Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Thursday, January 12, 2012

italian dipping oil blends

one of the easiest appetizers to have on hand for drop in visitors would be Italian dipping oil seasonings. in a matter of minutes, a small amount of light olive oil can be mixed with a variety of seasonings, creating a wonderful taste for dipping crusty bread.  i have purchased a couple of different types of Italian seasonings and have used them a number of times with great success.

by choosing a nice Italian mixed blend, the work of creating just the right taste with the perfect combination of herbs and seasonings is minimized.  i often use a dipping oil plate which has a recessed area where the herbal mix is placed and then topped with the oil.

the choice of bread should be soft enough that the oil is absorbed, but sturdy enough for reliable dipping without sogginess. everyone likes to dip bread and just a few pieces makes a nice appetizer.

choose this presentation before a pasta dish or even a nice fish entree.

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