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RE: How Can I 'kick up' the boring veggie tray? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: lindac on 12.16.2008 at 03:26 pm in Entertaining Forum

Red pepper dip....
Roasted red peppers in the blender with sour cream anda few drops of lemon....
Just put sour cream in the blender and add canned roasted red peppers until it's bright red...taste it and add salt of garlic of needed.
And guacamole doesn't have to be spicy....just mashed avocado and a few drops of lime juice. If you don't like spicy, skip the tobasco. But you could use pesto....however I think a mild guacamole would stand up to wine tasting a lot better than a garlic-ey pesto.
Also there is a sundried tomato pesto available in the grocery store that's pretty darned good....and very red!
As for the white dip....
1 cup of sour cream add 1/4 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp horseradish. For this I would use the cream style horseradish.
It would be cute to arrange it wreath style...and make groupings of cherry tomatoes as holly berries.
Also don't forget belgan endive, makes a great dipper!
You also could do a filled veggie tray...filled cherry tomatoes, filled mushrooms, filled sugar snap peas, filled cekery sticks and fat pepper slices filled with a cheese cream cheese mix.
Lots of possiblities.
Linda C

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RE: How Can I 'kick up' the boring veggie tray? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: sudiepav on 12.16.2008 at 12:43 pm in Entertaining Forum

I've used a cleaned-out pepper as a bowl for dip. Just pick a big one with thick enough skin to hold the dip and one that can stand up by itself (or else take a smidge off the bottom to steady it). I also briefly steamed and then chilled tiny brussels sprouts to dip, along with asparagus, done the same way. I agree with jicama and selections of pepper strips, and maybe some zucchini rounds and cherry tomatoes. I usually try to present a variety of colors for a more interesting tray.

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RE: How Can I 'kick up' the boring veggie tray? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: lindac on 12.16.2008 at 11:28 am in Entertaining Forum

Add jicama, raw asparagus, strips of red, and orange bell peppers....as well as the usual celery broccoli and cauliflower.
Oh and skip those awful "baby" carrots....that alone ought to make it noteworthy!
And make intensly colored dips...guacamole....with a little green food coloring added, roasted red pepper dip, which is pretty red on it's own and curry dip...with maybe a bit of yellow food color...and some horesradish and garlic sour cream for the white.
Linda c

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RE: Any Wonderful Container Combos? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: dottyinduncan on 09.08.2006 at 10:45 am in Northwestern Gardening Forum

I found a magazine with a container contest winners -- they were beautiful. The winner contained Begonia Escargot, Coleus Wizard Sunset, 2 Licorice Plants, a pink stripe Mountain Flax and a Persian Sheild. This was in a large blue pot and the colours were exceptional. Runner up contained only 3 plants in black and silver: Mondo Grass, Rex begonia and a sage. Their mantra was Thrillers, fillers and spillers -- the same as posters here are suggesting.

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RE: Any Wonderful Container Combos? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: boxofrox on 09.06.2006 at 01:20 am in Northwestern Gardening Forum

I did three large pots that sit on my retaining wall that I really like. I put a magilla perilla (sp)which looks a lot like a dark burgundy/red coleus in the center of the two end ones and then combined light blue and dark purple supertunias/million bells with dark pink/white geraniums. The pot in the center I did with homestead purple verbena and those annuals that have the bright shimmering plumes of red and yellow. I used both green and red foliaged ones. Sorry I can't remember the name of the annuals. The three pots are quite a color spot together.

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RE: Any Wonderful Container Combos? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: plant.babies Zone 7-8 (Guest) on 08.26.2006 at 02:30 pm in Northwestern Gardening Forum

I use a sword leaf Dracaena in the middle of some.

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RE: Any Wonderful Container Combos? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: dottyinduncan on 08.22.2006 at 08:41 pm in Northwestern Gardening Forum

I love the combo of dark burgundy and chartreuse, so this would be lovely. Thanks for the suggestion.

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RE: Any Wonderful Container Combos? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: hemnancy on 08.22.2006 at 02:40 am in Northwestern Gardening Forum

I don't do containers but P. Allen Smith had a show on them and he combines a vertical element like a grass or New Zealand Flax, a trailing plant, and foliage/flowering plants. He combines grey foliage with purple flowers or chartreuse foliage and burgundy foliage.

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Any Wonderful Container Combos?

posted by: dottyinduncan on 08.21.2006 at 07:35 pm in Northwestern Gardening Forum

I do a number of containers and hanging baskets in the springtime, but I'm not as creative as I wish. Anyone got pics of container plantings that are great? I'd like to see them in full flower this year so I could copy for next year. Thanks in advance.

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