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Hi, I'm Pantry Raid

Otherwise known as Carrie Rowe & Diana Schmidt, we're well fed, thrifty and have more than meals falling from our pantries.   Diana is a recovering food snob who is always anticipating her next meal. She thinks a good pantry should give you...
Pantry Raid

A very merry cheese ball to you

Pantry Raid
Soon dinner will be falling from your pantries too. By Pantry Raid on December 20, 2010

We're planning our holiday itinerary, reminding our kids which topics we won't bring up around the holiday table and whipping up some last minute food-tacular gifts to help us spread holiday cheer to those we love best. If you're not quite sure what to bring to Aunt Vivian's Holiday smorgasbord, might we suggest something fast and easy? Everybody loves a cheese ball (except maybe vegans, they probably don't love cheese balls at all.) We whipped this up in 10 minutes - you can even split the recipe in 2 for double the cheese balls - for when your holiday travels have more than one stop. 






Blue Cheese & Cranberry Cheese Ball

1/4 pound Castle Rock blue cheese
8 oz. cream cheese
3 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup pecans or pistachios, toasted and roughly chopped

1. Combine blue cheese, cream cheese, green onions and cranberries (by hand, with a hand mixer or in a food processor) until well blended.
2. Toast the nuts on a cookie sheet at 350 until just golden, about 7 minutes. Roughly chop and let cool.
3. Form the cheese mixture into a ball and roll in the toasted nuts to coat. Chill before serving with crackers and that White Zinfandel Aunt Viv always seems to pour in your glass.


Our friend, Liz, who might be the only one who reads our blog, had another very fancy and even easier cheese appetizer idea that we'd like to pass along to you. She won't be making our blue cheese ball, but instead unwrapping a log of chevre and rolling it in a mixture of crushed pistachios and chopped dried cranberries. Because Liz is brilliant, she'll be making it look super fancy with a sprig of holly on her cheese plate - we're skipping that part because with our luck someone will end up in the ER from holly consumption. (Wouldn't be the first time one of us ate a garnish and got deathly ill.) 




Whatever cheese or non cheese ball you bring out of your kitchen, we hope you have such a happy holiday that your faces hurt from laughing and that your celebrations are delicious. 


Happy Holidays!

xox Carrie & Diana 


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