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Three Dips

Name: Lynn Meins
Class Year: 1970
Country of Residence: Germany

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

In 1983, a group of 6 of us started a book club.  Not only do we read books, we also cook meals for each other.  For my first evening as hostess, I made dips with vegetables and other finger food.  This was practically unknown here in Germany at the time and was a big hit.  In fact, since then, the other members have insisted that I make dips – whenever I dared try something else, I got the reaction, “That was very good, but next time we want your dips!”  Here are some of the favorites.  (If anyone wants some good book tips, I can provide those, too!)

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Shrimp Cocktails à la Claire

Name: Claire Burgoyne Brouwer
Class Year: 1957
Country of Residence: The Netherlands

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

This recipe started its life in Argentina when I tried to find something to perk up the very large avocados from the tree in my back yard. My 2 Argentine babies received avocado as their first vegetable. Ideal baby food – without the sauce. This shrimp cocktail with sauce has now become a demand item on my family Christmas Menu since we began the custom of everyone contributing a course for the dinner. No matter what the rest of the dinner consists of, Shrimp Cocktails à la Claire must always be the appetizer.

This probably does not deserve a prize for originality, but this should win a prize for the easiest recipe. Typical of my cooking talents.

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Sheet Pan Gochujang Shrimp and Green Beans

Name: Eleanor Chang
Class Year: 1978
Country of Residence: USA

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

My husband has been the cook since we got married  38 years ago. I am an enthusiastic amateur baker although I usually bake for dinner parties and the holidays only. I call myself a “foodie” not because I cook much, but I like to eat and have a palate that craves and welcomes new and different foods.

Every now and then, when I feel like Asian food, I would try to make something that is totally different than the standard western fare my husband cooks. This recipe is my go-to dish when he is out of town and I need to fend for myself. The dish is wonderful because it is so easy to cook with little to clean up afterwards. The taste is incredibly intense (hot, salty, slightly sweet) as the chili spices in the gochujang wake up your taste buds. Served over rice, you really don’t need anything else for dinner. Well, maybe a dessert afterwards. It is the ultimate recipe for women who don’t like to cook or don’t have time to cook. 

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Shrimp and Gingery Tomato Sauce for Pasta

Name: Carolyn Geisler Hornfeld
Class Year: 1963
Country of Residence: Switzerland

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

I made up this recipe on a dash home from our mountain chalet where my husband and I are waiting out the corona-virus self-isolation. Happened to have the ingredients to hand, we were ravenously hungry and both agreed this was a serendipitous invention! It tastes great and can be made easily and rapidly… Hope you agree.

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