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Local shares unique cream cheese party ball recipe

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008

Are you looking for a holiday recipe? Ask Auntie Emo is where we share recipes. Send in your holiday recipes and requests.

RECIPE CHALLENGE:

J.G., of Ketchikan, is looking for an eggnog recipe. J.G. says, "I would like to surprise the members of my family with a homemade eggnog instead of purchasing it at the market, can you help?"

Yes we can. Check your recipe boxes and let's find a recipe.

RECIPES SHARED:

M.O., of Juneau, "I don't recall where this recipe came from, but since first trying it, I have made it over and over (as has everyone I have given it to). Besides being tasty, it is so easy to make and takes so few ingredients."

Thanks, M.O., for your submission. Keep them coming.

Potato and cabbage soup

¼ cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter 3 cups water 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups diced potatoes 2 cups chopped cabbage 1 (0.4-ounce) packet ranch salad dressing mix 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk Optional garnish: fresh parsley and croutons

1. Cook onion on medium heat in oil or butter until softened in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add all remaining ingredients except milk; stir. Simmer until cabbage and potatoes are tender.

2. Add milk and heat through. If desired, garnish with chopped fresh parsley and croutons.

Yield: 4 servings.

M.S., of Juneau, "I grew up in a generation (in the mid-west) where things were always homemade. One of our favorites around the Christmas holiday was spiced peaches. My grandmother and mother both make these without the aid of a recipe. It was 'back in the day' when folks gave cookies, loaf cakes, fruitcakes and canned foods/fruits as gifts. This is my gift to you and your readers."

Thanks, M.S., for the wonderful story. Keep those family favorites coming.

Spiced peaches

Yield: 1 quart.

1 (29-ounce) can peach halves or slices in syrup ¼ cup sugar 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 6-inch stick cinnamon ½ teaspoon whole cloves ¼ cup brandy - optional

Drain peaches and reserve syrup.

In a medium sized saucepan, combine syrup, sugar, vinegar, cinnamon stick and whole cloves. Simmer uncovered for five minutes.

Add the peach halves and heat thoroughly.

Cool. Stir in brandy if using.

Store peaches in a covered class container in the refrigerator for at least 48 hours for more flavorful taste. Can also be served over vanilla ice cream.

A.C., of Juneau, "This wonderful cheese ball recipe has become a favorite of mine and of everyone who has tasted it over the years. It's different enough from the usual cheese balls to really stand out as something special. It can be served with crackers or vegetables."

Thanks, A.C., for sharing one of your holiday favorites.

Cream Cheese Party Ball

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese 1 ( 8 or 8¼-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained 1 tablespoon minced green onion 1 teaspoon garlic salt 2 cups chopped nuts, divided use

Mix cream cheese, pineapple, green onion, garlic salt and 1 cup chopped nuts until thoroughly blended.

Form into a ball.

Roll cheese ball in remaining 1 cup of nuts.

Refrigerate several hours before serving.

• Ask Auntie Emo, coordinated and created by Emo Bylund, of Ketchikan, is a weekly feature in Neighbors and the Ketchikan Daily News that includes sought-out and shared recipes from Southeast Alaska. To send in challenges, recipes or photos, write to Ask Auntie Emo, 186 Marblehead Lane, Ketchikan, AK 99801, or to aae@kpunet.net. If you are responding to a requested recipe, include the publication date and author of the original recipe request. Submissions must include name, telephone number and city of residence. Only initials and city of residency will be published.



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