Monday, October 13, 2008

Not so Meatless Monday

Some friends have been asking me for this recipe for a while now, so I am finally going to post it. It is really a delicious dip for those of you out there that like a good BLT sandwich.


1 cup of mayonnaise
1 cup of sour cream
1 (3 oz.) package of cream cheese (softened)
15 quartered grape tomatoes or 3 large Roma tomatoes diced small
2 chopped green onions (both white and green part)
1 cup of chopped or crumbled bacon (I use the real bacon pieces that are in the salad dressing section at the store)

Combine all the above ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Tastes great on crackers or garlic bagel chips.

Last week, in the midst of all my cooking, I find myself not wanting to eat a thing. Does anyone else ever go through this? Some times I can sit and think of all the food in the world, and nothing sounds good to me. Of course other times everything sounds good to me, so I guess that is just nature's way of balancing things out.

Problem is when you are trying to formulate new recipes and nothing sounds good, it kind of messes up the creative process. I was trying to come up with new versions of chicken wings the other night, just mental lists of flavors I thought would be good, and I could not come up with anything. Normally this is how my creative process kind of goes. I decide that I want to work on new twists on meatloaf (just for example). So my first thought is usually what all different kinds of ground meat I can make meatloaf from. Then I will start to think of how different cuisines of the world relate to meat loaf. That part goes something like this...
Mexican Meatloaf - ground beef, taco seasoning, chopped chiles, topped with salsa, bake then cover with cheese to form a crust
Thai Meatloaf - ground chicken, red curry paste, shredded carrots and eggplant baked in a coconut curry sauce
German Meatloaf - new take on Sauerbraten - ground beef, pickling spices, sweet and sour like with a gingersnap gravy

You kind of get the idea. But when it came to coming up with these chicken wing ideas, I just had a total mental block. Normally when I think of ingredients for a recipe, I can taste them mentally (for lack of a better way of explaining it), and I can tell what will pair well together and what won't. I was at a point with the wings that I could not have told you if they should be dipped in peanut butter or rolled in jalapenos.

I think that I am past the mental block now. So, hopefully today I will be able to get back to the creative process. Of course I won't be making peanut butter dipped wings rolled in jalapenos (at least not yet). I think that I am in a baking mood.

Any tasters out there for home made cinnamon rolls?


  1. ooooooooooohh! Pick me pick me. (for the cinnamon rolls....not the peanut butter jalapeno wings)