The Test Kitchen was born when Charles discovered an old slide picturing an intriguing Christmas tree-shaped holiday appetizer centerpiece begging to be reincarnated. It was a foil-wrapped Styrofoam cone studded with multi-colored toothpicks finished with a cocktail weenie or savory bite-size treat. This irresistible image inspired Charles to create the spectacular Astro-Weenie Christmas Tree how-to video encouraging fans to create and share their version of this savory seasonal sensation.

The success and satisfaction of the Astro Weenie Christmas Tree (and subsequent Astro Weenie Pineapple, Astro Weenie Ball and various other shaped centerpieces) got Charles in the mood to heat up the oven and reinvent other classic American recipes.
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