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Re: Blue Cheese

June 13, 2013

So here’s the thing. I know people have different tastes in food and I have no problem with that, to each their own. In fact, if I’m cooking for someone the first thing I ask is what don’t you eat? It’s this that I ask you to keep in mind as I tell the tale of this blue cheese fiasco.

In honor of it being Friday and the Bruins having the chance to sweep the Penguins I figured I would make something special for the game. After some brief brainstorming I settled on buffalo chicken pizza and took to the internet to read some recipes. After doing my homework I sent bill the following list of ingredients:

-Chicken

-Pizza Dough

-Frank’s Hot Sauce

-Tomato Sauce

-Monterey Jack Cheese

-Crumbled Blue Cheese

I had everything else I needed at home but required these ingredients to bring everything together. Bill’s response to this? “All set.” Excited, I watched the clock as my bus brought me closer to home and to puck drop. Upon arriving home Bill exclaimed “I have everything you asked for in the kitchen!” “Awesome, thanks a lot,” I replied. As I quickly accounted for everything I realized there was something missing…Blue cheese. “Bill, where’s the blue cheese,” I asked. “Oh, I didn’t get it, I don’t like blue cheese.” As you can imagine a debate ensued, and I now turn to the internet to prove I was right.

I love blue cheese, let that be known. Bill, as I’ve now learned, does not. As I stated before this is fine, but here’s my gripe with the way this entire situation unfolded. Rather than say I don’t like blue cheese to give me a heads up allowing me substitute a different cheese, Bill instead told me that he got “everything.” I would have gladly switched it out, but he gave me no indication it was a problem, and therefore I was left without a key ingredient.

Now, Bill doesn’t see it this way, but the fact of the matter is blue cheese Is arguably the strongest flavored cheese there is, so if you plan a meal with it in there it is a big ingredient, some would even say essential. He cannot fathom how completely omitting a key ingredient from a recipe could hinder it in any way, and therefore couldn’t process how he could be in the wrong here. But he is wrong, very, very wrong. Instead of a nice blend of cheeses I utilized an absurd amount of Monterrey jack to cover the pizza. The blue cheese was very missed, but since I’m used to Bill either forgetting or purchasing the wrong ingredients, I was able to recover.

Ranting aside here’s what I did:

-Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and paprika and broiled for about 3 minutes each side.

-Heat up and mix a dash of Worcestershire sauce, ½ cup tomato sauce, and however much Frank’s Red Hot you can tolerate in a saute pan over medium heat.

-Cut the chicken into chunks and a mix in with your sauce.

-Stretch your dough out across a pizza pan (I used basil dough).

-Add the chicken and sauce mixture evenly across the dough.

-Top with shredded Monterrey jack cheese, blue cheese (assuming you have it and the person you asked to get it isn’t a drama queen), and chopped green onion.

-Insert into an oven preheated to 425 and cook for 20 minutes or until crisp.

-Cut into slices and serve!

-Patrick

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2 Comments
  1. Patty B permalink

    I suggest making Bill the salads he forces you to like and cover them with all sorts of blue cheese.

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