Last night we watched two old movies, State of the Union with Catherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with Jimmy Stewart. At first I thought we would turn off State of the Union because it was pretty political, but in the end we carried on with it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had seen Mr. Smith Goes to Washington before many, many years ago and I enjoyed it both then and now. It includes this wonderful scene with Jimmy Stewart holding a Filibuster in the Senate which goes on for around 27 hours. If you are unsure of a Filibuster go to Wikpedia where you can read about Filibustering and its origins. It is fascinating to watch in the movie. In fact I am not sure this movie wasn't where I first really learned what Filibustering was. I may have heard the word in school, it is certainly a tactic which has been used in the British parliament, but seeing it portrayed in the movie brought it home to me much more. I always maintain that history should be taught to school kids on film, it sinks in better.
On one of my ezines this morning someone requested an Artichoke and Spinach Dip recipe. It reminded me of a dip I got from a friend which didn't include spinach but was one of the best dips I had ever tasted. I have made it since and always enjoyed it.
Laila Svjeneks' Artichoke Dip Serves: 8-12
1 cup (250 ml) mayonnaise 1 cup (250 ml) shredded mozzarella 1/2 cup (125 ml) freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 Tbs (15 ml) grated onion 1/4 tsp (1 ml) hot sauce, or to taste 1 clove garlic, finely chopped Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1 14-oz (390 g) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped Paprika to taste
Instructions: Combine the mayonnaise, mozzarella, Parmesan, onion, hot sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper in an electric blender or food processor and process until smooth. Add the artichokes and place in a small baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika and bake in a preheated 350F (180C) oven for 20 minutes, until bubbly. Serve warm with crackers or toasted pita bread triangles. Serves 8 to 12. Have a great day
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