Smoked Salmon Spread with Dill

Smoked Salmon Spread @fifteenspatulas

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

I’d leave the finance world behind and start a food blog. And I would name it Fifteen Spatulas.

That’s what I would tell Sheryl Sandberg, who was one of the keynote speakers at the annual BlogHer conference I just attended. If you don’t know who Sheryl is, she’s a powerful American businesswoman who has been named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world.  One of her life missions is to connect women to help support each other and be unafraid to use their voices, pave their own paths, and be leaders.

Now I bet all of this seems very unrelated to this blog, but it’s actually very related.

Starting this blog was one of the scariest things I ever did, and for a while, people thought I was crazy. Maybe even a little stupid.


Attending a $50,000 per year university studying economics and business, and throwing that away to post recipes and write about cooking from scratch?

Yeah, pretty much everyone I knew thought I was nuts. And for the first couple of years, I had doubts about myself and my decision. I’d ask myself what on earth I was doing, and how I should get a “real job” related to my degree. Anyone who has started a blog will tell you that you spend a tremendous amount of time in the first couple of years trying to build up your presence, unsure of whether or not it will go anywhere. It can be terrifying when you start to question yourself.

Sheryl’s keynote was a great time for me to reflect on my journey, and I have loved sharing food with you and interacting with so many cooking-from-scratch fans all around the world.

Food to me isn’t just nourishment.

It’s love, happiness, gathering with the ones you love, it’s culture, it’s nostalgia…all of the best things in life. I am so happy to share that with you every day, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you come here to share in the love for food. Because I know that nothing makes me happier than doing this blog.

Smoked Salmon Dill Spread

So today I leave you with one of my favorite recipes, smoked salmon dip with dill. When I bite into a crisp piece of toast slathered with this dip, I close my eyes and savor everything that it is. Smoky, creamy, herbaceous, lemony salmon dip.

Smoked Salmon Dip

Enjoy this one, and thanks for letting me get a little more personal today. xoxo.

Smoked Salmon Spread with Dill


  • 8 oz block cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 oz smoked salmon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp packed fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper


  1. Place the cream cheese, smoked salmon, lemon juice, minced garlic, dill, greek yogurt, and black pepper in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Taste the mixture and add salt if you’d like (I didn’t add any, since the smoked salmon is fairly salty). Serve with crackers or crostini. Enjoy!
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