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To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Jul 14, 2011

Dirty Martini Cheese Spread

Libations used: 1 Tbs dry vermouth
Libations left over: Make yourself a dirty martini

The dip fun continues!  Usually when I do a cheese spread, I resort to these wine cheese balls, but I didn't feel like cracking open a whole bottle of wine if I was going to be making everyone cocktails.  I had tons of green olives and some leftover cream cheese in the fridge, so I decided to make something dirty martini inspired.  I recommend serving this with toast points or toasted bread slices — something not too salty because blue cheese can already be on the salty side.  Everyone devoured this dip, so mark this one in the books as a Lush Chef favorite (and original) recipe.

Dirty Martini Cheese Spread 
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup minced green olives
  • 1 Tbs dry vermouth
  • 1/2 Tbs dried oregano
- Combine all ingredients thoroughly.  Done.
- Serve with toast points or crackers.