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Savoring Tuscany : Recipes and Reflections on Tuscan Cooking
by Lori De Mori
Part of the Savoring Series, which is one of my favorite series of books about Regional Cuisine, Savoring Tuscany is a beautiful book filled with sumptuous recipes and delectable writing about the cuisine and culture of Tuscany. As with all the books in the series, Savoring Tuscany is put together beautifully and all of the recipes are well written and presented. The recipes that we tested were all superb and the book is an excellent source for fans of Tuscan cuisine.
Recipe - Florentine Artichoke Dip
"Super! Super! Super! Sometimes I have to make two batches...one to bring to a party and one for my husband and I to eat because we just cannot resist having it around without nibbling. Great with baguettes, lightly steamed veggies, tortilla chips, fingers..."
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach - thawed, drained and squeezed dry
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 7x11 inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and pepper until smooth. Mix in the artichoke hearts, spinach and garlic. Spread evenly into the prepared baking dish. Bake covered for 20 minutes. Remove the cover, and let the dish bake uncovered for 5 more minutes, or until the surface is lightly browned.
Makes 6 servings.