8 oz blue cheese, at room temperature
4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
Three ingredients, that's it! Pulse together in a food processor, or, combine in a blender. Spoon into a serving bowl. (Note: blue cheese has a piquancy you and your guests may not be used to... start with 4 oz of blue cheese, taste, and then decide if you want to add more zing go for it!)
Going for something a little more upscale, try a Fourme d'Ambert or Bleu d'Auvergne. These can be delivered to your door within a few days. Also, don't skimp on the cream cheese. I once tried to save money buying the generic brand for a cheesecake... not a good decision. Go for the name brand or even better, try this.
Everything can be prepared a day ahead. Come home from church and everything's already set to go. Add some tortilla chips, a potato soup (next post) and there you have a nourishing and satisfying meal.
For beverages, beer of course, or sparkling apple cider (who says you only drink that at Christmas and New Year's!).