Country Cooking with a Granville Flair: Fiesta Cheese Ball

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The weather has been so hot that my thoughts are turning to cooler weather and fall events. What better way to spend an autumn day than to visit Granville? On Oct. 1, we will kick off the Granville Fall Celebration. Jazz on the Cumberland, held at the Veterans Park, will start at 11 a.m. and feature different bands. There will also be a Quilt Festival at the historic Granville United Methodist Church from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Sutton Homestead will feature "The 1930s: A Time of Endurance," and the Pioneer Village will featured "Days of Yesteryear" with 25 craftsmen as the 19th Alabama re-enactors demonstrate life of days gone by.

There will also be a Blacksmith Festival, the Ralph Maddux Memorial Motorcycle Show and the kick-off of the Scarecrow Festival, which will run through Oct. 29.

Craftsmen demonstrations will include sorghum-making by Mennonites, grist mill, basket-weaving, primitive cooking, soap-making, cider-making, broom-making and woodcarving. Add children's rides into the mix, and there will be something for everyone! So make your plans now for some great food and fun! For more details about the events, visit www.granvilletn.com. You won't be sorry. Be sure and tell your friends about us.

Fiesta Cheese Ball

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

¼ c. shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

3-4 T. minced fresh cilantro

2-3 T. grated onion

1 T. chili powder

1 tsp. dried minced garlic

½ tsp. garlic salt

¼ tsp. dried oregano

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1/8 tsp. ground cumin

1/8 to ¼ hot pepper sauce

¼ c. minced fresh parsley

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese. Add the next 10 ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Shape into a ball. Roll in parsley. Cover and refrigerate for eight hours or overnight. Serve with crackers.

This recipe was submitted by Leslie Letterman and can be found in the new cookbook, "Granville: Our Mayberry Cookbook."

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