Well, it's the holiday season which means the reappearance of one of my guilty pleasures, the cheese ball. I've tried several recipes but most use cream cheese as a base, and even after I try adding in extra cheese just don't seem to capture that sharp cheesey flavor I've grown to crave. I believe there has to be a better base to build these around. Do you or any of your readers have a good recipe/idea to try? Thanks, Sparky Cheesemonger's posts to find other suggestions for good soft cheeses. When you've found a soft cheese with a good flavor, blend it with herbs, nuts, roasted garlic, or other ingredients until you get the taste you want. Depending on the pungency of the cheese you may also want to still cut in a little cream cheese. I'll post a recipe a little later today for one of my favorite cheese spreads! In the meantime, does anyone else have favorite recipes for Sparky?