There are thousands of cooking blogs -- each week, we bring you highlights from the best. This week, we've got dip on the brain.
Dip -- like spoon bread and jerky -- is one of those rare foods whose name derives from the act of eating it, not the dish itself. So we thought we'd take a dip into the blogosphere, a dunk that led us to Ezra Pound Cake, a two-year-old blog with a light-hearted attitude and penchant for Mad Men (and our favorite bit of Pete Campbell trivia: the"Chip and Dip").
"This site is dedicated to sharing recipes, celebrating my spectacular kitchen triumphs (and disasters) and promoting the fun to be had cooking at home," writes Rebecca Crump, the woman behind the madness. Crump is a writer-turned-baker, hence the "Ezra Pound Cake" witticism: "It combines Ezra Pound, the Modernist poet, and Pound Cake, a simple-but-delicious dessert containing an abundance of butter and sugar," she explains.
With an extensive recipe index full of assorted homey recipes, and a manageable blogroll (this one will keep you from rolling into food blog oblivion), resource-rich Ezra Pound Cake is also pumped with personality. Crump's posts are decidedly hilarious, even a tad raunchy at times. From her sassy tone to the funny videos sprinkled throughout her posts, this site's as fun as the notion of dip itself.
Best of all, Crump even developed full-fledged "MadMenus" for the premieres of the show's third season and fourth, for crying out loud. We can hardly wait for season five -- till then, we've got Ezra Pound Cake to keep us entertained.
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