This cheese ball recipe was inspired by my husband's sister Jean. She brought a cheese ball to a family gathering last year that caught my eye. I knew right then & there I'd be making one similar and asked for the recipe. She promptly ( she is so good at quick responses like being prompt, R.S.V.P.s and any & all such considerations that really do matter ! ) sent me the recipe which I copied and put away somewhere. I'll find it soon I am sure. Anyway, I improvised until I find the recipe. Take 1 or 2 packages of cream cheese and let warm to room temperature. When the cream cheese is room temperature , knead into it herbs of your choice. We chose basil and dill.With your clean hands, form it into a pear shape. Flatten it onto a plate. Then poke sliced almonds into the cream cheese imitating the seed pods of a pinecone. I surrounded the cheese ball with rosemary cut from our herb garden. The rosemary grows there all year long. You can plate your cheese ball with any greens you have available. Serve with plenty of crackers , this cheese ball goes fast !
This blog is dedicated to our family of primarily Scandinavian descent, but very much grateful for our American history and our family cooking, traditions and celebrations which are a wonderful blending of all the people God has placed in our families from all over the world!
This blog will contain the many family recipes we have collected over the years. The recipes will not only be published with pictures, but also contain some information about just what makes it a special family recipe, be the traditions attached to it, why it is so special or delicious...or maybe a family story that sets this apart as a good recipe because the person in the family who is known for this recipe is special. Enjoy!~
Growing up with Scandinavian heritage - I loved the 'special' holiday food, however, my outlook and approach to food changed drastically for me in my early 20's. This is when I married my husband who is a Pacific Islander from Guam and also discovered I had an extreme allergy to milk. All of my contributions to this blog will reflect my lactose intolerance by using substitutes for milk products and will incorporate Chamorro cuisine which we try to recreate using recipes handed down through my husband's family.
Alice & Husband Paul
Alice contributes many recipes to this blog of family recipes. Alice and Paul have 3 grown and married children and 5 grandchildren Alice loves cooking and baking for and with!