~ A – Z Challenge 2011 ~ the letter “A”

A - Z Challenge 2011

I LOVE to cook and bake so I thought I would do recipes for the A – Z  Challenge 2011.  They’re all tried, tested and true and I hope you enjoy them!!

“A “

 Artichoke Dip
1 bottle artichoke hearts
2 large cloves garlic
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Drain and squeeze out artichokes.  Finely mince garlic.  Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Put in small ovenproof dish and bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes.  Serve with crackers or sliced baguette.


  1. Áine Tierney says:

    I have never eaten an artichoke. I'll have to have a look in the supermarket. I went googling the image there and I don't know if I've seen one! Here starts a great artichoke hunt!
    best of luck with the A-Z

  2. Love artichoke dip. I will have to try making it someday.

    I love to cook as well so I look forward to your recipes!

  3. I never knew it was that easy! Thanks for the recipe – Gonna try this soon! And plan to check back in for more deliciousness – love it!

  4. Rachel Morgan says:

    Hmm… don't know if I've ever eaten an artichoke! Recipes are a good idea for this A – Z Challenge.. I'll have to include some :-)

  5. Brittany says:

    Oooh thanks for the recipe! We're growing artichokes in our garden ths year

  6. Bob Scotney says:

    I've just had my lunch but this sounds good.

  7. I love this dip, I add spinach to mine. I cook it in the microwave, then drain the water off. I then add it as a spread on my turkey club sandwich, turkey, tomatoes, this dip and caramelized onions… I'm hungry, now :)

  8. baygirl32 says:

    sounds very tasty

  9. Pegasuslegend says:

    I love this dip we make it for every party tripling the recipe it flys off the plate!

  10. I am not a huge fan of artichokes, but artichoke dip is always great! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I am also taking part in the challenge if you would like to stop by :)

  11. Jennifer Hoffine says:

    I make a similar dip, with a little sour cream added too. Yum!

  12. carolscorner727 says:

    What a great idea to do recipies for the blogging challenge! I love to cook also. Artichoke dip sounds delcious. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for following me.

  13. Candyland says:

    I've never had artichoke dip but this sounds yummy!

  14. Mary Vaughn says:

    Wow Recipes! That's a great approach. Almost makes me wish I cooked — ah, no. lol


  15. Brianna says:

    Sounds delicious! Unfortunately I'm bound to screw it up :)
    Brianna @ Pocketful of Playdough

  16. Laura Eno says:

    Great idea! I love artichoke anything!

  17. I love Artichoke dip. I love Artichokes! I too love to cook. So I will have to make a note of your A-Z recipes.

  18. Dafeenah says:

    Yummy! I love artichoke dip but I can't get artichokes here or else I would be making this tonight.

    Stopping by from the Challenge!

  19. E.J. Wesley says:

    Man this sounds good! Love artichokes!

    Nice to meet you,


  20. Margo Kelly says:

    Dang. Now I need dip …


  21. Thomasina says:

    I've never had an artichoke, so I may have to try this. Coming up with recipes for the challenge is a very creative idea!

  22. Hilary Melton-Butcher says:

    Hi Monica .. sounds delicious to me .. I might make it for our Royal Wedding street party I'm going to .. as a little extra .. don't come up with too many other delights that I might want to do?! Cheers .. love this – Hilary

  23. Murees Dupé says:

    Yumm! Sounds delicious. Thank you for following my blog. I love your idea for A-Z. I will definitely be stopping by often.

  24. Recipes for the challenge! You are brilliant! This one sounds great.

  25. Marjorie says:

    I'm totally following this blog! Yum!

  26. Name: Luana Krause says:

    I've never eaten an artichoke, but I love dip. Gonna try it!

  27. This is a very fun way to do the A-Z Challenge. Thanks for the follow, Monica. I'm happy to return the favor.

  28. Sheila Siler says:


  29. Lauracea says:

    Great way to start the A-Z Challenge. Looking forward to loads of wonderful recipes in April!

  30. Jo Schaffer says:

    How clever of you–and how delicious! One of my fave dips!!!

  31. Sounds absolutely delicious! Great idea to share recipes!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog.


  32. walk2write says:

    The first time I tried this dip, my nephew's fiancee had brought it to a family gathering. It instantly won her a place in my heart. Thanks for visiting and following!

  33. Susan Gourley/Kelley says:

    I'm not an artichoke fan but I'll be back later to read your receipes. I have lots of hungry boys to feed.

  34. The Words Crafter says:

    I think I just dribbled! This sounds wonderful, thanks! And, nice to meet you, too :)

  35. Lisa Ricard Claro says:

    Great idea for the A-Z. Mmmm….I love artichoke dip!

  36. Amy Wood says:

    Yum! I will definitely try this one. Looking forward to checking out all your A-Z recipes!

  37. Love artichokes. Ever try them in a Greek salad? Now following.

  38. Will Burke says:

    It's been awhile since I've experimented in the kitchen — I'll have to try one of these out!

  39. Growing up, we had a huge artichoke growing in the back garden – no idea how my Mother came to acquire it.

    Scared the heck out of us – a giant mutated thistle from Mars was about the kindest thought we had for it.

    I've grown quite fond of them since – working out my childhood horrors by eating them.

    This looks like a very good way for an artichoke to shuffle off this mortal coil :-)

    Great start to A-Z – keep going

  40. Lindsay N. Currie says:

    Oh yum!!! I love Artichokes so much. I make a kind of spicy hot artichoke dip that rocks. Lovely blog:)

  41. Kate Larkindale says:

    I love artichokes! Especially steamed and dipped in just a little hollandaise… But this sounds delicious too!

  42. I love the Jerusalem artichoke roasted but have never tried the globe one. yum

  43. Penned Pebbles says:

    You're making my mouth water!

  44. Sounds delicious! Can't wait to give it a try :D

  45. K.C. Woolf says:

    Sounds super easy. Thanks for the recipe! :-)

  46. Holly Jahangiri says:

    Thank Katie O'Sullivan… yours is one of the few blogs I've just now discovered and INSTANTLY subscribed to by email. I could use a month's worth of new recipes that are both EASY and "Yum!" as she put it.

    Holly Jahangiri

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  47. Margaret Hall says:

    Good grief, 46 comments~!! Congratz…and I can see why! Lovely blog, bright and cheerful..and loved the artichoke entry for "A". Good to "meet" you and thanks for the visit…
    On to "B" and will visit for "C"

  48. Kristin says:

    Thanks for following my blog. I am now following yours and looking forward to all the recipes.

  49. Karen Peterson says:

    I love a good artichoke dip. Sounds yummy!

  50. I just found this…I'm copying all your recipes into my virtual recipe book!

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