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.


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

PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Paris


My Top 5 Bites in Paris (described in 3 words)!

We spent three magnificent days in Paris this October, eating all the rich French food and drinking all the bubbly champagne and red wine our hearts’ desired. It wasn’t easy choosing between all the wonderful dishes, but here are the highlights.



#5 — Pain Au Chocolat: Flaky. Sweet. Delicate.
at Café des Beaux Arts




#4 — Escargot: Briny. Succulent. Garlicky.
at Le Carre Elysees





#3 — Vanilla Souffle: Subtle. Fluffy. Execution.
at Lasserre





#2 — Confit Duck Leg: Sizeable. Tender. Crispy.
at Brasserie Lipp





#1 — Macaroni stuffed with Black Truffles & Duck Foie Gras: Out. Of. Control.
at Lasserre