This One’s for Grace

ladycooksMy godmother liked to cook. . .

She’s been gone for a few years now, but she always loved to “talk recipes” with me. She enjoyed sharing them and she’d patiently go over her favorites – step by step – as I wrote them down for my own collection.

Grace enjoyed those complicated dishes that many of us shy away from, but she also liked things that were quick and easy.

I want to share one of the easy ones today – an appetizer. We brought this to our family Christmas gathering this year, and I have a feeling she was smiling down on us when she “saw” it! 🙂

Auntie Grace’s Cheese Spread


2 Large Packages Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 8-oz. Can Crushed Pineapple in heavy syrup – well drained.
1 Large Green Pepper – Use about half of the pepper, chopped finely.
1 Small Scallion, chopped well (all of the white part and about 1-inch of the green part).
Salt and Pepper – to taste
Pecan Halves

Open the cream cheese a little ahead of time. Place it in a bowl to soften and use a fork to make it creamy.

Add all other ingredients to the cream cheese and blend well.

Mound on a serving plate and cover/decorate with the pecan halves. Start on top in the center and work down and around in rows.

Surround with crackers and serve!



This One’s for Grace — 13 Comments

  1. I love this type of spread. You can mix anything with creme cheese and vwala!! Spread.

    Terry (and his brother) especially like it when I mix creme cheese and bransuager (you know, liver sausage) then roll in bacon bits. Its their favorite spread when watching a football game.
    xx, Carol

  2. Oh what a cool recipe! I love the way it looks! Don’t you just love what you can do with Philadelphia Cream Cheese, so versatile!

  3. We are having a winter party on the 30th. I’m going to print this out and serve it. I can make it in the shape of a snowman too. Thank you

  4. This recipe sounds soo good. I have mixed cream cheese, chopped scallion, chopped green olives and a dash of Worchester sauce together and formed it into a ball. I then roll it in chopped chip beef. This is good also.

  5. Great recipe!! I think it is so nice that your godmother passed down some of her favorite recipes to you 🙂

  6. I love this & make it all the time. People are always asking me to bring my cheese ball. It’s easy too! (A must for me, no cooking involved!) I originally got the recipe from the mother of a friend of mine, although hers called for chopped pecans. Yours is much prettier with the whole pecans. I’ll have to try it that way next time!

  7. I’m not a big fan of pecans, but it looks delicious. I’d never have thought of adding pineapples.

  8. My mouth started watering as I was reading this post! I want some now!!! I’m snatching this recipe Sweetie. Thank you Crystal and Auntie Grace too! I’m sure she smiles down on you all the time! Hugs, xoxo

  9. This looks delicious! I’m sure your godmother would be proud that you’re still making her recipes, and sharing them with us.

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