GO BOLD OR GO HOME! Hostess style + a decadent dip recipe

When it comes to throwing a holiday soiree, at Garland Collection we say,


In other words, have fun with  it! Mix your finest silver Grape CenterPiece Stand and Scissors Color Corrected Scaled with your quirkiest serving piecesWiener Dog Condiment Holder Cropped Redo. Forego fancy finger foods for can’t-get-enough comfort food served in styleCeramic fruit basket and lid cropped!

Pigs-in-a-blanket piled high in aPig and rabbit cookie jar cropped….Well, why not?

You can style a knockout buffet and make a serious statement without taking yourself too seriously, so be creative!

A favorite food at any family gathering is always my Aunt Linda’s decadent artichoke dip. In full disclosure, I dream about it and have, on (many) occasion reheated it for breakfast the following day. Because it’s our go-to at any event, I asked Aunt Linda to share her recipe with all of you. As it turns out, Linda’s artichoke dip was inherited from her dear friend Judy, who we hear was quite the character. At Garland Collection, we love a character (see Mom Squared: 1 & 2) and we are honored to share this decadent and cherished recipe with all of you…Enjoy! 

In Aunt Linda’s words…


2 cans artichoke hearts

1.5 to 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 to 1.5 cups grated *Pecorino Romano cheese

1 cup (plus) mayonnaise

Garlic powder to taste (I use lots)

Drain the artichokes and chop. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Place in an oven-to-table serving dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly & browned around the sides. Serve hot, with crackers or veggies.

This can be baked in advance and reheated in the microwave.

*Judy’s recipe called for Parmesan cheese. I use the Romano because it’s lower in sodium.

*I usually double the recipe for the entire family to enjoy!

And for the Hostess with the Mostest, our go-to fantasy garb for greeting your guests…
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2 thoughts on “GO BOLD OR GO HOME! Hostess style + a decadent dip recipe

  1. Pingback: A THIRST FOR LIFE + sangria & juice | UP CHIC'S CREEK

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