Monday, July 18, 2011
While everyone else in greater Los Angeles was basking in what turned into "CarmaHeaven" (with so few cars on the road, the dreaded "Carmageddon" was about as terrifying as Y2K), CC and I were indulging in a little dip-friendly fun.
A few mom-blogger friends and I got together on Saturday in Orange County to try out a variety of tasty recipes and chips, all courtesy of Frito-Lay.
Aracely, of Daytripping Mom fame, kindly hosted the shindig at her house, and each mom brought one fantastic dip -- and other goodies, including Amy's (aka Funny Yellow Mom) hamburger slider cupcakes. (Yes, cupcakes!)
The night before, CC helped me prepare my contribution, a Classic Spinach Artichoke Dip (see recipe below). She was all about pouring in the Romano cheese and sour cream. Stirring was also a big deal.
While I probably over-indulged in all of the yummy dips -- not to mention the cute yet practical Tostitos Scoops -- I had an amazing time catching up with moms I don't get a chance to see so often. I always love hearing about their different adventures.
And the 405 back home was a breeze to boot.
Classic Spinach Artichoke Dip
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic gloves, minced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small oven-safe baking dish, mix together artichoke hearts, spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, cream cheese, Romano cheese, and garlic. Cover dish. Bake until hot and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Serve hot, warm or cool.
You can lighten up this recipe by using fat-free or reduced-fat mayonnaise and/or cream cheese in place of the mayonnaise and/or cream cheese. (This is what I did, along with light sour cream.)
* Caryn, aka Rockin' Mama, made a mango salsa.
* Amy, aka Funny Yellow Mom, made a spicy black bean dip.
* Liz, aka Thoughts of a Mommy, made a cheese fundido dip.
* Aracely, aka Daytripping Mom, made pico de gallo.
* Katie, aka OC Mom Activities, made colorful bruschetta.
(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, for which I was compensated. In partnership with The Motherhood, Frito-Lay provided me with chips and ingredients to make my recipe, along with a stipend.)