Foodie Friday-Caramelized Onion Dip (Superbowl Food)

For those of you that LOVED Mmmm Monday, we welcome you to “Foodie Friday”! Every Friday we will feature a recipe from the wonderful Catherine Skipper of The Culinary Cafe!

Foodie Friday-Caramelized Onion Dip (Superbowl Food)

2 yellow onions

4 tbs. unsalted butter

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (depends on how spicy you like it)

Salt & Pepper

4 oz. cream cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayo

First, slice the onions, then cut then in half-rounds. Heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan over med heat. Add in the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Saute for about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to med-low and continue cooking for about another 20-30 minutes until the onions are browned and sweet. They will shrink down quite a bit, so don’t freak out!

Back to business. Once the onions have cooked allow them to cool for a few minutes. Next add all of the other ingredients and the cooled onions to a food processor. Pulse until smooth and well combined. You can serve immediately or chill in fridge until guests arrive. Serve with bagel chips, crostini, or what ever brings a twinkle to your eye. Honestly, this stuff is so good you could smear it all over cardboard and serve it at your sister’s bridal shower!

Simple SEO Mistakes

Here is a short list of the simple web things we must consider when and during and after website optimization and development:

A site FULL of flash – Sure flash looks great and can deliver a media experience that’s far more interesting than static HTML, but there’s one fundamental problem; Search engines still find it difficult to index websites made entirely out of flash aka your site could be invisible to the search engines. Options include embed some flash into your HTML website OR provide both a flash and HTML version of the pages.

A site FULL of images – apart from image optimization via naming the image file correctly and using alt tags, how else are you going to drive organic search traffic? You need raw text for the search engines to “read”.

Unique page titles for each and every page of your website, it frustrates me that I’m still finding great looking sites that use the SAME URL title across all pages. A page or URL title is designed to describe the topic of the page so use it – tell the reader what the page is about in the title.

Simple and correct formatting of page content – people, USE your heading tags

<h2>etc … and do it PROPERLY. I suggest ONE</h2>
<h1>per page! Follow the correct hierarchy for headings and sub headings!</h1>

<h2>etc … and do it PROPERLY. I suggest ONE</h2><h1>per page! Follow the correct hierarchy for headings and sub headings!</h1>

Frames – These are nothing but a pain in the bum. We don’t need them and they look UGLY! Not to mention that search engines have great difficulty indexing content with in a frame.

Do you have a shopping cart on your website? Think about this: A visitor is browsing through your website and see’s a great product for themselves, at the same time they want to share this great product with a friend – how are they going to copy and paste the URL for the product page if your website is using frames? (If your site is using frames the URL does not change when you navigate from page to page) Sure they can tell the user to go to but then they have to find the product .. people, we’re all lazy, make it easy for us and we will buy it!

Image based navigation – Images are used to click on to direct the user to another page, often in a site menu. This is not so bad though text navigation can be much more effective for search engine optimization. Keep it simple people!

The “Enter Now Page” – people PLEASE what is the point of having a “Enter Now Page”? (i.e. ) so when your visitors get to your site they have a choice of clicking another link to see what your all about also giving them the option of leaving because they decide “nah, I don’t want to enter actually, see ya”. {A SPLASH PAGE SHOULD ONLY BE USED WHEN YOU HAVE 2 OR MORE SITES TO LINK TOGETHER IN ONE AREA}

Long URL’s – people, make sure your URL / domain is not tooooooooo long. Keep the domain sort and sweet, it easy to remember and avoids typo’s thus loosing traffic etc.

Content? – As we all should know by now, content is KING. I’ve had many people asking why they’re not getting any traffic to their web site and how they can increase it. YOU NEED TO WRITE STUFF! Adding new fresh pages to a well structured website is a great way to attract the attention of the search engines, if they like it you, you get the traffic!

And finally the two click rule (I live and die by this simple rule) – From any page on your website you must be able to access any other page within the site within TWO CLICKS of your mouse button!

What about an example you ask? How’s about this one:

-This website uses frames
-The navigation on the left hand side is image based (with no alt text)
-The domain “” could be shorter plus hard to remember
-URL’s lack any meaning e.g. a better example could have been
-Each URL title is the same *ggggrrrr*

After my rant and in conclusion, I trust that these simple yet valuable points will prove beneficial, jogging the memory about the fundamentals of web architecture and search engine optimization.
All web elements such as flash, frames and glossy images are great, in moderation, if it’s search engine traffic you’re after often the simplest HTML way is the best, leave your twittering and social networking till last!

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