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Jan 17, 2009 10:52 AM

Attention cheesehounds: French Rocquefort is now $35 per pound at my market...

What can I try that is cheaper — and maybe even better? Gorgonzola? Bleu d'Auvergne? Maytag? One of the English/Welsh blues? I appreciate all advice, suggestions & input...

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  1. Gorgonzola is good, but if you have a Trader Joes around you they have real french Rocquefort at about 15 bucks a pound and it is very good.

    1. Just try one. Blues change over time, more noticeably in taste than some other cheese, so head to a cheese shop and find something that is juuust right on that day.

      1. It might actually be an excellent time to try new blues--the import duty rate just went up to 300%:

        Personally, I really, really like mountain gorgonzola (heck, even gorgonzola dolce) with honey. Rogue Creamery in Oregon also does some very nice blues.

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        1. re: Vetter


          Interesting link. Thank you.

          1. re: Vetter

            Whoa. I guess we're looking for American blues, then. I really like the Bayley Hazen blue. My favorite blue is Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery, but it's even more than $35 a pound. Their Crater Lake blue is good, and much less.


            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Rogue River makes the smoked blue, right/? That stuff rocks.

          2. An enthusiastic second for the Rogue Creamery - some of the best blues I've had in a long time. Another worthy alternative to Rocquefort, produced on the other side of the country (Hudson River valley) is Ewe's Blue from Old Chatham Sheepherding:

            1. I think there is nothing better than Roquefort, however I agree that Ewe's Blue is absolutely superb. In the past, Bleu D'Avernge, while a cow's milk cheese, was a very inexpensive alternative and is still very good, though the retail price has tripled in the past three years ($5 vs. $15 per pound).