Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dips and Sips Summer Recipe Drive

Despite the frigid spring temperatures in Chicago this week, I remain confident that summer weather will soon arrive. In honor of the season of fun, sun, and over-indulging with friends, I am pleased to announce the inaugural NTB Dips and Sips Summer Recipe Drive.

That's right, not a recipe contest but a recipe drive -- an effort to gather a bunch of people's best recipes that fit into the broad categories of "dips" (dips, salsas, spreads, easy appetizers, cracker/chip/pita/cut veggie-friendly foods) and "sips" (cocktails, mocktails, sangrias, punches, and the like).

Here's how it works . . .
1. Think of a recipe that you really enjoy!

2. Share the recipe with me and other NTB readers:
* Include any helpful hints, ingredient notes, serving suggestions, or variations you have to offer.

* Offer a brief blurb about the history of the recipe -- who gave it to you or if you, NTB, created it yourself, what was your inspiration? Special occasions the recipe suits? Past feedback from guests who sampled it? Why you enjoy making, eating, or sharing it? Just give us some little something to get excited about the recipe.

* List your name, a made-up name, or your blog handle. If you have a blog and want other NTB readers to know about it, give me the url and I will include it with your recipe.

3. By June 20th (DEADLINE EXTENDED to 6/28), email the recipe to mep at nottobrag dot net . Please also leave a comment saying that you are participating.

Each contributor will receive an official NTB Dips and Sips Summer Recipe Drive cookbooklet in your email inbox.* For free!

Throughout the summer, I will be testing out the Dips and Sips Recipes and blogging about it. I love having friends over to enjoy food and drink and plan to use the Dips and Sips Recipe Drive as extra motivation to plan some casual get togethers.

Please forward this post on to friends and other blog readers. My goal is to gather at least 50 recipes! Special requests for any cocktail recipes that include champagne. Thanks to a recent graduation, NTB, I have some around here.

It's going to be a great summer!

*I will not use your email address for anything but emailing you the cookbook file.


Amy said...

I'll send you a few!

Actchy said...

What a lovely idea! I'm so looking forward to the series!

I'm in.

E... said...

I'm in.

Anonymous said...

I think this is a great idea. I must run my choice by you since the p girls seem to share many of the same recipes. m

PITA said...

As I am intense lover of dips...i will definitely participate. I am also looking forward to some great summer sip recipes!

CaraBee said...

Great idea! I'll definitely start looking around for a good recipe.

LAP said...

Hmmm...not sure what recipe I will submit, but I certainly want the file of all the compiled recipes, so count me in.

JLW said...

Great idea! I would love to share some Summer Dips and Sips. JLW@KPA

msh said...

i've been feeling a need to find some new dips lately--i feel like i make the same one every time! and same with the sips--though i never make anything, i simply buy wine. and i've been wanting to get some good sangria recipes, so i'll either try some to add, or someone else can! oh, and if you haven't heard from me before the deadline, feel free to harass me!

Julie said...

I'm in! What a great idea, Megan! I'm a closet reader of your blog who is thoroughly entertained by it but rarely posts replies! I'll have to start digging for recipes!

Julie (Trusock!)

Melissa Walters said...

I'm in too, although I usually do party favorite they might not be new and exciting. But I'll find something that is :)

Anonymous said...

I missed the original deadline. But, someone told me you had extended, I hopefully just submitted a few faves. Hope they are new enough to make the cute! :)


Anonymous said...

Urrrrg. "Cut" not "cute"! Sorry.

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