Archive for February 5th, 2009

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? About 700 lbs.  Now.. who came up with that answer any way? If it was the Bureau of Statistics they really need to find something better to do with their time.

It’s CEimB night and on the menu is “Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip”, page 70 of The Food You Crave, by Ellie Krieger. 

My sister made it for the super bowl and offered the following comments:

I made it for Sunday as a little extra for the superbowl…. It was quite tasty.  Not as creamy cheesy as we have had out but I think it was a little more healthy.  I used the artichokes that come in a jar and preserved with oil which I rinsed.  I think it would be better with the frozen artichokes if you can find them.  Stef ended up with a lot of left-overs to take home which she was very happy about.

Thanks Sue for cooking along!

Since Ted and I just got back from vacation, I tried this recipe with what was on hand in cupboard and fridge. Here’s how it went:

The ingredients

The ingredients

  • 1 TBS EVOO (recipe called for canola)
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 2 strips soy bacon (not called for in recipe)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped (recipe called for 3)
  • 6 oz jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained (recipe called for frozen and rinsed, patted dry)*
  • 10 oz pkg frozen spinach (I didn’t thaw mine in time…see below).
  • 5 oz plain, fat free yogurt( recipe called for 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream and 2 TBS mayonnaise)
  • 1 egg + 1 TBS EVOO (to replace mayo)
  • 4 oz Fat Free Cream Cheese (recipe called for Neufchatel)
  • 1/2 cup Fat Free Mozzarella, shredded (recipe called for part skim)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper (recipe said “pepper“)
  • Did not use cooking spray on baking dish.
  • 2 TBS Parmesan cheese (not in recipe)

First change was to add the soy bacon.  I added that to the sauteed onion when I added the garlic. I then reduced the heat and added my frozen spinach. The water evaporated out with the heat. This took about 5 minutes. Removed to cool.

I processed the rest of the ingredients however did not rinse* the artichoke hearts because I thought the little bit of marinade left on would add some interesting flavor.  I added the spinach/onion mix to the processor and just gave it a pulse or two. It was a little more chunky than smooth.

Poured into a baking dish and topped with about 2 TBS Parmesan cheese. Refrigerated until ready to bake tonight.  I baked it at 375 for 20 minutes, increased the oven temp. to 400 to finish it for the last 10 minutes. It needed more time since it had been refrigerated.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Since this is a side, and we’ve been eating like pigs in the Florida Keys for the better part of the week, I wanted to couple it with a little bit of natural goodness. So…. I added crudites for dipping: carrots, celery, bell pepper.  I steamed some broccoli and beans (I would have had them cold with the other veg., but Ted likes them hot). 

For Ted, I reheated a left over piece of rosemary chicken, put it on a bed of spinach and chopped plum tomato drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper.  I toasted a low carb tortilla for additional dipping.  Drizzled a little of the dip on his chicken.

Ted's Plate

Ted's Plate

For Jo …that would be   ME!  🙂 … I did the same as Ted except that I had smoked salmon instead of chicken.


Both of us really enjoyed the flavors in this dip. Another great recipe!

Jo's plate
Jo’s plate

The dip paired very well with the smoked salmon. I was thinking of English tea sandwiches which sometimes feature smoked salmon and cream cheese. This was so much better! 

Have a great night!


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Brrrr.  Were we complaining in FL about the weather? 

It’s back to the routine today.  But that’s ok. We’re ready.  Good bye Key West…








Hello NY! 

Getting back into it, the day began at 4:15AM… a little late because my alarm was messed up.

I began with the VPX shake which didn’t settle well. It takes me a day or two to get used to having a shake that early and before I work out.

Did 4.25 on the treadmill, slow run.  40 minutes of a total body workout using the cable machine. Nothing heavy – just getting things used to the workout again.  Shane and I walked 3 miles. 

I really felt like I needed a completely “clean” breakfast so I had a Smooth Banana Protein Shake. 1/4 cup Cream of Rice with 3 dried prunes and a dash of Pumpkin spice.   Not the tastiest, but it hit the spot. 

Note the mug?  Memories of the Keys

Note the mug? Memories of the Keys


I have some things to do before heading to work so better get to it.  One of those things is sewing up Shane’s crate liner. He decided to chew it on day 3 of our absence.  I almost knew he would.  Oh well. He’s happy we’re home now. But Donna did a great job taking care of him… he told me so.  😉

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