In a large nonstick skillet, bring 1 cup of
water to a boil. Add the spinach, 1 bag at a
time. Stir until wilted; drain. Rinse with cold
water and pat dry, then coarsely chop the
spinach. Rinse the skillet.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In the skillet,
heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion
and cook until soft. Stir in garlic, ¾ tsp. salt
and ½ tsp. pepper. Stir in cream cheese
until smooth. Add spinach, artichokes,
mayonnaise and two-thirds of the Gruyere.
Transfer to a Corning Ware appetizer dish
Finely chop 4 of the toasted pita triangles
into small pieces. In a small bowl, combine
the chopped pita chips and remaining
Gruyere and sprinkle over the spinach-artichoke
mixture; bake until golden-brown
and bubbling. Serve warm with the
remaining toasted pita triangles.
Nutrition Values per 2 cups: Potassium:
335mg. Folate: 116mg. Fiber: 12g.
IN A NUTSHELL decided to publish before it came
Prep time: 35 minutes. Bake Time: 20
minutes. Yield: 8.5 servings
4 (5oz.) bags baby spinach
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1 (9 oz.) box frozen artichoke hearts,
thawed and chopped into small
¼ cup reduced fat mayonnaise
3 oz. Gruyere cheese, shredded
3 whole wheat pitas, cut into eighths
FOR THE LOVE OF HEALTH AND
I’m excited to write this piece
about my friend Therese Leyton.
Over the year’s she has written for
me on many occasions, for many of
the magazines that I’ve published.
She has always enjoyed writing
about her favorite recipes.
When she mentioned she wanted
to publish a book a few years back,
I thought what a great idea... what
an awesome way to share all your
stories in one place. I was happy to
hear that she had such a collection
from all the years of writing. She
worked so hard for a long time and
it took her almost 5 years after she
If you have a chance you should
get yourself a copy. There are
many great recipes including many
She had a book signing at the
wonderful Totem Books. She had
a tremendous turn out . She is so
thankful that so many of you came
out for her book signing.
I just wanted to say that I have
been honored and privileged to
have her as a friend and a writer for
all these years. Thank you Therese!
Keep up the good work ;)
Your friend Karen
miles from the Pacific Ocean in Monterey
County. It is the perfect climate for growing
In 1947, a young woman named Norma
Jean was crowned Castroville's first
Artichoke Queen. She later was known as
the famous actress, Marilyn Monroe.
I wish it were easier to buy fresh artichokes
locally, but certain grocery stores such as
Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s do stock
them. I enjoy eating them baked in a dip.
I would like to share a great recipe from
Rachel Ray that I included in my book. It
combines artichokes and spinach—a great
BOOK REVIEW BY KAREN SMITH -FOWLS
Therese Leyton &
Karen Smith - Fowls