Our friend Rob used to make an artichoke dish when we came to visit. He called it Carciofi. Pronounced Car-Cho-Fee. A little research confirmed that what he was making wasn’t actually Carciofi but it was really good anyway. Maybe I should call this Robciofi. If you don’t normally eat artichokes, these Roasted Artichoke Hearts will win you over. They’re really easy to prepare and they’re delicious!
This should be called Super Easy Focaccia but I think I over-use the word super. Since Focaccia dough is similar to pizza dough, the obvious way to make this an easy recipe is to use frozen store bought pizza dough. So this is for my friends who say they love homemade bread but wouldn’t make it.
This super simple layered dip is baked in the oven and served hot with tortilla chips for dipping. I’ve witnessed people eating this by the spoonful right out of the dish. It’s that good. I think I’ve been making Hot Layered Mexican Dip since the eighties so it’s pretty retro.
A few years ago we had the best mussels in Prince Edward Island after a golf game. Most of the golf courses served free mussels and the only thing better than free mussels is free GOOD mussels. And these ones were so good, we actually asked how they made them. Expecting a lengthy description, we were surprised to find out they were made with 2 ingredients. Beer and steak spice. No kidding. So we made Beer and Steak Spice Mussels at home and they were just as good as in PEI.
Believe it or not, this is a retro shrimp recipe. My grandmother and great aunt used to make this Shrimp Dip, which is interesting because shrimp wasn’t readily available when we were kids, nor was it cheap. Especially up here in the great white north. I suspect that they made it with canned shrimp sometimes. Fortunately, now you can buy frozen shrimp pretty much everywhere if you aren’t lucky enough to live on the Gulf of Mexico where fresh shrimp is plentiful. It’s delicious spread on crackers and is always popular at parties.