A Matter of Taste

I am a very visual person. I love to have recipes with photographs… it makes the recipe that much more tempting and desirable. Often times, I will be flipping through a magazine and will fall in love with a photo of a recipe, only to take a look at the recipe and realize that I really don’t care for some of the ingredients in the dish. This does not happen very often, as I am not a very picky eater, but when it does sometimes I am still lured in just enough by the photo to throw out my picky qualms about an ingredient and to try the recipe anyway.

This happened recently when I was flipping through June/July 2008 issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray. A photograph for an appetizer called “Sky Blue Potatoes” caught my eye and I immediately was intrigued. Then, I took a look at the ingredients and noticed that the “Blue” in the recipe title actually came from the fact that Blue Cheese is one of the prominent ingredients. I have never been a fan of Blue Cheese. I have always wanted to be, but each and every time I try it it just does nothing for my tastebuds. I was still being tempted by the photo, so I decided to make this appetizer anyway.

This appetizer was not a huge amount of work, but to do all of that work only to discover that you still do not like blue cheese is a little disappointing.  I don’t know what I was expecting my tastebuds to do…did I really think they were going to make a big whopping change, just like that? Actually, yes… yes I did. I just thought that I’d make the recipe, take my first bite, and suddenly be in love with blue cheese! It didn’t happen, folks. In case you are wondering, I still am not a blue cheese fan.

This appetizer got a thumbs up from the Blue Cheese lovers who tried it. If you are of the Blue Cheese loving group, you’ll love this appetizer. If you are not, I’ve done the work for you and can tell you… blue cheese still tastes like blue cheese no matter how tempting the photograph!

Sky Blue Potatoes, from Everyday with Rachael Ray, June/July 2008

24 red potatoes, halved lengthwise
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley (for garnish)
1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the potatoes with the olive oil.
  3. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake until the skins are crisp, 20 to 25 minutes. Let them cool.
  4. Scoop out the center of each potato half and place in a medium bowl. Stir in the sour cream, blue cheese, bacon, and green onion.
  5. Fill each potato skin with the sour cream mixture and garnish with parsley.

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  1. says


    I am a big fan of twice-baked potatoes, and need to pull out the old recipe book for Blue Cheese and Chives baked potatoes. I had them for last Christmas dinner and they were to die for. The extended length of cooking helps dull the pungent flavor that many people don’t like about Blue Cheese allowing my crowd of non-Blue cheese eaters to enjoy them as well. Great photo!

  2. says

    I have the same problem with blue cheese. No matter how hard I try, I just don’t like it. But I continue to make it because everyone else seems too!

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