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Did I tell you about my friend Barbara?

While not particularly well written, these are the stories about folks I have had the pleasure to know and serve, this is the story about Barbara.

When I first went to work at my present job, one of the folks I was to meet was Barbara. She was everywhere and she helped with anything, for anyone she noticed needing help or had asked for help.

Then through the years, not only did I enjoy her company as we crossed paths on a regular basis, but to asked for help myself! A few years later I wrote about Barbara, and highlighted the delicious cheese spread that she gave me that Christmas.

Working with and for Seniors, these moments will come. Those moments where one must say goodbye. Yesterday was that day. But I will always, remember this Barbara.......a special lady and friend.

and then there's Barbara! From January 10, 2011

I received a lidded food container for Christmas. It was filled with a buttery cheese spread, made by Barbara. The recipe for this delicious spread had been safely carried around by her, for years and years. She indicated to me when I made my copy, that the copy she held, had even survived a fire.

Now let me tell you, Barbara is a wonderful woman. She has worked hard her whole life and still in retirement works hard. She does all that she can for her neighbors in our little community and enjoys keeping her granddaughter before and after school. Like I said, busy busy busy.

Years ago Barbara worked at a restaurant call:

THE PANTRY
Portland's favorite restaurant-lounge...across from the Lloyd Center. 

She thought it was about 1958, and probably her first job as an adult. In those days the waitresses wore a uniform consisting of a short skirt with lots of petticoats, and a garter belt. That garter belt held a working cap gun.....

All dinner entrees came with creamed spinach, and if you did not eat your spinach the waitress got to "shoot" you with her cap gun. Yes ladies and gentlemen those were the days! I hear tell that even though creamed spinach was on every plate (yes, every plate). But the story goes that not every diner enjoyed it. Either that or they loved the fun that the waitresses had with the cap guns. Honestly, knowing the Barbara I know today, I'm pretty sure she had a fun time with that cap gun as well.

The Pantry closed many years ago, but it must have been a popular restaurant. You can find a copykat recipe for their Chicken Bisque Soup,  here.

You are looking at a very poor scan of the copy I have.....

But this story is about Barbara and the delicious cheese spread. Since being given that little container of cheesy goodness, I have come up with a lot of reasons to have bread with my dinner. It is that good. But don't stop there, it would also be wonderful as a topping for a baked potato, or tossed with hot pasta.

On grocery shopping day I hope we remember to pick up more french rolls, because I want to slice one down the middle, spread  it thickly with this butter and run it under the broiler. What I might serve it with I haven't a clue, but I already know I will be having some delicious, buttery, cheesy bread for my dinner.

When Barbara started at The Pantry, this cheese spread was already a favorite of the patrons!

Cheese Spread
adapted from:
THE PANTRY Restaurant ~ Portland Oregon

1 pound butter
1/2 pound Sharp Cheddar Cheese - grated
1/4 pound Romano cheese - grated
1 t Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t garlic powder
1/2 t paprika

Have all ingredients at room temperature. Combine ingredients with a stand mixer, starting out slowly and increasing speed. Mix/whip until fluffy.

To use and enjoy: Spread on sourdough or French bread and toast under the broiler. Generously season a baked potato, or toss with some freshly cooked pasta. Use it to butter asparagus and then quickly run the spears under a broiler to finish the dish to perfection........but really the possibilities are endless!

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5 comments

  1. What a lovely story, Melynda. It most certainly shares the spirit of the season. Of course those recipes are keepers too.

    Thank you so much for sharing both with us. I tried to find you on Pinterest but your Pinterest link in your sidebar doesn't seem to be working. Thank you again, Louise

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  2. I enjoyed reading this so much, I think you should write a book with all these stories you have , I know myself as well as many others love to read cookbooks with stories attached,
    you asked about the bird feeding table, lol, I will tell yu but don't laugh, you know we live in an apartment, not really suppose to feed the birds, but I have two five gallon pails set on top of each other, beautifully wrapped in DUCK TAPE, NOT ....lol then a big tray taped down on top, that's my fancy bird feeder, lol, no expense spared, lol, but hey,,, it works!!!

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  3. I thought this spread sounded delicious when you posted it before. Then promptly forgot about it. I just printed the recipe and am making it today. I need a cheesy garlic bread to go with a soup for supper tonight.

    I am sorry about your friend Barbara; I know you will miss her. I will make this in her (and your) honor. Thank you for sharing, Rocquie

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  4. This sounds super yummy! I'm going to be in that area later this month and will have to seek out the restaurant.

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  5. OOPS, just tried to look it up and found it's closed :(

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