Saturday, October 25, 2008

Childhood Favorites

In my house, everything is centered around food. I get this honestly... my mom is the same way.
To celebrate, we eat. To mourn, we eat. Almost all of my family memories and traditions are somehow tied to food. This weekend, I went home for a birthday dinner. My sweet Momma worked so hard to make it special by making all of my childhood favorites.

For snack, we had her famous
Pineapple Cheeseball
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
3 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
2 teaspoons seasoned salt, or to taste
2 cups chopped pecans, divided

Directions for pineapple cheese ball.Combine cream cheese, drained crushed pineapple, chopped bell pepper, chopped green onion, seasoned salt, and 1 cup chopped pecans. Chill in refrigerator until firm then shape into a ball. Just before serving roll pineapple cheese ball in remaining cup of pecans. Serve pineapple cheese ball with assorted crackers. Pineapple cheese ball makes about 3 cups of cheese spread.

For Entree, Yucky Stuff (Hamburger Casserole that my dad hates, hense the name- Yucky Stuff)
1 lb. hamburger
1 sm. pkg. egg noodles
1 can tomato soup
1 can tomato paste

1/2 bag of shredded cheese
1 Green Pepper
1/2 Onion

Sautee onion, pepper and meat. Cook egg noodles. Add all ingredients to 9*13 casserole dish and bake at 350 until it bubbles.

For dessert, Cherry Yum Yum!
1 carton Cool Whip
1 1/2 c. graham crackers
1 can cherry pie filling
3/8 c. sugar
1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
Mix crumbs and butter and 1/8 cup sugar in 8x8 inch pan. Beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar. Add Cool Whip and mix well. Pour cherries over crumb mixture. Pour cream cheese mixture over cherries. Sprinkle with leftover crumbs. Chill before serving.

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