The cookies and cakes are baked, shopping finished, cards sent or not. My attitude is a little better today, so let's make something fun and easy.
Without a doubt this is my favorite cheese spread. Perfect for any occasion, but we're talking Christmas holidays right now. This saves well so make the whole batch, you can cut it in half if you like. If you are having more than 6 people place a couple of platters of this around so everyone will not be standing in the same place wolfing this down.
The flavor definitely improves if made a day ahead.
Neiman-Marcus Cheese Spread/Dip
1/2 cup roasted almonds
1 pound bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 or 3 green onions, chopped
2 cups good mayonnaise (Hellmann's or homemade)
Roast almonds in 35o degree F oven for about 10 minutes. Fry bacon until crispy. Drain and let cool and then crumble. Combine all ingredients until well mixed. Serve with garlic bagel crisp or your favorite crackers.