Blue cheese is definitely an acquired taste. It's been described with such varied words as "ammonia," "funny," "too strong" and "ew." The blue in blue cheese is actually mold. Blue cheese was originally produced in caves, where mold grew on the cheese as a natural occurrence. In fact, historians believe blue cheese was an accidental discovery. Who knew mold in cheese would taste so good (once you've acquired a taste for it)? Blue cheese comes in different forms -- the blue cheese dressing you get with your chicken wings, crumbly blue cheese, and creamy Gorgonzola. It also runs the gamut from cheap to expensive, depending on how and where it's produced.
Curious to learn more about tastes and food? Check out the links below.
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- "Love It or Hate It: 10 Ways to Eat Kimchi." Shine. Aug. 5, 2010. (Aug. 15, 2010) http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/love-it-or-hate-it-10-ways-to-eat-kimchi-2236438/
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- Scattergood, Amy. "Haggis Update: Sorry, Folks, The Real Stuff's Still Illegal." LA Weekly. Feb. 1, 2010. (Aug. 15, 2010) http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/shopping/haggis-united-states-import/
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- Stradley, Linda. "History of Vegemite® - Vegemite Sandwich Recipe." What's Cooking America. 2004. (Aug. 15, 2010) http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/VegemiteHistory.htm
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