Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

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Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

creamy spinach and artichoke spread

over the years, i have sampled a variety of recipes for spinach dips and spreads.  today, i am sharing my favorite spread which is both creamy and delicious.  this recipe comes from the deen brother's cookbook and happens to be quite tasty.

preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  prepare a ceramic baking dish with spray canola oil.  in a medium bowl, place 1 package of frozen chopped spinach, which as been thawed and thoroughly drained of all excess water.  next, add 1 can of artichoke hearts, which have been thoroughly drained and chopped into small segments.
then, add 6 ounces of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise, 1/2 cup sour cream (or adjust these to taste) and one to two teaspoons of Tabasco jalapeno sauce.  if preferred, use a hot pepper sauce to taste.

we prefer a milder taste and use the green bottle of Tabasco sauce.  add chopped garlic as desired, salt and freshly ground pepper.  mix the ingredients well and place into the ceramic baking dish.  bake for 35 to 45 minutes until the edges of the spread are lightly browned as shown above.

serve with flat bread, an assortment of crackers, pita crisps, or celery sticks. the cookbook uses a larger quantity of spinach and artichokes, so the recipe can be made larger for game day crowds.  this recipe works, so don't be afraid to adjust to make into a larger casserole presentation.

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