Erin’s {best ever} Pimento Cheese

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Seriously, this is a slap your mama, yum-o, delish, I wanted to lick the bowl and made it my dinner PIMENTO CHEESE! My girl Erin who doesn’t even really love to cook, but does love to entertain made this superb pimento cheese and I have personally requested that she make it for every function! So today she has graciously agreed to share with you guys the recipe! This is originally from Southern Living (one of my personal favorite mags of all time!)

Erin’s Pimento Cheese

1 1/2 cup Duke’s mayo

1 (4oz) jar of diced pimentos, drained

1 t Worcestershire sauce

1 t grated onion

1/4 t ground red pepper

1 cup chopped pecans

1 (8oz) block extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1 (8oz) block sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Preparation:
  1. Make the mayo mixture. In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, diced pimiento, Worcestershire sauce, grated onion, and ground red pepper until blended.
  2. Toast the pecans. Toasting brings out the rich flavor of the nuts. Preheat your oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, shaking pan halfway through.
  3. Shred the cheese.  Using the small side of a box grater, finely shred extra-sharp Cheddar cheese. Then use the large side of the grater to coarsely shred sharp Cheddar cheese. Fresh cheese makes all the difference.
  4. Stir and enjoy. Add pecans and shredded cheeses to mayo mixture, stirring until blended. You can store it in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Serve with celery sticks and assorted crackers, pretzels, tortilla chips etc…

Southern Living MAY 2010

ENJOY!!! Mama Bird

 

Kate’s Christmas Cheese Tree & Snowman

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Last week I shared a Favorite Things Christmas Party! Each girl brought a favorite app or sweet as well and Kate brought, what looked to cute to eat, a Christmas Cheese ball in the shape of a CHRISTMAS TREE & a SNOWMAN!! The pic is Kate’s handiwork and I will have to reference it as I try and make mine!

They were freaking adorbs and I immediately had to snap a pic! When I finally tasted, as I was honestly afraid to ruin the look! I was so glad I did! BEST ever! So different, so fresh tasting, so YUMMY!!!

Yeah! just in time for menu & party planning Kate is sharing her yum-o recipe!! Thanks girl!!

Kate’s Cheese Ball

6 packages of 8oz cream cheese
8 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese ( I always grate mine off the block, it tastes soooo much better)
4 tablespoons pesto

1/2 cup chopped parsley or cilantro
3/4 cup chopped pine nuts and 4 tablespoons whole pine nuts
4 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
1 lemon
1 baby carrot (buy a bag and use them to eat the cheese ball)
Fresh thyme
1 Cucumber
Pretzel sticks

Olives

Directions:

Let cream cheese come to room temp. before trying to mix or your arm will fall off trying to get the cheese incorporated. Place the cream cheese, shredded cheddar and pesto in a large bowl and mix it together. After mixing, cover the bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm enough to shape.

When the mixture is firm divide it in half. Place half of the mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap and cover the cheese mixture. When it is covered shape it into a cone shape for the Christmas tree( You can also leave out the plastic wrap step and just use your hands, but I find it more appealing to eat something that has not had someone’s hands all over it). After you have shaped your cone roll it in the chopped parsley or cilantro and set on a serving platter.

Take the other half of the mixture and divide it into 2 parts making one larger than the other. This is to make the head and body of the snowman so just use the amount you want for the size you are going for. I used plastic wrap again for shaping the balls. After shaping the balls roll them in the chopped pine nuts. When they are done place the larger ball on the platter and the smaller ball on top of the larger ball and press together.

At this point you can start to decorate the tree. Cut off a slice of lemon peel and shape it into a star. I just free handed mine but if you have a small star cookie cutter that should work too. Use the whole pine nuts as garland on the tree and the chopped red bell pepper for ornaments.

For the snowman, wrap the thyme leaves around the head like a scarf, use a carrot for the nose, 2 pretzel sticks for the arms, pieces of olive for the eyes and buttons, red bell pepper for the mouth and cucumber ends for the hat. Serve with veggies and crackers.

It ROCKS!!!

Totally making this for my family Christmas party!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Pizza Night!

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Almost every Friday we eat pizza (healthy, I know). Sometimes we order from our favorite, Frankie’s Pizza, sometimes we pick up a Wally World Special, and sometimes…. I make a homemade pizza! Tonight, I made an amazing pizza with roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, buffalo mozzarella, and parmesan. It looked beautiful and tasted even better!!

1 thin pizza crust (Wallie World has a great all-natural crust in the deli for $2.50!)

1 cup marinara sauce or pizza sauce

1/2 roasted Vidalia onion

2 handfuls roasted cherry & grape tomatoes

slices of fresh mozzarella cheese

parmesan cheese

I spread my fav Trader Joe’s Marinara Sauce on the top and then just layered all my items. Then sprinkled a little extra virgin olive oil on top. Baked at 450 for 10mins. DELISH!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Franny’s Fav Mac & Cheese {Crock-pot}

Franny is a  mom of two and wife and a great cook! We met years ago in college and have reconnected through Facebook! One of my more exciting reconnections. Franny describes cooking as her guilty pleasure and says that the whirring of her Kitchen Aid mixer is like a tranquilizer ….calms all my crazy. (LOVE THAT!)
Franny’s Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
8oz elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
1 1/2 cups milk

1 large can evaporated milk

2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 tsp salt
dash (or 2) of pepper
3-4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Grease crock pot (or use a crock pot liner). Mix all the ingredients except 1/2 the cheese. Pour into prepared crock pot. Top with remaining cheese. Cook on LOW for 3-6 hours. I usually cook for 4.5-5 hours, but have gone longer.

Let me know what you think. This is one of my family’s favorites.
xoxox y’all!

For more great crock pot recipes visit Debbie!
I am so excited that Franny is going to share some of her yummy tried and true recipes with Mama Bird Nest! I look forward to more! Thanks Girl!
I made this last night and yes it was a hit! Super easy and made enough to have leftovers! yum.