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#8606: Dawn, here's gift I like to give during the season. I believe it was posted here or

Posted by: Traca at 5:11 am on Nov 13, 2007

on the old Gail's site by Sue Z Q.

I visit the bulk spices at my local grocery store and make about 10 x this recipe. Then I give it out in little ziploc or cello bags, tied with a short direction for use.

It's a great thing for people to have on hand during the holidays when sometimes, it's difficult enough just trying to get where you're going...let alone pick out something fabulous to bring for a nibble.

I bring this spice mix, a small bottle of olive oil, and a baguette. Often times at the beginning of the season I'll buy a bunch of shallow ramekins (the low dishes they make creme brulee in work great) and then serve the dip in one...and leave the dish with the host...along with what's left of the spice mix and olive oil as a gift.

People never fail to beg for the recipe. It falls under the stupidly simple category, but remains a favorite.

Carraba's Italian Dip Mix (Sue Z Q's note: my boys call it Sacred Oil)

Mix: 1 T. crushed red pepper
1 T. black pepper
1 T. dried oregano
1 T. dried rosemary (I used this in one
recipe, & not in another - both are good)
1 T. dried parsley
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. garlic - minced
1 tsp. salt

Grind together & put 1 T. of mixture on a
plate. Pour extra virgin olive oil over &
mix. (I used regular olive oil) Dip crusty
bread into the mixture. Its to die for.

You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do
something about its depth. - M