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Monday, January 16, 2012

Islander Cheese Ball

We celebrated my Mother's 76th birthday this weekend.  Her birthday was on Friday, Jan. 13th, but we celebrated with her on Saturday.  Mom and Dad drove over from Tallahassee and we took them to eat seafood in Graceville, FL at Circle Grill.  My sister, Debra, joined us at the restaurant after visiting with our friend, Barbara, in Chipley.  The salad buffet always has the freshest ingredients along with homemade thousand island dressing.  Phillip, Debra, and I had the jumbo fried shrimp and Mom and Dad had fried oysters.  We all left with full bellies and a smile! 

After Mom and Dad left for home, I wanted to get outside and move around, so I picked up pecans.  I had cooked Toasted Pecans friday night to have for a snack on Saturday.  Mom and Dad could not stay out of the Toasted Pecans.  The Toasted Pecans are on the blog on 3/17/11. 

The name "Islander Cheese Ball" caught my eye when I was looking for recipes.  I felt certain there was probably some crushed pineapple in the recipe and there is.  This might be a good recipe for a Super Bowl Party.  Only wish Tebow was going to be in the game!

                                                       Islander Cheese Ball

16 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
2 Tbsp. chopped green onions
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
2 tsp. seasoned salt
2 cups pecans, finely chopped

Mix cream cheese and pineapple with mixer.  Stir in onions, green pepper, salt, and 1 cup of pecans.  Roll into one large ball, 2 logs, or fill a scooped out fresh pineapple half.  Roll or top with remaining pecans.  Serve with crackers.

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