December 17, 2010

Favorite Holiday Recipe - Marinated Cheese

This has quickly become a favorite holiday appetizer. I first tried it because it looked interesting, but loved the presentation and how it tasted. I love how festive it looks. This is not an original recipe. I would love to give credit to it's creator. I found it somewhere, I just have no idea where that was.

Marinated Cheese

1/2 c. olive oil

1/2 c. white wine vinegar

2 oz. drained and chopped sun-dried tomatoes (the kind in oil)

2 T. chopped fresh parsley

3 T. minced green onions

3 cloves garlic minced

1 t. sugar

3/4 t. dried basil

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. ground black pepper

1 (8 oz.) block cheddar cheese*

1 (8oz.) package cream cheese,cold**

Combine all, except cheese. Mix vigorously to blend. Set aside.

Cut each of the cheeses in half lengthwise. Cut crosswise into 1/4 inch slices to form squares. Arrange cheddar and cream cheese squares alternately in a shallow baking dish or pie plate with slices standing on end.

Pour marinade over the cheese slices, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 ours or overnight.

To serve, remove slices (carefully) to a serving platter so the still are arranged in an alternating patter. Spoon some of the extra marinade over the top.

Serve with crackers.

*Works the best if you can find a cheddar that is close in size and shape to cream cheese.

**Don’t use lo-fat cream cheese – way too soft.


December 2, 2010

Etsy Christmas Wish List

While browsing through the Etsy shops of my Etsy Bloggers teammates, I have found a few items that I wouldn't mind finding under my tree on Christmas morning.

I love this ring made from vintage silverware by silverWARES.

A friend brought me a loofah soap from her trip to Hawaii. I was so excited when I found it here on Etsy from spottedcowsoaps.

Right now I am using my kids old school spiral notebooks for things that I jot down as I am making jewelry or crocheting. While they are functional they don't inspire creativity like this handmade journal from CREATEaTHOUGHT.

How perfect is this shawl for adding some style to your wardrobe this winter. Check out FoxyGknits for more great wraps.