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Spinach Feta and Artichoke Dip

  • 2c fresh or 1 cup frozen spinachchip and dip w spinach artichoke dip
  • 1 small jar, about 6 oz., a marinated artichoke hearts
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2  cup crumbled feta
  • Sabrosa Fired Up! salt to taste

Microwave spinach until wilted, about 45 seconds.  Cool and chop; drain well.

Drain artichoke hearts and chop finely.

Add sour cream, feta and Sabrosa Fired Up! Salt to taste. Stir.

Microwave about 2 minutes until piping hot.

Pour into the center cup of Artists at Heart Chip and Dip and fill the outer circle with your choice of pita or other chips.

Serves 4.

No Beans About It – Chili Recipe

Chili This hearty chili has no beans.  You certainly can  add any type you wish, but this is so good without them…No Beans About It Chili in stoneware crock

  • 2 medium onions, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated with Artists at Heart Garlic Grater
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2-14 1/2 oz. cans stewed or diced tomatoes
  • 1-15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1-6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup green chili salsa (substitute what you have on hand if this is not available)
  • 1 whole jalapeño, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cups chili powder
  • 1-4oz. can diced green chilies, undrained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Sabrosa Guerande Grey Salt, to taste
  • Artists at Heart Dutch Oven and Crock

In Dutch oven, saute onion, pepper, celery and garlic until tender.  Add meat, 1 pound at a time, stirring until browned, or salute meat in another pan at the same time.  Add remaining ingredients, stirring after each addition.  Simmer about 2 1/2 hours.  Season to taste with Sabrosa Salts and pepper.  Serve in Artists at Heart crock with shredded cheese, sour cream and minced onion.  Enjoy!

Italian Sausage Soup Recipe

Italian Sausage Soup

Hand Made Stoneware Soup Crock with delicious Italian Sausage Soup
Hand Made Stoneware Soup Crock with delicious Italian Sausage Soup
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, hot or sweet as you prefer
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups beef stock or broth
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • chopped vegetable of your choice, zucchini, spinach etc.
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 1-2 red or yellow pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/ 2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 8 to 10 ounces tortellini
  • grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Bake sausage at 350 about 20 minutes or until browned and cooked through.  Cool.  Slice thinly using food processor or by hand.  Over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in scant tablespoon drippings or olive oil until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add sausage, stock, tomatoes, tomato sauce, vegetables, wine, basil and oregano. Simmer about 40 minutes; add tortellini and simmer until tender.  Ladle into Artists at Heart soup crocks, top with shredded cheese and serve piping hot!  Enjoy.

This recipe is very forgiving and can be altered to fit your taste and ingredients on hand.

A hearty soup, this is great with fresh bread for an easy supper.

Nativity Scene Glühwein Mugs


German for “glowing wine”, glühwein is a delicious hot mulled wine served in German speaking countries around the holidays. This delicious hot beverage is often served in German, Swiss and Austrian Christmas markets, offsetting the cold weather. Glühwein is typically prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, citrus zest and sugar. Kinderspunsch is a nonalcoholic variety which can be prepared for children by adding the same spices to hot cider.

A set of our lovely glühwein mugs are a perfect Christmas gift! Celebrate the season with these handmade stoneware mugs. They are perfect for sipping hot cider, hot chocolate, Irish coffee, hot mulled wine, and best if shared with family and friends. The pottery is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. Each mug is unique and holds approximately 8 ounces.  As you sip your hot beverage, an added benefit is that you can enjoy the feeling of warmth “glowing” through the clay.

Purchase them directly from us in Bethlehem at the Christmas City Village “Weihnachtsmarkt” or online on our Etsy Store! We also create other beautiful custom mugs and stoneware in other motifs and color schemes! We are also always happy to do custom orders, matching size, color, and design to your specifications.

Resources:  When you do purchase our mugs, you can access these great recipes for Gluhwein and Kinderspunsch!   More information about glühwein is available at Wikipedia.

Purchase nativity gluhwein mugs on Etsy

Some examples of our nativity gluhwein mugs

Irish Coffee in Style

Try one of these Irish coffee recipes in a beautiful hand-made stoneware Celtic Spirit mug.

Irish Coffee with Kahlúa

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Stoneware Celtic Spirit Mugs with Irish Coffee
Celtic Spirit Mug

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail


  • 1 part Kahlúa Coffee Cream
  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Freshly brewed coffee
  • Whipped cream for garnish


  1. Combine ingredients in an Artists At Heart St. Patrick’s Day Spirit mug.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
  4. Note:  Whipping the cream is an extra step, but really worth the effort.  If you’re not up to in, prepared whipped cream in a can will do nicely.
  5. Note: Adjust the strength to your taste by adding more or less coffee

Irish Coffee

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail


  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces whiskey
  • 6 fluid ounces hot coffee
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or more to taste (optional)
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream


  1. Place sugar on a plate or shallow bowl.
  2. Lightly wet the rim of your Celtic Spirit mug with a moistened paper towel.
  3. Dip the rim in sugar to coat.
  4. Pour Irish whiskey into the prepared glass.
  5. Fill with coffee to within 1/2 inch of top.
  6. Add sugar and stir.

Top with whipped cream


If you have a recipe you’d like to share, please post in the comments or send us an email.

So much benefit in something so small

Garlic offers much more than fabulous flavor!

Garlic is a member of the onion family native to Asia and has been cultivated there for more than 5000 years.  As far back as the ancient Egyptians, garlic has been acknowledged for having sacred as well as strength-enhancing qualities.  Greek and Roman athletes ate fresh garlicgarlic before sporting events and soldiers consumed it before going off to battle.

Today garlic is loved worldwide for its culinary and medicinal properties.  Recently, many of its healthful properties have been scientifically validated.  Garlic has been credited for benefits to the cardiovascular system, weight loss, controlling infections, and iron metabolism, just to name a few.  Many studies are underway about garlic’s effect on a myriad of diseases and conditions.

Selection and Storage

For maximum culinary and health benefits, always choose fresh garlic.  Garlic should be plump and firm to the touch.   Store fresh garlic in a cool dark place which maintains its maximum freshness. It is not necessary to refrigerate garlic, and freezing reduces its flavor and changes its texture.  If stored properly, fresh garlic should keep for about a month.


To break the bulb into cloves, roll firmly on a cutting board.  Peel or tap the clove with a flat knife to loosen the skin.  If there’s a green sprout, remove it.

Grating or chopping garlic stimulates the process that creates its health-giving qualities.  Always allow the grated or chopped garlic to sit 5 minutes before eating, cooking or adding any other ingredients to the garlic.  Microwaving whole cloves actually causes them to lose some of their nutritional qualities.  So for maximum benefit, grate or chop and then let set for a few minutes.

Heat reduces the health-giving properties, so always add the garlic as late as possible and at the lowest heat possible.  Also, when roasting garlic, use a lower oven temperature, about 250F.


There are many fantastic recipes that use garlic.  One of our favorites is hummus. This particular version uses roasted garlic, which is of course, good all by itself on bread or in cooked dishes.

Roasted Garlic Hummus

  • 2 cups canned or cooked chick peas (canned ones are available with no salt added)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 large bulb garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon (approximately 2-3 tablespoons)
  • salt (approximated ¼ teaspoon)

Cut off the top of the garlic bulb to expose the tops of most of the cloves. Rub with olive oil, and place in Artists At Heart garlic roaster.  Place in 250 oven for 1 ½-2 hours.Garlic Baker

Allow to cool, then squeeze the garlic into a food processor.  Add rinsed and drained chick peas (garbanzo beans) and all other ingredients, and blend until smooth.  Scrape down bowl of processor.  If the hummus is too thick, add additional olive oil until desired consistency is reached.

Serve with pita, zatar bread or vegetables.  May be topped with toasted pine nuts, parsley or paprika.



Garlic Grater Dish Instructions

In case you misplaced your copy, or didn’t receive one, here are our garlic grater instructions with some ideas for how you might use your grater.

Stoneware Garlic Graters
Hand Made Stoneware Grater Dishes

This simple to use, hand-made dish offers a more efficient way to puree and grate foods like garlic in order to preserve flavor, use more of the food, and finish the job in less time. Just a few swirls around the plate reduce a clove of garlic to a flavorful paste perfect for dips, sauces, or your favorite recipes. The bumps in the center of the plate enable grating food and keeping your fingers safe at the same time. It works even with hard foods like chocolate and ginger that are normally tough to grate.. This tool makes grating a variety of foods easy and allows you to produce professional quality results with very little effort.

You can also use it to zest lemons and oranges, grind cinnamon and chocolate, or puree fresh ginger. It is simple to use. You can move in circles, up and down, or even side to side. Because the plate has some depth to it, you can also use it as a dipping plate. Grate garlic and then add some olive oil and other spices for a delicious way to enjoy fresh bread.

Garlic:  Moisten grater with cold water. Hold grater in one hand with your fingers around the edges. With your other hand hold the clove of garlic between your fingers (hold the base/root end). · Move garlic in any direction until near fingers. (Discard root end as it’s too acidic to eat). You have just made the finest garlic paste with much more intense flavor than minced garlic. Use a small, stiff brush to clean garlic out of ridges. Or leave garlic and add oil, spices and vinegar for dipping.

Other Root Vegetables: · Always moisten plate first for ginger, carrots, wasabi, taro, Jalapeños, horseradish, etc. For fibrous foods like ginger, move only back and forth directions. Use a brush to remove the pulp.

Hard Cheese, Spices, and Fine Chocolates: · Start with a dry dish. Hold the grater vertically over the dish or recipe, and move food over the grater until you have desired amount. Gravity will drop grated food down.

Dishwasher, microwave and oven safe—Made in Pennsylvania