Friday, May 25, 2012

SerenDIPity 2012 - Award-Winning Recipes!

Coming in Spring 2013 - The SerenDIPity Book!!

"When you have eaten and are satisfied,
praise the LORD your God..."
Deuteronomy 8:10

My ever-so-sweet and simply beautiful friend LeAnn Rice has invited me to co-post with her today as we dollop our way through dips, friendships, fellowship, hospitality and outreach! (Click here to swing by and visit my friend LeAnn as she shares her inspiration on reaching out through SerenDIPity).

LeAnn surprised me (actually she shocked me and left me speechless) in March when she traveled from North Carolina to my home sweet home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to be my culinary assistant at our annual SerenDIPity.  LeAnn is a dear friend and her kindness and amazing thoughtfulness have infused my heart forever.  (Click here for LeAnn's surprise visit:  She Surprises.)

What a joy to have LeAnn in our humble home!  SerenDIPity 2012 was extra-special because of LeAnn's serenDIPitous visit.  These magical moments were captured in pictures by a wonderful student photographer Toni Valentini.   (Click here to see pictures taken by Toni from SerenDIPity 2012.)
LeAnn and Me ~ She Speaks 2010

Today, I am sharing the award-winning recipes from this year's SerenDIPity as we dipped the evening away with family and friends.  I so wish your computer screen was scratch and sniff!  Our guests out-dipped themselves and created beautiful and delicious dips!  Here are the prize-winning recipes.  (I seriously think the fruits/veggies, cream cheese and sour cream industries benefit from the SerenDIPity!)

Tastiest Appetizer Dip
Game Day Dip ~ Brought by Penny Woolston
1 pound of sausage
1 8-oz. package of cream cheese
1 can diced tomatoes
Cook sausage with sliced onion and drain.
Melt cream cheese into sausage.
Drain tomatoes and add to sausage.
Serve warm.
Best Presentation (Appetizer Dip) 
Tzatziki Dip ~ Created by Lucille Osborn
(visit Lucille's culinary site here:
 16 oz. sour cream and/or Greek yogurt
1 large cucumber, shredded, squeezed dry
1-3 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
Fresh parsley, minced
Combine all ingredients.  Flavors will develop if allowed to sit overnight.
Keep refrigerated.  Serve with your choice of dippers.
Best Warm Appetizer Dip
Cape Cod Lobster Dip ~ Brought by Erika Gill
My dear friend Erika wants you to know that 
she hangs her head in embarrassment...
she purchased the dip mix at the shore.
It's a shame she can't remember the name...
it was DIPlicious! (Love you Erika!)
Most Original Appetizer Dip
Tony Toma's Homemade Onion Rings and Dipping Sauce
~ By Tim and Kathy Bires
OK folks...our amazing friends Tim and Kathy Bires
made homemade onion rings and dipping sauce that rocked the par-tae!
Since I don't have a picture of their presentation in a trio crock pot,
here is a picture of them!!!
Onion Rings:
6 white onions
1 cup milk
3 egg beaters
2 cups pancake mix
Slice onions cross-wise and separate into rings.
Combine milk and eggs (and salt to taste) in mixing bowl.
Soak onions in mix in frig for 30 minutes.
Place pancake mix in shallow bowl.
Heat oil in skillet to 375.
Dip soaked onions in pancake mix and brown in oil.
Drain on paper towels.
Put rings in loaf pan or 9X13 pan and bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes.
Turn out onion rings on plate

Dipping Sauce:
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1-1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 garlic salt
1/4 tsp onion salt
Combine all ingredients in pan and whisk on high heat until smooth.
Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 35 minutes until slightly thick.
Serve warm and enjoy!

Most Original Dessert Dip
"Me Love Cookie Dough" dips ~ Made by Lynne Reichenbach
 Monster Cookie Dough Dip
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup oats (regular or quick)
1 cup miniature plain M&Ms
1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mix cream cheese, butter, vanilla and peanut butter until smooth.
Stir in brown sugar and powdered sugar, mixing well.
Next fold in oats, candy and chocolate chips.
Serve with pretzels or graham cracker sticks.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar, slightly packed
1 tsp vanilla
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

In medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar.  Whisk together over medium-high heat until sugar has dissolved, about 4 minutes.  Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract.  Set aside and let cool.  If you are in a hurry, put in freezer for 15 minutes.  In the meantime, cream together the cream cheese and confectioners sugar for 1-2 minutes.  Slowly pour in the butter/sugar mixture.  Beat on medium/high until the mixture is combined and not separated.  It may take up to 5 minutes.  Stir in the chocolate chips.
Serve with graham crackers vanilla wafers, animal crackers.

Tastiest Dessert Dip
Key Lime Dip ~ Brought by Kristin Steenbakkers
 1/4 cup key lime juice (add more to taste; Kristin used more)
2 8-oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
1 can condensed milk
1/4 cup sugar
Whip cream cheese, add lime juice sugar and then milk until it's all light and flaky like a thick frosting.
Kristin also stirred in some lime zest.  
Serve with graham sticks, vanilla wafers or fresh fruit.

Best Presentation (Dessert Dip) ~ Cookie Dough Dip
by Deb Barnhart

And we gave one special serenDIPitous prize away this year!  We didn't tell our guests about this prize in our invitation, but any guest who used a scripture with their dip won a Serendipity Bible!  We had a winner ~ our lovely friends Steve and Deb Barnhart!  
"He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast."  
Proverbs 15:15

Woo Hoo!

AND HERE IS A SURPRISE FOR YOU!!!!  Leave a comment and let us know if you would consider having a SerenDIPity as an outreach to your neighbors, friends or family!!  You will win a SerenDIPity Bible and also one of LeAnn's books ~ "Untangling Christmas"!!!  I will also send you a packet of sample invitations, voting cards and other helpful items I have created to host a SerenDIPity!!

Share your great ideas with us too!  The winner will be announced next week!

Thank you for visiting!  It's been a DIPlight to have you here!

In my next post, I will share the dip recipes LeAnn brought with her to share with me from some of my southern girlfriends.  Can you guess whose dip is called "Mississippi Sin Dip"? 

""O  LORD...
You still the hunger of those You cherish..."
Psalm 17:14


LeAnn said...

Bringing back sweet (and tasty) memories! Love you, friend!


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Anita Holden said...

I would certainly consider having SerenDIPity as an outreach! We recently started small groups at our church and it ends in June. I was hosting a RAK group. I would love more information on getting started in this... what a wonderful idea! Maybe a Women's Ministry project... hmmmm... Thank you so much!!

Beyond Sunday Morning said...

I think SerenDIPity sounds like a great idea and provides a great avenue to get people together. I would definitely entertain the idea of using this as an outreach. Thanks for sharing!

Cindy and Brooke said...

What a wonderful idea! I am definitely interested in using this as an outreach project...either as a family or maybe even with our Titus 2 ladies' ministry at church. Maybe even BOTH! Oh the wheels are turning! Thanks for sharing!