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2019 Declared "The Year of the Cheese Ball"

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:

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 (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!

Maggie is a rural public radio guru; someone who can get you through both minor jams and near catastrophes and still come out ahead of the game. She pens our grants, reports to the Board of Directors and helps guide our station into the dawn of a new era. Maggie is a locavore to the max (as evidenced on Wednesday mornings), brings in months’ worth of kale each fall, has heat on in her office 12 months a year, and drinks coffee out of a plastic 1987 KAXE mug every day. Doting parents and grandparents, she and her husband Dennis live in the asphalt jungle of East Nary.