Saturday, April 14, 2007

An old favorite: Artichoke Dip

Whoops, there I go again, letting almost a whole week slip by without posting. However, my oldest son and I had some sort of mystery virus this past week which caused fever, fatigue, stomach ache and lack of appetite. So not only was there very little cooking going on, there wasn't much eating of any kind going on - I didn't even feel much like talking about food. Poor DS really got the raw end of the deal, though. While I recovered fairly quickly, he seemed to get better but then got worse and then broke out in an awful case of the hives. Not much eating OR sleeping going on in this household.

Anyway, things look to be on the mend health-wise this weekend and now it's time to get back to blogging. I still have some catching up to do from Easter weekend! We spent the holiday weekend in Delaware with DH's family, so I didn't do a whole lot of cooking that weekend, but I did bring two appetizers for Saturday night's dinner. Normally I try to look up new recipes to try, but I decided to fall back on an old favorite, Artichoke Dip. It's easy, it's always well-received and it's been ages since I've made it.

Artichoke Dip
(the dip before it hits the oven)

It couldn't be simpler. Just dump the ingredients in your food processor, give it a spin until it reaches the desired consistency, put it in a baking dish and bake. It could conceivably be lightened up a bit, but I think this is one of those dishes that benefits from using things like full-fat mayonnaise. I like to serve it with water crackers or thinly sliced crostini. Like I said, quick, easy, tasty and always a hit.

I do hope to get back to cooking this weekend - maybe even some baking considering the potentially awful weather headed our way. I'm so depressed that the s-word is even a possibility on April 15th!!! I'd MUCH rather be grilling and hanging out on the deck, but I suppose a chance to whip up some baked goods and maybe put on a pot of marinara sauce isn't such a bad thing.

In any case I will be back tomorrow either with more recipes from Easter or, depending on what ends up on the table for dinner tonight, perhaps my SGOTW recipe.


  1. I've never had artichoke dip before. I don't even think I've eaten an artichoke! I should try..the dip looks luscious.=)

  2. favorite too! i tend to overeat everytime i have nibbles, though :(

  3. Victoria - I've never had a fresh artichoke, but I've used canned for various things. But put anything in a bunch of mayo and parm cheese and it's probably going to be good, right? ;)

    Eliza - I know! Fortunately the kitchen as pretty crowded, so I didn't linger near the dip too long. :)