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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Clouds/Sun ~ Spinach Artichoke Dip ~ Gab Ramirez ~ Dan Cermak ~ Re Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Good 44º  foggy drizzling morning. Over night we got 1/4" of rain.  

And again yesterday was cloudy and gloomy and we topped at 52º after we finally got some sun!

Dude was one happy camper after the sun broke through!

Since New Years is coming up fast, here's a super good easy dip to make to go with your champagne!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened (see Notes)
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 1-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine spinach, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, ground red pepper, and garlic powder; beat until well blended. Stir in artichokes and spoon into prepared casserole dish.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until heated through and the edges are golden. Serve immediately.
  • To serve this Spinach Artichoke Dip with tortilla chips, crackers, or thin slices of French bread for dipping. 
  • Looking to lighten this dip up? No problem! Just use reduced-fat cream cheese and only 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. Be sure to serve it with baked tortilla chips, too!

Special birthday today... Gab Ramirez (LASD ret). HAPPY BIRTHDAY GABE!!!

And "Big Dan" Cermak floor manager at Ace Hardware is celebrating too. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN!

Historically this date....

..... the deadliest single building fire in US history!

1924 – Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galaxies.

And births this date include...
1920 – Jack Lord, American actor (d. 1998)
He had Alzheimers.... so sad. He was GREAT in Hawaii Five-O. A favorite show of mine!

1934 – Russ Tamblyn, American actor, dancer, and singer
(West Side Story)


1935 – Sandy Koufax, American baseball player

1942 – Michael Nesmith, American singer and musician (The Monkees)

1945 – Davy Jones, English singer (The Monkees) (d.2012)

Interesting that they were both born on the same day!

I made the Buffalo Chicken Casserole.... I changed the recipe slightly. I had some cooked boneless skinless chicken thighs, so I shredded 4 of them. Each one is just about either more or less a cup. I didn't have any bell peppers so I substituted chopped celery. I added extra green onions, because I love them and I used sharp Cheddar.

If you don't like hot and spicy, don't make this. On the other hand, it could be made with less hot wing sauce, at least cut it in half. I know my Jerry would have loved this as he could drink Tobasco right from the bottle and eat jalapenos and habaneros!  I did like the crunch of the celery in it.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

December 30, 2017 is

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

It’s National Bicarbonate of Soda Day! Sodium bicarbonate (commonly known as baking soda) is used in baking, cooking, de-odorizing, cleaning, polishing, and countless other applications.
The ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of sodium bicarbonate as a cleansing agent like soap, but it wasn't until 1791 that French chemist Nicolas Leblanc produced sodium bicarbonate in its modern form. In 1846, two New York bakers named John Dwight and Austin Church established the first factory to make baking soda.
Baking soda is a white, odorless, crystalline solid that is completely soluble in water. It is very useful around the home, the kitchen, and for medical purposes. Did you know that baking soda can even be used as an antacid to treat indigestion and heartburn? Sodium bicarbonate certainly deserves a whole day of celebration!
Happy National Bicarbonate of Soda Day!