By: Elizabeth Webber Akre

Are you familiar with Boursin cheese? It’s a spreadable, butter based “cheese” that is delightful on crackers and crudités. It’s also pricey.

crackersBeing the coupon addict that I am, I sometimes use that addiction to bring items home that I normally won’t buy. Boursin is one of those items. A few days ago, I had a coupon that combined the purchase of bagel chips and Boursin. Overall, it wasn’t a stellar coupon, but given the fact that I was buying about $150 worth of groceries for only $65, I thought I could afford the “fluff.” So, I bought Boursin “light” garlic and herb. I considered it a special treat.
Last night, my little one asked for an after-dinner snack. I played my usual “I don’t know if you’ll like this. See right here? It says gourmet on the package. I bet not many other second graders would like this fancy stuff.”  Hook. Line. Sinker. I opened up the bagel chips and Boursin and the kid went crazy. She even went so far as to explain to me that the Boursin was a buttery flavor with an “herby undertone.” I promise, that’s what she said! There you have it.  Kids can and will eat pretty much what you give them. You just have to present it in a way what jives with their personalities.

A few years ago a good friend gave me the coolest Christmas gift. It was a little ceramic crock of homemade “Boursin” with a little spreader and the recipe attached.  If you know anything about my recipe/microwave/notebook deal, let me assure you, that same little recipe card is in the book…preserved forever.  And, I’m going to share it with you. Since the holidays are upon us, you may find this useful for holiday parties, hostess gifts, appetizers at the big family feasts, etc. You get my drift. Enjoy the cheese and toast a glass of champagne to my friend Mary Ann.

Boursin Cheese


  • 1 8-oz tub whipped sweet cream butter
  • 2 8-oz packages cream cheese
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dill
  • 1/4 tsp marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Let the butter and cream cheese soften so that you can cream together.
  2. Mix all spices together and sprinkle on cheese mixture. Mix so spices are distributed evenly.
  3. Chill for at least an hour before serving. (May be frozen)

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