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Bluestem's Blue Cheese and Spiced Nutty Corn 

[Photograph: Bonjwing Lee]

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Bluestem: The Cookbook to give away this week.

Stinky, zingy cheeses love sweet stuff—honey, fruit, preserves, and the like but before coming across this recipe for Blue Cheese and Spiced Nutty Corn from Bluestem, we never would have dreamed of giving popcorn a place in the cheese course. This sweet-salty-nutty caramel corn is an incredibly complimentary partner for the biggest, headiest blue cheese you can find.

Of course, if you're not ready to take the blue cheese plunge, it's a pretty great caramel corn recipe on its own, filled with toasty nuts, orange zest, and a cardamom spiked caramel.

Why you should make this: Really, why not serve caramel corn and blue cheese together? It's just so much fun.

Next time we might think about: This recipe inspired us to see what other high-low snacky combos we can break out with our cheese. Époisses and Chex Mix? It just might work.

Adapted from Bluestem by Colby Garrelts and Megan Garrelts. Copyright © 2011. Published by Andrews McMeel. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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