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Winter Blues

With December comes January. The holidays are over. Maybe there were some fancy dinners. And now it really is winter. Time for the January Blues? Yes! Blue Cheese.

You don't have to do a lot of cooking. In fact you don't have to do any cooking for a great meal; what we like to call our picnic dinner. Howies/Alexanders has a very nice selection of exactly the sort of things we love with our picnics. But for this post we'd like to put a little focus on what we always include: grapes and blue cheese.

In particular, Howie's stocks some particularly outstanding red seedless grapes. Their flavor is the perfect match for blue cheese and we are particularly enthralled with those grapes and Point Reyes Original Blue. It is a raw cows milk cheese aged for 3 1/2 months. The mouth feel is very creamy and the taste is just the thing for lovers of blue mold flavor. Pop a grape in your mouth and add a bit of this blue and close your eyes to savor the exquisite flavor combination.

After that, what goes on your plate? Here's our favorite list of must haves:

  • Additional Cheeses. We like, at least, one soft, one hard and, of course, one blue.

  • Assorted Olives

  • Tomatoes

  • Green Onions

  • Sweet Cherry Peppers or Pepperoncini

  • Sliced Ham and/or Smoked Fish

  • Mustard, Grainy is really nice

  • Sourdough Bread (Try the Raymond's from Howies if you aren't happening to be baking your own.)