an easy schmeasy yummy decadent dip...

Are you looking for something to make for New Year's Eve that is delicious, fast and easy? For all you guys that want a dip you literally can throw together in less than 5 minutes (plus the 30 minutes bake time)- this one's for you. I'd forgotten all about it for years, until The Husband requested it for Christmas Eve luncheon. It was gobbled up. Then we made it Christmas Day for another crowd- still good and still decadent.

Four Ingredients

The halogens don't make for the best photo lighting,

but the jumbo lump crab made it tasting extra special.

Hot Crab Artichoke Dip

1 can artichoke hearts (not marinated)
6 ounces crab meat, drained
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375º F. Chop the artichoke hearts into bite size pieces. In a medium bowl, combine the artichoke hearts, crab meat, mayonnaise and parmesan cheese. Put the mixture into a 10x7 oval gratin dish (an 8x8 square is fine too) and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and is the top is golden.


peace • love • joy

photo courtesy of The Son

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas,
a Happy Hannukah,
and a wonderful, buttery New Year!




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 strained, poured over crushed ice 

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it is spongy and tangy from buttermilk,

 citrusy with orange zest and juice,

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