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cheese balls
cheese balls
cheese balls

Talking about the photo shoot for Great Balls of Cheese wasn't enough. I had to try my hand at making some at home. Of course my decorating skills aren't very impressive, so I went with one of the more "traditional" balls. But what it may lack in prettiness, it more than made up for in flavor.This spicy corn cheese ball is made with cheddar and cream cheese. I don't want to spoil the recipe because I think you should check out the book for yourself, but there are definitely some canned chiles in adobo sauce which give it a lot of flavor.The chilling time is important, so set aside a couple of hours before you plan to serve these. Then you chop up cilantro for coating the outside.And then just enjoy it with your favorite cracker. By the way, if you want to see author Michelle Buffardi in action making some much cuter cheese balls, check her out on Access Hollywood Live. And if you're still not convinced, there are some recipes you can test out on Amazon too.

cheese balls forever -- and a giveaway

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Great Balls of Cheese

Note: This drawing is now closed. I'm so excited about all of the new Fall cookbooks! Here is one that I'm really loving, because I clearly remember the day when I met author Michelle Buffardi, and she was telling me about her passion for cheese balls. Fast forward about two years later, and Great Balls of Cheese is a real book, in stores everywhere!I'm as big of a fan of cheese as they come, and so the photoshoot was more fun than I can describe. The team was taste-testing everything as it came off the set. I brought along some gluten-free crackers and did some heavy eating. A fun thing about the book is that the cheese ball recipes come in both sweet and savory varieties for just about every occasion.The prop styling was done by Kira Corbin. Yes, you're hearing about her a lot on my blog now because she's just so talented. And as styling projects go, this was a really fun one. That's Kira above, taking extra care to place a napkin just right.I mentioned there are cheese balls for every occasion, right? No, they're not all just for Christmas, but these few are particularly adorable. And even though I don't have great decorating skills, I think most people could handle these designs with a little patience and care. The actual food styling for the book was by Joyce Sangirardi, and she's seriously talented.There is Joyce at work on the owl cheese ball that we ended up putting on the cover of the book.Speaking of the talented team, the real photographs in the book are by the amazing Jason Wyche. These are just my snapshots. His photos are gorgeous, and I urge you to check them out.I can't say enough about how fun these recipes are. Lots are traditional, meaning that they're simply really yummy flavors shaped into a ball.Then you've got recipes like this one. It looks like a real pizza, right? Okay, maybe an unbaked pizza, about to go into the oven. Well that "crust" is a flat cheese ball! This one was so good.And speaking of yummy, this three-layer terrine was one of my favorites.These baby eagles win the cute award.Or does the award go to Nacho Cat? I can't decide. In any case, if you live in the U.S. or Canada and want to be entered into a drawing to possibly win a copy of the book, just post a comment below. I'll choose a winner on Friday at midnight. Good luck.