Artichoke and Red Pepper Dip

Artichoke and Red Pepper Dip

This can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to bake it.


1 8-ounce jar marinated artichokes, liquid drained, minced

1 small can chopped green chilies

1 small can chopped red peppers

½ cup mayonnaise

½ cup salsa

Fresh black pepper to taste

2 cups grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 400°.

Mix all of the ingredients together then spoon the mixture onto a large ovenproof platter.

Bake until bubbly and lightly brown on top, approximately 15 minutes.

Serve with crackers or corn chips.

Makes 3 cups

5/28 Radio Show: Organic Farming, an Organic Restaurant and more

This week hosts Andrea Ridout and Dan “The Solar Man” Lepinski are all about organics. Guests include a fabulous farmer from California, a clever chef/sea captain from Maine, and a cute and Kozy restaurant owner from Texas. Bon appétit!

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Jamie Collins, co-founder and owner of Serendipity Farms

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Nic Pavageaux, co-owner and chef of Kozy Kitchen restaurant

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5/14 Radio Show: Home inspections and energy efficiency with guest host, Reggie Marston, The House PI

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The House P I is a radio show all about houses that airs on Wednesdays 2:00 PM – throughout Northern VA and around the globe on WEBR . Reggie Marston is the host and a popular local home inspector.

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Music for the show this month is being provided by John Henry Holthus, a Kansas-based musician.