Creamy Artichoke and Kale Dip

Easy Superbowl Recipe!
If you are looking for an easy appetizer to serve this weekend, you need to try this creamy artichoke and kale dip from Food Babe. I whipped it up a few days ago and it was a huge hit!  Check out the recipe below.  And, don’t judge the recipe by my last minute iPhone photo!
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Food Babe’s Creamy Kale and Artichoke Dip
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 bag of frozen artichoke hearts thawed and chopped
  • 4 cups of finely chopped kale, spinach, Swiss chard or collards
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1 cup organic sour cream (or ½ cup sour cream and ½ Greek yogurt)
  • 3 tbsp organic mayo
  • 3 tbs Parmesan or manchego cheese, plus more for top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and place into a medium-sized baking dish
  3. Top with additional cheese if desired
  4. Bake for approximately 30-45 mins covered
  5. Remove from oven, and let sit for at least 5 mins before serving with homemade pita or tortilla chips

Enjoy!!

Color of the Year – Marsala

When I hear Marsala, I think of chicken or wine…I can’t help it, I’m Italian. But apparently there’s more to Marsala than just poultry.

According to Pantone, “much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

At first I wasn’t sold on the color, but it is starting to grow on me, and I actually really like it. Take a peak to see for yourself.

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Dinner Party Essentials

Devouring delicious food in good company just got easier, thanks to these simple tips…

You don’t have to break the bank to host a real housewives worthy dinner party. In fact, you can put together an impressive  gathering by  incorporating what you already own and using a little imagination. To help plan your next bash, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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1. Don’t forget about lighting –  Lighting is an important detail and shouldn’t be overlooked. To help set the mood consider dimming the lights,  decorating with candles of various heights or stringing cafe lights above the table.

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2. Flowers — Adding a simple floral arrangement to a table will help bring it to life.  They don’t have to look perfect, loose arrangements or vines and moss will work just fine.

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3. Mix and mingle expensive items with inexpensive finds — Break out your fine china and mix in inexpensive stemware to create an eclectic look. You can create a stunning table scape by adding in fabric napkins or plates in different colors or patterns.

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4. It’s in the details — Design pretty place cards, menu cards or even play a fun game.  Whatever you fancy, by adding in an interesting twist, you can create an engaging experience and a party friends and family will not forget.

Cookie Swap Ideas: Sur La Table Makes the Holidays Merry

This post is a little late…

A few weeks ago I was invited to a friend’s Cookie Swap party. She hosts the party every year,  and although everyone is very  friendly, the competition is pretty fierce.  From melted snowmen to homemade Twix, the cookie variations are diverse and there is no way plain Toll House cookies will suffice. Plus, there is a prize for the best, and being competitive, I had my eyes on the prize.

I decided to step out of my comfort zone to make fabulous cut out cookies, and, thanks to Erin Gates of Elements of Style, I was inspired by her Sur La Table post and her Parisian cookies, complete with silver sparkles and cute little green wreaths.

At first, I thought the task would be unattainable, but then I started the process and it wasn’t too bad. They actually came out really pretty, and my cookies even won for the “Most Creative!”

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Here’s a few tips:

For the dough, I followed a simple butter sugar cookie recipe found here.

Instead of making your own colored icing, pick up a few ready to use tubes at Micheal’s Arts and Craft Store or anywhere Wilton products are sold. For less than $3 a tube, you can save a lot of time and avoid a mess. The tubes can be used with the Wilton Tip and Nail Set or Coupler Ring Set and any standard size Wilton metal tip.

The larger Eiffel Tower cookie cutter is easier to work with and decorate compared to the smaller cookie cutter.

Your lines don’t have to be straight, you’ll cover any imperfections with the  silver sprinkles.

This is a time-consuming project but worth it. Plan accordingly! The cookies were delicious!
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What you need:

Sur La Table Large Eiffel Tower Cookie Cutter or Small Eiffel Tower Cookie Cutter
Wiltons Ready to Use Icing
Pearlized Silver Sprinkles
Sugar Cookie Recipe

Enjoy! xoxo