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Homemade “Boursin” Cheese

Years ago I discovered Boursin Cheese. But that little container (only 5.2 ounces!) can be very expensive. I haven’t bought it in years because of that. It would also be gone in minutes because there isn’t much to it. This recipe may not give you a huge amount either (8 ounces at least) but you can also double the recipe and use lighter ingredients as well to save some calories and fat. It’s a cream cheese base so use the light cream cheese. I will not use fat-free cream cheese because I feel that it really loses all it’s flavor when you take away ALL the fat. But that’s just me. It’s up to you and what you wish. If calories are no object then by all means use the full fat version of cream cheese in the recipe. Another great thing about this recipe is that all the herbs and spices in it are very common and I would think most of us have them all on hand in our pantries. This recipe actually comes from The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast Inn. I had stayed there many years ago. The Inn is in Cape May, New Jersey and was a wonderful place, not far from the water. So give this a try and remember to make it the night before. It’s better that way, trust me! The spread itself is mild and is accented nicely by the crushed peppercorns. It’s a great spread with crackers during cocktail hour!

INGREDIENTS:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon dried basil

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

freshly ground black peppercorns

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

2. Shape into a ball or log and roll in crushed black peppercorns or place in a serving dish and sprinkle generously with coarsely crushed black peppercorns. Or just serve it in a decorative serving bowl! Your choice!

3. Best if refrigerated at least overnight before serving.

Makes 1 cup

Smoked Salmon Spread

There is nothing better than a great bagel with cream cheese. My favorites cream cheese spreads are scallion and smoked salmon. The only problem is they can be very expensive buying them at the bagel store or in the supermarket. I have started making my own which not only give me more than that little container and I know exactly what is in it. I use the Neuchâtel cream cheese, which is lower in calories and fat. You can’t taste the difference at all. Besides, the bagel will have enough calories for everyone! This spread is also great on crackers, fresh vegetables, crostini, pita chips or whatever you want!

INGREDIENTS:

1 (8 ounce) package Neuchâtel Cream Cheese (light cream cheese)

4 green onions (scallions)

4 ounces sliced smoked salmon

1 teaspoon prepared horseradish

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


DIRECTIONS:

Remove ends and roots of scallions. Place all ingredients into a food processor and mix till well blended.

Chill or serve right away

Makes about 1½ cups

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