Today is the Last Day to Enter our Party Dip Contest!

Today is the last day to submit your recipe for our contest In Search of the Perfect Party Dip, so what are you waiting for? The contest entry period will officially close at 11:59 PM tonight, and after that Tony and I will begin the arduous process of narrowing down the entries for the semifinal tasting round, which will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd.


We’ve received dozens of new party dip recipes to add to our personal repertoire, and encourage you to check out all of the recipe entries to find a new party dip favorite for yourself. All of the recipe submissions are posted here on the blog, and you can find them by clicking HERE. We would LOVE your feedback, so please let us know if you try any of them.Thank you to everyone who has shared a recipe with us – you have made our task of selecting the semifinalists very difficult, and we truly appreciate your participation.

CLICK HERE  to view the RECIPE ENTRIES for our Party Dip Contest

We are grateful to Breadsmith of Fargo, Hornbacher’s and Prairie Fire Pottery for their generous support in helping us create a significant prize package of gifts designed to help you celebrate your win and make your party dip truly shine!

When we approached these businesses and asked them to join our contest, they enthusiastically jumped on board with gifts far greater than we’d originally requested. It seems like everyone gets excited about a great party dip, and we can’t wait to see who the lucky winner of these great prizes will be!

A Four-Course Dinner for Two at Sarello’s
(value: approx. $150)

One Daily Bread each month for a year,
with a selection of dipping oils and vinegar from
Breadsmith of Fargo
(value: $125) 

A “Chip and Dip” piece of Tama Smith’s original pottery from
Prairie Fire Pottery
(value: $140)
If you click on the link, the pictured piece is similar to the prize gift)

$50 Gift Card to Hornbacher’s SuperValu

* Thank-you gifts will also be awarded to all of the runner-up finalists *

You Ask, We’ll Answer

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Here are this week’s Questions:

Q: Where can I buy Panettone?

A: In the Fargo-Moorhead area, we’ve found it at TJ Maxx, Costco, and Sam’s Club. Our local bread store, Breadsmith, makes fresh Panettone during the holiday season (it is delicious!), and we are waiting to find out when they expect to have it available. We’ll keep you posted.

Q: How do you make the whipped potatoes at Sarello’s taste so good?

A: When your potatoes have finished boiling, drain them and return them to the same pot. Turn the heat to medium-low to cook off the excess moisture before adding the cream and butter (about 2 to 3 minutes). This will ensure that the only liquid in the mix is the cream and butter, which will result in better taste and texture.

Q: Do you ever use an attachment to your electric mixer when making fresh pasta?

A: Yes, we have an attachment for our Kitchen Aid mixer that works great. Tony has made  fresh pasta using a pasta maker, a mixer attachment, and the old-fashioned way of rolling it out and cutting it.