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Baby Food

I helped host a baby shower yesterday, which really just means that I handled the food and my friend Paula did everything else. I love to cook and love to eat, but to be honest; I’m really no good at the games and other stuff that goes with shower merriment. The only problem with the fact that I did the food, was that because I got to choose the menu (with approval of the Mommy-to-be, of course) I picked all my favorite recipes and then ate myself silly…. but I digress. We served two of my most favorite (and most crowd pleasing) party appetizers yesterday, spinach-artichoke dip and fresh fruit dipped in chocolate.

Fruit Dipped in Chocolate

Ingredients:

Strawberries
Blackberries (or raspberries or blueberries)
Grapes
2 bags of semisweet chocolate chips

berries

Preparation:

Wash and dry berries. Heat chocolate chips in a smallish saucepan on the stove on low (or medium low). Stir regularly until chocolate is smooth. Lay parchment paper out on cookie sheets. Dip berries individually halfway into chocolate and lay them carefully on parchment papered cookie sheets. (With the small berries I use a tool called an olive picker. Very cheap tool at any Target or grocery store and perfect for this task.) Put the cookie sheets in the fridge until chocolate is hard. Arrange on a platter and serve!

Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:

10 oz. cream cheese
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons horseradish
1/2 cup diced artichoke hearts
1 can green chilies
6 green onions, diced
1 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)
1 1/2 cups pepper jack cheese (shredded)
Tabasco (to taste)
1 box frozen spinach

Preparation:

Soften cream cheese in microwave and mix it with heavy cream until somewhat smooth. Add rest of ingredients, one at a time and mix after every addition (thaw spinach in the microwave according to directions on the box and drain before adding). Heat in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with chips or bread for dipping.

shower food

2 Responses to Baby Food

  1. Since it was my shower you did all this work for, I feel compelled to comment that these recipes are FANTASTIC! I didn’t get to eat as much as I would have liked..hehe. (Thats just the pregnant-eater talking..). But everything was so delicious I can’t even describe how wonderful it was! Luckily this picture tells the whole story…(Well not the whole story because there’s no shot of the tiny little tasty sandwiches..). Thanks so much for planning this with Paula, I had a great time and am so thankful for having such good friends..(to vent to as well..as I did some of that yesterday too…).

  2. I loved the grapes. Yum!

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