Monday, November 3, 2008

Marine Corps Ball, hiking in the woods, and a little bit of onion dip

Have you ever seen that movie, Mermaids? It's got Cher in it, along with Winona Ryder and a very young Christina Ricci. It's a fairly unremarkable movie, but one thing I remember is that Cher's character never made a full meal. They only ate appetizers. And this has always appealed to me.

We had a busy weekend! Halloween, Tavo had drill, we had the Marine Corps Ball, hiking, and Tavo's parents were celebrating their anniversary last night. The good thing is that food was provided at most of these events. The bad thing? I didn't cook a darn thing. So tonight, after a long day at work and no cooking all weekend--should I make a big, delicious meal? Naw, let's just have some onion dip and cocktails.

I found this recipe on White on Rice Couple's blog. Check them out--the pictures are breathtaking and the recipes are fantastic! I did a slight variation on their Baked Walla Walla Sweet Onion Dip. Here in Georgia, of course, we use Vidalia onions (which you can now find this late in the year! Usually, they're more of a spring/summer onion) and instead of California's Best Foods brand mayonnaise, we used Duke's Mayonnaise out of Greenville, South Carolina. Support your local brands! Below are the results--next time, I think I'm going to throw a bit of spinach in, for the semblance of health. We ate the dip with...toasted Sourdough!

Baked Vidalia Onion Dip with Toasted Sourdough

We also broke into the Military Special bourbon. Something about the cool, autumn weather brings out the bourbon drinker in both of us. (blech--it wasn't that great. I do like the label, thoguh)

So--ready for pics from the Ball?

And on Sunday, my buddy Jennifer and I hiked Kennesaw Mountain, about 30 minutes north of Atlanta. It was gorgeous out--and about 400 other people also decided to hike. Regardless of crowds, it was great to get outside and climb a mountain .

And when I came home from my jog tonight, Tavo had set up some candles in the front room....

I love you too, babe!


doggybloggy said...

what a jam packed weekend...that dip sounds pretty good

Vodka Mom said...

First of all, the pictures are incredible! Secondly, anything involving food is great in my book. THIRD- I TOTALLY admire ANYONE who is brave enough to defend this great country of ours. I salute you. for real.

and, thanks for the visit. I'll be back.

tommie said...

We frequently do an appetizer for dinner. The kids love it. They are at such a freaky food stage now anyway.

The ball looks fun. I was remembering one of the first times I read your blog, you were trying to decide a dress for a ball you were going to.

I live on the bourbon trail...Makers Mark, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam...all within an hour of here. But the county I live in is dry! I have to buy it at the Class XI on post. Crazy I tell you

buffalodick said...

Only down South could you have a guy named Duke making mayo- and have a light version to boot... :) When I run out of booze that tastes good, I'll drink Bourbon..

TavoLini said...

Doggy--the dip IS good. Ridiculously good.

Vodka--Thanks!! We'll be back to your site, too :)

Tommie--it's fun to eat appetizers, isn't it? They're usually my favorite anyways. Dry counties are almost as ridiculous as outlawing beer sales on sunday!

Buffalo--yeah, I hemmed and hawed about getting the light version--but in the end I doubt I saved very many calories ;)

The Blonde Duck said...

You two are so cute! I want to go to a ball. Sniff. Snuffle. Wuffle.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

When I go home this weekend, I am going to dig out a pic of my purple-people-eater costume just for you :o)

Side note: I like the Georgia peach!

Darius T. Williams said...

Love the pics!

And that onion dip - I bet t's good!


the happy gentleman said...

Mermaids is an insane film. I mean it's got Cher! Show some respect ha ha ha ha

TavoLini said...

Blonde Duck--it is fun to get all dressed up!

CCV--I'm holding you to that--I can't wait to see this costume :)

Darius--thanks! Yeah, the onion dip is unbelievably good. It was even better the next day.

Happy Gentleman--I admit, I do like that movie. And Cher is my mom's favorite, so I've seen it more than a couple times...