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MORE ON MAYTAG BLUE CHEESE...
Here's the scoop from cheese whiz Laura Werlin,
(famous for turning one of the most classic American foods, the grilled cheese sandwich, into something exotic... Anyone for a "chips and guacamole grilled cheese?" ... You can find the recipe on her website.)
She describes Maytag Blue as having a "creamy-crumbly" texture, with little or no rind and a moist consistency. (Variation among blue cheeses is substantial, although most tend to have a salty character in addition to the tell-tale veins of blue mold.) Maytag Blue is made in Iowa and offers an affordable tasty cheese. It's a staple item at Ranch Foods Direct.
If grilling steaks for the July Fourth weekend, consider topping them with Laura Werlin's simple blue cheese-chive butter.
BLUE CHEESE-CHIVE BUTTER
Using an electric mixer or wooden spoon, mix together 4 T. unsalted butter (at room temp), 2 oz. creamy blue cheese (also at room temp), and 2 T. finely chopped chives. Place the mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap about 14 inches long. Bring the long sides together and fold inward toward the butter mixture. Gently roll the butter mixture into a log about 6 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Twist the sides tightly against the ends of the log and refrigerate until firm, at least one hour or overnight. When steaks are ready, remove the log from the fridge and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Place a pat or two of butter on each steak and let set for five minutes before serving.
Here's another classic way to enjoy Maytag blue cheese over the holiday weekend, while taking advantage of all the fresh radishes, carrots, sweet salad turnips, and other vegetables now in season:
MAYTAG BLUE CHEESE DIP
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 ounces Maytag Blue Cheese, crumbled
2 scallions (or green onions), chopped
Mix the first three ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the crumbled blue cheese and all but 1 tablespoon of the scallions, and stir until blended but chunky. Season to taste with fresh ground pepper. Put mixture into a serving bowl and garnish with the reserved 1 tablespoon of scallions.
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