A month ago I took a small trip with my Bride to the beautiful state of Arizona. Our plans down there were to visit Grandma and Grandpa who like other retired Minnesota snow-birds, flocked down to the warmer regions of the US to nest under the hot sun. Now I must say I’m not one for very touristy type places. When I go to a place like Arizona, I would rather play cowboy and wander on some lonely desert trails or drive through the back roads into the mountains seeking the perfect picture amid the landscape. I don’t mind trying recommended restaurants, or puttering around a historical museum. Heck, even an over populated ghost town is cool sometimes. I’m just not one for highly populated tourist towns with overpriced shops. Well, the first day I was there I had no choice. My Wife, along with Grandma and Grandpa, dragged me to the Mesa Swap Meet. I heard that the Mesa Swap Meet was large enough to not only populate a small city; it also got you real acquainted with the brand of deodorant the person next to you was wearing, if any. To say the least, it was packed and it was only 10 am.
Upon wandering around the many aisles of the swap meet, looking at cheap toys, overpriced candy, and art, you will also find yourself being given a sample of other people’s homemade culinary creations. I had everything from jalapeno flavored popcorn, salsas and dried fruits of every kind. Though there was one booth that stuck out to me, The Dip Lady. Along with her big yellow sign, her friendly smile was enough to invite you in and try out her many creations of dip. With a handful of pretzels, I made my way around her booth trying out her homemade creations. The Dip lady is very creative with not only the way she names her dips, but with the variety of dips she offers. I tried everything from Pete’s Parmesan Peppercorn to Homicide Habanero. She also offered some fruity dips such as Pineapple Passion and Janet’s Apple Cinnamon. There was not a dip on her table of samples I didn’t like. I didn’t want to leave! I told my Wife and Grandma to just leave me there for the day.
Well, I hung around The Dip Lady long enough I figured it was time for me to purchase something. Not only were the dips very tasty, the price was right too. I walked away with four flavors for only $10. You can’t beat that!
Needless to say, I’m not just a fan, but I am a returning customer. If you are in Arizona for vacation, stop by the Mesa Swap Meet and visit The Dip Lady. Try a few or all of the samples. If you are not able to make it to Arizona soon, you can order some of her famous dips at www.diplady.com. A great snack while sitting out on your grilling patio next to a smokey pit!
Sometimes life should stay simple. Though us Patrons enjoy working hard at making culinary masterpieces over a flame, we don’t always have the time to do so. Surprised you might be to the fact that we also work full-time jobs. Though we may post many things on here throughout the week, it’s not because we stay at home grilling and smoking meats all day, tho there are days where we wish we could do so. Days when the flirtatious considerations of leaving the trustworthy 9 to 5 and becoming a full-time food artist dance across the brainwaves of our minds. We sit back in our desk chair, stomachs groaning, while the pondering issues related to our work trade gather in the background. We exhale a sigh, because all we want to do is fill a coal chimney, stuff it with newspaper and light it with a flame. Then of course, reality strikes, and we can’t. We eat a granola bar to cater to grumbles of the stomach and press on until the whistle blows. During the winter when the sunlight is less than your blessed summer nights; we like most of you out there need to keep meals simple. A brat, corn and baked beans are one of the most intelligible meals you can get. So simple that the only spice I used was cracked pepper over the beans. It may be simple, but it hits the spot…always. In closing, cheers to those who work real jobs, a full eight-hour shift that allows little glimpse of sunlight. To those who need to think of something fast, remember there is always hot dogs, brats, corn and peppered baked beans. Grill On – POTP
It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. – Laura Ingalls Wilder