Years ago I clipped a recipe for two kinds of cheese cones from a magazine. They were called “cones” because nuts are used to decorate the cheese dip so they look similar to a pine cone.
This is a locavore adaptation of one of those cheese cone recipes. Serve it with fresh slices of apples to dip into it. Try using Honeycrisp apples, as they don’t brown as easily as other common apple varieties, or put the slices in 4 cups water with 1/2 tsp salt dissolved in it. Let soak for about 5 minutes, then drain.
Cheese cones are quick and easy to make, and perfect for a potluck or for holiday entertaining at home.
In this recipe, the following are used as ingredients:
- 12 oz. yogurt cheese (see link above for recipe on this website) (Grace Harbor Farms, Custer)
- ⅓ cup cheddar, grated (Appel Farms, Ferndale)
- ¼ cup Locavore Mayonnaise (see link above to recipe on this website)
- 1 tsp thyme, fresh or dried (home garden)
- 1 clove garlic, minced (Rabbit Fields Farm, Everson)
- Dried ground chili pepper, to taste (I used home-dried habanero from a friend's garden, Lummi Island)
- Hazelnuts (Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards, Lynden)
- Apples (BelleWood Acres, Lynden)
- Combine all ingredients except hazelnuts. Shape on a serving board or bowl to resemble a pine cone. Garnish with hazelnuts to make pine cone pattern. Serve with apple slices and more hazelnuts.
Serve with apple slices or vegetable sticks.
Appel Farms Cheese Shoppe, 6605 Northwest Road, Ferndale
Bellewood Acres, 231 Ten Mile Rd., Lynden
Bellingham Farmers Market, Railroad and Chestnut, Bellingham
Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. or 315 Westerly Road, Bellingham
Home garden, Lummi Island
Terra Organica, 1530 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham