Sunday, November 20, 2016

Artichoke Parmesan Dip --- ONE MORE

This one is also delicious, shared with me by LWB in 2003.

1 leek or green onions - sautéed in butter
7 oz artichokes
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup mayo
1 jar roasted red peppers
1/8 tsp black pepper

Mix everything.
Sprinkle with parsley and more parmesan cheese.
Bake 20 minutes at 375.

Christmas 2003 -- wonderful.  :-)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Watermelon Feta Salad

Another summer favorite!!


1 small seedless watermelon
1 onion (red or sweet) --- optional
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2-4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint (from the garden)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Salt and pepper (to taste)


Remove melon rind and cut melon into bite sized pieces. You can use a melon baller for this, but this creates a lot of melon waste and I'm not sure it is worth the extra effort. Peel and chop the onion into thin rings or small pieces. I used the Vidalia Onion Chopper (love this gadget!!) to get tiny squares.

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, salt, and pepper. Slowly add the olive oil and then the mint. In a large bowl, combine the melon, onion, and feta. Pour the dressing over the top and toss gently until everything is mixed. Garnish with extra mint sprigs if available. Enjoy!!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tomato Pie

One of my all-time favorites --- and perfect when the garden is offering up lots of tomatoes.

Joanne’s Famous Tomato Pie


one frozen deep dish pie crust
3 to 4 tomatoes --- sliced and seeded and patted dry
salt/pepper to taste
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese --- grated or shredded
2 tbsp fresh basil --- chopped
1/2 cup mayo
¼ cup onion --- chopped (optional)
8 Ritz crackers --- crumbled
2 tbsp butter --- melted


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook pie crust according to package or until golden brown (~10 minutes). Fill pie crust with layers of tomatoes. Mix cheese, mayo, fresh basil and onion. Spread over tomato layers and cover with cracker/butter combination.

Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad.

Easily my favorite recipe of the summer --- and fresh basil and fresh tomatoes from the garden make it a frequent choice in June, July and August. Enjoy!!
Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad


2-3 fresh tomatoes --- sliced
1/2 cup fresh basil --- washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
6 oz fresh mozzarella --- sliced
salt/pepper to taste
salad dressing or oil/vinegar


Arrange artfully on a plate and serve. Delicious!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Chicken and Artichoke Hearts Casserole

This was one of my first and favorite recipes just after college (straight from my Paul Newman "Newman's Own Cookbook" circa 1986) --- and I made it with some regularity way back then. Just found the recipe and tried it again tonight. Still pretty darn tasty!! I served it over steamed broccoli this evening, instead of egg noodles, just to minimize carbs and it was very very good. Will definitely make again.


2 cups drained canned artichoke hearts
½ bottle Newman's Own® Balsamic or Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
3 cups diced chicken breasts
2 Tbsp butter
¼ cup vermouth, dry sherry, or dry white wine
salt and pepper
1 ½ cups grated medium-sharp cheddar
4 Tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese


•Marinate artichoke hearts in salad dressing for 1 hour prior to preparation of dish. Then drain and quarter the artichokes.
•Sauté diced chicken in butter for 3 minutes. Add wine and salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking until chicken pieces are barely white all over.
•Place chicken in a baking dish along with artichoke hearts and cover with cheeses. Put in preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbly. Serve on buttered spinach noodles or egg noodles.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Artichoke Parmesan Dip

Tried out a few artichoke dip recipes in anticipation of holiday parties. Yum. This first recipe is mighty good (and ridiculously easy):

Artichoke Parmesan Dip --- EASY


1 part mayonnaise
1 part grated parmesan cheese
1 cup chopped canned artichoke hearts


Combine all ingredients and bake at 400°F until bubbly.


And this recipe is even better:

Artichoke Parmesan Dip --- BETTER


Two 15 oz cans artichoke hearts in water
1/8 cup green onion --- chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 cup grated (good) parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons lemon juice


1/3 cup bread crumbs
3 tablespoons olive oil
Fresh oregano --- chopped


Drain artichokes, and chop with the green onion and olive oil. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for up to 48 hours at this point, until ready to heat.

Heat oven to 400. Put mixture in pan, top with crumbs and bake aproximately 22 minutes, till topping is brown. Serve with pita chips, crackers or bread.


And I think this is my new favorite. :-)

Artichoke Parmesan Dip --- BEST


2 cans artichoke hearts (chopped)
1 large package goat cheese (I used a goat feta)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup good quality parmesan cheese (grated)


Combine first three ingredients, place in a baking dish and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Bake at 375 for approximately 22 minutes or until top is starting to brown.

Serve with celery sticks or pita wedges or crackers.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Hooray for Ina Garten. I don't even like Brussel Sprouts --- or at least I didn't until this recipe. I found the recipe here (on the advice of my mother) and boingggg...they have jumped to the top of my favorite vegetable list. I just LOVE this recipe (both for the results and its simplicity) and I agree completely about adding plenty of salt at the end. Enjoy!!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts (from Ina Garten)


1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons good olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow outer leaves. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly. Sprinkle with more kosher salt ( I like these salty like French fries), and serve immediately.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Pumpkin Cheesecake in a Gingersnap Crust

This recipe is (and was) just plain delicious. I made it for Thanksgiving 2010 --- and it was definitely a big hit. Just glad that I noticed at the very last possible minute (and readers should note) that it needs to be made the day before you plan to serve it.

Pumpkin Cheesecake in a Gingersnap Crust I found the recipe here.


1 1/2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs (ordered these from
3/4 cup ground hazelnuts
3 tablespoons brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups canned solid pack pumpkin
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
4 eggs


1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch springform pan.
2.Using a fork, combine gingersnaps, hazelnuts, 3 tablespoons brown sugar and melted butter. Press mixture onto the bottom and two inches up the sides of the pan to form the crust.
3.With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the pumpkin. Mix in the cream, maple syrup, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing until smooth.
4.Pour batter into prepared crust. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes, or until center of cheesecake is set. Allow to cool in pan for 30 minutes, then refrigerate overnight.

Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Okay --- here is another success story. This recipe is from Ina Garten 's new book, but I found it here. Made these twice over the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday and they were GREAT and easy as can be to make, which is a good thing. Didn't have vegetable oil the second time and substituted butter --- which worked just fine. I promise to get better about taking photographs when I make things in the future.

Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts
(from How Easy is That? by Ina Garten)


Vegetable Oil
3 cups whole roasted unsalted cashews
2 cups whole walnut halves
2 cups whole pecan halves
1/2 cup whole almonds (I didn't use almonds...but not for any particular reason)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice (I used a little more...)
2 teaspoons ground chipotle powder (I used a little less...)
4 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves, divided
Kosher salt


Preheat the over to 350°F.
Brush a sheet pan generously with the vegetable oil. Combine cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, the maple syrup, brown sugar, orange juice, and chipotle powder on the sheet pan. Toss to coat the nuts evenly. Add 2 tablespoons of the rosemary and 2 teaspoons of salt and toss again.

Spread the nuts in one layer. Roast the nuts for 25 minutes, stirring twice with a large spatula, until the nuts are glazed and golden brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with 2 more teaspoons of salt and the remaining 2 tablespoons of rosemary. Toss well and set aside at room temperature, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking as they cool. Taste for seasoning. Serve warm or cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Blue Chocolate Chili

This recipe was my entry in the first ever D's of DBB Chili Cookoff in November 2010 --- and (proud to report) it was also the winner in the vegetarian and overall categories. Much fun. The addition of the blue cheese dressing was totally an accident, although a fortunate one. I made an early batch of the chili and used the blue cheese dressing when I couldn't find any sour cream in my fridge. Presto. My first original recipe. :-)

Blue Chocolate Chili
(Sarah’s variation on a recipe from Real Simple magazine)


• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
• 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
• 1 16-ounce can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped (or buy already chopped)
• 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
• 2 15-ounce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
• 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
• 5 cups vegetable broth
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
• Marie’s Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing (or equivalent)
Blue tortilla chips


1. In a large pot, over medium heat, cook the olive oil, garlic, onion, and red/yellow peppers until slightly softened, stirring gently, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans, vegetable broth, cumin, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat.
3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
4. Before serving, stir in the chocolate until melted.
5. Garnish with a dollop of blue cheese dressing and crumbled blue tortilla chips.
6. Enjoy!