Cook's Corner — recipes from all over the world

Debbie Shady shows off her cheese balls recently. She says they are really tasty while watching the Super Bowl.

Because of a father and husband who served in the military, Debbie Shady has traveled a lot. During those travels, she has collected many recipes from around the world.

“I have friends whom I have known for 30 or 40 years and they all have given me recipes that I treasure to this day,” Shady said. “I have always loved to cook, especially when my kids and grandkids are over. My mom taught me to cook at an early age and I knew how to cook German chicken and noodles by the time I was 9 years old.”

Shady has spent time in Hawaii and Germany where, she said, she received the majority of her different recipes. The following recipe was given to her by a friend in Germany.

“My favorite recipes to make are cheesecakes and pies, but I also love to make appetizers,” she said. “I hope folks enjoy this recipe. It’s a good one to make for Super Bowl parties. My family enjoys it and sometimes we put different things in it to spice it up a bit.”

Ruby’s Cheese Ball

1 pound of cheddar or Colby cheese, grated and softened

1 pound (2 pkgs) of cream cheese, softened

optional — 1/2 pound of Velveeta cheese — this makes a creamier ball.

1 medium onion, grated, or 1 t. onion powder

1 t. Worcestershire sauce

1 t. mustard

2 T. mayonnaise

Mix well. You may have to use your hands.

Chill 2-4 hours. Form into balls, logs, or whatever shape you wish. Chill again for 2 hours. You can add a can of chopped green chilies, pepper flakes or any seasoning you may desire. Roll in parsley, paprika or other colorful spices.

Serve with crackers.

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