The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


July 13, 2013

COOKING WITH SIMON: Grapes, wine and Christmas cheese 





8 ounces cream cheese

1 tablespoon brandy

1 tablespoon orange juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 cups sliced almonds

2 green onions thinly sliced



Place cream cheese in a bowl. Add brandy and orange juice and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Add the green onions and mix until all ingredients are combined. Place sliced almonds on a cutting board. Spoon cream cheese onto middle of almonds then roll until the cream cheese is completely covered and formed into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. 

If you like a bit of spice add a few chili flakes or a few shakes of tabasco sauce.


Simon Webster is the Executive Chef of Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro a multi-faceted dining destination just outside Palestine. For more information go to or call 903-729-9500.

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