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♦♦♦  Oh how welcome are these No-Cook Dip Recipes, so perfect for cooled-off evenings on the porch or patio or, OK, tucked deep inside the a/c. And it looks like many of the ingredients just may already be resident in your pantry or fridge. Here’s the one I chose – and while I generally like avocados pretty much pure, this fabulous creamy avocado dip is velvety, flavorful and a ready companion for so many other goodies. The prep suggests tortilla or pita chips and crudities, but also calls it into service as a topping for tacos, burgers, and sandwiches. Or, hmmmm, how yum as one of the tiers in 7-layer dip?  Southern Living

For the avocado dip, may want to start with a bit less salt.

Creamy Avocado Dip    7-Layer Dip recipes on google

No-Cook Sauces, Dressings, Dips & Spreads recipe book {vegan}

♦♦♦  Missed it again! {and for the Get Smart fans, “by that much”}. No matter, we can opt to make any day we want our own Tequila Day {the national one was July 22}. And the really good news is a whole bunch of Tequila Cocktails for you to consider, each as summery as can be, hitting that refreshment vibe with strawberries, citrus, coconut, cucumber, pineapple, soda, tonic, or sparkling mineral water, and more.  Patron

Tequila-loving snacks on google

♦♦♦  This recipe, first featured in our 04.27.18 Salon, seemed like a perfect follow-up to last week’s No-bake desserts item. Even with just two words, the title may evoke a whaaaaaaat? Yep, it’s Miso Fudge, and it defies all expectations.

In a word, it’s good. In more words, it’s chocolately, creamy, soft, and indulgent. Gluten free too. And you don’t have to stop there.

This recipe is actually for Miso Fudge Brownies, where the fudge is spread atop the baked brownies along with candied miso almonds. If you want to make just the fudge, as I did, you only need to do step 10, and then let it chill out in the fridge.  Tasting Table

Other miso recipes on google

♦♦♦  Cocktail chat. Do your own sips or the drinks you serve perhaps have a star pedigree? Could that wine or spirit have a connection to, say, George Clooney, Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson, Sammy Hagar, Blake Shelton? The story “24 Alcohol Brands You Didn’t Realize Were Owned by CelebritieS” tells all. And nice, flavor profiles accompany each and every one.  insider.com

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The “Pioneer Woman’s” Cap’n Crunch Chicken, for May 4-10, 2018

  In the Salon this week  

New movie starring . . . a dumpling!    Find restaurants like Bourdain    Those sneaky grocery stores    The celeb chef connection    Title recipe    Egg whites to the rescue    In “My Week”: saving avocados, walnuts to the rescue, two-ingredient bagels, miso fudge redux, used up more Mountain Dew, yay 



Newsy, schmoozy stuff for cooks 

  Like foodie movies? Here’s the trailer for a new one titled “Bao” coming from Pixar about, yep, a dumpling that comes to life. Wait, will we be able to eat dumplings after this???  Watch

  Yes indeed, though we’re home cooks, we do occasionally like to eat out, maybe even pick up some ideas for our own kitchens – but how to find the restaurants most worth our time and resources, especially in unfamiliar territories? “Travel and Leisure” lets us tap into Anthony Bourdain’s experience to see how he does it. Bourdain’s cheat sheet

  CNBC has taken a look at impulse purchases, saying it can hit up our purses for an average of $5400 a year. And guess what perp ranks highest? “Most of the spur-of-the-moment outlays go toward food, with 70.5 percent of respondents saying that category was the major culprit.” Oops. One suggestion: “Taking a minute to ask yourself if you truly need whatever you’re suddenly eyeing can help stop you in your tracks.” {uh huh . . . did y’all talk to passionate cooks???}  The rest of the story


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There may be other cookbooks this helpful, but pretty sure not too many 

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy LivesRee Drummond, bless her heart, has created a cookbook where for every single recipe she shows step by step photos. The helpfulness also shows in sharing her go-to staples, 12 for the freezer, 15 for the fridge, 20 for the pantry.

There’s also a personal and personable vibe throughout the book thanks her talking-right-to-you style. And also because it features a bunch of family pictures, dog and horse pix, and chatty captions for each and every one.

And not too surprisingly, the book is cover to cover with the kind of hearty down home fare, appetizers through desserts, that she typically preps for her cowboy/girl crew on her Food Network tv show,”The Pioneer Woman.” This one from “Come and Get It” is simple and satisfying.

Recipe for Cap’n Crunch Chicken Strips    Ree’s “Come & Get It” Cookbook



The first item in the “what you can freeze” article by Reader’s Digest mentioned in Tidbits last week is egg whites. This is the one in my Kindle book but with a slightly different focus, and I pass it along with a caveat. I have long used egg whites to treat simple kitchen burns, and in my experience when I’ve applied them fairly quickly there’s usually no redness, no pain, no blistering, and no problems.

But as I note in the book, apparently there’s some controversy about the practice so I urge you to research online to decide this for yourself. The freezer connection is because that’s where I keep the egg whites so I always have some handy, just pressing  my finger into them until a slight thaw can coat the skin.  50 Fun & Unexpected Food Prep, Presentation & Storage Tricks, 99 cents

A Peek at My Week

  Oh happy day. It’s not often I have leftover avocado, but on those occasions when I do I’ve typically bundled it up in Press ‘n Seal {those of you that have my “50 . . . Tricks” book know how many ways I’ve found to use this magical product}, but there would still be a bit of browning. Well this time I was wrapping up some ham in aluminum foil and after covering up the ham there was still foil left so threw in the avocado and a piece of tomato too. Next day, voila! pristine avocado. Should have known because that’s how I store celery {also in the “50” book}.

  Stress happens. Sometimes we know why, sometimes we don’t, but whichever it is, we would like to see it go away, right? I had read an article making the case for recapturing calm by “reaching for a handful of walnuts instead of a martini.” So recently when I started feeling some of the symptoms of stress I did indeed head for the walnuts. And you know what, woohoo! it actually lived up to its billing and will be a go-to from now on. But I do have a question: anything wrong with both???

  Well this was a pleasant surprise. While I do have a decent bagel place in town it’s a bit of an excursion so was intrigued by an odd recipe to make your own, calling for one expected ingredient {though I used the all purpose mix} and one unexpected {additional optional}. Surprisingly chewy and crusty! Note that even though the dough was a bit sticky, out of the oven the bagels came right off of the parchment paper. Also. and since this is the first time I made them no way of knowing if this had an effect, just to somewhat simulate the classic recipe, I sprinkled a bit of water before baking, two finger flings worth.  Easy bagels

  Found a way to use some of that miso fudge from last week. Melted it on pancakes. Yeah it was good.

  And speaking of hotcakes, they also helped me use up some more of that leftover Mountain Dew. There’s a  recipe on my pancake mix box that calls for melting a tablespoon of butter in a glass 9″ pie plate in a 450 oven, then pouring in a batter of one cup of the mix combined with 1/2 cup water and an egg, baking for 15 min or till tests done. This is a really convenient way of making pancakes but I found them a little flat. Ha! This time substituted the MD for the water and voila, more flavorful, better texture, nicely browned top {in the toaster oven done in 12 min}.

  Posted “Be a Better Business Writer in Nine Easy Steps” {mine, on Kindle} on Nice Life Books  – Thursdays

  Kept Adoption Message Items on DoggieShirtz – Thursdays

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