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Dips and Herb Mixes

December 15,2011
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

Yesterday I shared a handful of ideas for gifts you can make out of items you may have on hand in your kitchen.  Today I share a new idea, making a homemade dip mix or herb mix.

I have an aunt who made each of the cousins in our family “Tuscan,” “Indian” and “Asian” herb mixes a couple years ago.  These came in so handy in our kitchen for those nights when we needed a quick flavor enhancer!  So this year, for R and G’s Papa, we made “Papa’s Secret Barbecue Rub.”  Using chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, paprika, salt, cayenne, and a few other ingredients, we created a rub that is perfect for all the grilling Papa loves to do!

Here’s another idea, Mexican Fiesta Dip, a dip that can be made with mayonnaise, sour cream, or greek yogurt.  It is a great thing to have on hand for a last minute appetizer you can whip up quickly!

Mexican Fiesta Dip

2 tablespoons dried parsley
3 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon dried ground cumin
1 tablespoon salt (can reduce if sodium intake is an issue)
1 teaspoon ground pepper

Using a baggie, or even better, a disposable icing bag (can be purchased at craft stores, or even some large Target, Walmart or similar stores near the cake decorating items), layer each herb, one at a time.

Seal tightly, to prevent shifting of the herbs in the bag, and place a card on it that reads:

“To make one cup of dip, combine ½ sour cream with ½ cup of mayonnaise or greek yogurt.  Add 1-2 tablespoons of the fiesta dip mix, making sure to stir the mix before adding it to the sour cream mixture.”


Voila!  A festive, bright and beautiful way to give a small gift to someone who already has everything!

Life is sweet,
SPC