I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Having The Blues Makes This Family Happy

In our family loving blue cheese appears to be genetic. There is nothing funnier than watching us at a family get together when it’s time to dress the salad. As soon as the refrigerator opens and that little container of crumbled blue cheese hits the counter we all come running from every end of the house, just to snag a piece.
One of the funniest blue cheese moments was during a party when I was living in my first apartment. I decided to make my own chicken wings and blue cheese dip. I wanted the blue cheese dip to be loaded with chunks, so after the creamy part of the dip was made I added almost an extra pound of crumbled up blue cheese. I placed the wings and dip on the kitchen table for everyone to help themselves. While everyone was talking and mingling, I noticed that my mother and uncle never ventured far from the table. When I went to go get a wing I was looking forward to taking a dunk and pulling up a nice big chunk of blue cheese. To my surprise all I got was a nice creamy dip, no chunks. My mother and uncle on the other hand were grinning from ear to ear telling me how nice and chunky the blue cheese dip was. The two of them had been sitting at the table snagging all the chunks of blue cheese out of the dip.

Blue Cheese Dip/Dressing

1/2 to 3/4 lb. Blue Cheese (any style you like)
1 cup of sour cream
1/2 to 3/4 cup of heavy cream or buttermilk (depending on how thick you want your dressing)
1 cup of mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar

Mash Blue cheese in bowl; add sour cream or buttermilk, mayonnaise, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice or vinegar. Blend until well creamed. This dressing keeps for several weeks in the refrigerator. It is delicious as a dip or a dressing.

May add extra crumbled blue cheese if you like yours extra chunky, just don’t invite my mother or uncle over.


Butta Buns said...

Can't blame your mom and uncle a bit. In fact, I'd say they're geniuses.

My husband has been recently diagnosed with heart disease so such things have been on "the verboten" list. But if you ever have a party, do invite me. I'll sit right close to your mom and uncle.

Patricia Scarpin said...

The love for blue cheeses is something that has been growing on me, Julie - and that is good! :)

Mom and uncle are two smart people, I'll say! :)

Julie said...

Thanks Patricia, So many people are absolutely addicted to "Sticky Cheeses" as the gourmands like to refer to them.

Julie said...

Hey Butta Buns, I have missed you, hope all is well. You are welcome to join us any time, this time I'll put an extra pound or more of blue cheese in the dip lol.

Brianna & Dustin said...

yum. definitely a fan of blue cheese!

Julie said...

Hi Brianna and Dustin seems just about everyone loves the blues.

nicisme said...

I love blue cheese and this dip looks awesome Julie!

Julie said...

Thank you Nic