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Spicy Sweet Onion Dip

Thursday, June 7, 2012

7 Layer Greek Dip

A while back one of our board members brought a similar dip to one of our meetings. I have to confess that my original thought of cream cheese and hummus combined was not a good one. It turned out to be exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. Despite the fact that fresh, local veggies have not yet arrived to Fairbanks, this dip has a perfect fresh and spring like flavor.
I immediately searched  online for the recipe and when I found this one that I thought I would fancy up a bit. Maybe use fresh herbs instead of dried, and make my own hummus and homemade pita chips. In the end I just got lazy. You know what? It was still pretty good, ok really good. The only thing I would do differently next time is use fresh, warm pita triangles instead of the store bought pita chips. The dip, I won't change at all. Sometimes when life gets a little crazy it's nice to have something simple to bring to a party.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Kate Payne is coming to Fairbanks!

I am hosting Kate Payne for an afternoon of Local Food, Fun, and Friendship at Calypso Farm and Ecology Center on July 1, 2012. The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. with wood-fired pizza fresh from the Calypso Farm ovens. The pizza toppings and salad that is provided will be fresh from their gardens. We will have a tour of the Farm and Kate will provide a small-batch canning presentation using fresh, local ingredients. Of course, I will provide something delicious for dessert. I really hope you can join us, I'm looking forward to meeting all of you.
The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking (HarperCollins, April 2011) will be available for purchase and personal inscription at the event; it is also available at all major booksellers.
All proceeds (minus credit card fees) will be donated to Calypso Farm and Ecology Center. The cost of the event is $27 which covers lunch, farm tour, and demonstration. Please register here:

Kate Payne is an author and freelance writer, and a frequent consultant for design, decorating, cooking, and crafting publications and sites. She lives in Austin and teaches writing workshops and classes on home food preservation and other food-based instruction both privately and at culinary centers locally and across the country.
Visit Kate’s blog, and author website for more information about the book or her class schedule.
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