Date and Blue Cheese Spread
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
4 oz. crumbled blue cheese, at room temperature
1 tbsp. milk
8 Medjool dates, pitted and minced
2 tsp. honey
3/4 oz. finely chopped toasted walnuts
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 tbsp. minced fresh Italian parsley
Beat together first 4 ingredients using an electric mixer until completely smooth. Scoop directly onto an 8" serving platter; spread to thickly cover the plate. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with walnuts, lemon zest and pepper. Garnish with parsley. Serve alongside a basket or platter of whole grain crackers for dipping.
Note: This is also delicious on a thin wafer-style lemon, ginger or almond-flavored cookie.