Archive for May, 2011

Memorial Day = Kick-off of Barbecue Season

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

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May 30th is Memorial Day and for most Americans the unofficial start of summer and the kick-off of barbecue season!

When days are getting longer and warmer – the time for barbecue has come! So get your grills ready to kick of the season!

You can grill almost everything! Sure, steaks, ribs and sausages are the most popular grilling dishes, often served with a fresh salad on the side. Vegetables like summer squash, eggplant, large mushrooms & corn are perfect to mix up your grilling plate.

To make it a true gourmet experience we suggest upgrading your dish with some delicious cheeses! Cheese always makes a good pairing with meat and vegetables!

Check out our upcoming June Special for more tips, ideas and recipes around grilling with cheese!

Till then you may want to make one of these delicious recipes for your outdoor gourmet delight!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Peach Grilled with Honey

Buffalo chicken burger with Bleu d’Auvergne sauce

Cheese around the web

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

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Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week; the increasing cheese production, a gourmet bazaar, New York cheese history and the Chinese cheese market!

- Cheese production in US increases via syracuse.com It’s always nice to know that the cheese community grows!

- New Gourmet Market in Santa Monica via latimes.com Contribute to the slow and organic food movement.

- New York Cheese History via blog.syracuse Learn all about cheese when professor Sernett will give an illustrated talk about his new book.

- Chinese Cheese Market via huffingtonpost.com China isn’t famous for cheese, but consumption is booming there!

United States of Wine

Friday, May 20th, 2011

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It needs only two ingredients to make wine – yeast and grape juice. Wine can actually be made with any juice, but the majority is made from grapes. During fermentation process, the yeast converts sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The yeast has impact on the taste of wine as well. Factors like strain of yeast or the temperature during fermentation play an important role in forming the wine’s flavor. The type of grapes, soil and climate effect taste as well.

Considering the great diversity in American landscapes and climates it is quite surprising that there are in fact wineries in all 50 states. States like California, New York and Washington are well known to be produce lots of wine, but you might be surprised at the quality of wines made in cold Alaska, tropical Florida and everywhere else in America.

The American wine industry is growing and increasingly reflects the diversity of gourmet food. But when it comes to wine and food its often best to stick to the most classic paring of all – Wine & Cheese!

This delicious pairing brings out the best in each. Pairing wines and cheese is simple.

White wines go best with soft & stronger cheeses. Red wines make a perfect match with milder flavored and hard cheeses. The ground rule is – the more pungent the cheese, the sweeter the wine should be.

For your perfect wine & cheese indulgence, we’ve collected some pairing ideas for any occasion:

Wine and Brie Cheese

Cheese with Sweet Wines

Rich Brie & Creamy Port

Wines to serve with raclette

Wine, Cheese and Fruit

Sauvignon Blanc and Cheese

Tart-sweet Cranberries & Creamy Brie

Summertime Cheese and Fruity wines

The Cheese Experiment

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

On June 5th the Cheese Experiment will take place at World Café in Philadelphia!

The cook-off is hosted by Nick Suarez and Theo Peck and involves Philly’s finest amateur chefs. Suarez and Peck are former competitors at several food contests, which teamed up to launch the Brooklyn Food Experiment.

The Cheese Experiment is part of their project and will include a broad range of dishes, from savory to healthy. The goal is to explore and maybe exceed the culinary boundaries of cheese. It’s everything about cheese, from grilled cheese over cheese pie and cheese puff to mac n’ cheese!

Anyone can compete, attend and of course – WIN! So, take part in this culinary event and win cash-prizes and a trip to Brooklyn in order to compete in the National cook-off title at Brooklyn Brewery.

Learn more about the Cheese Experiment on there webside!

Cheese around the web

Monday, May 16th, 2011

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Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week; a grilled cheese truck, a culinary trend, a grilled cheese cocktail and a cheese experiment!

- The Grilled Cheese Truck via sun-sentinal A food-truck enthusiast attempts to drive the trend north!

- The Cheese Experiment via thefoodexperiments It’s all about cheese! Sharpen your knives and be the next cook-off king or queen of Philadelphia.

- Cheese platters – a culinary trend via sacbee Follow the trend and let your meal end elegantly with a gourmet cheese platter.

- The Grilled Cheese Martini via tmagazine Are you sick of regular cocktails? This one is truly extraordinary!

Salads make a perfect dish for warm summer days!

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

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Appetites decrease during hot summer days because people don’t feel like eating hot meals. Salads make the perfect dish for either lunch or dinner because they are fresh and light! Also, your body needs more energy on hot days and salads help meet your daily nutrition needs.

Our hearty Cobb Salad with Goat Cheese and Vinaigrette, accompanied by a crusty loaf of bread or fruits and vegetables on the side can be served as a main course.

Here are some other fresh salads to serve on warm summer days!

Saint Albray and Watercress Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette & Walnuts

Fresh Tabouleh with Caprice des Dieux

Rocket spring salad with Suprême cheese

Fruity Spring Salad with Bleu d’Auvergne

Tomato Watermelon Salad by Sarah

To make it perfect, we suggest cool sparkling waters, ciders or light wines!

The Grilled Cheese Bus – Powered by Community, Fueled by YUM!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

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The Grilled Cheese Bus is a socially driven project in North Carolina to promote community activism with youth and working students who are most impacted by social injustice. The founder of the project converted a school bus into a driving snack bar that serves grilled cheese sandwiches with a dip of tomato soup!

The young participants will earn a solid wage, develop job skills, learn entrepreneurial principals and get involved in marketing, menu and staffing decisions related to the bus.

Through a Kickstarter campaign, the group has been fundraising for months to acquire financial donations and community support! As soon as the bus is profitable, donations will be made to community projects that improve the planet and work for equity and justice.

By the way, the bus will be locatable via GPS soon! So, stop by for a social gourmet delight!

Learn more about this valuable project! Enter the Grilled Cheese Bus side!

Check out our Grilled Cheese Recipes to make your own sandwich! For example the delicious Grilled Bacon & Brie Sandwich!

Cheese around the web

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

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Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week; Cheese Tasting Party Tips, a Grilled Cheese Social Project, the Montpelier Wine Festival and a Teenage Gourmet Blogger!

- Cheese Tasting Party via netplaces Having cheese-loving friends over? Here are eight rules to host a cheese tasting party!

- The Grilled Cheese Bus via grilledcheesebus The grilled cheese bus is a project to empower the youth and working students from low income communities who are most impacted by social injustice!

- Montpelier Wine Festival via montpelierwinefestival If you are a wine lover you souldn’t miss out on this event! Wine history, tasting tips, cooking demonstrations & chef cook recipe sharing – a weekend filled with everything a wine lover could possibly wish for!

- Teenage Gourmet Blog via ateenagegourmet As a 5 year old girl, Samantha won a recipe contest with her “Gouda-Lover’s Chicken Sandwich” – today she shares her recipes with thousands of visitors online! Visit the blog of this highly talented young food lover!

Make a Gourmet Cheesecake for Mother’s Day!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

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Having guests on Mother’s Day?

Cheesecakes are popular, but pretty common – so, why don’t you make it the gourmet way and surprise your family with one of our special recipes!

To create a perfect gourmet cheesecake, pay attention to these tips:

-       Only use cheese and eggs at room temperature!

-       To create a smooth texture, mix ingredients in a blender of 12 seconds!

-       To keep the cheesecake from falling apart, don’t open the oven door for the first 30  minutes of baking!

-       When it’s done baking, let the cheesecake cool in the oven with the door open – it will be especially firm!

Here are some delicious gourmet recipes:

Ile de France Goat and Cream Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake with Boursault Cheese

White Chocolate Brie Cheesecake

Easy Gourmet Cheesecake

Cheese Art by Mike Geno

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

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Mike Geno from Philadelphia worked as a butcher as he decided to turn his dream into reality – to become a food painter. After his graduation from art school, he started to paint all kinds of foods.

His last project was an all-cheese series that will be exhibited at Cakespy Gallery in Seattle. It is showing some of today’s most beautiful cheeses, mainly from local artisanal producers. If you would like to visit his private studio on May 7th, you should enter Madame Fromage’s Blog to sign in for this special opportunity!