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Superbowl Eats

OK, this will be the last of the recipe posts for a bit…I’ll be eating rice cakes and water for the next week and those two aren’t very blog worthy! I feel like ALL I’ve been posting lately is FOOD, FOOD, FOOD…so this next week, I am going to shoot for some calorie free topics. But……..

Today we had some neighbors over for the Superbowl and I tried to keep things simple with some quick and easy favorites, but I’ve been wanting to try these Cranberry Meatballs since the holidays, so I HAD to make them for the big game today. The verdict is that they were a hit because when I went to take a picture of them all nestled in the crock pot swimming in their sweet cranberry sauce, there were only about 5 remaining:

This recipe is a keeper and next time I may try them with turkey meatballs although they were just perfect with the beef variety. Super easy AND a big hit? That’s a good recipe in my book.

Then there was the always popular Sonoma Salad

which again, when I went to the bowl to snap a pic this was all that was left:

This is a great salad because it’s so versatile and can be switched out with different goodness:

{switch out the butter lettuce with spring mix or baby spinach}

{substitute gorgonzola or goat cheese for the blue}

{use dried blueberries, cherries or raisins in place of the Craisins}

{honey roasted almonds can easily replace the glazed walnuts}

{pears can take the place of the apple}

The possibilities are endless and that is why I love this go-to salad! Again, thank you Melanie for bringing this to us almost 3 years ago when we brought our sweet baby Holden home! This salad also brings back happy memories every time I serve it!

And then there is the Artichoke Dip that tickled my taste buds so many years ago in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot! I’ve loved it and made it LOTS ever since. No oven necessary!

Normally I use quartered artichoke hearts, but Albertson’s was fresh out of them this morning so I tried these artichoke bottoms and there was nothing sacrificed. I just chopped the bottoms in my mini food processor and that was that ~ not any real difference than with the quarters.

And there she is….served with a multigrain baguette and some Ritz crakers…sheer perfection on a carb! Can’t go wrong with this one folks, believe me!

I realize that my decor looks more like a bridal shower or Mother’s Day brunch and not reflective at all of Superbowl Sunday, but nobody seemed to care…these recipes are all a hit and I hope that you try them sometime soon! Whoever is on the receiving end will thank you!

We washed all these yummies down with a good ‘ol Cape Codder or vodka cran with lime!

It was a great game with a great menu spent with great friends….another weekend down! Bring on Monday!

I hope you have a “super” week ahead!

Artichoke Dip

Happy December!

Trying to get ahead this holiday season since we’re leaving for Vegas on Saturday morning!

Cards ready to send out, tree trimmed, Santa visited…what next?

Here is a picture of the kiddos decortaing the tree with Popsi who came to visit for a few days after Thanksgiving:

tree

And here is a quick recipe that you can take to your holiday get togethers. Super simple and super delicious!

I don’t recommend substituting lowfat cream cheese and mayo with this one…it just isn’t the same. In my opinion, you’d be better off not eating it at all. Sorry!

1 can quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained
1 brick cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. dill weed

Chop artichoke hearts or put in a small food processor (that’s what I use). Put cream cheese, artichoke hearts, mayo and parmesan cheese in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir often to keep from burning. Once everything is heated and combined, add the garlic and heat a few more minutes. Add dill weed at the last minute and give it one last stir. Serve with sliced baguette or crackers. Enjoy!