I'm Baaaaaack - at last! Thank you for all your kind and sympathetic comments!
Being without a computer for a week was awful, as I'm sure you can imagine if you've ever been through the same thing! All the little 'connections' you take for granted were gone for me. I did try to use my 'unconnected' time wisely and got lots of gardening and yard work accomplished. We celebrated our oldest daughter's 29th birthday, took care of our little grandson for a day and had our favorite guest dog for the weekend.
$$$ later, my computer has been returned to me running like a charm (fingers crossed).
This coming week, I have to work full-time - one of my usual 'seasonal' stints at a friend's company. So today, I needed to think about lunch for work. I hadn't made my favorite olive spread in quiet a while and decided to make some for lunch today and to bring to the office tomorrow.
I first had this sandwich years ago at Watts Tea Shop in downtown Milwaukee. The tea room is located above George Watts and Son, a beautiful china, crystal and silverware store downtown which has been an icon in our area since 1870 and a favorite for brides-to-be to register for their weddings. Years later, they published the recipe for the olive spread in our local newspaper and I've been making it since then.
You can make this with the olives of your choice. I opted for a combination of green, black and Kalamata olives this time. Chop them up and add a handful of toasted pecans, mayo, a touch of creamed cheese and spread it on whole wheat bread and let your taste buds rejoice!
If you love olives and pecans as much as I do, you will love this!
Mixed Olive Spread
Adapted from Watts Tea Room
2 cups olives or your choice...green, black, or Kalamata
1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
1/4 cup cream cheese
A little olive juice
Mayonnaise - just enough to moisten
A small splash of olive oil
Pepper to taste
A little chopped parsley for garnish
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread over slices of your favorite whole wheat bread. Makes about 4 sandwiches.