Hot Artichoke Dip

If you love it – serves 1! Otherwise serves 6

Hot Artichoke Dip
  1. Hot Artichoke Dip
  2. If you love it – serves 1! Otherwise serves 6
  1. 1 – 14 oz. can artichoke hearts 398ml
  2. drained & chopped
  3. 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  4. cheese 125ml
  5. 1 cup mayonnaise 250ml
  6. 1 garlic clove, minced
  7. dash lemon juice
  1. Mix all ingredients. Bake at 350F (180C) for 10 minutes. Serve with crackers
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Mexicana Antipasto

Banditos steal for this

Mexicana Antipasto
  1. 8 oz. cream cheese 250g
  2. dash garlic powder
  3. 1/2 cup sour cream (fat free is fine) 125ml
  4. 1 large avocado, mashed
  5. 1/4 tsp. lemon juice 1ml
  6. 1 tomato, finely chopped
  7. 1 – 4 oz. can green chilies 114ml
  8. 5 slices bacon, cooked crisp & diced
  9. 3-4 green onions, chopped
  10. 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives 60ml
  11. 1/4 cup sliced stuffed green olives
  12. 60ml
  13. 1 – 8 oz. bottle taco sauce (hot) 250ml
  14. 1 cup grated cheddar cheese 250ml
  1. Combine cheese, garlic and sour cream and use as the first layer in a 9″ (23cm) pie plate. Combine avocado, lemon juice, tomato and green chilies for the second layer. Sprinkle on bacon, green onion and olives. Spread taco sauce over all and sprinkle with grated cheddar. Refrigerate. Serve with corn chips or taco chips. Serves 10-12 – hopefully.
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A middle eastern dip – yummus make!

  1. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  2. 19 oz.can (540 ml) chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained
  3. 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)*
  4. 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  6. 2 Tbsp. water or chick pea liquid
  7. 1 tsp. cumin
  8. 1/2 tsp. salt
  1. In food processor or blender, mince garlic. Add chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, oil, water, cumin and salt; process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Transfer to serving bowl. Makes about 1 1/2 cups. Serve with warm pita bread for dipping.
  2. *If you’re out of tahini, peanut butter makes a good substitute.
  1. Book Reference – The Best of the Best – Vol. 1 (Page: 51)
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Whipped Potato with Celery Root

Perfect company for your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey and you can make this dish a day or two ahead and store it in the refrigerator. Celery root does wonders for the humble potato and it’s easy to find in your supermarket. Peel it as you would a potato


Whipped Potato with Celery Root
  1. 1 celery root , peeled and chopped
  2. 4-5 baker potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  3. 2 Tbsp. butter
  4. 3 Tbsp. sour cream
  5. grated zest of 1 orange
  6. salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Cook celery root in simmering salted water until tender. Drain and puree in food processor. Cook potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and mash mixing in butter and sour cream. Add orange zest to mashed celery root, then add to mashed potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 6.
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Roasted Squash Soup with Apple and Brie

Simply the best squash soup – it’s goodness in a bowl

Roasted Squash Soup with Apple and Brie
  1. 1 large butternut squash
  2. 1 carrot
  3. 1 medium onion
  4. 1 leek, white portion only
  5. 2 Tbsp. butter
  6. 8 cups chicken stock
  7. 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  8. 1 bay leaf
  9. 1 tsp. sugar
  10. salt and freshly ground pepper
  11. 8 oz. (250 g) Brie cheese
  12. snipped chives
  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place cut -side down on pan and bake at 350 F. until tender, about 45 minutes (or microwave cut-side down in a few tablespoons of water, covered, about 10 minutes).
  2. Chop carrot, onion and leek into 1″ pieces and place in large pot. Gently saute in butter. Do not brown. Scrape flesh from cooked squash and add to vegetables. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add apple, bay leaf and sugar to stock mixture. Simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Remove bay leaf and puree soup in batches. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Slice off outer skin of Brie and cut into 1/2″ pieces. Place cheese in bottom of soup bowls and fill with hot soup. Garnish with chives.
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Orzo with Veggies

Excellent make-ahead salad and a  great complement to grilled meats

Orzo with Veggies
  1. 6 oz. (170 g) snow or sugar snap peas, trimmed
  2. 2 cups orzo
  3. 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters and seeded
  4. 1 cup seeded, chopped cucumber
  5. 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  6. 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  7. 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  9. Lemon Garlic Dressing
  10. 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  11. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  12. 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  13. 1 tsp. minced garlic
  14. 1/2 cup salad oil
  15. salt and pepper
  16. lettuce for garnish
  1. To make salad: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add peas and cook 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, remove peas to a strainer, rinse under cold water and drain on a paper towel. Add orzo to same pot and boil until tender but still firm to bite (about 10 minutes). Drain, cool and place in a large bowl. Add peas, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, parsley and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. To Make Dressing: Combine lemon zest, juice, vinegar and garlic in medium bowl. Gradually blend in oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour half the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Cover salad and remaining dressing and chill. Let sit at least 6 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving. To serve, toss salad with remaining dressing to coat generously. Line shallow serving bowl with lettuce and mound salad in center. Serves 6-8
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