A good memory: evening-time, twenty-odd years ago, my father and I sat before a cavernous, moldy wedge of blue cheese. Next to it, a Triscuit box waited with its cardboard flaps thrown open like hands asking, why not?
I eagerly awaited the tart, creamy smear of blue cheese my dad offered me on top of one cracker at a time. Delicious! I felt mature eating it, initiated by my enjoyment of this adult-seeming food.
Darwin's too young to understand the slightly sophisticated reputation of blue cheese; he just knows he likes to eat it. He loves this spread, too, which marries the salt and tang of blue cheese with the smooth, mild familiarity of cream cheese and cheddar. It's a perfect way to share blue cheese with kids, especially when the serving bowl is rimmed with crunchy vegetables and whole grain crackers (the crackers pictured are a Triscuit-style cracker with two ingredients: whole wheat flour and salt. You can find one version at Whole Foods, and another version at Stop & Shop under the "Nature's Promise" label.)
Baby-Blue Cheese Spread
1.5 cups crumbled blue cheese
8oz cream cheese, softened
8oz sharp white cheddar, grated
1-2 Tbls. half & half
Combine all ingredients in a food processor, starting with 1 Tbls. cream. Process until smooth, adding the second Tbls cream only if needed. Serve immediately for a creamy dip, or chill for a firmer spread.