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pepperhead212

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I made a batch of a Mexican dip - a variation of Sakil Pak, which is a pumpkin seed dip. I made this with some butternut squash seeds, and added some chickpeas I had left from last night, to stretch it - something I always do with this recipe, since the squash seeds and pepitas are so strong, a much smaller amount can be used. A habanero is the other main flavor. I usually grill the tomatoes, but it was a rainy day, so I cooked them in a skillet, on a piece of NS foil, to caramelize some of the skin. Did the same with the chocolate habanero, then cooled it all, and blended them with the remaining ingredients. Then stirred in some chopped chives and cilantro. I ate it with a stalk of celery and carrot, cut into sticks, and a handful of tortilla chips.
Toasting butternut squash seeds, to use like pumpkin seeds. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Cooling the toasted butternut seeds. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Spears TN green tomatoes, cooked in skillet, since weather is bad for grilling. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Ground up butternut squash seeds, before adding the tomatoes, habanero, and some chickpeas. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Finished butternut seed dip - a variety of Sakil Pak. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
 

blissful

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Wow Pepperhead, I've never heard of that kind of a dip, with the seeds. I love the seeds and save them from all the squash/pumpkins we eat in the freezer. Then I clean up a couple cups at a time, bake, slightly salted, for snacking. I've read all the nutrition information on pumpkin/squash seeds, and they are so good for a person. I'd like to share them with my mr bliss but he likes sunflower seeds as his seed of choice.
 

pepperhead212

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@taxlady That's non-stick foil I was referring to. It is foil with a layer of silicone on it. I use it frequently in my toaster oven, for things that might stick, like anything cheesy, and it peels right off. And if you've ever baked macaroons, those things stick to even parchment paper, but not this! A thick silicone sheet works well, but things just don't brown on them.

I got the ideas for the foil in a pan from Rick Bayless, in which several of his recipes called for one or two slices of onion or tomatoes on foil in a skillet, to brown them w/o oil.

Here's an example of it - I never buy it at this price, but this shows it. They have different widths, as well, as with regular foil.
 

taxlady

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@taxlady That's non-stick foil I was referring to. It is foil with a layer of silicone on it. I use it frequently in my toaster oven, for things that might stick, like anything cheesy, and it peels right off. And if you've ever baked macaroons, those things stick to even parchment paper, but not this! A thick silicone sheet works well, but things just don't brown on them.

I got the ideas for the foil in a pan from Rick Bayless, in which several of his recipes called for one or two slices of onion or tomatoes on foil in a skillet, to brown them w/o oil.

Here's an example of it - I never buy it at this price, but this shows it. They have different widths, as well, as with regular foil.
Thanks. Do you find you use it much? Is it really worth the higher price? I DuckDuckGo'ed it and, in Canada, I could only find it on Amazon.ca and at Canadian Tire. Not cheap at Amazon and Canadian Tire is out of stock. This is what I get when I click your link, well, in addition the regular stuff, "No Import Fees Deposit & $9.70 Shipping to Canada".
 

pepperhead212

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Well, it looks like the price went up at BJs, where I got it last, but still cheaper than what I saw there - $19.95 for two rolls of 150 ft each. It was 12.95 last time, though I haven't even opened those. I use it for things like those macaroons, that stick to anything else. I use parchment for most other things, and this only when I need it, but it's definitely worth it.
 
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