Recipes!

Just in time for the holidays, this collection of recipes includes great ideas for entertaining!

Originally, this collection preserved the recipes of Fayetteville’s popular Trailside Café and Tea Room. Plate lunches of Pot Roast or Ribs ‘n’ Kraut became overnight hits. Now, with new additions, crowd pleasers like Cheeseball or Hummus will fit any occasion.

Your guests on a cold night will snuggle in with a steaming bowl of Potato Leek Soup or Spicy Chicken Chili. Or how about platters of Tea Sandwiches for those hungry relatives, bread of your choice plus a delicious array of fillings, from Apple & Cream Cheese to Chicken & Chutney (with our own recipe of Mango Chutney), or try the venerable standard, Egg & Dill.

Test your baking chops with a batch of Brown Butter Cookies (You’ll run out!). Basics for a scrumptious dinner include Chicken & Dumplings and Salmon Fillet with Curried Rice, always great options, but salads sometimes hit the spot. Try Curried Chicken Salad or a delicious Fruit Salad with Tahini-Coconut Milk Dressing.

The greatly expanded last chapter includes Herb Roasted Potaotes and Persimmon Cookies plus many more family recipes sure to be a hit in anyone’s kitchen. Recipes of Trailside Café and Tea Room offers over 200 recipes for easy, down home food. Makes a great gift, too!

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Cheese Ball! — Gift for the Season, Day 2

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Yes, there are about as many cheese ball recipes as there are cooks. I’ve used this one since 1969! It’s an easy tangy treat that never fails to please!  Makes a great holiday gift, too.

Cheese Ball

12 ounces cream cheese (1 ½ 8-ounce packages)

4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded

⅓ cup finely chopped red onion

1 clove minced garlic

1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Soften cream cheese. (Remove from package and microwave 30 seconds) Place in mixing bowl and mash with spatula until fully blended and softened. Add other ingredients and mix well. Yield: about 3 cups.

Cheese Ball shaping and decorating options:

1.  Divide into three portions. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a work surface and put one portion of the cheese mixture onto the paper. Gently roll cheese inside of paper into a log shape. Repeat for other two portions. Place the three rolls into refrigerator for at least three hours, until fully chilled. Remove paper. Logs may be rolled in minced fresh parsley or chopped toasted pecans. Place on serving plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Allow to come to room temperature about ½ hour before serving.

2.  Place full recipe of cheese ball onto platter and spread out into a Christmas tree shape about 1 inch thick overall. Form 4-5 limb end points along each side. Use roasted red pepper strips or pimento strips to create a garland that zigzags from side to side. Slice green olives with pimento centers to create tree ornaments.  Alternately, the entire “tree” can be sprinkled with minced fresh parsley and then ornamented with red pepper strips and olives as described. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Allow to come to room temperature about ½ hour before serving.

3. Using waxed paper between your hands and portions of cheese ball, roll balls of various sizes. Coat each ball in a different material: minced fresh parsley, toasted pecans, toasted chopped almond slivers, finely sliced green onion (include some of the green part), diced red and green peppers, diced green olives, diced black olives, or other ingredients of your preference. Arrange balls on serving platter.

Serve Cheeseball with cheese knives and any of the following:

Savory crackers, toasted pita bread or pita chips, raw vegetable sticks such as carrots and celery, toasted french bread thinly sliced, sliced apple or pear