|Getting set up|
|Cream Cheese with preserves, Tapenade and Cheese Balls|
|Artichoke Spinach Dip, sliced meat, chips and salsa, Pinwheels, Egg salad|
|Biloxi butter, really yummy shrimp spread.|
|Chips and Salsa, homemade salsa no less.|
|Sliced veggies, some more egg salad, (Klejner hiding behind the wine glass).|
I made my usual cheese ball, but then divided it in half and took some pointers from the Homesick Texan website for her Bacon-jalapeno Cheese ball and added some bacon and jalapeno's and cilantro to half of the cheese ball. I didn't have any pecans in the house, so didn't roll it in the pecans as she suggested, but the whole effect of the cheese ball was very festive looking. And since there is some left over, I'm going to try it melted on some chips later on or even swirled into some pasta as a kind of sauce? I'll let you know how that one flies.
Cheese Ball ala Sid (with a nod to Homesick Texan)
8 oz. package Cream Cheese
8 oz. grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp. Cumin
3 or 4 shakes of Pepper Sauce. (I used Frank's Red Hot Sauce)
4 green onions, diced
For half the cheese ball:
1 whole jalapeno, seeded and diced fine
3 slices crisp cooked bacon, diced fine
1-2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Mix all together and let sit for a bit, taste for seasonings, adding more pepper sauce or other spices if you like. Then divide the cheese into halves. Shape one half as you like and refrigerate it. This is for the vegetarians or those who don't eat meat. With the second half, add the diced jalapeno, bacon and cilantro and mix it well. Taste for seasonings, if you want to add more of anything, do it here. Shape into a ball, refrigerate for a while so that the flavors can meld and marry. Serve with crackers or good bread.
We also had some fun doing a Grinch Christmas Gift exchange, but since that's not really food related, I won't bore you with the details, just know we had fun.
So, I'm going to go and relax today. This has been a busy week, starting with Boat Club last Monday, then we had a do on Wednesday at the Grill, dinner with friends on Friday, culminating with Tapas last night, whew, no wonder I'm tired. We always enjoy getting together with friends, sharing a meal, some laughs and good times.
And I hope for the same for all of you.