Appetizers · comfort food · dips · FoodTV · Junk food · Uncategorized · Vegetables

Baked Artichokes and Ricotta

Geoffrey Zakarian showcased this recipe on the Kitchen.  I didn’t follow the recipe completely, but it turned out really nice.

I varied the recipe with what I had:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 cup olives, pitted

1 cup white wine

1/4 cup capers

6 artichokes (from a jar stored in water)

1 to 2 cups of marinara sauce

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the olives, white wine and capers and cook about 2 minutes.  Add the artichokes, and stir.   Place in a oven safe dish.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Add about two cups of the marinara sauce to the top of the mixture.  Bake for about ten minutes then drop dollops of the ricotta cheese on each artichoke, then top with the grated Pecorino. Bake in the oven covered for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes.I really thought this was going to be salty, but it wasn’t.  The ricotta made it creamy, and the white wine, and olives made it tangy.  It was good.

David didn’t think he was going to enjoy this dip at all, but he did.  So, I think I will make it again.


Hurricane · Junk food · Uncategorized

Junk Food and Irma

I don’t know why but you must purchase a ton of junk food for hurricane prep.  You are not allowed (ha) to purchase anything healthy, because you will be without electricity and must eat Cheetos, or Chex mix.

Most of my friends who live in the Panhandle of Florida were anticipating a worse outcome with Hurricane Irma.  I know that I seem to be making light of a subject that has most people in South Florida without their homes, or still without power, but I am not.  I am certain that if a Cat 4 was headed our way, we would have done things a bit differently.

But…we didn’t.  We went to the store, and have plenty of food for days (and water).  But I didn’t have Cheetos.  Or snack size chocolate.  Or wine.  Hello!  Some of the stores closed in anticipation of a much worse storm in the afternoon yesterday (Sunday).  I had David run to pick up more of the essentials…Cheetos, and chocolate before they closed.

We are fine, and have family and friends in South Florida that we will be helping if needed.  But for some reason most of my friends have been eating junk food for days in preparation for Irma.  We had to restock.

Praying for those in the path of Irma.  Praying for those in the West with the fires.  Praying for Jose to go away.  I really don’t need to eat anymore Cheetos.