Monday, August 20, 2012

Back to MY kitchen....

We have actually been away a few days, so I am just a little behind my usual blogging activity.

One of the places we went was back to my Alma Mater for a Faculty/Staff Social, sponsored by the Alumni Board.  Alumni brought easy-to-serve food items to contribute to the table, so that sent me to my recipe files for something to take along with me. 

This is what you need..... produce this!


1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup pecans, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 medium onion, grated
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco, or other hot sauce
1 cup strawberry preserves

- Combine first six ingredients and mix well.  Chill.  Mold into ring.  Fill with strawberry preserves.  Serve with crackers.  Unique flavor!

I think you are able to see that I lined the ring mold with plastic wrap, then packed the cheese mixture into it before chilling.  When I unmolded it onto the serving dish, it was really easy to remove the plastic wrap.  Missing from the first picture is the jar of strawberry preserves.  I am a fan of Polaner sweetened with Fruit Juice, and that is the brand I used.

The house/property where social was held.

The college gardens which we toured a couple of weeks ago are on the back of this property.  Of course, once I had unmolded the cheese ring and added the strawberry preserves to the center, and set it on the table, I didn't have my camera with me!!  I will just have to make it again and remember to photograph it.:-)  It is something I really can't have in the house, though.:-)  It is far too tempting!

The recipe is one I obtained from a co-worker around 20 years ago, so I think many of you will already know all about it.:-)  I added assorted crackers that I had bought at Trader Joe's.  Oh, and I also made some Ranch Oyster Crackers.  I believe that recipe has been on the blog several months ago. 

There have been occasions for celebrations recently, and that will be the focus of the next post.

Thank you for reading.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I have enjoyed this at your home, and can appreciate the deliciousness of it, especially with those Ranch crackers. This just might make an appearance at our next church dinner. Looking forward to the next adventure, always! :-)

  2. Hello Nellie...Well, my gosh. That certainly sounds like a very interesting combination of flavors. The strawberry jam really through me for a loop. woo hoo. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your visits and comments on my blog. Susan

  3. A unique blending of flavors. Sounds delicious!

  4. I have never heard of this recipe. You know that Wisconsin is famous for our cheese- I am copying this over to try it this fall. Thanks so much, Nellie! xo Diana

  5. Hi Nellie, I can certainly understand why that Cheese Ring is so popular/famous. It looks AWESOME....

    Bet you had a good time on your trip. We were gone also. We went to GA to do some hiking and then I went to a bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law... She is just BEAMING with JOY these days. The wedding is Oct. 6.


  6. Sounds delicious! And so different!

    But I don't understand the instruction to "fill with Strawberry Preserves." Fill what and where? On top of the finished mold?

    Or do you simply serve it, with Strawberry Preserves?

    Please and thank you.

    Gentle hugs,

  7. Yumm..this looks like it would be so tasty...I must try it soon!


  8. Congratulations Nellie, I guess the third time really IS a charm!!!

    Now I need your snail mail address asap so I can mail your book before we leave Maine for California.

    All joys,


  9. Girl, that look awesome! YUMMY!

    Isn't it wonderful gathering with colleagues and special folks in our lives as those we went to school with?


  10. The cheese ring looks great. I am a big fan of Polaner's, too.