Don't get your tinsel in a tangle
Christmastime is when everyone brings out their family traditions. I wanted to share a family recipe that mixes the sharp tang of cheese, the sweetness of fruit and has a nutty crunch on top. It's what's featured in the photo above. This treasure is from one of my Mother's "vintage" cookbooks.The kind that has a splay-toothed plastic spiral binding and a smudge of...something marking its pages.
They're called "Tea and Party Pick-Ups," even the recipe's name sounds like something from an I Love Lucy show. She and her best friend Vivian might have made these in their television kitchen.
Psst, they are quick and easy to make. But it can be your secret.
Tea and Party Pick-ups
1 stick butter (softened to room temperature)
1/2 lb grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 c flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne
12 pitted whole dates
12 pecan halves
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cream butter and cheddar cheese together, adding flour, salt, and cayenne, blend. Pinch off a small amount (approx. 1/2 inch) and mold into the palm of your hand. Put a pecan-wrapped date in the center of the cheese ball. Bake for about 15 minutes, until they are light brown. Store in a container unrefrigerated. They will last for days.
During this Christmas, don't get your tinsel in a tangle. Take some time for yourself, and have fun with family and friends celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus. And, if you have a Christmas tradition you'd like to share, please feel free to let me know.
Thank you for stopping by my blog, friends. You have made it a wonderful year. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I'll see you in 2019!!