012

Home Is Where the Heart Is On Valentine's Day

When I think of Valentine's Day, I think about spending time with someone I care about and I always find Valentine's Day dinner at home to be a hundred times more satisfying then dining out.  It just seems to be one of those nights that the dining scene always appears to be a hot mess!  That being said...I recommend a delicious meal at home and of little dishes that can be prepared in advance, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your loved one.  Here are some of my ideas...

A caprese salad to start with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil and turn it up a notch with Crema Di Tondo which is a decadent balsamic syrup that has a creamy sweetness to it. Crema Di Tondo can even be used on ice creams, mousses and cheeses.


It can make a simple caprese more luxurious with indulgent flavors and contains colors that are completely reminiscent of the holiday...

Saturday, February 4, 2012

It's Superbowl Sunday...dip the hell out of me!!

A friend of mine came up with a great idea (Stan Russo you're so savvy) that he incorporated into a little get together at his place over the summer...a dip contest! Everyone had to bring a homemade dip that would be rated first by the flavor and second by the name.  It is engaging, brings on a lot of laughs (some of the names were hilarious and at times downright offensive lol) and some of the dips were very creative! This can be an awesome way to spice up the upcoming Superbowl festivities!  Which is really important cause the NY Giants are going to kick some major ass this Sunday!

Have each guest write the name of their dip on a small piece of paper and tape it to the bottom of their bowl.  Number each bowl. Now get to dipping and let the games begin!!!

Once everybody has tasted all of the dips,  place an empty bowl on the table and have each guest write the name of their favorite dip on a piece of paper (you can't vote for your own), placing it into the bowl.  Have the guests gather around the table as the host of the party announces the nominees and finally...the winner!


The Winner!!  Mike and Jessica DeMarco for their dip "Porkylicious"! It contains 20 ingredients including freshly made pulled pork! TO DIE FOR!


Second runner up..."Taint Misbehaving"!  Homemade parmesan peppercorn dressing with crumbled blue cheese and sweet & spicy Doritos that were reduced to a complete powder.  It was experimental, tasty and had a zest to it!


Third place..."BBQ waist watcher"

Some of the other dips.....

I was out of town until the day of the party and I left the dip making up to my friend Michelle.  It ended up being more of a spread.  Blue cheese, cream cheese, butter and crushed walnuts whipped together and served with sliced granny apples.  I lovingly entitled it "dip into my blue nutz". :)
"Manna Bananas" with fresh mango, bananas and cilantro
"The Black Eyed Peas" a salsa of black eyed peas with diced roasted peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, red onion and lime juice
"The Red Hot Mexican!" puree of tomato, red onion, cilantro, jalapenos peppers and lime juice  

Hit me up if you would like to see the full recipes for any of the above!