Food is the one thing that will quickly congregate family and friends. The aromatic scent of food permeating the house can lure in anyone. We love to have lots of get-togethers and I really try to come up with some exciting and interesting snacks to serve, but I end up making the same old predictable favorites that get stodgy after a while. My newest cookbook, 150 Best Dips & Salsas, introduced me to some new flavors, new ideas and lots of fresh and tasty recipes that are brimming with the homemade love and mouthwatering pizzazz.
No party, social event or family function is the same without dips and salsas, they add so much yumminess to what would otherwise be bland or plain food. The 150 recipes presented, are filled with lots of vibrant culinary combinations that will surprise you. You’ll be compelled to go where your taste buds have never gone before. The book is punctuated with easy to exotic recipes that will inspire you to get creative in your own kitchen. There are 8 chapters with a variety of recipes in each that will satisfy all taste buds, from vegans to meat-eaters, so it’s quite the versatile book. There’s also a whole chapter on creating unique and delicious chips and breads, like Beet Chips, Yogurt Flatbread and Buckwheat Blini. The only appliance you will need for some of the recipes is a food processor.
There are lots of bright and colorful images to whet your appetite and stir your heart. I found all the recipes user-friendly with lots of tips and suggested variations. They also recommend what foods go perfectly with the recipe and how to serve it. You can’t fail!
I enjoyed pouring over the recipes and marking which ones to make first, but old habits die hard. Being huge hummus fans, I confess it’s the first recipe I tried. I love the six versions offered in this book, all of them completely resonated with my family. If you’re in a hurry, the Easy Hummus recipe can be whipped up in minutes or if you have time, the Down Home Hummus has a fresh ingredient twist that’s not only scrumptious, it’s very nutritious.
I also like to expand my family’s palate and serve them something totally different. The Roasted Pepper and Sweet Potato Dip was a big hit. I’ve never made a dip with sweet potatoes before, so this recipe intrigued me. It has a really nice mild sweetness to it that goes great with veggies and crackers. It also tastes divine on fried rice and mashed potatoes, you’re not limited to snack food.
We really enjoyed a few of the Fruit Salas, they can be used on salads or eaten with tortilla chips. They also taste great in a smoothie or on top of cereal. Once you make a few of these delicious recipes, you’ll never buy your dips and salsas again, there is just no comparison in flavor. Fresh ingredients are loaded with vital enzymes, minerals and nutrients our bodies thrive on, so homemade is the way to go.
If you have a passion for food, love entertaining, are looking for a fresh approach, colorful new recipes, and clever ideas, then this book checks all the boxes. It’s a must for everyone’s cookbook collection.