One of the first party foods I perfected when I started experimenting in the kitchen was Spinach Artichoke Dip. This crockpot version is a knock-off of that irresistible party staple that I brought to many a party back in the day. I still remember the first time I saw someone take a bite and express utter enjoyment.Read More
It is soup season! Is there anything in the world that smells better slow cooking in your kitchen all day than a creamy soup? This Creamy Tortellini Soup smelled absolutely delicious while it cooked and it tasted even better.Read More
One of the most stressful parts of my day is when I realize I don’t have a dinner plan. Isn’t that the worst? I start frantically tossing things around in the fridge like a crazy woman. I couldn’t feel more accomplished than I do when I manage to pull off a last-minute dinner.Read More
What is it about the month of May? It's always such a crazy month, packed with totally fun and good things. Between getting our pool open for the season (this is such a major pain) and going to track and field days and squeezing in..Read More
The amount of food that has been made in my kitchen in the past week is obscene. We're talking: tons of healthy lunches/breakfasts, 62 freezer meals (with the help of some awesome ladies - details to come on this soon!), multiple slow cookers..Read More
I'm going to dive right into the main topic of this post: green deliciousness. You know I love sweet and savory, naughty and healthy. I'm an all-encompassing food girl. There are weeks when I prefer one taste over the other and this week I have been CRAVING greens.Read More
Dan is constantly telling me that I need to be better about eating breakfast. Most of the time I just forget! I get caught up in getting food in the boys' bellies and filling up Elijah's lunch box and putting dishes away and keeping an eye out for the bus.Read More
Dark grey clouds that hung low in the sky smacked down my lofty dreams for this post. It won't be nearly as cool to tell you about what I had planned as it would have been to pull it off. I'll try. On-the-go breakfasts are awesome! Everyone is in a hurry in the morning, right? I thought of skydivers, who get up with the birds to jump out of airplanes.Read More
Before I get to the winner of the $25, t-shirt and other goodies, I have to tell you that I am disappointed in myself for not sharing this smoothie with you sooner. It's one that I make regularly. Almost daily in the summers. It is fantastic, versatile, healthy and packed with total good-ness.Read More
It's smoothie season, right?! Well alright, it's nearly smoothie season. More snow is heading our way, so we aren't out of the woods yet here in Minnesota. That hasn't stopped me from making a ton of smoothies for my boys and myself. This cherry-pineapple version is my favorite concoction so far.Read More
This post is part of a Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with Sabra. Have you tasted Sabra hummus? If not, you must. It is my absolute favorite brand of hummus, hands down. Sabra hummus and I have a long history. We shared an intense love during my last pregnancy. We hung out together on the couch DAILY (thank you, four months of bed rest)Read More
This juice might look scary to little ones, but it is DELICIOUS! And HEALTHY! Drink up!
The only reason I have labeled this juice as "scary" is because that was my three-year-old's reaction to it. When I asked him if he wanted to try a sip, a frightened look came over his face and he said, "No, thank you!" as he ran quickly into another room. At least he was polite about it! As scary as it might appear to a toddler, it is honestly far from it.
I'm not always good about eating fruit in the winter, so this is an easy and totally yummy way to drink some good vitamins and nutrients.
Place the following ingredients into a food processor:
1 cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
3 kiwis, peeled and quartered
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
1 apple, peeled and cored
A long drizzle of honey
Process until smooth, chill and enjoy your non-scary Scary Juice!
The first time I ate stromboli was a few years ago at 3:00 in the morning after a night out in Fort Myers, Florida. And oooohh my, did it taste delicious! Our friend's mother had made it for us, knowing we would likely be hungry when we got back to her house. My husband and I often reminisce about that late-night meal and immediately we are both salivating as badly as our 6-month-old drool machine, Sammy.Read More
I adore this hot, creamy Spinach Artichoke dip! This classic appetizer is great for a party or before a holiday meal with family. The dip is bursting with all the expected ingredients plus three kinds of cheeses. This is a party staple that your guest will be sure to rave about!
Back in the day, when I attended and hosted many get-togethers, thiswas one of my main party staples. And everybody always raved. I adore this dip. It is almost too dangerous for me to make in these trying-to-lose-baby-weight times because I know I will want to sit and eat the entire batch all by myself. I can usually dig up a few morsels of self-control and at least share a couple bites with with my husband. Aren't I generous?
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, mix together:
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated romano cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Salt and pepper, to taste
Stir in one 14-oz. can of drained, quartered artichoke hearts.
Mash the artichoke hearts with the edge of the spoon as you stir, to break them into smaller pieces. Or you could chop them beforehand, but I'm lazy and the spoon-mashing is a much easier route.
Stir in 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, drained.
Transfer the mixture to a small, lightly greased baking dish.
Top with 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
Cover and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned.
Doesn't this look delicious? Well, it is! Make it and bring it to the next gathering you attend. Everyone will love you for it. New to the world of recipes with artichokes, here is a link on How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke Heart, you can thank me later!
My favorite thing to serve this with is French or Hawaiian bread chunks. It also goes great with crackers or chips.