Sun-dried Tomato & Artichoke Dip

I recently recalled one of my favorite dip recipes from years gone by when search for recipes I hadn’t made in awhile. I originally received a version of this recipe from home chef extraordinaire, Lisa Di, who served it at all of her cocktail parties and picnics back in my college days.

Alas, but my scribbled paper copy the recipe I took down directly from Lisa is necessarily lost to time, but I found a very similar version on After a few tweaks to ingredients and method, here is my recipe, heartily reminiscent of those old days:


1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
4 oz. cream cheese
1 (8 oz) brick of white cheddar (or swiss or parmesan or other white cheese)
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
a dash, or more, of ground red pepper

If you have an immersion blender, you can use my lazy method for making this dip. Otherwise, chop up or shred (i.e. the cheese) the whole ingredients ahead of time. If you do have an immersion blender then simply combine all ingredients in a medium casserole dish. Heat in the oven at 350 for 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese softens and begins to melt. Pulsing your immersion blender, chop up the amalgam of ingredients as desired. I prefer to have a little texture to this dip, so I don’t process it smooth, only until the artichokes and tomatoes are chopped a bit and well combined. Serve with chips or crackers.

A long week

As the title suggests it’s been a long week for me and I didn’t get much done. I did however start sewing together the squares for an afghan I started 2 years ago. Yes TWO years ago. I started it so that it would match my new sofa which, is of course no longer new and do to my one horrible dog worse for the wear since I agreed to bring her home. The colors do still match though it’s just that sewing them together is so tedious and boring…

It of course has to be kept in a chest when I’m not in the room with it lest the evil dog puke on it because I am paying more attention to it than her. I know that no one ever believes me when I say that the vindictive bitch vomits to get attention but it’s true. Hence the reason so little work has been accomplished this week.  After spending hours Wednesday night cleaning and sobbing I decided to turn her in to the local animal shelter in hopes that someone would want to make her the center of their universe. However after discussion with the intake advisor it seemed as though they would probably put her down since she is unable to walk past other dogs on leashes. So I brought her back home and started a new project- I failed to take before pictures but, I will take progress pics as work on it continues. What is ‘it’ you ask? It will be a room in my basement specifically made for the evil one. This week I patched and leveled the concrete floor and consolidated the laundry, garden, and summer furniture sections. While I was down there I realized that the porch furniture never got reupholstered as planned so hopefully I will get that done soon too- Punxy Phil says spring is just around the corner.

It was also a slow week at the salon which always makes my head spin since I have to spend so much time working alone. Of course I can’t post pics of the work I did while I was there since it is baby shower gifts.  I got one gift done while I was at the movies seeing Argo: argo trailer(hopefully this link works, it’s a 1st try). An excellent movie which continually builds suspense but, apparently if you were alive and cognitive in 1980 it ends with no climax. I found it a bit tedious and can’t really say I would recommend seeing it in the theater and I also don’t see it winning over Lincoln for best picture.

Anyway, needlework wise I needed something a bit less intensive and easier to see due to the high stress levels that came with this week. I know I said I wasn’t going to start any new projects until the ones that are sitting in the craft room are done but, I fell of the wagon. I started a quick and simple Kokeshi doll picture. I added some sparkle to liven it up a bit and watched Hugo. I worked on it a bit last night while my bread was finishing baking. I hate being in the house during that last hour when the whole house smells delectable. Then a bit more tonight while I made my soup for dinner while I’m at work this week. I hope the sparkle shows up, I only wanted it as an accent but I’m unsure if I chose the right amount to make the design pop. I feel like it doesn’t show up at all in the photos.


The first is a close-up which I thought would look good but I found it’s appearance blurry. The second is just a normal non zoomed in photo, same amount of stitching.  I’m going to turn her into an e-reader case when I’m done stitching. I feel as though I haven’t seen my sewing machine in forever even though it’s been a mere week. Hopefully I’ll get more done this week while anxiously await news from two different sources.