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Another Great Dip

January 15, 2013

artichoke spinach dipMy sister and her family came over last week.  My niece went to San Diego during the Christmas break with her high school band and they came over to watch it.  My niece’s band participated in the Balloon Parade and the Holiday Bowl’s half-time.  The Balloon Parade was televised, but the half-time performance was not.

We had a good time watching the parade and enjoying some great snacks.  One of those snacks was this artichoke spinach dip.  It makes a nice size portion, but I’ve found that if a I place the dip in smaller containers it works better.  Maybe because it makes me feel less of a glutton.

I’ve been making this dip for years, but it had moved out of my rotation.  Until now.  I knew I needed to make this after I saw the jumbo jars of artichoke hearts at Costco.   I suppose you could make this dip with regular cream cheese, but I never have.  It has just the right amount of garlic, spinach and artichoke heart ratio.  Serve this at your next get together or football party and watch it disappear.

artichoke spinach dip iiArtichoke Spinach Dip

  • 1/2 C Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1-10 oz package Frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove all moisture
  • 1 C Artichoke Hearts in oil, drained
  • 1-8 oz container of soft garlic-chive cream cheese
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 C Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • Pepper, fresh ground
  • Bread Crumbs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In blender or food processor, add parmesan cheese, garlic, spinach, artichoke, cream cheese, and eggs.  Blend thoroughly.  Add mixture to medium-sized bowl.  Fold in Mozzarella cheese.  Transfer to a baking dish.  Garnish with pepper and bread crumbs.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until heated trough.  Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, crackers or pita chips.

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Happy New Year and A Much Awaited Post

January 1, 2013

pancake muffin iiHappy New Year!

I’ve been baking, of course, and I hope to share some wonderful recipes with you in 2013. I love finding a new recipe, or uncovering an old one and sharing.

I must apologize.  I’ve been meaning to post for quite some time and things just keep getting in the way.  The holidays for one.  This year they really seemed to consume much of my time.  Between baking and cooking, not to mention shopping, I lost track of time.

Plus Meeshie’s been busy too.  She joined the orchestra.  My little girl plays the viola.  That means practice three times a week, two of those times translates to an even earlier morning.  .

I’ve been making this simple recipe that I call pancake muffins.  Basically, they are pancakes made in a muffin tin.  Perfect for those early mornings on the go or for your daughter’s lunch.  They store well in a Ziploc bag in the freezer.  They can easily be adapted to incorporate any filling you like in a pancake.

 

muffin pancake iiiPancake Muffins

  • Pancake batter (I use this recipe, but use whatever you like)
  • Maple Syrup
  • Fruit or Sausage

Prepare the pancake batter and set aside.  Lightly grease your muffin tin.  Spoon about 1 1/2 to 2 T of batter in the bottom of the muffin tin.  Drizzle the batter with maple syrup, top with either fruit or sausage, or both.  I use the sausage links from Costco that are precooked.  Top with 1 1/2 to 2 T of batter to cover most of the filling.  The batter will spread.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes or until firm to the touch.

Makes about 2 dozen muffins.

 

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