Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Spring Pasta Salad with Asparagus

asparagus stems, peeled if tough, and ends trimmed
4 cups penne pasta
1 cup mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
1 large bunch (around 12) spring onions, sliced into thin rounds
24 ripe cherry tomatoes, cut in half and drained for 20 minutes in a colander to remove excess liquid
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
1 large handful fresh basil leaves, lightly chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cheese Ball

For some reason I always bring this to Thanksgiving, not sure why but now it is expected. Yet another easy one.

1 8oz cream cheese
1-2 cups shredded cheese
1/2 C. chopped green onions
chopped pecans

Combine cream cheese, cheese and green onions. Form into a ball and roll in the pecans

Famous Cheese Dip

This seriously is a MUST to every event I attend. Everyone requests it, and I look like a rockstar and it is soooo easy!

1 8oz cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheese
1/4 C. hot salsa
1/2 C. sour cream

combine all and bake @ 375 30 min, or put in bread bowl and bake in that.