November 10th, 2017
Years ago my husband bought me the Williams Sonoma Thanksgiving cookbookhe joked that it was really a gift for him so he could enjoy all the delicious food. At first, I was intimidated by the recipes, but that book taught me a lot of basicshow to cook a great turkey, a flaky pie crust, and the Spicy Three Cheese Spread thats become a Thanksgiving favorite.
Though Im now a more seasoned cook, I honestly keep very few cookbooks on my shelf. Instead, I prefer to browse lots of recipes from many sources, plucking ideas from here and there to craft the perfect menu or dish. Checking out a huge stack of cookbooks is my idea of a relaxing nighthot beverage in hand, of course, to help inspire the browsing.
My new foodie fascination is browsing cooking magazines on RBdigital the free digital magazine service available through the library. I was delighted to discover I could download the holiday cookie magazines (if youre a baker, you know that those magazines often retail at $10 or more). Taste of Home, Food Network Magazine, Martha Stewart Living and more are all free to browse and download with your library card.
Stop by one of our library branches (and the librarys website) to get inspiration for your holiday menu planning. In the meantime, heres how we like to make that Spicy Three Cheese Spread at our house. Bon appétit and happy holidays!
Spicy Three Cheese Spread
Adapted from Williams Sonoma Thanksgiving.
Make this at least a day ahead to give the flavors time to meld. Its amazing used as a dip for crackers or vegetables and adds a delightful kick to leftover turkey sandwiches.
- 6 oz. Swiss cheese, finely diced or shredded
- 6 oz. sharp orange Cheddar, finely diced or shredded
- 4 oz. creamy blue cheese or gorgonzola
- 5 TBSP salted butter
- 1/3 cup tawny Port
- 4 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce (add more if you want it spicier)
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 green onion, minced (include the tender green parts)
- Finely diced pimento, if desired
Let the cheeses and butter come to room temperature, then mix with the remaining ingredients. If you want, mix in some pimento for a festive, red accent. Makes 8-10 servings.
Whats your favorite holiday dish?
Photo credit: Lauren H. Craig — https://www.flickr.com/photos/perpetuallychic/8723257010/in/photostream/