Over the last few months, my fellow bloggers have risen admirably to the Cheese, Please! Recipe Challenge with a variety of cheeses: cow, sheep and goat; soft and hard; and last month’s smoked cheese extravaganza. I’d had a certain cheese in mind for December for a while; both seasonal and distinctive, Stilton seemed the perfect choice. But then I started to feel a bit bad as one of the stalwarts of Cheese, Please!, who will remain nameless
Food Day-Dreaming, is afeared of the blue cheese. Now obviously what I should do is either force-feed her Roquefort until she comes to her senses or else tell her to never darken my blogging doors again with her deranged tastes.
But, hey, it’s nearly Christmas and I’m no cheese scrooge so I am delighted to announce that December is a Cheese, Please! free-for-all. Any cheese, from any animal, from any country, soft or hard, young or old, is permitted, just so long as it’s used to make some sort of Yuletide snack. All the best soirées need a cheesy nibble so from gougères to goujons, pasties to pastries, tarts to toasts, balls to bites and crisps to crudités, let your cheese imaginations run wild. If you can balance it on a paper plate, whilst simultaneously holding a glass of mulled wine and trying to angle yourself so Peter from Technical Services can’t look down your cleavage, then you can enter it in December’s Cheese, Please! Challenge.
Extra points this month for festive decorations and/or the inclusion of cocktail sticks or tinfoil hedgehogs*. And reindeer costumes. And Stilton, obviously.
* For those unfamiliar with the tinfoil hedgehog, the traditional British way of serving cheese, look here.
Want to take part in December’s Cheese, Please! Recipe Blog Challenge? Check out the full rules here.
Write a recipe post using the featured cheese/theme of the month and post it on your blog.
A link to these rules and the Cheese, Please! button (code below) should be included in your post.
My Linkytools account is currently ‘experiencing technical difficulties’ but if you tweet the link to me @fromhomage or email it to email@example.com then I will pick it up and post a link on this page.
Seasons Greetings to everyone; may your festive cheeseboard be stinky and groaning.
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Entries so far:
Parmesan and Smoked Paprika Popcorn
Shallot and Stilton Dip
Goat’s Cheese Truffles with Pistachio and Thyme
Cheese and Leek Tartlets
Goat Cheese and Beetroot Marmalade Parcels
Cranberry Brie ‘Ravioli’ Pastries
Camembert and Cranberry Croissant Bakes
Pesto, Sun-dried Tomato and Parmesan Palmiers
Blue Cheese, Parmesan and Green Olive Breadsticks
Festive Cheese Balls with Nuts and Cranberries
Pecan and Cranberry Cheese Log