Jan 042013
 

Notice the lack of Fat to Fit Friday posts lately? Yeah, that’s because I’ve been too busy this holiday season eating All The Things. Cookies? Check. Homemade caramels? Check. That Chex-and-Cheerios-and-pretzels-and-M&Ms-and-white-chocolate-stuff-that-I’ve-only-heard-called-White-Trash-but-maybe-there’s-a-better-name-for-it? Check.

But in the midst of the GET IN MAH BELLEH sugar rush my family’s developed a weird obsession with the cheese ball my Mom makes. Like, we maybe can’t stop talking about it and have also possibly done a happy dance or two over it. Kids, adults, its nut-coated dairy power is limitless. So now I’m sharing it with you in my evil quest to not be the only person who has no chance of fitting into the cute running pants their spouse got the for Christmas. Bring on the cheese!

CHEESE BALLS

Makes 2 (one for you, one to force upon your friends)

2 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 package (8 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 T. finely chopped onion
1 T. chopped red bell pepper (Mom leaves this out, I do, too)
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
dash ground red pepper
dash salt
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix all together except for the pecans.
Make into 2 balls, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Roll in pecans.
Try not to inhale in one sitting.

Jul 252010
 

My hands look EXACTLY like my mother’s, but, sadly, I didn’t inherit her green thumb. Truth be told, I hate yard work and gardening, and tend to kill flowers while the weeds in my lawn flourish.

But a corner of my yard this summer contains a handful of basil and tomato plants. Why? Because of this:

2 cups basil leaves, rinsed and drained
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup pine nuts
½ cup grated parmesan

In food processor, blend oil, butter and garlic. Add basil and pine nuts. Blend. Add salt, pepper and parmesan. Blend until smooth. Makes 1 ½ cups.

Cook up a box of pasta, roast some pine nuts, and dice some just-picked roma tomatoes. Toss it all together, and fight the urge to yell “OMG I LOOOOOVE YOOOOU PESTO NOM NOM NOM” after every bite.

I think this is my very favorite thing to eat in the summer. For real, if it gets ME to garden, you know it’s pretty delicious.