IT’S FATHER’S DAY and though he doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, I can think of one treat that will definitely please Paul…onion dip. In fact, he loves it so much that every time someone comes to visit from the US, this is his big request. Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix,please. They don’t even sell sour cream in Italy so on the off chance that he does have a packet or two squirreled away in our pantry, Paul uses Greek yogurt. It’s not a bad substitute but obv, not the real deal. That’s where the FAO commissary and Ina Garten come in.
I’ve made this dip many times, for many occasions including my brother’s wedding in 2010. For 200 people. That was not my smartest move. I blame jet lag. And pregnancy brain. But the dip was still amazing! (And I’m still getting compliments on it. Really.) Today, I made it for our family of 5 though I’m sure the little guy won’t be eating any. (He is 13 days old. No dip.)
Actually, Paul has really worked hard for the last two weeks. He’s been on paternity leave, which meant doing the majority of everything for Phoebe and Estelle while I basically breastfed all the time. All day. Every day. Nights too. We’ll eventually get onto a system where we feed every 2 1/2 to 3 hours but in the beginning I like to feed the babies as often as possible. It helps for jaundice (which they’ve all had) and also escorts the milk in easily.
Meanwhile, Paul has taken the girls to church on his own two weeks in a row. While they were sitting in pews this morning, I whipped up onion dip, a lemon-cream tart and lunch: our favorite summer pasta with tomatoes, cheese and fresh basil (post coming soon!). Like most of the Barefoot Contessa recipes, her Pan Fried Onion Dip is neither light nor fast but it’s definitely delicious. Happy Father’s Day!