December 11, 2009

Cheesy Ornaments

Filed under: Cheesy Accessories — Natalie @ 7:24 pm

Do you love cheese enough to have it represented on your holiday tree?

If so, you are in luck.  Sur la Table – that lovely kitchen store – has a collection of cheese themed ornaments ready for you!

Sparkly, inspiring, hand-made in Germany cheese ornaments…I have already ordered them as hostess gifts.

What are you waiting for?


December 3, 2009

Artichoke Dip…and yes, it's cheesy!

Filed under: Cheesy Recipes — Tags: , — Natalie @ 8:48 pm

I really do have a collection of artichoke dips.  Each one slightly different.  Each one VERY delicious!

I found this one recently while searching for something to make for a crowd coming over for a rival college football game.  Not only did it satisfy those pig skin lovers, I think it would be a mighty fine dip to make for any holiday party.

Yes, Food & Wine magazine some shiny gold stars for you!

Artichoke Dip

Recipe by Cocktails 2008

1 large jalapeno
4-90z. boxes of frozen artichokes, thawed, drained and coarsely chopped
3/4 C mayo
3/4 C freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 t finely grated lemon zest
1 t kosher salt
1 t Tabasco
2 1/2 oz. sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (1 Cup)
Crackers or sliced baguette, for serving

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Roast the jalapeno directly over a gas flame, turning, until charred all over.  Let cool, then peel and seed the jalapeno and cut it into 1/4″ dice.
2.  In a large bowl, mix the artichokes with the jalapeno, mayo, Parmigiano, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and Tabasco.  Transfer the mixture to a 1-quart baking dish.  Bake for about 15 minutes, or until hot.
3.  Preheat the broiler.  Sprinkle the shredded cheddar evenly over the hot dip.  Broil for about 2 minutes, until bubbly.  Serve hot or warm, with crackers.