Cheese Balls. They make the world go 'round! This week, I chose our theme to be Picnic Style! We had intended on doing a picnic, but the daily Arizona Excessive Heat Advisory prevented us from going site-seeing and throwing out the blanket over a grassy meadow to eat our fare. We also had a surprise visit from Matt in Sofia! He came back to the states to pick up his Bulgarian Work Visa. YAY! One step closer. To make things fun, we had an indoor picnic with a comforter and throw pillows on the floor of the living room IN THE A/C. The star of our spread was Pimento Cheese, harkening back to our good ol' Southern days in Georgia. I had no idea it was so simple to make (except for the 4 cups of sharp cheddar cheese I had to grate by hand because I am without food processor at the moment....first world problems, I know)! Tip: Let the cheese mixture chill to stiffen up, then roll it by hand into a giant ball for serving. If you let it sit out in the ball shape on a plate, it will be soft enough for your food patrons to dip their crackers right into the ball or scoop out a small serving. Enjoy!
My family and I really enjoyed the theme this week. We definitely will be going on a picnic more often. For our picnic I made the following:
- Baked Salmon in Foil
- Green Beans and Crushed Salt-and-Vinager Chips
- Potato Roses
Everything was delicious and traveled well. Everyone, including the kids ;), had seconds. All tasted great warm and cold.
Hope everyone had as much fun as we did!
Full disclosure: I had every intention of NOT doing this challenge. I'm not against picnics but I didn't wish to go to all the bother in creating a picnic for one.
However, at the last minute, I had a scathingly brilliant idea. Why not try a tea time theme? It's simple, light fair that can create a lovely picture. I have subconsciously planned this as I was grocery shopping the other evening. I discovered a few new items at the store. Bonne Maman now has lemon curd and I grabbed a box of Twinings Orange and Cinnamon Spice ( herbal) tea. I grabbed a box of strawberry Pocky for nostalgia.
I wanted to try Bon Appetite's Green Goddess Crunch Sandwich, it's a twist on traditional cucumber sandwiches. I made two and brought one to work for lunch the following day.
Normally lemon curd is coupled with baked goods such as scones but I love it on fresh berries. Bonne Maman's lemon curd is delicious. Not too sweet. And Trixie loved it.
It's still hot here in Oklahoma so this was an indoor event. I put on some John Coltrane and enjoyed my wee feast.
Here is the recipe for Green Goddess Crunch Sandwich:
I made my sammiches slightly different. I omitted the mayonnaise and used just the yogurt. I was unable to find any type of fresh sprouts so I used fresh baby spinach leaves instead. I've using gluten-free bread for a few weeks and exchanged multi grain bread for the gluten-free. This is a refreshing and filling sandwich to be sure.
Not exactly a picnic but I think it's a picnic inspired tea time.
That counts, right?
Looks like Nikita's picnic challenge this week is one for the books!
Much kudos to the ladies for knocking this one out of the park!
Until next week,
Nikita, Georgia, Amanda, Jen and Amy
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