for most people, running seven miles several times a week means getting to eat whatever you want, full stop. as i have the metabolism of a ball python (thanks, nature!), i'm not so lucky - but i do let the exercise justify the preparation of ludicrous special occasion food on non-holidays.

cheese ball (xmas edition)

ye olde five-months-'til-christmas-eve cheese ball*

- 4 c grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 4-5 oz. cream cheese (let it sit out for a bit)
- 1/4 c mayonnaise
- 1/4 c chopped scallions (or chives, but i like scallions)
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- tabasco to taste
- pimentón (smoked paprika)
- cayenne pepper

combine everything but the pimentón and the cayenne in a large bowl; when the cheese mixture is well blended, form it into a ball (i tend to wear latex gloves if they're handy; this is a fragrant recipe, and the spices will stain your hands). throw the ball in the refrigerator to harden back up a bit, then roll it on a plate that's been dusted with the spices.

WASPy holiday grub in july? reader, i served it.

*also known as the two-weeks-'til-meg's-wedding cheese ball - this recipe first improved my life at her bridal shower this past fall.


reader said...

that's a lot of running! are you training for something? mmmmm cheeseball.

lauren said...

i'm training for...fitting into ever-smaller pants? originally i had promised myself i could go to iceland if i managed to get officially ripped, but i think we'll be vacationing in our new apartment for the forseeable future. just vanity, then.

Rachel (Heart of Light) said...

You are a crazy runner! Does it count if I think about running several times a week but never make it out the door? The consideration should burn some calories.

I have an unholy love of cheese balls. I will be making this one day.