The Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen Puttin' the Kitsch in Kitchen!
Eye-popping edible party centerpieces and potluck pleasers made with legendary American brand name products. These festive original recipes reflect the retro sensibility Charles is famous for. Don’t just eat your food, have fun with it too! And serve it up with a great big helping of American pride!
CHARLES PHOENIX: LAS VEGASLAND Live Comedy Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating Sin City in the 50s & 60s!
4982 Shirley Street
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Be prepared for your local loving spirit to soar, Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix is celebrating vintage Vegas, at the Liberace Mansion. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle-eye for oddball detail, Charles shares…Read More
CHARLES PHOENIX: SAN FERNANDO VALLEYLAND Live Comedy Performance Celebrating the World’s Most Famous Valley
Valley Relics Museum
7900 Balboa Blvd #C3
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Surrounded by the electrifying collection pop culture treasures of Valley Relics Museum, Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix roasts and toasts the iconic San Fernando Valley. With his rousing enthusiasm, gracious wit and keen eye for…Read More
CHARLES PHOENIX: CATALINALAND Live Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating SoCal's Enchanted Island!
Avalon Casino Theatre
1 Casino Way
Avalon, CA 90704
Catalina Island Museum presents ... Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, at the iconic Casino's spectacular 1929 Art Deco movie palace. Be prepared for your Catalina loving' spirit to SOAR when Charles sweeps us away on…Read More
CHARLES PHOENIX: LONG BEACHLAND Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating the Epic City by the Sea
2025 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA
Be prepared for your Long Beach lovin’ pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a “then and now” time travel slide show adventure extravaganza exploring Long Beach’s landmarks and…Read More
The Jack-O-Cheeze Ball is a salsa-filled Velveeta ball Halloween party appetizer that melts into yummy queso fondue dip! Your guests will be mesmerized.
Jack is the Halloween version of Frosty the Cheeseball Man. But this time with a twist — the Velveeta is filled with chunky salsa!
Velveeta is an incredible medium to work in and is very under-rated in the sculpture world. I prefer working with Velveeta more than clay and even more than Play-Doh. And when you’re done playing with it, you can eat it too. Tastes just like liquid mac ‘n’ cheese.
What you’ll need to create your own Jack-O-Cheeze Ball:
retro electric skillet (that works)
3 Velveeta bricks
jar of chunky salsa
black tortilla chips
Start by kneading Velveeta bricks into a ball. Carve salsa well in middle and freeze for 1 hour to firm. Remove and spoon out more of the well. Shape excess Velveeta into a Jack’s lid. Place in cool electric skillet; pour in jar of chunky salsa place top and seal and seal. Smooth ball with wet fingers. Decorate with celery stalk starburst and give Jack his black tortilla chip face.
As soon as the party gets going, gather guests around Jack and toast him. Without skipping a beat, plug in the electric skillet on low. (This gives “toast” another whole meaning!)
When the celery wilts dead, Jack is too and it’s time to dig in with chips, fruits, veggies, cookies, breadsticks, pretzels, Halloween candy…anything you want.
Shall we have a Velveeta sculpture contest? Yes! Have fun and send pix!
Frosty the Cheeseball Man is made of three Velveeta balls stacked and frosted with cream cheese and decorated with veggies. Proudly present him in an electric skillet to party guests then plug it in. In 30 minutes, he melts into cheesy fondue dip! … FUN n YUM !!!
Ordinarily, beer can-curled coifs, clanking cocktails and cackling conversation around a stainless steel fondue pot, sitting on a rich, blue felt-covered board atop a pool table, would be enough to inspire my imagination and make my spirit soar. But this slide offers much more!