White Cheddar Cran Ball

 

Oh, hi.  It’s me.  I hope you had an epically fantastic holiday!  I did, which is partly why I am just now writing, two weeks later.  Whomp whomp.

I spent several bliss-filled days with my two 10-ish-year-old nephews.  and my 8-month old niece. I love spending time with them so much, and get so depressed when I have to drive back to Boston, far, far away from them.  My niece is without a doubt the most adorable baby on the planet, and happens to be the heaviest thing I’ve held since Nam.  Seriously, after Day One of my visit, my biceps were sore.  Why is it that rolls of fat on my niece’s thighs are adorbs, but not so much on my 30-year-old legs?  Oh, the humanity.

Anyway, yes.  Christmas was the best. On top of awesome gifts I received, including my annual ornament featuring MY BLOG,

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PB and Jenni Ornament from my mom, who doesn’t read my blog.  She had to text me to ask how I spelled my blog, so I knew something was up.  But I can’t be mad, I’m a deli platter!

I got to cook in my mom’s kitchen, which is always fun.  So there will be plenty of goodies coming your way, as soon as I get time to write.

Do you have New Year’s Resolutions?  I’ve never been huge on them, since we are all destined to fail in life anyway.  Just kidding.  But seriously, I have made a list for this year:

  1. BLOG MORE CONSISTENTLY
  2. Take more pictures with loved ones
  3. Budget my time better

I say yes to too many things, and end up not doing what i need to do for me (like blogging, going to the gym, cooking).  I need to balance my time.  And write to you, my loves!

Anyway, on to my last recipe of 2015!

I made this for a holiday party, and it was INCREDIBLE.  Normally, I try to steer clear of mounds of cheese, mainly because they are just too sweet; however, this was totally different.  Why, you ask?  Oh, let me tell you!  The Worcester sauce.  Game changer.  It cuts through the sweetness of the cream cheese, without overpowering anything else.  I almost ate this at home the night before all by myself, all the while trying to conjure up a crazy story involving raccoons braking into my apartment and eating all of my cheese and crackers.   Plausible, right?  I mean, how could they resist such a beautiful masterpiece?

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Take 5 minutes and make this.  It’s gorgeous, tastes amazing, and will be the talk of your party.  The perfect match to the ball drop, right?  Anyway, your resolution to eat better starts tomorrow, so chow down on this today 🙂  Enjoy, and Happy New Year!


 

Materials:

  • mixing bowl
  • mixer
  • spatula
  • measuring cup and spoon

Ingredients:

  • 1-package of cream cheese, softened (I used reduced fat)
  • 1 block of white cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • pecans, optional
  • crackers, for serving

Directions:

  1. Mix cream cheese, shredded cheese, and Worcester sauce in a bowl (using a mixer) until well combined.  IMG_6512
  2. Stir in nuts (optional).IMG_6513
  3. Form mixture into a ball on a plate with your hands and a spatula.IMG_6514IMG_6515
  4. Press dried cranberries into the surface of the ball to make a “jeweled” effect.IMG_6517
  5. Place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to set.
  6. Enjoy!

 

White Cheddar Cran Ball

  • Servings: 6-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

IMG_6520

  • mixing bowl
  • mixer
  • spatula
  • measuring cup and spoon

Ingredients:

  • 1-package of cream cheese, softened (I used reduced fat)
  • 1 block of white cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • pecans, optional
  • crackers, for serving

Directions:

  1. Mix cream cheese, shredded cheese, and Worcester sauce in a bowl (using a mixer) until well combined.
  2. Stir in nuts (optional).
  3. Form mixture into a ball on a plate with your hands and a spatula.
  4. Press dried cranberries into the surface of the ball to make a “jeweled” effect.
  5. Place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to set.
  6. Enjoy!
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