Monday, December 6, 2010

On the 5th Day of Christmas...

Linking up with Caitlin for some Holiday Recipes!


I love cooking and I love spending time with friends and family.  So when the holidays come it makes me really happy to mix the two!  If I had the time I would post all of my favorite holiday recipes (most are desserts), but I don't think my fingers could handle that!  So here's two.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip
2 cups (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (divided)
1/4 tsp black peppper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained & chopped
2 blocks (16 oz total) cream cheese
1/2 of a 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry

Preheat oven to 350*.

Mix 2 T parmesan in with spinach.
In a large bowl combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, sour cream, 2 T parmesan, pepper, garlic, artichokes, cream cheese, and spinach.
Stir until well blended.  
Put mixture in 1 1/2-2 qt baking dish.
Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella (1/2 c) and Parmesan (2 T).
Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.  
Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips or whatever you desire!!

Chess Cake
Preheat oven to 350*.
Mix together the following ingredients with a fork and then knead with your hands for 2 minutes:
1 pkg yellow cake mix
1 stick melted margarine
1 egg
Once mixed, spread into an ungreased 9x13 pan.

In another bowl mix:
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
2 eggs
3 3/4 c powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
Blend by hand ingredients until moistened.  Then cream by mixers til smooth (about 2-3 minutes). Pour over cake mixture.
Bake 35 minutes til golden brown on top.  Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar while still hot.

Yum Yum!


  1. Oh the spinach dip sounds amazing! It's one of my favorite appetizers! Chess cake is one of Justin's was actually the groom cake at our wedding! :) So glad you linked-up!

  2. You should try the spinach dip then! It's my fave too and this one is sooo yum! Fun!


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