Menu Banner

Monday, March 26, 2007

Guest Blogger: Chippin’ & Dippin’ with Emily

It’s a big day here at This Week for Dinner… I’m happy to present my first guest blogger, Emily Wignall! Emily is a great friend and is also the reason this blog even exists… I didn’t know blog from fog before Emily introduced me to this fun world. Emily is awesome – smart, stylish, good cook and entertainer, you name it. I’m so happy she is contributing – enjoy!

* * * * * * *

I’m honored to be the first guest blogger for This Week for Dinner! Jane is practically my next-door-neighbor…I am one of the lucky few who can just drop-in and make sure she is really making what her blog claims.

I don’t have a lot of food knowledge to dispense; however, I have 2 food loves I constantly work at pairing up and perfecting.

My favorite food isn’t something I make, it doesn’t have to be refrigerated, baked, microwaved, thawed, grilled, broiled, or mashed. I LOVE crackers & chips. Wheat, white, cheese, bbq, tortilla, garlic, graham, with sesame seeds, fish-shaped, round, rectangular, square…I don’t care. I even like those crackers with the fake cheese sandwiched in between.

My second favorite food…dip. I’m not picky here either – spinach, cheese, sour cream, salsa, artichoke, marinara, hummus…

If I lived by myself, I am sure that I would live on a diet of various crackers, chips and dips. However, I live with my handsome husband and sweet baby girl, and they prefer to have a more well-rounded diet, so I will share just a few of my favorites which you can use as side dishes to Jane’s yummy recipes.

For a Mexican or Spanish food night, serve Corn Salsa w/ Tortilla Chips (My favorite is Tostitos Hint of Lime).

Go Italian! This Focaccia Bread from Martha Stewart is hard-work, but well worth the 4 hours of waiting. You can top it with cheese and dip in marinara, or just serve warm with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Each year during the Christmas season you will find men, women and children in my hometown anxiously awaiting the arrival of”¦my mom’s cheese ball. My mom doesn’t give away cookies or candy or carols – she prefers cheese. Last year my mom conjured up the Spinach Pepperjack Cheese Ball. Serve this cheese ball with your favorite crackers.

My final contribution isn’t technically a chip and dip…it is more like a chip and dip combined into one delectable treat…so perfect! These Crab & Cream Cheese Wontons are another Martha Stewart creation. They are good with or without the crab meat. I like them with red chile sauce, soy sauce, or just plain!

All this writing has made me hungry…off to the pantry. Happy chip dipping!


  1. 1

    it all sounds yummy… all i have to go dig in the pantry too.

  2. 2

    I love cream cheese and crab together. Do you think you could sub salmon for the crab or something while still having it taste good? I have shellfish allergy people in my family but I really want to make those wontons.

  3. 3

    Can you hear my tummy rumbling from NY? I’m sitting here going, “Yum…YUM! Oh, my gosh, YUMMMM!!!” That Spinach Pepper Jack cheese ball sounds especially divine.

    I often wondered if there was anyone else out there who loved chips/crackers and dip as much as I do. I started young with my grandma and every kind of Nabisco cracker imaginable and squeeze cheese.

    Yay for guest blogging! This is great!

  4. 4
    Emily Wignall

    Hi Jenny. I think salmon with the cream cheese would be scrumptious. You can always do the cream cheese only version, which is great as well. Good luck!

  5. 5

    Yum! Thanks for the ideas and the recipes. I’m definitely a chip/cracker and dip kind of girl myself. Off to the grocery store I go . . . I’m in the mood for some chips and dips!

  6. 6

    Emily. It’s no wonder why Cate is such a big fan. Chips & dips are definitely her favorite foods (especially dips). “Milk and cereals” are a close second. I feel a bit like the ‘lone man in Oprah’s audience posting on this blog. Jane maybe you should do an equal opportunity promotion! By the way, I’m Jane’s husband and I can say without any hesitation that Cate and myself have benefited greatly from this blog. Thanks to all the contributers.

  7. 8

    Emily, Fabulous post! Thanks so much and I can’t wait to start dipping!

    On a side note, Nate, you are hilarious!

  8. 9
    Jane Maynard

    this is why we have guest bloggers… I don’t eat any flavored chips or crackers, so we need guests to mix things up a bit! 🙂

    by the way – thanks nate for your comments. you made me laugh, as usual…

Leave a comment