Holiday Tree-Shaped Cheese Ball on Food Porn Friday

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Image Source: General Mills / Betty Crocker

Cheese balls, once a staple among holiday appetizers began to get a huge yawn because that little round ball of cheese sitting among crackers or baguettes ready for your guests to include on their party plates, became the joke and bore of the party…next to the fruitcake of course.

Today, we thought why not include an easy to make recipe, for a more festive looking cheese ball than the expected nut encrusted, ball-shaped appetizer. We spotted this Holiday Tree-Shaped Cheese Ball that adds a more celebratory flavor amid your holiday appetizer spread. It’s easy to make and can be prepared and stored in the freezer way in advance of your holiday get-together.

Click here for all of the ingredients and easy step-by-step instructions for making this festive Holiday Tree-Shaped Cheese Ball.

Happy #FoodPornFriday!


Conversations of Comfort In the Grocery Aisle

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My husband and I share shopping responsibilities when purchasing our staples at the grocery store. I, on the other hand, do most of the shopping, simply because who wouldn’t want to get the most for their buck these days right?

My patience with strolling down the aisles looking for good deals, no matter how long it takes is the type of patience my husband does not share with me. He, on the other hand, is very focused to go in, get what he needs, get out and on his way. I like the idea of searching the aisles more methodically, seeking for something new to try, and discovering great sales on staples to stock up on.

While the grocery store would not seem to be the most ideal place to strike up conversations and socialize, I’ve found that the conversations somehow find me. I run into many people with stories, genuine stories of heartbreaking grief, but their loneliness leads them to the grocery aisles finding themselves now making adjustments in how much they are buying. These conversations are like poetry – heartfelt stories told in an abbreviated timeframe.

Thumbing through sale items or waiting for the associate to restock products that have literally flown off the shelves, you may randomly strike up a conversation about that particular out-of-stock sale item, which leads to some intimate details of that individual’s unexpected and sorrowful life changes. Yet, in just a few moments, these conversations of loss, loneliness, and heartbreak lead me to a greater place of understanding, compassion, and gratitude.

I don’t personally know these individuals I strike up such random conversations with. I don’t know if they are rich or poor, their political affiliation, their religious convictions or educational aptitude. I don’t care if they are cultural opposites of me or even their sexual preferences. I just recognize that I am speaking to another human being, another child of God who just needs a moment to talk, and a moment for me to listen. I will probably never ever see these individuals again, but in that one moment in time there is simply an intimate connection of the spirit and shared compassion of the encouragement we genuinely give to others with sincere agape love.

One-Pot Creamy Tuscan Ravioli Soup on Food Porn Friday

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Image Source: Pillsbury Kitchens

Ahhh…here’s a quick and easy dish to make that you can cozy up to in front of your fireplace, on those cold blustery days outside. Today on Food Porn Friday we are featuring this recipe for One-Pot Creamy Tuscan Ravioli Soup from Pillsbury Kitchens. Actually, it really does not take long to make.

  • Prep: 35 MIN
  • Total: 35 MIN
  • Ingredients: 11
  • Servings: 6

If you still have some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, you could substitute it in place of the chicken if you prefer. So pop some crescent rolls in the oven and then wrap your taste buds around a spoonful of this lip-smacking, soul-stirring soup. Click here for all of the ingredients and directions for making this hearty and easy One-Pot Creamy Tuscan Ravioli Soup! For more delicious One-Pot Meal ideas, be sure to check out

Preparation for the Feast

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Luki Luke

Today, we begin our hustle of preparation for the well-advertised feast of the year that’s happening tomorrow.

After our last bite, after loosening our waistbands to exhale the tightness built up in our stomachs from overeating, and after the last snore before we get back up for another taste of our crime of passion, diving into that sprawl of delicacies covered up with aluminum foil and tucked away on overcrowded stoves and countertops, may the spirit and purpose of this feast be with you, not to be cast aside like the flip of a hand.

For throughout this day of preparation, let this feast be a beacon of unmitigated hope, love, and not exploited and wasted. Let us supply and feed the famished as our feast overflows  – true thanksgiving for the hungry to hunger no more.

Thanksgiving Veggie Dishes on Food Porn Friday

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A plant-based vegan recipe so packed with intense fall flavors that everyone will want a slice on their Holiday dinner plate. [Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

It simply blows my mind that Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. Typically households around the country will serve their meat of choice, turkey, duck, chicken, fish, ham or turducken. Yet, those side dishes are the staple for every meal, whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or meat eater.

To start off, we found this beautiful presentation for Vegetables Wellington from the food lab at Serious Eats. This recipe: Serves 8 to 10 | ACTIVE TIME: 4 hours | TOTAL TIME: 5 hours. Click here for step by step instructions and ingredients for making this mouthwatering dish that received rave reviews from cooks everywhere.

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Image: Brussels Sprout Gratin by David Goldman

Click here to check out these 37 amazing side dishes like Easy Corn Pudding, Grandma Moore’s Creamed Corn, Roasted Butternut Squash Salad With Tangerine-Rosemary Vinaigrette, The Neelys’ Hearty Winter Green Saute and Ellie’s Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Shallots, courtesy of the Food Network.

Happy #FoodPornFriday!

Spicy Korean-Style Pork Medallions with Asian Slaw on Food Porn Friday

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Image: Scott Phillips

Looking for an easy and nutritional meal that is low in calories, with just the right amount of spice to seduce your tastebuds? Well, on Food Porn Friday we found this recipe for Spicy Korean-Style Pork Medallions with Asian Slaw from the kitchen of Fine Cooking.

Who wants to be in the kitchen all day preparing dinner when you can create this exquisite meal that serves 4 to 6 people in no time at all? So grab your pork tenderloins, soy sauce, ginger, brown sugar, napa cabbage, Asian chile sauce, and a few other simple ingredients to create this amazingly artistic dish. Click here to get all of the ingredients and directions, provided by Tony Rosenfeld from Fine Cooking!

Happy #FoodPornFriday!!!