Clearly, I wish I had thought of this first.
My Drunk Kitchen
As many of you might know, I love to cook. Not to toot my own horn, but my husband, family, and friends can attest to the fact that I’m a pretty decent cook too. I love to entertain; I love to throw parties; I love to feed mass amounts of people the kinds of food that make them think of giving up sex for life, if only they could just have ___________ every day. Making people feel that way makes me feel good; I mean, wouldn’t you feel the same way?
In my pursuit for the best recipes for entertaining, I’m always open to try new foods when they are presented to me. This past weekend, the hubs and I went to the Indianapolis Home Show in order to get more information and ideas for the house we’d like to build for ourselves in a few years. I resisted buying some of the gimmicky products presented (like an awesome steam mop or rubber broom that removes pet hair from any surface-how cool is that?!) but when my husband and I walked by the booth that offered our poor, tired bodies sustenance, I gave in.
“Would you like to try some of our dips?”
Absolutely. In fact, can I have a few more pretzels to try almost all of them?
-Sweet Pepper & Tomato
-Sundried Tomato & Bacon
-Buffalo Bleu Cheese
No matter which one I tried, I turned to C and said, “Oh my gosh, you have to try this!” Then we tried the dessert dips using what looked like mini graham cracker pieces:
-White Chocolate Raspberry
Same reaction… Clearly, I couldn’t walk away from that table without a few purchases, so I spent $19 and received 6 choice dips and 1 complimentary Veggie dip. Aside from the dips tasting absolutely “heavenly,” there are several things that I really liked about the convenience factor of the dips:
1. You buy the dips in powdered ingredient form, which means you don’ t have to store them in the fridge or pay for fancy cool-packed shipping if you order them online. This also means that you can buy a bunch of flavors and save them in your pantry for when you have parties throughout the year.
2. Super easy to prepare in about five minutes and with minimal tools! You use a spoon (or spatula) and the bowl you want the dip to be in to make it! To make the dips, you mix in one or two ingredients* with the dip mix, stir, refrigerate, and serve.
*Depending on the type of dip you add different ingredients: for veggie dips, add mayo and sour cream; for dessert dips, add cool whip and cream cheese; for oil dips, add olive oil.
3. You can make the dips as fatty or as low-cal as you want, and they still taste fantastic! Use fat-free, low-fat, or regular mayo, sour cream, cool whip, or cream cheese when mixing the dips! They even make sugar-free dessert dip mixes, if that’s your thing. C and I made the Sundried Tomato and Bacon dip with fat free sour cream and low-fat mayo, and I still couldn’t stop thinking Mmmmmmmmmmmm after each bite.
4. They’re versatile: all the veggie dips can be made into cheeseballs and all the dessert dips can be thrown into pie shells and used as major dessert fillings (or trifle layers).
So, to review: delicious, easy to make, convenient, possibility of low-cal, versatile, cheap.
I loved their product enough to want to freely pass it along to you. So, here’s their website: YUM.
FYI: I have not received any compensation for writing this content. I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein. It is simply my opinion about a product that I, personally, have tried. Your opinion may be different. 🙂
I wish that I could respond to today’s prompt with something that is not superficial, or at least something of more substance. However, after thinking about it, I realized that most people don’t comment on how nice a person is, how educated or organized a person is, or how dedicated a person is to their work; at least not often to their face. People often comment on how cute someone’s clothes are, how pretty their hair looks, or “My God, where did you get those shoes?”
30 Days of Truth: Day 11: Something people seem to compliment you on the most.
I am the hostess with the mostess. I am the bringer of snacks, the provider of punch, the dealer of desserts. In short, I am a fantastic cook and baker. Now, I do not claim to be a Rachel Ray, Paula Dean, or Giada De Laurentiis; I am not a professional chef or pastry artist. I can not generally coordinate myself to make six courses so that each one arrives at the right time, grab six ingredients from the pantry and make a masterpiece, etc. However, I am fantastic at collecting, following, and tweaking recipes. I have a bit of a creative flair, and I also possess great control and skill with a knife. I like to cook, bake, cake decorate, and garnish, and I’m pretty damn good at it.
When I was little, I used to sit at the counter and “help” my mother make cookies. As I got older, my mother allowed me to do more of the baking and cooking in the house. I have several fond memories of my friends coming over to sit at my kitchen counter to watch me make cookies and then eat the dough. My mother continued to teach me how to make easy recipes like spaghetti, meatloaf, pancakes, and french toast, and she also taught me how to trim the fat off of raw chicken (a task I still despise).
When I got to high school, I took almost all of the culinary arts and creative foods classes that were offered. There I learned the beginning steps to cake decorating, how to garnish, and how to properly follow a recipe, handle a knife, and convert measurements. I made my first and second recipe collections, and tried more new foods during those two semesters than I had in my sixteen years of life prior to that class. I also learned how to garnish while in that class: making little red and white toadstool mushrooms out of radishes, a tropical island out of a potato, carrot, and green pepper, and a duck out of a yellow squash and a carrot. Once I left high school, I applied my garnishing skills to much larger vegetables.
Once I had down the basics, I began to expand my repertoire of kitchen skills by taking cake decorating classes through community education courses during my college years. In those classes, I learned how to manipulate fondant, make delicious and manipulable icing, and properly and professionally decorate a cake. Since then, I’ve made several creative birthday cakes for friends, and I’ve recently received payment for a cake I was commissioned to make for the sister of a previous student’s sixteenth birthday. I’ve also been commissioned to make an old student’s wedding cake for May 2011. (Yay! That means I’ll get to cross that off my bucket list!) Here are some of the cakes I’ve made:
I love the creative garnishing and cake decorating, but everyday cooking and baking are my favorite. One of the things I look forward to most about being a stay at home mom (someday), is the ability to actually cook dinner, rather than throw something in a skillet or microwave. I believe that food brings people together. I love throwing parties or bringing food to other peoples houses. I love giving food as gifts, and making dinner for the people I love. It was my lasagna that led my husband to fight for me to be his wife, among other things. A lasagna I have become famous for on my husband’s side of the family, regardless of the fact that it is made from a modified recipe I received from my old boss’ husband, which he modified from the recipe on the back of the no-boil lasagna noodle box, and I modified by adding more cheese/different kinds of cheese. Still, I’d rather be complimented on a skill I’ve worked hard to develop than say, my shoes. 🙂
Yesterday I realized how much needed to be done before the wedding. While they may just be little things, shopping, cleaning, packing, etc, I completely freaked out yesterday and have had this ball of stress knotted in my stomach since then. I dislike having to rely on so many other people to get things done, I’d rather just do it myself so that I can be sure that it will, in fact, get done. Unfortunately, pulling off a big wedding requires many hands, not just my own. I trust C, but beyond him I have to doubt whether or not people remember everything that I remember about what has to be done and how. I’m driving myself crazy. I need to go set up my classroom now (I’ve been procrastinating for hours) so that I’m not further strung out by the time C comes home from work tonight. Maybe I should actually cook dinner for once, I like cooking, maybe that would help to calm me down…