Monday, September 20, 2010

The Parlor and the Kitchen Disaster- The Winners Are Announced!

First off, let me just say how enormously enjoyable your sharing has been for everyone! It has been a rollicking good time, and I want to thank everyone who commented for their great stories!

As promised, the top 20 will receive a signed copy of Good Enough to Eat and a limited edition GETE promotional apron. In order of how the comments appear on the blog the winners are...

1. Kitchen Artist
2. Prim and Pauper
3. Jess.bedell
4. Rhonda
5. Jen on the Edge
6. Harriet M. Welsch
7. Beth
8. Carol
9. Laura
10. Laura T.
11. Ronda
12. Sarah Eytcheson
13. Hilary
14. Rusty
15. Kat
16. Berlin
17. Stacy May
18. As The Curl Turns
19. Its Just Me
20. Anonymous

Congrats! All winners, please e-mail me: staceyballisinfo (at) gmail (dot) com and send me your shipping information and I will get your prizes out to you asap!

For the rest of you, I thought I would post one of my new favorite recipes, just in time for football season when we gather around televisions to support our teams.

This amazing and decadent cheese dip was developed by my great good friend Chef D, and she brought it to Charming Suitor's birthday party. In a word...RIDICULOUS! And a welcome break from endless bowls of hummus and onion dip. Don't question, just make it. Serve it with pita chips and crudites. Use the leftovers as the best sandwich spread EVER.

Chef D's Amazing Cheese Spread

4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 c mayo (I use Hellman's, don't use a Miracle Whip type, the sweetness will throw it off)
2-3 T of Greek yogurt (any fat level is fine, but Greek is preferable to regular for texture)
2-3 T lemon juice
1 t smoked paprika
10 oz grated cheddar (good quality extra sharp is amazing here)
8 oz grated fontina
4-6 scallions, sliced
¼ t red pepper flakes

Put everything into a food processor, using 2 T of yogurt and 2 of lemon juice. Blend until it is dip like - if the consistency is too thick, add another T of yogurt. Taste & adjust lemon & S+P.

Thanks again for all the comments, if you have your own quick and easy recipes that can spice up the Sunday Football get-together, share with the class!

Yours in Good Taste,
The Polymath


  1. Congrats to the winners. I'm bummed (or relieved?) I didn't have a story to share.

    as for a recipe, assuming you want something beyond velveeta and rotel (sooo gross, yet so comforting) i give to you my favorite salsa:

    4 largish tomatillos
    2 cloves of garlic
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
    1 T water

    remove husk, wash and halve tomatillos. place tomatillos and garlic on a skillet on medium heat and roast approx. 15 minutes or until slightly browned and soft. add tomatillos, garlic, salt, water and chipotle to food processor and blend until smooth.

  2. Congrats winners! But which anonymous?

  3. The wining Anonymous was the one with the leopard Chicken wallpaper :)

  4. How about cream cheese and a can of Hormel chili con carne? Sounds gross, but is like crack cocaine at any party. Just throw both ingredients into a sauce pan and combine over low heat. Heap onto a tortilla chip (preferably one small enough to fit the whole thing in your mouth at once) and enjoy! Best to make a double batch, though. It is oddly addicting and goes quickly.