Happy Almost Holidays! Last weekend my friend hosted a holiday party and I was tasked with bringing an appetizer. I found the recipe below on my favorite website, Cooking Light, but was a little nervous about making it for a crowd as I’d never tried it before. Well we were not disappointed – everyone loved it! If you make this be careful – it is a decent amount of garlic in it, so if you’re going to be around strangers, you might want to use a little less garlic than the recipe calls for.



1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Asiago cheese, divided
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 (14-ounce) can hearts of palm, drained and chopped
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 (6.5-ounce) tub light garlic-and-herbs spreadable cheese (such as Alouette Light)


Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine mozzarella, 1/4 cup Asiago, sour cream, and remaining ingredients, stirring until well blended. Spoon spinach mixture into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Asiago. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned. Serve warm with chips or veggies.


Lauren Kase
Hillman’s Helpings


To clean greens, separate leaves, discard any that are discolored, wilted or tough, and place in a large bowl or sink full of cold water. Swish around for 30 seconds or so, then lift them from the water so that the dirt and grit remain in the water. Repeat the process until the water is clear. Spinach, which is sandy, may take two or three rinses.