How to make the Cheese Spread from The Pantry in Portland Oregon

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

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:

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 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 copycat 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 some 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!


Presenting our unique and delicious collection of original recipes in our new book, Pantry Basics Book I available right here!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

And now, it is very easy to sign up for Our Sunday Cafe posts by email. You will find the form located in the left sidebar, thank you for subscribing!

You may enjoy reading about our life and family changes since this blog began, you may find that post here. 

PS, you may also, enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!


  1. Yum, that does sound good! That would be good on a ham sandwich. Or a lot of other sandwiches that are jumping into my head. Tell Barbara thanks for the great recipe.

  2. Sounds good , will nice to try with sandwiches.

  3. Sounds lovely. I can tell that it is delicious, yes would be great with french bread. Barbara is a gracious lady giving out her recipe. The story about the cap gun is really charming! Imagine that if it is still practice today, gosh!

  4. Melly, I love this idea! I also have this soft spot in my heart for "retired" restaurants. I imagine what it must have been like to eat there, work there, etc. and I have a lot of respect for restaurants that stay around for ever. We have a few in our town that have been here since "back in the day" and I absolutely adore their old fashioned charm! Thanks as always for sharing your love with us on the hearth and soul hop! Hugs! Alex

  5. That sounds delicious. I remember back when restaurants had themes and they weren't just for eating. She sounds like she'd be fun to know.

  6. Holy Cow that sounds fantastic...and what a fun bit of history! Thanks for sharing it w/ the hearth and soul hop this week :D

  7. Thanks for the recipe. That sounds great! You always have th best stuff, unless it includes vienna sausages and pancakes. I will never get that out of my head!

  8. Great story. Love the old recipes. And this one sounds like a keeper.

  9. What a great story! I had one of those cap guns, but alas, lacked the garter belt holster. I love a good cheese spread, so I'm giving this one a try.

  10. what a lovely story. I'd love to have know Barbara. And the cheese spread sounds good too. : )

  11. Oh yum!! I'm copying and pasting this one for sure--then I'm off to look at the chicken soup recipe. Oh for the good old days!! Thank you and Barbara for sharing. Take care.

  12. That looks so good. Cheese spread always scares me but this ingredient list doesnt look scary to me at all! I am going to attempt it this weekend. Thanks!

  13. I love that you got pretend shot for not eating your veggies at that restaurant. Another great story.


  14. Oh my gosh Sweetie...
    I am writing this one down. It sounds SO heavenly. I can't wait to try it out. This weekend is our 35th wedding anniversary and we are having company, so I may make some of this up for their bread. Yummy. I am tickled pink with this recipe.

    I hope you are feeling better as well. What a migraine this one was. It was the first time I have had to take 3 Maxxalts. Usually I can get by with 1 maybe 2, but never 3. You can only take 3 max in a day.

    Have a great Wednesday. Thanks again sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  15. Ooo, I bet that is REALLY good. I have all of the ingredients, I just might make it today:). Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  16. What a wonderful sounding cheese spread. And I love the story behind it - especially the part about the cap gun!

  17. I love that story. I bet a mama thought up the idea of the cap gun if the diner didn't eat his or her spinach! This cheesy recipe looks wonderful too!

  18. Melynda - I love the story and I adore the spread - how heavenly! I bet it is delicious on french bread -my mouth is watering and my stomach grumbling! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  19. What a great story Melynda. I don't know Barbara but I can picture her anyway! I would be finding excuses to eat this cheese spread too. Dinner is good, but what about breakfast and lunch? :o)

  20. my oh my this looks amazing! i know my husband is going to love is right up his alley. i can't wait to try it. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club

  21. Now I know what to put on my plain toasts!

    I'm having the very first GIVEAWAY on my blog. Please stop by to submit an entry. Good luck.

  22. Love the creamed spinach story. When I used to fly a bit on United Airlines the senior flight attendants used to tell me off if I didn't eat my greens - hilarious.

    I have linked in Coronation Chicken to Beth Fish Reads - a dish with a dash of history.

    Have a super week.

  23. Mmmm. Yum! Cheesy goodness!

  24. What a fun story! That cheese spread does sound yummy. Hope you got your bread!

  25. Well, no wonder that cheese spread was a favorite - all that butter! Sounds delicious, and that story about the cap gun & garter belt is hilarious. Thanks for sharing!

  26. That cheese spread looks delicious, but I'm not too sure about eating it every day xD Quite a lot of butter in there... thanks for sharing the recipe and Barbara's story :)

  27. So glad I stopped by to hear the story of this interesting restaurant!

    Here's my Weekend Cooking.Please stop by and share your thoughts.

  28. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story and the recipe.

  29. This is a wonderful story, specially the part about the cap gun and the creamed spinach. Thank-you so much for sharing.


Post a Comment

We appreciate your visits to Our Sunday Cafe, and encourage comments, questions, and general conversations! Thank you for dropping by!