Passport for Your Palate-Marinated Cheese

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It’s that time of year again. Summer is coming to a close. The air is changing. Kids are back in school.  Life is getting back on routine and football has returned.  For those of you, who have been following me for awhile, you know I am a huge football fan, and you will find my on my couch, at friend’s homes, or even a neighborhood bar/restaurant to keep up with my Green Bay Packers.

I’ve been a fan for years considering I’ve lived in Wisconsin 4 different times and received my degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I don’t keep up with college as much as the NFL, but will always be a Bucky fan.

One of the things that comes along with my football fanatics is a food spread.  I don’t really cook dinners on Sundays and tend to prepare more finger foods to graze upon.  And of course, when you are a Packer fan, and have been a Wisconsinite, you can not enjoy a football game with out some sort of cheese on the table.  So, as things rev up for this season, I bring to you an oldy but a goody. I don’t even recall where it came from as it is just amongst the recipes in my old hand written recipe box, but I do know you can find several versions of it on line.  It is so simple! Yet it has the appearance you may have slaved all day upon it.  It always get raves reviews!  As the men say, “that is some good sh*t!”  Enjoy!

Marinated Cheese

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
3 Tbsp chopped parsley
3 Tbsp minced green onion
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
3 cloves minced garlic
1-2oz jar diced pimentos
1-8oz block sharp cheddar
1-8oz package cream cheese

Directions:

-Mix 1st 10 ingredients together. Stir vigorously. Set marinate aside.
-Cut block of cheddar cheese in half lengthwise. Cut crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices
-Repeat procedure with cream cheese
-Arrange cheese slices alternately in a shallow baking dish, standing the slices on side.
-Pour marinade over cheese slices.

Cover and refrigerate 8 hours. Transfer to a serving platter and spoon marinade over cheese slices.
Serve with assorted crackers.

12 to 16 appetizer servings.


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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