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Cookbooks that make great gifts
McClatchy Tribune News Service | Published: November 26, 2012 | Modified: November 26, 2012 at 6:11 pm
—Hearst Books offers a holiday lineup that includes: “Delish: A Home-Baked Christmas” ($12.95); “The Little Book of Baking” ($12.95) from Good Housekeeping; “A Year of Pies” by Ashley English ($19.95); “Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?” by Lisa Caponigri ($24.95); and “The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen Cookie Lover’s Cookbook” ($29.95).
—Martha Pullen’s “Southern Family Cookbook” (Adams Media, $26.95) is inspired by her family’s traditions, Christian faith and love for Southern cooking. It includes a CD with journaling templates for readers to record their own family stories and recipes.
Here’s an easy party recipe from Pullen’s book.
BREAD BOWL SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE DIP
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix
1 carton (16 ounces) sour cream
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach
1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts
1 jar (2 ounces) chopped pimentos
1 large round loaf of bread, any variety
Assorted vegetables for dipping
Put seasoning mix and sour cream in medium bowl and mix well. Thaw and drain spinach well. Drain, rinse and chop artichokes. Add spinach, artichokes and pimentos to sour cream mixture. Cut top off bread and hollow out center, leaving 1-inch-thick shell. Spoon dip into bread shell.