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Charles Phoenix's 5 days of Christmas: Melting cheese at Big Kid Collectibles

Charles Phoenix at his pop-up test kitchen in Sherman Oaks.
Charles Phoenix at his pop-up test kitchen in Sherman Oaks.
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If you're on the guest list for a holiday potluck and you're wondering what to bring, we've got your solution. Performer and culinary daredevil Charles Phoenix has created a dish that's certain to please — Frosty the Cheeseball Snowman.

The dairy-licious concoction doesn't take much: Velveeta cheese, cream cheese and a few veggies. That's why Phoenix says the project is so accessible.

"It's fun for kids, it's a conversation piece at your party, it's a performance piece," he says. "This is the cheeseball that will perform for you by melting, and he's in the form of Frosty the Snowman."

Clad in his iconic brightly-colored polo and apron, Phoenix set up his test kitchen in Big Kid Collectibles, a retro Sherman Oaks toy store with equally bright trinkets. He stacks three balls of cheese, one on top of the other, coats them in white cream cheese and cuts veggie clothing and facial expressions to decorate.

Sitting in an electric skillet set to low, it's 30 minutes until "you got queso, cheese dip, fondue, call it whatever you want," Phoenix says.

You can post photos of your cheesy creation here.

This is the fourth in a series of alternative holiday observances Phoenix filmed as part of the L.A. County Arts Holiday Celebration. The videos are to be released Christmas Eve, but he decided to give KPCC a sneak preview this week. Check back each day for a new video and a behind-the-scenes interview with KPCC's Alex Cohen.