I’m sitting here at my computer occasionally glancing out the window at a morning that saw 26 degrees. Brrr. It got me to thinking about the end of the year, upcoming birthdays (all three of our sons were born at the end of the year), the holidays and food. Specifically all the good stuff everyone will be making to celebrate all those things. It’s put me in a generous mood. Hang on a second while I run downstairs to get my recipes box, books and folders. I have some good ones for you.
Okay, I’m back. Here’s my first share. Excellent cheese ball and goes a long way. Super rich but oh, so yummy. Got it from a woman at church many years ago. She’s gone now, but her cheese ball lives on.
Holiday Cheese Ball
1 8 oz pkg. cream cheese (regular)
1 stick butter
2 tsp minced onion (dry or finely chopped fresh)
1/8 cup beer
½ tsp dry mustard
Soften cream cheese (can be left out overnight) and also the butter. Mix well with onion, beer and dry mustard. Shape into ball. Will be messy. I would say roll it in the crushed walnuts (really crush those babies), but it’s easier to pat the walnuts onto the ball. Place on a pretty plate, covered, and keep in fridge until you need it. Serve with nice crackers.
This next recipe I’ve had for ages and probably got it from a now defunct magazine. It, too, is rich. Maybe if you feel your monetary riches are passing through your hands like craft sand from all the holiday shopping you have to do, you’ll enjoy one of these and have richness restored. Or something like that.
10 oz baking chocolate (semi-sweet, bittersweet, or milk) Melt in microwave.
4 Tbs. of heavy cream stirred into melted chocolate along with 6 Tbs. of butter
1 Tbs. of your favorite liqueur or extract
Sift ¼ cup of cocoa powder onto waxed paper. Scoop chilled mixture out one teaspoon at a time and form into a ball (yup, messy. I use a melon baller). Roll in cocoa powder. Place on pretty holiday plate or store covered in refrigerator until your adoring grandchildren pop through the door hankering for chocolate or you need a quick sugar and caffeine jolt.
I have one or two more that I’ll post a few weeks before Christmas. If you try these, let me know. And if one of those truffles restores your riches - really let me know!
The photo up there is of my crusty old recipe box. I’ll bet you have one, too. Am I right?