Monday 12 May 2014

Battle of the Veggie Dips: Marlene vs. the Winnipeg Ceramic Club

Marlene's Vegetable Dip

Now that the warmer weather is here, many cakers will be coming out of hibernation, trading in their cowl neck sweaters for wedges and tube tops – and those are just the men. We’ll also start entertaining, which means airing out the basement, washing the toilet tank fur and polishing the Tupperware.

It also means putting on a spread. And while cakers, in general, aren’t vegetable enthusiasts, we’ll tolerate a veggie tray every now and then provided those veggies come with a side of saturated fat.

The Winnipeg Ceramic Club's Veggie Dip

I couldn’t decide which of these veggie dips to make, since they both looked pretty good. Marlene’s called for Cheez Whiz and the Winnipeg Ceramic Club recipe called for that caker elixir, Catalina salad dressing. So I made both, slipped on the wedges and invited a friend over to taste-test both.

It was a tough call, but overall, the Winnipeg Ceramic Club’s recipe packed more punch in the flavour department. It was the right mix of tang and sweetness. Having said that, I fell in love with the colour of Marlene’s dip and decided to paint my walls with it. Now I’m starting to worry about the smell when the first heat wave hits.

Marlene’s Vegetable Dip
½ cup Cheez Whiz
1 cup mayonnaise
sprinkle garlic powder
Cream well, serve with sliced vegetables.

Source: Our Favorite Recipes Cookbook, ICU/CCU The General Hospital Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Veggie Dip
8 ounces cream cheese
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup Catalina dressing
1 tablespoon chopped onion
Mix together until smooth and creamy.

Source: Our Favourite Recipes Cookbook, C.F.B. Winnipeg Ceramic Club


  1. That Ceramic Club recipe certainly sounds good, but I don't know--FOUR ingredients? I'm not sure I have the wherewithal to make it.

    1. It's pretty complicated, but hang in there. I know you can do it. If it helps, make sure you turn off the Lawrence Welk show while making it, so you don't get distracted by the Bobby and Cissy dance number.

    2. My goodness veg-o-matic, you'd be virtually paralyzed by my "5 ingredient cookbook"!

    3. I have a 4 ingredient cookbook. It gave me a headache.

  2. I love that the dip calling for cheese-whatsit and mayo comes from a cardiac care unit. "Go on, have some dip, you know where to find us."

    1. It's a little ironic, isn't it? I suppose it could've been worse. The recipe could've said, "Serve with a side of cigarettes."

  3. Cheez Whiz and mayo.
    Be still my beating heart!

    1. Your heart will be beating still if you eat too much of it.