Snack Attack: Artichoke Parmesan Bites


If you’re looking for an easy and tasty appetizer, you’ve come to the right place. These little bites are usually gone super quick, so you might want to double or triple the recipe to satisfy those party snacking needs.


Artichoke Parmesan Bites
Makes 30 

3 (6-ounce) jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained
¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 (15-count) packages mini phyllo shells (In the freezer aisle)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place artichokes in food processor and pulse 4-6 times, until artichokes are finely chopped. Add parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and cream cheese. Pulse 2 or 3 times, until combined well. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon into each phyllo shells. Bake for 15-20 minutes until heated through and lightly browned.


Good Morning: Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding Breakfast Bowls

chia seed pudding

Breakfast is a tricky meal to plan. I’m always looking for recipes that are quick, healthy and filling … and this chia seed pudding satisfies all three. I prep the pudding on a Sunday night, let it set overnight, and then enjoy these fruity bowls all week long. The best part: you choose all your favorite toppings and can even mix them up each morning.


Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding Breakfast Bowls
Serves 4-6

2 cups almond milk
1 (16-ounce) package fresh strawberries, hulled
½ cups chia seeds
¼ cups honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Toppings of your choice: diced mangos, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, dried fruit, slivered almonds, flaxseed, shredded coconut, granola, cacao nibs, muesli, hemp seeds, etc.

Puree almond milk and chopped strawberries in a blender until smooth and then pour into a large bowl. Stir in chia seeds, honey and vanilla extract. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours.

Spoon pudding into a small bowl, sprinkle on your favorite toppings and enjoy!

PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through a European Cruise


My Top 5 Bites on our European Cruise (described in 3 words)!

We set sail on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas in October 2017 for a 5-night cruise around Northern Europe. We explored Amsterdam, Bruges, Normandy and the Palace of Versailles … eating and drinking along the way. Here’s a recap of the best bites during the journey — both on and off the ship.



#5 — Baked Jumbo Shrimp: Buttery. Substantial. Luscious.
at Giovanni’s Table on Independence of the Seas





#4 — Bitterballen: Crispy. Velvety. Snack.
at Café De Zwart in Amsterdam, The Netherlands





#3 — Gold Beach Normany Oysters: Salty. Plump. Cold.
at Las Palmas in Rotterdam, The Netherlands





#2 — Flemish-style Beer-stewed Rabbit: Rich. Supple. Warming.
at Brasserie Mozarthuys in Bruges, Belgium





#1 — Succes Noisette: Hazelnut. Praline. Ganache.
at Angelina at the Palace of Versailles, France