Archive for October, 2010

New Guest Blogger: The Running Cheese Lover

Friday, October 29th, 2010


Megan’s blog is called The Runner’s Kitchen and documents her two passions, running and experimenting in the kitchen.


When she’s not training for the New York City Marathon, Megan can often be found concocting delicious recipes to, as she says, “Fuel the miles with a healthy balance” – a balance that often includes cheese!

How long have you been cooking and when / why did you develop a passion for food?
I’ve only started cooking in the last 5 years or so (before that I relied on my mom or the college dining hall!). My love for the kitchen began while I was living in Europe in 2006. I took some cooking classes, learned the basics, and slowly began to explore the world of artisinal foods.

What do you like about French cheese?
When it comes to cheese, I think it’s important to buy the best quality you can afford. A small portion of delicious brie or goat cheese is much more satisfying that a ton of sub-quality “cheese product”. And cheese is so versatile! You can have it for breakfast (mmm, ricotta with honey and fruit!), for dinner, or on a dessert plate.

Favorite thing to serve at a party or family gathering?
I recently discovered how delicious hot pepper jam and goat cheese can be together. Pour the jam over the goat cheese, add crackers to the plate, and tada! you’ve got an easy, unique appetizer.

Check back soon for Megan’s deliciously cheesy recipes!

Cherry preserves and Ile de France Brie

Friday, October 15th, 2010


Simple and delicious, this EZ snack was featured on our guest blogger Monique Rodriguez’s blog I Are the Food Snob. The blog is filled with delish recipes!

I was in the mood for a sweet and tart combo with the brie. I toasted some whole grain bread and then broiled the bread with some brie to melt it. – Monique


Friday, October 8th, 2010

Pizza Cups!

Pizza Cups!

The CLB must say – what a FANTASTIC way to use cheese. Just in time for the weekend, too! Perfect weekend snack to munch on, serve friends or enjoy on the couch with your fav team’s game on. MMMMMM. Take it away Gertrude!

Besides eating the cheeses with fresh fruits and crackers I used some of the Brie cheese to make these Pizza Cups. I just love the gooey and oozy brie when they just came out of the oven. They are simply divine. What a great alternative to the usual mozzarella cheese.


1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let it stand about 10 minutes or until frothy.

2. In a large bowl combined the flour, olive oil and salt. Stir in the yeast mixture into the flour mixture. Knead it into smooth dough. (you might need to add another 2 tbsp of flour to it). Cover and let it rise to double in volume.

3. In the meantime, combined cooked chicken, olives, onions, cheddar, pepper and marinara sauce in a mixing bowl. Mix well.

4. Get ready a muffin pan. Greased with some melted butter. In a working table, dust with some flour. Roll out the pizza dough and cut out the dough to fit into your muffin pan.

5. Fill it up with the fillings, and top it with a slice of brie. Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven until the pizza cups are bubbly and brown. Garnish it with some basil. Let the pizza cups cool down a bit on the muffin pan before removing it. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Gertrude is a Cheese Loving Blogger!

Monday, October 4th, 2010


Gertrude’s blog – My Kitchen Snippets – is full of delicious recipes. She indulges in Asian, Western and North/South American cooking and lives in the Suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband.

“I love the creativity of every culture when it comes to food and cooking, and I love applying those elements to my recipes in a variety of styles, they just create a mix of international flavors,” she said.

Look for her recipes soon on the Cheese Lover’s Blog!

How long have you develop a passion for food? How long have you been cooking and when/why?

I’ve been cooking ever since I was a young teenager and I have never stopped. It was important in my family, and in my culture, to share a good meal with family and friends, as well as the ritual of cooking. I’m a Chinese, born and raised in Malaysia. In my culture we believe that good food is good for the heart, soul and brings people of all diversity and family together. I’ve been in the States for a number of years now, married to an Argentine-American that has added a number of Western and Italian-Argentinean dishes to my ever grown cooking repertory. And so I’ve been delighted to share some of my Asian recipes, as well as Western and South American recipes with a wide audience across the world.

What do you like about French Cheese?

French cheese are produced in a large variety and flavors. They are ideal for me to use in dishes as well as being served them with fruits as after dinner desserts or even in hors d’oeuvres. One can never have enough of cheese especially my husband.

Favorite thing to serve at a party or family gathering?