Sauces and Dips

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Grilled Eggplant Dip

The Japanese eggplants in my garden have finally started to fruit. I added them to the garden this summer as an afterthought. Eggplants have never really grown well for me. The leaves typically get eaten alive before the plant has even the thought of a fruit, or the fruit rots before it comes close to harvest time. Imagine my surprise, as this year, the eggplants we haphazardly planted at the edge of our herb garden are exploding. Clearly I needed some eggplant recipes, stat. This one has become one of my favorites. It yields a complex, smoky, eggplant dip that stands up well on it’s own. It’s an excellent compliment...

Green Chili and Almond Pesto

There is no recipe that epitomizes summer quite as well as basil pesto. The unrelenting heat has caused the basil plants in our garden to explode–and I’ve been making pesto consistently ever since. I seriously can’t even keep up with them. Our red eye chili plants are right beside the basil, and haven’t yet reached their “red” stage–but I’ve been picking them green. The addition gives the pesto a subtle kick. The typical pesto nut choice is pine nuts. However, I don’t typically buy those–in favor of raw almonds, which I always have on hand. So I use those instead here–I think they work great and even impart an almost...

Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dip

This recipe can fill many roles: dip, dressing, sauce, sandwich spread, etc. I settled on calling it a “dip,” as that felt like it’s most descriptive stand-alone use. Though even calling it a recipe feels like a stretch here. To be frank, you throw all the ingredients in a blender, doctor with salt and black pepper and you’re done! It’s an ode to the quick summer night meal as it adds a bit of herby, summery freshness to whatever you pair with it. My default meal when I can’t think of anything to make for dinner, summer or not, is a veggie bowl of some sort. Basmati rice, quinoa, sometimes cauliflower rice,...