Every November my cousin and her daughter visit me and my daughter for a girls’ weekend. Aside from just the enjoyment of spending time together and relaxing before the holiday chaos begins, we are also attending a Holiday Homes Tour and Tea in support of the Ronald McDonald House. It is a great way to kick off the holiday season while supporting an amazing charity.

    For the Love of Food

    We will spend the weekend gabbing and catching up, but most of our time is spent around food. We try new restaurants, tea rooms, chocolatiers and consume a weeks’ worth of calories in just a few days. We essentially map out all of the places we want to try for our food crawl weekend and then have to restrain ourselves from eating everything. There is an art to pacing ourselves which we haven’t completely yet mastered.

    One evening, we each cook and bake our new favorite recipes to try and share with each other. Typically we are still full from the day before we even sit down to try our home-cooked meal. But we try small portions of everything because….we love food.  The majority of it will get boxed up and divided among us to enjoy later.

    This year, I will be making my Cheesy Artichoke and Spinach Dip as an appetizer for our home meal.

    If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s watery artichoke, spinach dip. This recipe is makes a very thick, cheesy dip. Just be sure that you have pressed all of the water from your spinach if you use frozen.

    As always, my favorite recipes are ones that take just a few minutes to put together but taste like you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen all day.

    This is one of those recipes. Literally, you just throw all of the ingredients together and bake.

    Get Fancy

    As an extra, make the Simple, Easy Rustic Bread (also just takes 5 minutes, but you have to mix it the day before), and hollow out the bread to use as a bread bowl. Toast the bread you removed from the bowl and use for the dip.


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    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together EXCEPT 1 cup of grated Gruyèr .
    3. Pour mix into a 9X13 baking dish. Cover with foil and bake about 30 minutes until cheese are melted and bubbly.
    4. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining grated Gruyère cheese. Turn on the broiler, and broil just until the top is golden brown.
    Recipe Notes

    Serve with bagel chips, crackers, or toasted bread


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