Monday, May 5, 2008

Hot Artichoke Dip

I promised that I would tell everyone when the Hot Artichoke Dip video and recipe are up on Everyday Dish, and they are! This dip is really delicious! Chef Brian Igarta has some awesome recipes. Go check it out and make yourself a batch.


I also wanted to share some pics from my birthday last week. This is the birthday cake my daughter and husband made for me. They tried to bake it in a giant cupcake pan, but there were a few complications and only the top of the cake survived. It was an absolutely delicious vanilla cake with vanilla frosting and a little dusting of cinnamon. Truly, the combo of the cinnamon and vanilla made it one of the best tasting cakes I've ever had. It was also the perfect amount of cake for the four of us.

The best part of all was that my birthday dinner was homemade by my daughter and husband. We had a Mexican fiesta with awesome jalapeno poppers, tacos and all the fixins'. There was even a lovely agave tequila for that special authentic touch (that my daughter didn't have anything to do with). Dinner was perfect!

These are a couple of my fun new birthday toys. A special little rack for making grilled or roasted jalapeno poppers. This is super-cool and can go right on your BBQ or even in your toaster oven, and holds the stuffed peppers upright. No need to deep fry these babies. A Williams-Sonoma special.

My other new toy is a mini burger press, which my husband thought would make cute little sausage patties. I have to agree with him on this. I think it will make some cool vegan sliders too!

20 comments:

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

That artichoke dip looks fantastic! I could eat it plain! ;)

Vegetation said...

Happy Birthday Julie! The food all looks scrumptious (and hey, the best part of a muffin or cupcake is the top anyway right?)

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

That sounds like a great birthday! This post was chockful of fun info. I'll definitely check out the Hot Artichoke Dip recipe and the popper rack. Thanks!

Animal-Friendly said...

Oh goodie- I've been waiting for that dip recipe!

Happy birthday! Your cake looks and sounds great. Cinnamon and vanilla are a delicious combo!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, that dip looks awesome!
How cool that they made you a cake! I have that pan & it's pretty horrible, haha. Your b-day dinner looks delicious.

Bobbi said...

Happy Birthday Julie! I love your family, they treat you right!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Happy Birthday Julie!!! So that's what the cake was :-) Looks delicious, how sweet of your family to make dinner and dessert! I just bought on of those giant cupcake pans and am anxious to try it. Great gifts too! Hope you enjoyed your birthday.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Happy Birthday! You have a very special family to make your day so wonderful. I am really excited to try your new dip recipe!!!

Suspense as we await pictures of your new mini sausages and stuffed pepper recipes!!!!:o)

aTxVegn said...

Happy Birthday! Your family prepared you a nice feast and cute cake. I love your new toys!

Shellyfish said...

Happy Bday to you! And what a great spread- and dip, too. Totally going to make that for the apéro this weekend!

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Happy Birthday, Julie! Mine is this week ~ wish I were going to Beard's beach house!!!! How fun to be pampered with such delectable treats and fun kitchen gadgets. CHEERS!

Bee Roach said...

Happy (belated) birthday!! I love the Williams-Sonoma toys (especially the mini burger press!) Thanks for the nice comments on my blog. All of your food looks amazing!

VeganFabulous said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Thank you for the artichoke dip recipe! When I was in college I always went to this restaurant for the artichoke dip and haven't had anything like it since! This looks like it could be the one!!!

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

Happy Birthday, Julie!! Great-lookin' meal! Julie, can you check your litchi email-- just sent you something interesting! Cheers, Bryanna

julie hasson said...

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes! It was a very fun birthday, and I'm really loving my new toys. The jalapeno roaster is so awesome too! I've used it several times already and the stuffed poppers are so good.

I will try and be better about posting comments from now on. We've been busy trying to fix up our back yard, which fortunately is almost done.

K.E.N. said...

that cake looks and sounds tasty!
i don't think i've ever had a jalapeno popper before. is it very spicy?
i'll see you on saturday, i'm sure!

julie hasson said...

Hey Karla! Yeah, the poppers are spicy, though it really depends on the jalapenos. Sometimes they're more mild then others. If you like spice though, the poppers are really good!

I will see you Saturday for sure!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

I'm back again Julie. Thanks for visiting my blog. Just wanted you to know that everyone loved the artichoke dip tonight. I mean, they were really raving about it. Thanks so much for a vegan recipe of a favorite comfort food.

madness rivera said...

Happy Birthday, Julie! I love that they made you a cake. And I can't wait to try the dip.

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