I recently went to a dinner at my friend Anne’s home and she served a wonderful warm dip in a small crock pot. She served it with assorted raw veggies, pita chips and crackers. 

It is delicious but seriously high calorie. Every once in awhile I think it is okay to indulge!  We won’t talk about the cheesecake she made for dessert!
Be sure to use plates as the mozzarella makes it a stringy affair.

2 14 oz. cans artichoke heats, drained and chopped
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1&1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

pita bread and/or veggies for dipping

In England, the term “pudding” refers to many kinds of desserts. This pudding is a moist cake with a sticky broiled-on brown-sugar topping.

1 cup dates, chopped and pitted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
10 tablespoon (1 1/4 sticks) margarine, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
Whipped cream

1. Grease 13-inch by 9-inch broiler-safe baking pan. In medium bowl, combine dates, baking soda and 1 1/2 cups boiling water; let stand 15 minutes.
2. Heat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat sugar and 6 tablespoons margarine or butter until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until blended. At low speed, beat in flour and baking powder. Add date mixture and beat until combined (batter will be very thin).
3. Pour batter into baking pan. Bake 30 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
4. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, heavy cream and remaining 4 tablespoons margarine or butter to boiling over medium heat; boil 1 minute. Set aside.
5. Turn oven control to broil. Spread brown-sugar mixture evenly over top of hot dessert. Place pan in broiler at closest position to source of heat; broil until bubbly, about 30 seconds.
6. Cool in pan on wire rack 15 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream if you like. Makes 12 servings.

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