This week KAXE/KBXE Cheese Queen Mackenzie Lindahl officially declared 2019 the Year of the Cheese Ball!
Mackenzie loves cheese. That fact and many years’ experience as a cheese buyer and local cheese aficionado is why she is the Cheese Queen.
To announce and celebrate this pronouncement, her majesty brought a homemade cheese ball to the KBXE studio, made of four of Harmony Food Co-op’s most popular-selling cheeses. The tasty, light greenish-blue ball included:
- Cream Cheese
- St Pete Select Blue from Caves of Fairbault
- Brie (a small chunk)
- Honeyed goat cheese from Laclare Family Creamery in Wisconsin
- A little honey
- Sliced almonds (to coat the ball)
Mackenzie did not use a recipe. She said she combined about two parts cream cheese with one part each of the blue, brie, and goat cheese. Then she added a little honey and put the cheeses in her food processor. After it was fully combined, she rolled the ball in some sliced almonds and drizzled a little more honey on top.
Our taste testers, Katie Carter and Maggie Montgomery, agreed that the most prominent flavor was blue cheese. Mackenzie thought she could have added a little more honey and might have rolled it in bacon instead of almonds.
For a full account of the cheese ball tasting, plus ideas for other types of cheese balls for holiday entertaining (including vegan), check out the audio of the interview (below). Mackenzie provided a step-by-step slide show (above)
We’d like to invite you to add a photo of your cheese ball to our slide show!
Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org (and let us know what you put in it).
The Cheese Queen and all of us at Northern Community Radio hope you enjoy the Year of the Cheese Ball!