Bring the milk to a boil with the bay leaf and onion. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.
In a heavy-based saucepan melt the butter, add the flour and cook together over low heat, stirring for one minute to make a roux.
Remove the roux from the heat and add the milk mixture, stirring vigorously. Cook about 1 minute. Add the chicken stock and the grated ginger; bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes, stirring often.
Remove the pan from heat, strain and add the stilton, stirring until it is melted. Add pepper and vanilla.
1. The amount of vanilla depends on the flavor of the stilton - taste test.
2. Serve with warm crusty French Bread.
3. Stilton Cheese is usually available at TRADER JOES
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