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I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend! We had a laidback, takeout dinner at my grandma’s house, but it was nice to be able to get together in any capacity. I’m still feeling grateful every day to be able to socialize fully again, and boy did we socialize this week. I haven’t had this many plans since the start of 2020, and I am feeling ALIVE.
I’m still trying to figure out TikTok, and a lot of my brain space regarding work has been occupied by the app. I will say, although I have been a bit frustrated about trying to figure it all out, I am feeling much calmer than I was last week when I was on the verge of a breakdown (lol). And, the best part, really, is that I am finding so many cool cooking videos, and I’m feeling more inspired than ever! It reminds me of the early days of Instagram when it felt like a playground of ideas. I am loving this sensation, and I have a giant list of recipes I want to make in the coming weeks. So that’s extremely positive.
I know everyone is gearing up for the holidays, but it has been 80 degrees for the past week here, so I’ve been at the beach and wearing dresses and I’m not even mad about it. But inside, I’m still leaning into fall and winter dishes, so don’t fear.
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So speaking of TikTok inspo, I saw a variation of this dip a few times on my feed, and I felt like it was made for me. You all know how much I love to use Greek yogurt, and all the herbs and spices were right up my alley. It was so easy and so incredible. I made a few tweaks to the recipes I’d seen online to make it my own, but this definitely needs to be on the table at your holiday gatherings this season. I’m not sure where this recipe originated, but I saw a version of it posted on Food52 by Carolina Gelen! [EDIT] Someone let me know that the original credit goes to Alison Roman! I added scallions and shallots, which really took things to the next level IMO, and swapped parsley for cilantro.
Sizzled Scallion Herb Yogurt Dip
Ingredients (serves 4-6)
1/2 cup olive oil
4 scallion stalks, finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1 handful cilantro, finely chopped
1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder or paprika (I used New Mexico chili powder)
1/2 tsp salt
10 oz Greek yogurt (1 1/4 cups)
1. Heat oil in a small saucepan for 3 minutes over medium-high heat, lowering the temperature if the oil starts to smoke. Meanwhile, add the scallion, cilantro, shallot, garlic, chili powder, and salt to a bowl. Pour the hot oil into the bowl, and let it infuse for at least 5 minutes.
2. Spread the yogurt on the bottom of a shallow bowl, and drizzle the herbed oil on top. Serve with crackers, bread, or veggies!
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