Vegan Hot Artichoke Dip

Vegan Hot Artichoke Dip

I’ve always had a thing against “appetisers”… I suppose it comes from all those years my mother refused to give me a snack in the 2-hour window before dinner, no matter how much I begged.  “No, dear” she would say… “you’ll ruin your dinner.”  Her words ring in my ear to this day.

She’s right, you know.  Appetisers actually DO ruin your appetite… funny that!  It’s just that now we’re grown up and we can choose to do it if we want.  I’m not saying this to spite my mother… turns out she was right about everything she ever said. …

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