Spinach & Artichoke Dip {from scratch with love }

My biggest hit at family parties, this dip recipe has evolved over the years, because at times I would throw it together with whatever I had on hand. Well, I can say it always tasted the same somehow, and each time it was delectable!

If you have spinach and some fixin’s for a dip you can make this recipe and everyone will love it, or like me you can hoard a batch to eat after everyone’s asleep.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip {from scratch with love }


Ingredients:

1 package or 2 bunches fresh (or 1 package frozen) spinach    **if using frozen spinach skip steps 2 & 3

8 oz. marinated artichoke hearts

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup cream cheese

1-3 cloves garlic (minced)

1 cup of your favorite shredded cheese (divided)

olive oil

butter

salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.*
  2. Heat a large skillet at medium temperature and drizzle olive oil.
  3. Add FRESH spinach and saute until wilted.
  4. Drain spinach and artichokes.
  5. Grease 9 x 13 baking dish with butter (alternative options: coconut oil, vegetable shortening or cooking spray)
  6. Finely chop spinach and artichokes, then add to the greased baking dish.
  7. Add the next 3 ingredients and/or salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Combine and fold in half of the shredded cheese (we favor cheddar).
  9. Top with remaining shredded cheese.
  10. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes or until cheese is hot and bubbly.

This recipe is best served hot and pairs well with tortilla chips, bread and vegetable slices.

 

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The BEST Ever Baked Chicken (from scratch)

After a recent Facebook poll of my four readers, I’m sharing my delicious recipe for the BEST ever baked chicken.

The key to this recipe is the cooking process. I sear the meat at a higher oven temp. to lock in the juices then cover it for a steaming effect and the result? Juicy, tender, flavorful chicken!

From scratch with love, here is my recipe.

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The BEST Ever Baked Chicken (from scratch)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

1-1.5 lbs. boneless, skin-less, chicken breasts

4 Tablespoons butter (divided)

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425.*
  2. Filet chicken breasts into four congruent pieces.
  3. Mix flour and spices together.
  4. Toss chicken in flour mixture to coat.
  5. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a baking dish(in the preheated oven) for about 1 minute.
  6. Add coated chicken to the preheated pan.
  7. Top chicken with remaining butter (cubed).
  8. Bake at 425* for 30 minutes.
  9. Carefully turn chicken.
  10. Reduce heat to 350.*
  11. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil.
  12. Continue baking at 350*for an additional 20-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165.*

Tips & Tricks

Put spices and flour into a zipper storage bag, add chicken and shake to coat.

If you prefer crispy chicken, do not reduce heat or cover, but still turn cutlets half way through cooking time.

Try out the recipe and let me know how it turns out!

 

Have you ever dreamed of being a writer?

I have!

 

It’s been nine months since I shared my new writing adventure, self-publishing a book.

Diligently researching, writing, rewriting and erasing, it has been fun. Today, I formatted my unfinished manuscript for Kindle and decided to print a copy for editing the old fashioned way.

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I have to say, aside from my kids, signs, and cakes, I’ve never been more proud of something I’ve created. Holding these pages, it seems more real than typing away tirelessly and staring at a screen.

 

There is something more special to me about holding it in my hands. Although, it’s only about half done, I can almost taste the reward of accomplishing this dream of mine.

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It actually looks like a real book! Ha!

I have my hands in a lot of pots right now and it seems the more I put myself out there in these creative outlets, the easier and less scary it becomes. Don’t get me wrong. I’m scared out of my mind, self-doubt filling my bones with every word I type.

 

“what if noone wants this?”

“what if they laugh?”

“what if my computer, memory card and external hard drive all simultaneously combust and all my hard work is lost?”

 

I can’t help but think about all the things I want to say but can’t.  All the things I think are important but not relevant to my (hopefully) future readers.

Needless to say, I will be editing tonight, the old-fashioned way.

 

Wish me luck!

 

Love & gratitude,

 

Lisa