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Baked potato casserole with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes

One of the things I did not expect to need to know when I began this blog was html code. After spending hours yesterday navigating my way through code in order to get my recipes to appear just how I want them at the end of each post, I basically dreamt in html all night. I woke up feeling tired and stressed! I think I'll gaze at pretty pictures on Pinterest to keep giant blocks of text from chasing me in my sleep tonight.

Did you all have a nice weekend? Ours was good! We packed in some fun things, despite the chilly weather. Yesterday we all took a huge family nap, which was delicious. Not as delicious as these potatoes, though. We made these a few weeks ago (yep, I'm behind) when my stepmom was in town. They were a hit and can be super versatile. Replace the tomatoes and artichokes with literally just about anything. Bacon and leeks? Mushrooms and kale? Ham and olives? Cilantro and tomatoes? Mmmm.


Cook half of an onion in a little bit of olive oil. Throw in a sprinkling or two of salt and pepper.

Add milk and sour cream.

And cheese. I used mozzarella and cheddar, but use what you have on hand. Stir until the cheese is melted.

Add yummy extras.

Boil 10-12 baby red potatoes for 20 minutes (or until a fork can be easily inserted into the middle) and cut them into cubes. Add to a baking dish.

Pour the gooey mixture over the top!

And bake!

I'm thinking green olives and chunks of ham will be next on my list.

Have a great week, everyone! Thank you for reading!

Baked Potato Casserole with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

These savory potatoes are so easy and versatile. Swap out the tomatoes and artichokes with bacon and chives. Or Olives and ham!

Serves: 6-8

Total time: 45 min

Baked Potato Casserole with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes


  • 10-12 baby red potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • Sprinkling of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 14-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 7-oz. jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Boil potatoes in a large saucepan for 20 minutes, or until a fork can be easily inserted into the centers. Remove from pan and chop into cubes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, salt and pepper, and cook for 3 minutes, or until the onion is soft and fragrant.
  4. Add the milk and sour cream to the skillet. Stir until heated through, about 3 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Remove skillet from heat and stir in the artichokes and tomatoes.
  5. Place the cubed potatoes on the bottom of the prepared baking dish and top with the cheese mixture. Spread evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.




Baked brie with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto

Today was a "toughie," as my Elijah would say. We brought our oldest son to the hospital for what we thought was a routine surgery to peek on his left ear tube that didn't appear to be doing its job. We left the hospital with some unexpected news and with a much bigger surgery on our calendar. I am still in the stages of processing everything, but I feel like things will be ok. We have been through so much with our oldest boy. This is just another hurdle that we will all leap over together!

This past Saturday, before any of this went down, my boys and I spent the night at our dear friends' house. Before we made pizzas with the kids, I quickly prepared this delish little appetizer and the four of us adults consumed it, well, um, very quickly. Dee. Lish.


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. 

In a medium bowl, combine:

1/2 cup canned artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1/2 cup julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

1/4 cup pesto

Mix well and set aside.

Defrost 1 puff pastry sheet according to the package directions and roll it out onto the prepared baking sheet.

Place an 8-oz. wheel of Brie cheese (rind intact) onto the center of the pastry sheet.

Top the Brie wheel with the artichoke-tomato-pesto mixture.

Fold the pastry sheet up over the top of the cheese and toppings and pinch at the seams.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Serve with crackers, chips, veggies or just a spoon.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Printable recipe: Baked brie with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto


Chicken bacon artichoke dip

I love the couple of weeks leading up to the Superbowl because I have an excuse to make yummy, gooey dips with the intent of sharing them with you! Dan and I have a weakness for dips, which makes the Superbowl a fun event for us every year. Someone told me once that there is actually FOOTBALL being played that day?! Ha! Nice try.

I was inspired to make this recipe after seeing this on Allrecipes. I just about squealed when I saw all of these delicious ingredients swimming together in my baking dish. When it came out of the oven, Dan and I both pounced. Mmmm, it was everything I expected and more.

Preaheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a medium-sized baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine:

2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded

6 strips bacon, cooked and chopped

14-oz. can quartered artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 cup fresh spinach, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup milk

3-oz. package cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Mix well and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Top with 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Serve warm with chips or crackers.

More Superbowl options to come!

Printable recipe: Chicken bacon artichoke dip


White chicken lasagna rolls

I lied. I told you my next post would be about something that went along with my unhealthy holiday trend. That didn't happen! It's next, though, I promise. In the meantime, I present to you a variation of one of my favorite lasagna recipes. This is a fun alternative to typical lasagna. Lasagna turned inside out, if you will!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! My boys and I have had a lovely week so far. Lots of presents and love. Sassiness, too, but mostly love.  

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook 12 lasagna noodles 3 minutes short of the package instructions. Drain and rinse. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine:

2 chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded

13.75-oz. can artichokes, drained and chopped

3-oz. package cream cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

3/4 cup ricotta cheese

1 egg

1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix well.

Set the cooked lasagna noodles on a flat surface and divide the cheese mixture among them, spreading evenly across the surace of the noodles.

Tightly roll up the noodles and place them seam side down onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with another 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and chopped parsley.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese mixture is heated through.

Enjoy, friends! Merry Christmas to you all!

Printable recipe: White chicken lasagna rolls


My McCormick Gourmet "Longest Dinner Party Chain" dinner party!

Earlier this week I hosted a dinner party at my house as a part of McCormick Gourmet's Longest Dinner Party Chain. It was so much fun! I was so happy McCormick asked me to be a part of this dinner party chain. I have always loved to entertain, and as I have gotten older it has only become more fun. Creating good food is awesome, but creating it for others and watching others enjoy it is way more awesome.

Here is a photo of the many incredible items McCormick sent to me as a part of my dinner party kit! 

Spices, too! 16, to be exact.

YOU can be entered to win a similar kit. More on that in a bit.

First, please allow me to tell you about my dinner party!

I invited four friends over to make six adults, including my husband and myself. It was the absolute perfect mix of people because they were easy to please and they were great company. Thank you so much for being a part of my evening, Jesse, Jody, Jess, Trev and Dan! (Benji, Esme, Elijah and Sammy, too, of course, even though graham crackers and milk were more your style.)

My first course was a warm, creamy crab and artichoke dip, served with baked pita wedges and crackers. I loved the combination of McCormick thyme leaves and fresh parsley in this one. Also, artichokes and jumbo lump crab meat are two of my absolute favorites!

Printable recipe: Warm crab & artichoke dip

Dan and I love starting parties out with warm, gooey dips. Even on a hot summer day, it seemed fitting to keep with the trend. 

My second course was perhaps my favorite of the night, a fried tomato and and 2 fried scallops served over leafy greens. It was light, super tasty and perfect for summer. I love scallops, and I don't get the chance to eat them often enough. 

Printable recipe: Fried tomato & scallop salad

My third and fourth courses were served together. The main dish, sweet basil & oregano bruschetta chicken, was a recipe I borrowed from McCormick. It was delicious! The McCormick seasoning packet made this dish. I served along with it a side of grilled broccoli with McCormick crushed rosemary & feta cheese. (Please forgive me for forgetting the feta in the photos.) I am a huge broccoli lover and I think it is always such a delicious and pretty side dish.  

Printable recipe: Sweet basil & oregano bruschetta chicken

Printable recipe: Grilled broccoli with rosemary & feta

I had a very happy tummy at the end of the evening. 

And the dessert, oh the dessert. It didn't turn out exactly as I had wished because apparently I am not a skilled maker of caramel. I tried it twice with the same result. 

So here, friends, is a photo of a delicious salted caramel brownie that I wish had been a little more caramel-y and less sugary. I will say that the McCormick Sicilian Sea Salt I sprinkled on the top added just the perfect twist of salty that I was hoping for. 

I'm not going to post this one until I perfect the caramel layer, so check back!

And now for a few party pics! Jesse and Dan were responsible for these creative shots. Thanks for helping, guys. 

Food aside, it was great to bring friends together for an evening. Our children enjoyed running around outside in the heat, eating ice cream sandwiches, splashing in the blow-up pool and enjoying a show together. It was a perfect summer evening!

Would you like to have a chance to win a McCormick dinner kit? Visit the McCormick Gourmet Facebook page and submit an idea for what your dream dinner party would be! You will be entered to win a similar kit, but themed to a holiday of your choice. 

Good luck! And thanks for reading!