Saturday, February 8, 2014

Edamame Ginger Dip #ElleAPalooza

Bloggers and friends from all over the world come together for #ElleAPalooza to remember and honor Elle from Elle's New England Kitchen.

Edamame Ginger Dip #ElleAPalooza | Taste As You Go
Edamame Ginger Dip

When I first started blogging in 2008, I established an early routine of self-doubt, giving myself a pep talk every time I prepared to click on the "publish" button. Although I loved cooking and writing and sharing my love for food with others, I wasn't sure whether anyone would really care about what I had to say. But, slowly, I let go of my doubt and truly came to appreciate how close-knit and supportive the food blogging community really was.


One of the first people to show interest in Taste As You Go was Elle (Lee Ann) of Elle's New England Kitchen. She regularly left thoughtful comments, and I was grateful for each and every one of them. As our mini conversations jumped from my blog to hers and from Twitter to Facebook, Elle became so much more to me than just a blogging mentor and inspiration.

She became my friend.

Frozen Edamame | Taste As You Go
Frozen Edamame

My friendship with Elle flourished online, but we never had the opportunity to meet in real life. I guess part of me always assumed we'd have time to schedule a fun get-together the next time I was up in Boston for a Red Sox game or in Connecticut visiting my family. Actually meeting Elle in person was something I looked forward to doing "someday". Not only did we share a love of food, but we also shared a love of all thing relating to New England, so I knew we'd have an amazing time together whenever our meeting finally took place.

Ginger and Soy Sauce | Taste As You Go
Ginger and Soy Sauce

But everything changed when I read the devastating news on Facebook of Elle's sudden passing from a pulmonary embolism. I was in shock and didn't allow myself to believe the news for days. I was just chatting with Elle online... How could she really be gone?

I waited too long to tell her that I wanted to arrange a way for us to meet. And how long had it been since I last told her that I was grateful for her friendship? My sadness quickly morphed into disappointment. Disappointment about my lack of initiation and lack of action. Disappointment about missed opportunities.

Elle, your presence in my world will be missed. Our silly conversations online will be missed. The time spent reading your blog updates will be missed. Though, I'm sure that I'll be stopping by your blog every now and then to remember good times we shared, to get dinner ideas for my menu plans, and to think about how lucky I was to have you in my life.

Edamame Ginger Dip #ElleAPalooza | Taste As You Go
Edamame Ginger Dip

In honor of Elle, I'm sharing her recipe for Edamame Ginger Dip with all of you. It's simple to make and has a nice kick to it thanks to the use of fresh ginger. Serve with pita chips instead of hummus or as an accompaniment for your vegetable platter instead of ranch dip. Either way, I'm sure you're going to love it.

Elle's Edamame Ginger Dip
Barely adapted from Elle's recipe | Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 8 ounces frozen shelled edamame
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Hot sauce, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Prepare the edamame according to the package instructions.
  2. Once the edamame are cooked, puree all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Cover and chill for about an hour before serving.
  4. Serve with your favorite chips, crackers, or veggies for dipping.

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