Holiday Spinach/Artichoke Casserole – Barbara Longley
This rich, decadent recipe has been in my family for years, and to tell the truth, nobody remembers where it came from. Because it’s so rich, we only make it for special occasions. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser and a family favorite.
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HOLIDAY SPINACH/ARTICHOKE CASSEROLE
(This recipe can be doubled easily, made ahead and frozen.)
2 – 10oz. boxes of chopped spinach. (I get the steam in the bag kind, cut a small corner off, and squeeze the fluid out, which saves a lot of mess and time.)
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese.
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 stick of real butter (can be reduced to 1/2 stick)
1 pint of sour cream
1 large can of artichoke hearts, quartered
10 slices of bacon, fried crisp and crumbled.
Steam the spinach, cool to room temp., cut a small corner off and squeeze as much liquid out as you possible can. Sauté onion in the butter. Mix all ingredients together well. Make sure to break up clumps of spinach. Put in baking dish, sprinkle the top with more parmesan and bake in 350°F oven until bubbly all the way through. (About 35 minutes)
Noah Langford narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that killed five of his men and took his leg, leaving him haunted by flashbacks and riddled with guilt. When his stepbrother Matt dies in a car accident, the loss feels like the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul. But then he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned years earlier, and suddenly Noah has a new mission…
Ceejay Lovejoy was nineteen and pregnant when her boyfriend walked out, disappearing from her life just like her parents did. Since that day, Ceejay has devoted herself to giving her daughter a better life, avoiding any man who could threaten that security—until the day Noah Langford shows up on her doorstep. His gentle spirit has an unexpected effect on Ceejay’s guarded heart, tempting her to take one last chance on love. But when a painful secret comes to light, it threatens to break the fragile bond growing between them…and to destroy a love powerful enough to heal them both.
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