Every home cook needs a secret weapon in her freezer. No I don’t mean an ice dagger (although I do happen to have one hanging off the ceiling of my standing freezer). I’m talking about a special recipe that can fill a variety of needs. Whether you need a snack for hungry kids, a dinner party appetizer, or a fast and simple main dish, to have one prepped ingredient that can meet those needs will save you time and energy. My friends, this cheese spread is my secret weapon.I recently served this to families at the Tukwila Kids’ Fest. I offered two choices, apple butter or cheese spread. Typically, kids under 8 went for the apple butter and older kids and adults went for the cheese. Often families would share with each other so they could try both.
I’m a sucker for pumpkin cheesecake, it’s one of the few desserts that I have true difficulty resisting. I don’t have a big sweet tooth but I’m quite the cheese addict and I love pumpkin recipes, put the two together and common sense goes out the window. I set out to make a pumpkin cream cheese dip that could satisfy that craving but be a little lighter on my waistline.
Prunes have gotten a bit of a bad rap. They tend to be associated with old people and remedies for intestinal problems. But really they’re quite delicious and deserve some respect. Maybe that’s why they’re being called “dried plums” now. The first time I heard that I was like, “Wait, isn’t that a prune?”. Personally, I’ve always liked prunes. My poor brother had lots of health issues, so had to eat some everyday as a child. I loved it because there was always a bag of prunes in the cupboard for me to snack on.