Fennel or Carrot Top Dip

Tops of one bunch of carrots or a whole fennel bulb with greens
About 2 cups of fresh parsley or more
1 small orange or about 1 TSP fresh lemon juice
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp kosher or sea salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼ cup golden raisins (or agave – just don’t use dark raisins)

  • Mix in blender or processor until smooth.
  • Season to taste – add more agave or citrus as needed.
  • Serve with cut up veggies or crackers.
  • As a first course on Friday nights, I often serve three dips with challah and crudités; a green dip like this one, an orange or red dip with roasted red pepper or carrots, and a white or yellow dip like hummus or tahini.

P.129 Battered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery

Home from her run on Sunday morning, Alene roasted vegetables and started putting together dips and Eggplant Parmesan while listening to her father share tidbits from the New York Times. He especially enjoyed reading articles about science and business peppered with comments. “You know these cranks who think climate change is a hoax? They should visit someplace that’s been devastated by storms… And they shouldn’t go to the doctor… because maybe their diseases are hoaxes too.” Cal wheezed for a few moments after all that talking and slumped in his seat.

“So, people who don’t believe in climate change should die?”
Alene asked. She brought him a glass of water.

“No,” he said, flushed with excitement and pointing at
Alene. “They should just avoid contact with all scientists, including doctors.
If they don’t believe they’re sick, I’m sure they’ll be just fine.”

Alene kept an eye on her father as he got up from the table and pushed the walker slowly to his favorite chair. The house phone rang as Noah sat at the kitchen counter drawing pictures to tape on the community room windows. Sierra and Quinn continued to argue about whose turn it was to throw in a load of dirty towels, and Alene marveled that no one seemed to have heard the phone, since they usually managed to hear the oven ding when cookies were ready to come out.

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