Cheese Puffs and Moth Balls

Chocolate Extravaganza!

Chocolate Extravaganza! (Photo credit: Rachel Ford James)

The Daily prompt by Krista was too good to ignore today. She wants us to “Tell us about the favourite dish or food that you simply cannot turn down.”

I love a challenge–

1. Chocolate – but not all forms. Has to be just the right chocolate. I love a deep milk chocolate especially in combination with caramel and nuts—so I am crazy about O Henry bars. I love my Hostess cupcakes with that white filling that doubles as death by sugar; and chocolate covered almonds are to die for. But I am not crazy about chocolate chip muffins, or chocolate whip cream, or chocolate pudding.  And though dark chocolate is supposed to be good for you, it is a little bitter for my palate unless accompanied by my favourite winery’s rose.

cheese puffs, the soft kind

cheese puffs without moth balls (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Cheese puffs – I do not indulge in these often as they are a useless snack of lost calories—but they bring back wonderful memories of childhood—but also one disturbing one: one of my grandmas always had these on hand for a snack but she kept them in the same cupboard with her mothballs. I was always so disappointed when she brought them out because I could not eat them as they seemed to taste like what I think mothballs would taste like.

3. Shrimp. Ice cold and dipped in slightly tangy shrimp sauce—I have to try to be demure at parties when these are served so as not to eat more than my fair share. I fail at this, as whenever someone asks a host where I am at a party—the answer is always “she is by the shrimp”.

4. Pineapple – I just love chunks of fresh pineapple.

5. Chili and pizza – no explanation needed.

7. Bread – it would kill me to find out that I am whatever that is that makes you eat gluten free.

8. Coca Cola – I so try to give it up. I poured it on an ivy plant once when I was in university and the plant rusted. Seriously, I did that. And then still drank it. I now have it only on occasion.

Français : Une cannette de Coca-Cola italienne...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

9. In no particular order: steak, prime rib, roasted potatoes, cheesecake, cherry pie, lamb, tomatoes out of the garden, corn on the cob dripping with butter and lightly salted, lemon chicken, scallops, stuffing, gravy, cashews, honey crisp apples, butter (shades of Paula Deen), onions, mustard, …..

10. Okay my favourite food is food except for lima beans, those cute little cabbage things—brussel sprouts, canned peas, and bad pastry that does not resemble pastry.

So, do you have a favourite food, or are you like me and just basically love food of any and (mostly) all types?

IF IT IS SATURDAY: It Must Be Recipe Day ~ Two Blissful Recipes

English: Almonds starting to grow, Gran Canaria

English: Almonds starting to grow.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you know I am all about finding bliss this year, and not just my own bliss. I would like to share it and provide you with some bliss on those days when it is a little hard to come by.

So far this year, the New Year’s Eve Party that Robin and I threw was the epitome of bliss–the number of you who came, enjoyed, and checked back in again later was overwhelming. When I was in university back in those delightful days of the 1970’s (I know, some of you were not even born yet) I fancied myself a bit of a social butterfly in that I loved to get a bunch of my friends and acquaintances together to just go out and have some fun. I revisited those “glory” days to start out 2013 and it was just stupendous (I needed a reason to use this word).

I will be providing a few synopsi (yes, I made up this word) of that night, but since today is Saturday, I am going to start up my tradition of providing you with recipes because after all “If It Is Saturday It Must Be Recipe Day”! Okay, so how am I going to meld New Year’s Eve with recipe day? Two of the partiers provided recipes of the appetizers they brought and both sound so delicious I thought I would share them in a forum all of their own.

So without further ado, here are two of the appetizers you enjoyed at the party, and I defy you to not find them blissful:

On January 1, 2013 at 12:20 am lucewriter provided this recipe:

English: Bunches of scallions / green onions (...

English: Bunches of scallions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Creamy Scallion Dip” with Drumstick snacker crackers.
1 c. dairy sour cream
1 c. creamed cottage cheese
4 ounces Swiss cheese, finely grated
1 T. chili sauce
1/2 t. dill weed
1/2 c. slice scallions
Toasted slivered almonds (never optional)
Blend together the first 6 ingredients and pour into a 1 quart casserole. Bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees 15 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with almonds. Serve warm with crackers. Makes about 2  2/3 c. I always made a double batch.
Happy New Year!

On January 1, 2013 at 2:03 am sharechair shared this Recipe with us:

Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Found this Feta Foldover recipe on All Recipes several years ago and I’ve made them ever since.

Here is the WONDER of the recipe…. Just make them, DON’T COOK THEM, just freeze them on a cookie sheet. Once they are frozen, throw them into a food storage bag and keep them in your freezer. Just pop a few in the toaster oven whenever you need them. Very very handy!

8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
1 egg, beaten
1 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg yolk, beaten with 1 teaspoon water

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a small bowl, blend feta cheese, green onions, and egg. Cut pastry into 12 (3 inch) squares. Place a mounded tablespoon of feta mixture in the center of each square. Moisten edges with water, and fold pastry over filling to form a triangle. Press edges together firmly with a fork to seal. Lightly brush pastries with the egg yolk mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Bliss is not that elusive if you know where to look. I can find it almost anywhere–but it is especially prevalent in good food.

What food do you find blissful?