Christmas & New Years Eve Party 2009-2010

Posted by: Frances

January 4th, 2010 >> Cooking, Holidays

Matt and I drove to Austin, TX to celebrate Christmas with my family on New Years Day and to celebrate New Years Eve with LC Rocks and my friends.  We also took my two dogs with us.  New Years Eve was a blast!  We went to the Double Tree to see LC Rocks and The NewsBoyz perform. Sherry from LC Rocks was making Purple Margaritas for all of us.  After the show was over, we all went upstairs to the suite for the after party.

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The girls dancing on stage to Girls Girls Girls.

CHRISTMAS on NEW YEARS DAY

We went over to my sisters house and she her house was gorgeous.  She had Christmas stuff everywhere.  We opened gifts and we all got exactly what we wanted and more.  Then, we had an Italian style dinner.  She made this Spinach Artichoke Dip that was to die for.  It is definitely in my top 5 favorite foods!  The recipe is below.

christmas-on-new-years-jackie-tree-2 Her tree was massive and so awesome!  We had some good times and some laughs we won’t forget.

Matt and I also went to see Avatar at the Tineltown in Pflugerville in the IMAX 3D theater.  It was so intriguing.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip By Jackie

  • 2 (10 oz) boxes frozen chopped spinach – thawed
  • ¼ c real butter
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 2 tbs minced onion
  • ½ c all-purpose flour
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ c chicken stock
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp hot sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 block cream cheese
  • 2/3 c grated Romano cheese
  • 2/3 c grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ c sour cream
  • 1 c shredded white cheddar – set aside 1/3 c for top of dip
  • 12 oz jar artichoke hearts – drained and coarsely chopped

Strain spinach. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible using cheesecloth, papertowels, dish rag. Chop it and set aside.

In saucepan over medium heat, sauté garlic and onions in butter until golden, about 3-5 minutes.

Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute.

Slowly whisk in cream and stock and continue cooking until boiling.

Once boiling, stir in lemon juice, hot sauce, salt, and cheeses (minus the 1/3 c set aside). Stir until cheese has melted.

Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Stir in sour cream, then fold in dry spinach and artichoke hearts. Transfer to serving dish.

Sprinkle 1/3 c cheddar over top.

Microwave to melt cheese topping and serve.

Serve with sour cream, salsa, tortilla chips and bread for dipping.

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