Saturday, September 5, 2009


Have you ever gone to the Olive Garden Restaurant and had the Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip? Did you love it so much that you wished you had the recipe? Well, stop looking... I found it.

I stumbled across one day and have been a follower ever since. is a recipe site that has many famous recipes from some of the most popular(and not-so-popular) chain restaurants.

There's an upside and a downside to knowing what goes into our favorite restaurant recipes. The upside is knowing the ingredients and being able to duplicate it at home. The downside is knowing how much fat is actually in those delicious dishes.

Oh well. Some things are worth a few extra miles on the treadmill...


1 8 oz. package cream cheese, room temperature
1 (14oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach (well drained)
1/2 cup mayonnaise (do not use Miracle whip)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup Romano cheese (you can use all Parmesan if you like)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. dry basil (1 Tbsp. fresh basil)
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
salt and pepper to taste

Toasted Bread
1 sourdough baguette
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. olive oil

Cream together softened cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, garlic, basil, and garlic salt. Mix well. Add the artichoke hearts and spinach (squeezed of excess water), and mix until blended. Store in a container until ready to use. Spray pie pan with Pam, pour in dip and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the tip is browned.

Saute minced garlic in olive oil for one minute. Cut baguette crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Brush olive oil on each piece and place on cookie sheet. Broil in oven until lightly toasted, watching closely. Serve with hot dip spooned on top.


  1. Right on callicook...SCORE!

  2. I agree, and I love your headlines. They are so clever. This one made me laugh out loud or LOL, as the kids say. Thanks for sharing another good one with your growing legion of readers. Move over, Julie Powell, CaliCook is coming on strong.

  3. Hey zip ahdee... Who is Julie Powell?

  4. You're hysterical...I never heard of her either until this whole movie "Julie & Julia". I still don't know who she is, or how she got to be famous, but one thing's for certain, you'll be famous after this great blog! Keep it up!

  5. Oh, THAT Julie. Thanks for the vote of confidence, I'm having fun. Keep the comments coming.

  6. Calicook, I'm going to a dinner party, we are having lobster and steak. Could you please suggest a vegtable recipe to bring to the party. I know you can make me look good! KCB

  7. Well KCB, how about some green bean bundles wrapped in bacon, or some roasted vegetables. With steak and lobster you don't want to make anything too heavy, too filling, or too rich. Simple and fresh is best. What's in season at your farmers market?