146.2...Pimento Cheese Pinwheels

First of all, Happy Birthday to me!!! I can’t wait to celebrate tonight! But first, let’s rewind. Last Sunday I went to Dina’s annual Christmas party. Everyone brings a hearty appetizer and there’s always so many yummy things to try. This year I brought Pimento Cheese Pinwheels which were a hit!

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Pimento Cheese Pinwheels 

Recipe from The Today Show


2 cups white cheddar cheese (shred it yourself - it makes a huge difference!)

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

6 oz. roasted red peppers, diced

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions or green onions

1/4 tsp. Tabasco sauce

1/4 tsp. Cajun seasoning

1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 package frozen puff pastry, defrosted

All-purpose flour, for cutting board


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.

3. Unfold one sheet of puffed pastry onto lightly floured cutting board. Roll out the pastry with a rolling pin.

4. Spread the pimento cheese about 1/2-inch thick. Roll up jelly roll style. (The log can be frozen at this point if doing ahead.)

5. Slice to make pinwheels. Place pinwheels on a greased cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.

Printable Recipe

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Last Friday night we went with Joe, Alicia and their kids to Ototo Sushi for dinner. 

Miso soup:

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 Balboa Roll:

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Last Saturday’s breakfast:

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Mid-morning snack of yogurt and almonds:

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We went to lunch at Smashburger. My husband and I shared the Baja Cobb Salad:

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As well as a burger lettuce wrapped:

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We learned that their burger is too messy to lettuce wrap. Lol.

The kids got haircuts then we came home to get ready for a holiday party for my husband’s YPO group. It was held at a hanger at Palomar Airport and was a 40’s USO theme. The decor was awesome but there really wasn’t a ton of food. We had to ditch the party a bit early because we were starving. We went to Bentley’s Steak & Chop House. I had a shrimp cocktail to start:

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Then I had the Chilled Ahi Stack (won ton chips with ancho chili mayo, ginger wasabi aioli, diced cucumber, avocado, and cubed ahi, garnished with marinated seaweed):

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This was just ok. I expected something different. Boo.

Sunday’s breakfast:

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Mid-morning snack: toasted English muffin with salami and cheese:

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Lunch was leftovers of cheese ravioli, turkey meatballs and zucchini:

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Later on I had some cheese and crackers:

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Then it was off to Dina’s Christmas party!

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A sample of some of the appetizers:

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Check out all the desserts!

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It’s always one of my favorite parties of the year! Thank you Dina!!

Monday’s breakfast:

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I dropped the kids off a school, then went to workout with my trainer at the gym.

I came home to grab a snack before running off to a meeting.

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Lunch was Urban Plates:

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Later on I had this bar for a snack:

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I brought the kids home from school. Dinner was tacos:

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Tuesday’s breakfast:

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I took the kids to school, then went to the gym for run on the treadmill. For a snack when I got home, I had half a salami sandwich:

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I wrapped most of my holiday gifts. Lunch was taco leftovers:

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On the way to my son’s basketball game, I had a RXbar:

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That evening was Bunco at Alicia’s. It was potluck so everyone signed up to bring something. Alicia provided the ham and turkey.

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I brought Gulliver’s Creamed Corn:

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My plate:

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I didn’t eat any dessert but check them all out!

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It was our annual gift exchange bunco which is always a blast!

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Thanks Alicia!!

Breakfast on Wednesday:

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After I took the kids to school, I went to Orange Theory, then got my nails done. Lunch was Luna Grill:

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I had a bar for a snack later on on my way to a PTO meeting:

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That evening we went to the Marriott Marquis for the Holiday Bowl Director’s Dinner. Our meal started with a salad:

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The entree was steak and a crab cake but I guess I didn’t take a picture of it. It was pretty good actually!

Desert was cool:

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Look who I got to sit next to at dinner:

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Matt Leinart! I tried to be cool about it. ;)

Thursday’s breakfast: 

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I dropped the kids off at school and came home to get dressed. I had a snack later of an English muffin, cheese and salami:

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I went to Fashion Valley mall to meet my husband and a friend. We had lunch at Blue Smoke Sushi. Miso soup:

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Salmon, yellowtail and tuna nigiri:

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I picked up the kids later from school. That evening I went to Davanti with some friends to celebrate my birthday. We shared a ton a delicious dishes.

Polenta & Ragu:

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Prosciutto & Veal Meatballs:

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Focaccia di Recco (Ligurian flatbread, soft cow’s cheese, honeycomb):

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Cacio E Pepe (spaghetti, pecorino, black pepper):

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Every dish was fabulous!!

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Birthday desserts:

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What a fun night!

I had yogurt and almonds Friday morning before taking the kids to school:

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I changed up the breakfast because I met my friends at Veladora at Rancho Valencia for more birthday celebrations! 

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Two eggs over-easy with bacon, potatoes and toast:

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After breakfast I did some grocery shopping so I picked up some sushi for lunch.

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Last night I celebrated my birthday with my family and Alicia and her family at Benihana!

Onion soup:

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Hibachi steak and fried rice:

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This morning my daughter made me breakfast!

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Pancakes and scrambled eggs! So cute!!! 

Tonight is my husband’s company’s holiday party and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone! Happy Birthday to me! ;)

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