Posts Tagged ‘spices’

Artichoke Dip

Kind of like the stuff you can buy in a jar at Trader Joe’s, but cheaper and easier to use as a dip!


  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained (or 6-8 large cooked artichoke hearts)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (maybe more if using fresh artichoke hearts)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vinegar (I like golden balsamic for this recipe)
  • 1/2 spice mix of your choice

Throw it all in the food processor, blend, taste.  You may have to taste it 6 or 7 or 8 times, you know, just in case the 8th time it tastes bad.  😉

Double the recipe for a party.  Use it as a sandwich spread.  Dip chips, veggies, breadsticks, or your entire hand in it.  YUM.


Red Chai Tea

Red Chai Tea


I am not a coffee drinker.  Caffeine makes me jittery and sick to my stomach.  Though I’m glad I don’t rely on a substance to wake me up in the morning, I admit to being a bit envious that everyone else has a delicious hot drink to perk them up in the morning.  That’s why I was so excited when I discovered red tea. Not only is this tea caffeine-free and delicious, but it also is perfect for a chai mix.


  • 1/2 cup red rooibos tea
  • 8 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 20 whole cloves, crushed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, crushed (all this crushing is fun, believe me!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smashed anise
  • 1 teaspoon orange peel

What I do:

  • Put the red tea and crushed spices in a pint jar
  • Put on the lid and SHAKE IT UP!
  • Use two teaspoons of the mix per serving (there are a number of tea infusers you can use for this purpose.  I use the cute ceramic teapot my sister made for me, then pour it through a mesh strainer because the red tea is rather small)
  • Add about 14 ounces of boiling water
  • Allow to steep for five or six minutes
  • DO NOT OVER STEEP!  You will make a very muddy tea.
  • Additions:  I like to sweeten mine with a teaspoon of local honey, then use about 2-3 tablespoons of coconut milk as a creamer.  It’s DREAMY.
  • Special Addition:  Put a tiny slice of vanilla bean (I probably snip off just 1/8 an inch of the bean for mine) in the mix before adding the boiling water.  It’s flavor heaven, I promise!