Heloise's Olive Pecan Spread and a Harsh Winter!


Tom Skilling is predicting lows of -22°, that’s 22° below 0°for tomorrow night, and -20° for Wednesday night-----windchill -42°!
 
He says the highs will be 3° Tuesday, -12° for Wednesday, and -2° Thursday.

We're having the harshest, coldest winter here in decades...

And to top it all of, we had another 6” of snow overnight! 


Just plowed!

Snow piled on grill at left side, no grilling for a long while!

That’s life here in our northwest Chicago suburb; however, weather won’t be a factor at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Sunday because it’s almost time to for Super Bowl LIII -- that's Super Bowl 53 for those of us who don’t remember Roman numerals from elementary school...

If it can’t be Da Bears playing, I’ll pull for Tom Brady and New England!

I'm making this great spread for the Super Bowl party Bill and I are attending!


Maybe you remember Heloise from her newspaper column way back in the 50’s...

Mom clipped this recipe many years ago from the “Hints from Heloise" column in the Louisville Courier-Journal.  

The column is still going strong today, written by her daughter, Ponce Kiah Marchelle Heloise Cruse Evans, pen name, Heloise.  She worked with her mother for several years and contributed to the column as Heloise II.  She also has written several books, is a nationally known speaker, and a contributing editor for “Good Housekeeping" magazine.  

She writes lifestyle hints, including consumer issues, travel, pets, home improvement, health and most important (to me), food.

I first posted this great recipe back in 2009 when I started this blog ~ I make it so often I thought it deserved a re-post!

Cream cheese blended with chopped olives and pecans delivers a tasty spread for crackers, on celery or as delicious finger sandwiches ~ perfect for a tea party or on game day. 


It has just a few ingredients, and is easy to make ~ I usually double it, but have tripled it, and even quadrupled it, that’s how great it is!


This is a tangy spread for olive lovers, which this family has its share of.  It can be made a day in advance, and refrigerated in a covered container until needed.  Allow it to warm up to room temperature before serving.

If you want change it up, add jalapeños, hot sauce, chives, or any other spice you like, or maybe a tablespoon of crumbled blue cheese.  

Try this, you won’t be disappointed!

Now, if only the Chicago Tribune would pick up the Hints from Heloise column…


OLIVE PECAN SPREAD
Printable recipe

Ingredients:
1 (8-ounces) package cream cheese, softened
½ cup mayonnaise
1 cup salad olives, drained
½ cup chopped pecans
½ to 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper

Method:
Mash the cream cheese with a fork.
Add mayonnaise, combine.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
It will be mushy when first made, but will spread well after being chilled.
Serve on crackers or as a sandwich spread.

Enjoy!



30 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, before my throat started to close from eating dairy, cream cheese olives and jalapenos were my jam. On crackers. So flippin' good. Though, I didn't always have the chilis on hand. But man, so good.

    Stay warm, Pam. Cold here too. Burrrr.

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  2. Pam, We should have our first snow on the ground by morning. Temperatures will get down to about 10 degrees by Thursday morning. Snow will be melted by late Friday afternoon. Its our first snow of the season and the coldest too! My wife would love that olive spread... Go Patriots!! Take Care, Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! That's a little chilly for your area! Here's hoping the Patriots pull it off! Take care

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  3. That olive-pecan-cheese spread looks perfect for a party!
    Sending you warm vibes to your cold Chicago weather.

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    1. Thanks, Duta! We need warm vibes!!! Take care

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  4. o my...that looks seriously cold! The spread looks droolworthy, Pam. Have a wonderful day and stay warm!

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    1. Hi Angie! Yes, seriously cold. They're saying wind chills of -50°! Have a wonderful day!

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  5. Those northern temps are terrible. The olive spread looks very good to this olive lover.

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  6. Yes, they are, Larry! The olive spread is really good, we love it and it always disappears quickly when I make it! Thanks!

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  7. I could never survive in that weather - I find 15 degrees C cold and 8 degrees almost unbearable. Your spread looks good - enjoy the Super Bowl, it’s good weather to sit by the fire and watch it.

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    1. Cakelaw, I know what you mean. It's pretty brutal here, -27°F now! But it's sunny! Thanks, I'm looking forward to the Super Bowl!

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  8. Have a great Superbowl party! The olive spread will clearly be a star. My mother liked the first Heloise, I think.

    The Washington Post runs the Heloise column online, if you want to follow it:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/advice/heloise/?utm_term=.9d58a512b6be

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Mae! We always have fun at it! Thanks for the Heloise link! Take care

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    1. Frozen for sure, Tanza! Have a good day!

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  10. Our weather isn't as cold as yours, thank goodness, but it's still 4 below zero this morning. At least we haven't gotten that much snow (although we had a major storm a couple of weeks ago). Anyway, this is a terrific looking dish! I love the olive/cream cheese combo. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, John! It's pretty brutal here, -27° now, just plain nasty! Plus all the snow piled up. Have a good rest of the week!

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  11. Our weather is similar but you have us beat since we're a couple hours south. It still stinks! Bill loves olives so this is a dip I must try!

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  12. Hi Liz! Yes, not my kind of weather! If you like olives, the dip is great! Thanks!

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  13. Must of had a senior moment, as I thought I had commented on your lovely post. I love reading your blog as you cook dishes and things from our past. Like Heloise's Olive Pecan Spread, so remember that spread and now I can make it again. I can already see it sitting on top of a piece of Swedish crispbread.
    Now about that harsh winter, I hope you guys are staying warm over your way. Can you believe it's barely gone below freezing in weeks over here and we've no snow on the ground? Not that's plum weird. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Ron! Glad you remember that good olive spread, yum! Our thermometer read -25°F this morning, but it's going to warm up to 0°F today, woo hoo! Heat wave! We are having a lot of frost quakes, loud booms to make it even scarier. So weird with your weather, I always think of snow in the winter concerning Sweden! Stay warm, take care!

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  14. Love olives, what a wonderful idea☺

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    1. Thanks, Natalia! It's great on a cracker or bread for a sandwich.

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  15. I think Chicago was actually colder than Milwaukee this morning! -25 when I got up this morning! Tom Skilling used to be on one of our local networks :) This sounds like a delicious combination for a dip, Pam! I think most of our group will be cheering for the Rams so, even though the Bears and Packers aren't facing off, we're still hoping for the opposite team to win - LOL!

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  16. Hi Susan! I'm ready for summer!!! Tom Skilling's great, always like to listen to him go on and on and on about the weather... I get you with the game, Bill is Packer's fan, I'm Bears, but I'll be pulling for NE. Enjoy the game, stay warm!

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  17. Oh Pam...I have been following the cold weather on the news and it is really amazing now much snow is formed...I am loving the sound and the look of this dip...exactly the way I like simple and to tasty...love the hint of heat in it...
    stay warm my dear...before I go...and of course since I am from LA, no need to disclose the team I want to win...

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    1. Hi Juliana! I get you with the FB, I like the Rams also so may the best team win! 😉 It is finally a little warmer here, 20° for the high and sunny. Glad you like the dip! Enjoy the game! Take care

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  18. Oh that looks so good and I adore olives! Hope you've had some warmer weather lately - it's been cold here in Virginia too. Stay warm and hope you enjoyed the big game - even though it was kind of slow :)

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  19. This looks delicious! I like the olive + pecan combination. We had a blizzard here in Buffalo last week with crazy windchills and everything was closed and then yesterday it was 60 degrees and SUNNY! It's been so wild!

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