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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Super Pimento Cheese Recipe Found In the Morning Newspaper...Better Than Mom's

Got this great recipe out of the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette newspaper this morning, went to Kroger, bought the ingredients, and having a super pimento cheese celery stick right this moment. It's creamy, spicy, simple, delicious, and even tastes better than the one my mom use to make. Thanks, Kelly Brant for sharing this super recipe and yes, it will go perfectly with my 4th of July spread!

How to make Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Pimento Cheese:

1 lb sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 cup neufchatel cheese, softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 of a 12 oz jar of roasted, red peppers, drained, chopped
2 teaspoons finely grated onion
2 teaspoons coarse-grain mustard
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
ground pepper to taste
Crackers, apple wedges and/or celery sticks, for serving

1. Using a box grater, grate cheddar cheese using fine and coarse holes for the best texture; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the mayo, neufchatel and sour cream until creamy and well combined.
3. Stir in shredded cheddar, roasted peppers, onion, mustard, cayenne and mix well.
4. Season to taste with ground black pepper.
Serve with crackers, apples or celery. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Average Life Span of a Housefly...

that's about how long Dona's Little Italy survived at the old Bruno's Little Italy location on Bowman Curve in western Little Rock. Super fortunate I got to try the perfect homemade dinner rolls with light fresh marinara sauce, the delicious Joe's Pizza (should have been Dona's but the printing company screwed up), and the delectable refreshing Italian Spumoni before the management recently closed the doors. I even got to chat and eat with the genuine Italian owner (heavy accent and all) who filled us in on how many other successful Italian restaurants he has, that his brother, Joe, has Joe's Pizza and Pasta Italian Grill in Springdale (which happens to be my most favorite Italian place in the Natural State), why Dona's probably sunk like the Titanic (amazing how most people think they can't eat Italian food without a bottle of wine), and what he's thinking about doing in downtown Little Rock. Although it was to be my last meal at Dona's, it was a luscious experience! 

And, how many of you know the average life span of a housefly according to Newton's Home Page? Email your answer to diannehocut@live.com and the first correct answer to arrive, will win a gift card to Marco's Pizza! Deadline for entries is June 29, 2012 at 8 pm, CST! Winner (if any) will be announced on this blog. Good luck and maybe you'll get to try Dona's or Joe's real Italian pizza at sometime in the near future! It's gonna be hard to keep a true Italian eatery that plays Dean Martin music down!!!

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