Erica Lea on Dec 29th 2010
Almost two years ago I first published my favorite cheese ball recipe. Below is one of the photos that I proudly displayed. Ha!
We have continued to make the recipe as originally written. It’s one of our favorite snacks.
Check out my guest post on the Tasty Kitchen Blog for new step-by-step photos & instructions.
Erica Lea on Oct 1st 2009
This recipe was one of those successful concoctions that occasionally happen in the kitchen. My sister, Janna, first happened upon this delicious combinations of spices and cream cheese.
The list of ingredients is very small, but the flavors are wonderful. Next time you’re short on time and need something fast, consider this super-simple spread. No alliteration intended.
Rosemary & Thyme Spread
- 1 (8 0z) package of cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Serve with crackers or toast.
Erica Lea on Sep 9th 2009
I have always liked cheese dip for corn chips. However, once I learned that processed cheese was not exactly a health food, I needed to find an alternative recipe. I tried making chili con queso (which was delicious), but the texture was not correct. Then some friends gave me the idea of a cheese dip made with cream cheese. Brilliant!
I do not have a recipe for this dip. However, I do have the formula. Just follow these simple instructions. But don’t get too attached to them. Experiment with your own seasonings and the ratio of beef to cream cheese. Make this dip your own.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Ground Beef (I usually use about 1 lb)
- Olive or coconut oil
- Finely Chopped Onion
- Tomato Paste
- Chili Powder
- Ground Black Pepper
- Mexican Seasoning (or spices of choice)
- Cream Cheese (I usually use about 3 8-oz. packages per lb. of beef), cubed
Here’s What To Do:
1) Heat about 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onions until soft. Add the garlic, seasonings, and beef and cook until the beef is no longer pink.
2) Add about 1/4 cup of tomato paste and water and stir until well mixed. Add water until a thick sauce is formed. Adjust the heat to medium-low and add the cream cheese. Stir until the cream cheese is melted and the dip is hot. Serve immediately.
Erica Lea on Jun 9th 2009
It is Dad’s philosophy that when you find the perfect recipe for a particular dish you should stick with it. We believe we have found the perfect guacamole recipe. I can’t remember the last time we used a different recipe. It was in the far past.
This recipe has a wonderful blend of flavors - creamy avocados, spicy jalapeno pepper, tasty cumin, tangy lime…
One recipe isn’t nearly enough for us. We usually double it.
- 3 medium, ripe avocados, preferably Haas
- 2 tablespoons finely minced onion
- 1 medium garlic clove, minced
- 1 small jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced
- 2 tablespoons - 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
- 1/4 - 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
- 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste
- 1 - 2 tablespoons lime juice, or to taste
1) Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and score with a knife in several places both lengthwise and crosswise. Use a spoon to remove the flesh into a medium-sized bowl.
2) Add the remaining ingredients to the avocados. Mash lightly with a potato masher or fork and stir until well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. For best flavor, allow the ingredients to meld: press a piece of plastic wrap onto the guacamole and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Erica Lea on Jan 28th 2009
A few years ago, my sisters and I were asked to bring a cheese ball to a bridal shower. We threw a few things together, tasting as we went along, until the flavors were just right. It was a great success, and to our pleasure, a lady asked for our recipe.
We have tried other cheese ball recipes, but none can compare to this one. Simple, yet very tasty. Dad complains if we try any other recipe.
The original recipe contained cranberries. We generally leave these out, but it is quite good with them. We have also tried it with a few drops of liquid smoke with excellent results. If you prefer a spicier cheese ball, simply increase the amount of cayenne, pepper, or onion. Or decrease the amounts if you like your cheese ball mild.
:: Favorite Cheese Ball ::
- 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- a pinch of cayenne powder
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries, optional
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped coarse, optional
1) Place all ingredients except pecans in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer on medium-low speed until well combines.
2) Scrape the mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap. Cover with the plastic wrap and shape into a ball or log. Put the cheese ball on a plate and place in the refrigerator to harden, about 30 minutes - 1 hour.
3) Roll the cheese ball in the chopped pecans and place on a serving plate. Serve with crackers.
Note: This cheese is best if allowed to sit for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to blend. The flavors are best if it is allowed to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving.