FOR an Easter party at our church, I created this fun rabbit centerpiece from a cheese ball recipe. My children enjoyed decorating the bunny. We used carrots for his ears and mini jelly beans for the eyes, nose and buttons. The cheesy spread has great flavor and is perfect for serving with crackers or veggies. My aunt, Clarice Paulson, who always serves this recipe on holidays, shared it with me.—Beth Paulson, De Pere, Wisconsin
"Working in a local deli and retail outlet that sells herbs and spices gives me a change to create many recipes," says Joyce Montague of Wichita, Kansas. Cottage cheese is the main ingredient in this creamy dip that's terrific with raw veggies or crackers.
This simple cheese spread appeals to every palate, so I rely on it often. It's a no-fuss favorite of mine because it can be made 2 days before your gathering and then refrigerated. —Angie Meyers, Chamberburg, Pennsylvania
This cheese ball has been a requested favorite of family and friends for more than 30 years. If I ever bring a different appetizer to a party, people are disappointed!
—Sue Franklin, Wentzville, Missouri
Because of popular demand, my pretty cheese log has become a tasty tradition at our women's Christmas brunch. As soon as the ladies try a bite, I start getting requests for the recipe. —Evangeline Rew, Manassas, Virginia
When our family and friends get together for holidays or other occasions, I serve this appetizer. It's always a success. If you prefer, try a Swiss cheese spread instead of the cheddar. And, if you enjoy garlic, substitute a small clove of minced garlic for the garlic powder. —Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson, Lusby, Maryland