White Bean and Artichoke Dip and BlogHer Food Recap

I have been blessed with unbelievable friends throughout my life-siblings, school pals, college buds, roommates, co-workers, and blogging acquaintances.  I enjoyed the BlogHer Food conference for numerous reasons, but spending time with blogging friends was definitely the highlight. Sitting in a room with hundreds of my friends evoked emotion that I cannot put into words. It was refreshing to surround myself with friends that inspire and motivate me to become a better person. Today, I am sharing a few photos from BlogHer Food and a recipe for white bean and artichoke dip. I would gladly serve this dip to any and all of my friends.

BlogHer Food was one big party from start to finish. The weekend was filled with presentations, socializing, the Ferry Building’s farmers market, food, and a lot of parties.

Me and Shanna with the Deen Brothers (Paula Deen’s sons) at a book signing.


Jenny, from Picky Palate , and I at the Underwriter’s Laboratory’s Iron Chef event. (Photo via Amanda.)

I finally met Dorie Greenspan-my life is now complete:) She is just as sweet, if not sweeter, than her baked goods.

Partying with a few of my favorite blogging buddies.

On Saturday we took a little field trip to the Ferry Building to explore the farmers market. It was a beautiful day!

Alice, Erika, and Maggy at the Ferry Building

Marla, Me, Amanda, and Jenny-love these girls!

Anita, Dorie, and I at the closing party.

Getting a little silly!

I wish I would of taken more photos, but I was too busy having fun. I loved every minute of BlogHer Food. I can’t wait until next year. Thanks friends for making BlogHer Food a weekend I’ll never forget.

Now time for the white bean and artichoke dip. This is one of my favorite recipes. I make it for parties, games, snacking, or even to put on sandwiches. It is easy and everyone always asks for the recipe, so here it is! Enjoy!

White Bean and Artichoke Dip

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2 cloves garlic

2 (15 ounce) cans white beans (drained and rinsed)

1 (15 ounce) can artichoke hearts (drained)

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In the bowl of a food processor, add the garlic, white beans, artichoke hearts, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and rosemary. Blend until smooth.

2. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Serve with bread, crackers, vegetables, or chips.

*Note-this dip also makes a great spread. I like to add it to sandwiches.

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