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Let’s recap

Yesterday was a long..long day of football and I loved every minute of it. Then again, I’m scrambling around like a chicken today to make up for doing NOTHING yesterday.

I had my long run (13 miles..marathon training right on schedule), then decided to make some appetizers to get the first game going. Auburn and Clemson. Not only did I feel adventurous enough to make an artichoke spinach dip, I also make my own chips. But I didn’t love them like Stephen did. I still reach for the Town House Flatbreads. Those are REALLY good.

Alton Brown’s Spinach Artichoke dip. I did change this a tiny bit. Are you surprised?

  • 1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach, squeezed dry
  • 11/2 cups chopped canned artichoke hearts, drained
  • 6 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup canola mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


Heat cream cheese in microwave for 30 seconds or until hot and soft. Stir in rest of ingredients. Bake in 350* preheated oven until gold and bubbly, about 20 minutes.


Closer version..smells like football snacking goodness.


Those pita chips are a treasure from the trash of stale pita bread. I cut them, oiled them down, and sprinkled pepper on them. I have to say, I loved the crunch, but I didn’t like too much pepper. Stephen inhaled them and hoarded them in his boots and Frankie’s bed in case I decided to change my mind about sneezing-inducing pepper.


The game was bittersweet. Yes, I like to see Auburn lose, but only to SEC teams. Clemson is ACC. I’m an Alabama fan down to my toenails, but I always hold allegiance to SEC teams. . . . except Tennessee. I don’t care who beats them or what league they are residing. Anybody confused yet? 😀

Have some chips and dip while you try to figure it out 😉


Wednesday 23rd of November 2011

This looks really healthy and not hard to make. I think I will give it a try after Thanksgiving for something a bit lighter! It should be really good and I know I will like it, but I'm not sure about my kids, but here's hoping their picky little taste buds like the dip!!

Abigail @ TheFatLossAuthority

Wednesday 23rd of November 2011

Yummy! This was awesome and with the pita chips, it was perfect. I did use the lighter versions of both the sour cream and cream cheese and it still was really delicious. Everyone in my house loved it! I need to double the batch next time I make it at my husband's request!

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Wednesday 21st of September 2011

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Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese?

Monday 19th of September 2011

Looks great! Using the light products (cream cheese, sour cream) is really nice, too. And I bet no one would be the wiser, either.

I second that question... what is canola mayo? I've never seen it either. Is it sort of the same thing as the mayo made with olive oil?


Monday 19th of September 2011

It is a mayo made with canola oil. Hellman's (and Best Foods) has a canola mayo. It is really good!

Madison Chloe

Monday 19th of September 2011

p.s. what is canola mayo? I've been abroad for a few years, so I might be out of the loop.


Monday 19th of September 2011

It is by Hellman's and Best Foods. It's made with canola oil :-) Also, other local brands are coming out with canola oil based mayo. I've seen a few other brands in my regular grocery store :)