Archive for October, 2015

Halloween Treat: Goat Cheese Chocolate Candies

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Halloween is right around the corner and that means lots of sweets! Everyone loves a good, classic piece of chocolate candy but we have something that is a little more sophisticated. These Goat Cheese Chocolate candies are perfect for your grown-up Halloween party! They are easy to make and delicious — the kids may even like them too! For a fun Halloween twist, feel free to decorate the candies with festive sprinkles!

Ingredients:

6 oz bittersweet chocolate

6 oz goat cheese

2 tbsp confectioners sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

4-6oz semi-sweet chocolate chips or coating chocolate

Directions:

In a double boiler or a glass bowl set over simmering water, melt the bittersweet chocolate. Stir until all chocolate is melted then set aside to cool slightly. In a mixing bowl whisk the goat chese, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Then slowly mix in the melted bittersweet chocolate. Mix until well combined. Put mixture into a 12×9 pan. Place mixture in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm. Before removing mixture from fridge, line cookie sheets with wax paper. Then melt the chocolate chips or coating chocolate in the microwave. When melting chocolate in the microwave, set the time for 1 minute but every 15 – 20secs remove the chocolate and stir to prevent burning. Once the chocolate is fully melted remove from microwave. This should only take 30-45 seconds.  Remove the mixture from the fridge and cut small rectangles or squares. Place each square in the melted chocolate to coat and then place on the parchment paper. Let the candies stand for 20min to set. Store the candies in the fridge in an airtight container between pieces of wax paper. Before serving, let the candies come to room temperature for optimal texture and flavor!

Favorite Fall Beverage: Pumpkin Beer

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Fall is here and aside from crisper weather, apples, and leaves changing, it also means fall beer!  Pumpkin beer has seen an increase in popularity mostly due to the recent infatuation with everything pumpkin flavored. Pumpkin beer can have a slight to strong pumpkin flavor with varying levels of spices that includes cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. While pumpkin beer is great on its own why not beer it with some cheese! The sweet and spicy notes of the pumpkin beer are strong enough to pair well with the salty notes of our Roquefort Blue Cheese. It’s the perfect pairing to enjoy on cool fall evening after long day of work. You will hit all the areas of taste buds from spicy to sweet to salty. You’re mouth and stomach will thank you!

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A Twist on the Traditional

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

This recipe is a twist on the traditional cheesecake brownies. The goat cheese adds more of a tang and sophisticated flavor to the brownies. Feel free to use a boxed brownie mix or make your own! We do suggest dark chocolate over milk though. The dark chocolate better compliments the flavors of the goat cheese.

Ingredients:

8 oz Ile de France Goat Cheese

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 tbsp flour

1 box of dark chocolate brownie mix or homemade mix (recipe should make 24 brownies)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 9×9″ square nonstick baking pan.

Make goat cheese mixture by beating together the first five ingredients until smooth and well combined. Set aside.

Make the brownie base by mixing together the boxed mix or preparing your own. Spoon half the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Spread the swirl mixture over it and then spoon the rest of the brownie batter on top. If desired, drag a knife through the pan for several strokes from end to end on the pan, which creates a bit of a ripped layer of goat cheese underneath.

Bake the brownies for about 35 minutes to 45 minutes. To see if the brownies are done, remove the pan from the oven, and stick the tip of a sharp knife into the center of the brownies. Brownies will be done when the center is set but the consistency is still moist and fudgey.

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Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Mac n cheese is warm, cheesey and a classic dish. It’s the perfect comfort food to make on those cold days or when you are looking for an easy meal to please the whole family. Buffalo chicken adds the perfect twist to a classic. The spiciness of the buffalo sauce mixed with the creaminess of cheese is perfect. Not to mention the addition of bleu cheese, which just melts in your month and the panko, which adds great texture to the dish. Try it out, we are sure it will become a staple for family dinner!

Ingredients

6 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided

Salt, to taste

1 tsp garlic powder

½ pound elbow macaroni

1½ cups shredded chicken, (rotisserie, canned or pre-cooked breasts)

¾ cup Frank’s hot sauce, divided

2 tbsp. flour

1 tsp. dry mustard powder

1 cup milk

¼ cup heavy cream

2¼ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese

⅓ cup sour cream

½ cup panko bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large casserole dish.

Bring a pot of water to a boil, season with salt, and add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.

In the meantime, in a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tbsp. of butter and stir in the chicken and garlic powder. Cook for a couple minutes then add ¼ cup of the hot sauce and mix it all together until well combined. Put the chicken mixture in a bowl and set aside. Rinse out your skillet and return to stove.

Comfort Food for Cold Weather

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

October is here, which means the weather is going to start to get colder. When the weather is colder, we crave warm, filling comfort foods. There is nothing like coming in from the cold outdoors to a warm meal inside. One of our favorite comfort foods to eat in the cold weather is mashed potatoes. When made right they are creamy, buttery, filling and most importantly cheesy! One of our favorite ways to put a twist on such a classic is to add in goat cheese. The goat cheese adds an additional creaminess and tang! The flavor is unreal. We feel warmed up already just thinking about it.

Ingredients

2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
Salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons butter
8 ounces goat cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup warm milk, if needed

Directions

In a large saucepan, combine potatoes and yams. Pour cold water over the potatoes until just covered, and season liberally with salt. Bring potatoes to a boil, and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain potatoes, and place in a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add garlic, butter, and goat cheese, and mix on low until smooth, being careful not to overmix or they will become gummy. If potatoes are dry, mix in warm milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until potatoes come together. Season to taste with salt and pepper. *Note you can also mash your potatoes by hand with either a fork or hand masher.

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