If you look at a map of Nova Scotia—here, I’ll make it easy for you--
Down there along the bottom, south east of Halifax, you’ll see a promontory on which lies Lunenburg (our future home – squee!) A hair’s breadth beyond that is the tiny village of Kingsburg. A slice of heaven.
The beach is gorgeous.
We visited with friends of Hubby from his grad school days who had rented a house on the beach for two weeks. Clearly a superb spot for a vacation.
What does this have to do with Wine Wednesday (WW)? Especially since we visited last Tuesday? Well, before our hosts served a delicious supper of grilled chicken & peppers, and roasted baby potatoes & carrots, the other couple in our party served the appetizers. Warm and gooey brie cheese, and smoked salmon, with a fun selection of crackers. Yum! An easy accompaniment to local wines and beer.
To no one’s surprise, we supplied the dessert, my current favourite cookie.
The Best Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Now that evenings are getting a little chilly my food cravings are leaning toward comfort foods. Mac & cheese, chilli, pot roast – hot, filling, and filled with warm memories.
That need for warm and cosy extends to appetizers. My two all-time favourite hot dips are smoked salmon, and spinach-artichoke. I could easily eat the entire thing. If there wasn’t a witness (Hubby) I probably would!
Here’s the link for the best hot spinach dip I’ve found. So far. If you have what you think is a better version, send it to me. Pleeeeez!
ARTICHOKE SPINACH DIP
And here’s the recipe for the salmon dip. My friend Janet passed it on and I don’t know where she got the recipe, so I can’t give credit where it’s due, except to Janet for passing it on. I generally make a half recipe, more than enough for two greedy guts, or four restrained adults.
Hot Smoked Salmon Dip
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c mayo
juice of half a lemon
1/2 tsp (+) hot pepper sauce
3 green onions, sliced thin
8 oz smoked salmon (either hot- or cold-smoked)
1/2 tsp lemon pepper (or 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper)
1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
Mix well and bake at 400 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes until bubbly and warm. Serve with sliced baguette, crackers and/or cru-dites :)