Posts Tagged ‘Cheese’

Festive Wine & Cheese Christmas Party Pairings

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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The holidays are almost here. That means it’s the season of holiday parties! People everywhere are decorating their houses, planning their winter vacations and most importantly coming up with the most delicious and festive recipes for seasonal gatherings!

Why not to add a wine and cheese tasting element to your party? All you need is some of your favorite cheeses and wines and you will delight your guests with fantastic and flavorful pairings.

Here’s several pairing suggestions to get you started:

- Port wines are are a perfect counter point to salty cheeses like Roquefort

- Pink rosé wines pair well with full-flavored blue cheeses

- Sweet wines make a delicious pairing with Brie as well as hard cheese like Etorki or Fol Epi

- Sparkling wine is great with creamy cheeses like Brie and Camembert

- White wines are perfect with rich and smooth Goat Cheese

Check out our full archive of wine and cheese pairing tips!

Have a Happy Holidays!

Cheese Around the Web

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

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Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week:  frosty the cheeseball man, the most stolen food in the world and tips for choosing healthier cheese.

- Frosty The Cheeseball Man: A Velveeta &Cream Cheese Holiday Party Trick via huffingtonpost.com Learn how to construct a cheesy version of Frosty the Snowman…and then delight in his suffering. Once the snowman melts, you can eat it!

- The Most Stolen Food in The World via huffingtonpost.com Cheese is the most stolen food in the world, says a recent global study.

- Tips for Choosing Healthier Cheese via everydayhealth.com Check out a few important things you should know about your favorite dairy product.

Cheese & potatoes are an easy and flavorful match!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

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Potatoes are a common food all over the world and in all sorts of cuisines. They make perfect pairings with almost everything: meat, mushrooms, vegetables, sauces and more. Even simple pairings like herbs and baked potatoes make for fabulous flavor.

So it’s no surprise that potatoes are fantastic with cheese also!

From simple boiled potatoes to colorful salads or pies, potatoes and cheese are a fantastic pair. Take for example this zesty Warm & Zesty Grilled Potato Salad with Saint Albray. The Saint Albray undoubtedly goes wonderfully with the hearty grilled potato flavor and texture.

For more fantastic ways to enjoy cheese and potatoes together check out our Cheesy Potato Goodness page.

By the way, what’s your favorite cheesy potato recipe?

December 16th is National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

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Even an old shoe would taste good dipped in chocolate!

National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day is coming up soon! All American chocoholics should celebrate December 16th by eating chocolate-covered treats, getting and giving chocolate as a gift and making unusual chocolate recipes at home!

A great way to celebrate National Chocolate-Covered Anything day with friends and family is by hosting a “chocolate” party. You can serve everything from chocolate fondue to sushi under chocolate.

This is the day to try chocolate on something you would never even think of. Or you can be more traditional and treat your guests delicious well-known combinations like chocolate and cheese!

Take our Chocolate-Dipped Berries & Etorki Cheese recipe, for example. The chocolate, cheese and fruit pairings will amaze you with a unique and juicy flavor!

Happy  Chocolate-Covered Anything day!!!

Taco Shells Out of Cheese

Friday, December 9th, 2011

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Yesterday we got a very intriguing question from our Twitter follower Elizabeth (@JMZNLIZ)! The question was: “can you make taco shells out of cheese? Do you know how?” And you know what? We were stuck!

Traditionally taco shells are made out of flour or corn. Of course there is some modern ways to make taco shells, for example, oats, rice, garbanzo beans make distinctive substitutes for traditional taco shells.

Some brief online research  also revealed that taco shells made with cheese are actually quite popular. A number of people have generously shared their cheese taco shells recipes on blogs and recipe sites. Brian Davis’s Food.com article  “Low Carb Taco Shells” looks especially delicious and is also easy to make!

All you need is to melt a slice of cheese in a microwave for approximately one or two minutes, which forms a Taco shell while the cheese is still flexible. The author used Cheddar cheese in his recipe but you can use any cheese that melts easily. For example Fol Epi or Comté and other pressed cooked cheese work well and are mild yet flavorful.

So now we all know the simple secret of cheese taco shells and can easily surprise our friends by treating them with especially cheesy home made tacos!

Cheese Around the Web

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

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Join us each week for a look at the latest cheese news from across the web!

This week: “Food News: McDonald’s Testing Soup?”, “The 5 Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese spots In NYC”, “We made a little more cheese in October”.

- The 5 Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese spots In NYC by Kelly Dobkin via newyork.cbslocal.comMac ‘n’ Cheese, the ultimate comfort food, is becoming increasingly popular in New York City. Check out the best Mac ‘n’ Cheese restaurants. (Check out our mac and cheese recipes!)

- Food News: McDonald’s Testing Soup? by Adam via grubgrade.comMcDonald’s offers seasonal menu with Broccoli Cheese Soup! Really?? (Try our soup recipes for something a little more flavorful!)

U.S. made a little more cheese in October by Bob Meyer via brownfieldagnews.com – cheese production in the U.S. in October totaled  896 million pounds up 1.7 percent from a year ago.

Cheese around the web

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

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Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week; summer dipping, cheese as a bestseller and a wine weekend.

- Cheese Sells via navytimes.com Cheese overtakes cigarettes as No.1 seller in commissaries

- Summer Dipping via foxnews.com Check out these tips for fresh summer dips.

- Mandalay Bay Wine Weekend via travelweekly.com Third Annual Aureole Las Vegas Wine Weekend with Cheese Tasting.

Fruit and Cheese Summer Indulgence

Friday, July 15th, 2011

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The week was hot and the weekend will be even hotter!

Refresh yourself with the combination of summer fruits and gourmet cheese!

Summer-friendly cheeses bring out the natural sweetness of summer fruits such as melons and peaches. Berries are the perfect “summer dress” for a wedge of cool, creamy Ile de France Brie. Fresh or tossed with sugar until syrupy – serve your choice of ripe strawberries, blueberries and raspberries over the Brie for a sweet snack or a dessert. Make sure to use only a thin slice of cheese so as not to overwhelm the taste of the fruit.

For more fruit and cheese pairings check out our Fruit, Cheese and Wine and our Cheese and Grape suggestions.

A Cheesy Summer

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

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When days are hot, it is time for light, refreshing and simple meals! French cheeses can be enjoyed in many ways with summer snacks.

Picnic is a classic activity for nice weather. There are basically two rules for a great picnic. Have the right food and have the right gear. Cheese is just the perfect picnic snack because it is easy to prepare, pack and eat. Check out our Picnic Guide for more information.

Ice Cream and cheese is a surprisingly delicious combination. It will be the hit of your summer party and makes your guests talking for sure. Create a mild dessert by pairing brie or camembert with a vanilla or coffee ice cream. We’ve collected some Ice Cream and Cheese Pairing tips for your special gourmet indulgence.

Of course, when it comes to summer food a BBQ can’t be left out. Outdoor grilling is one of the best parts of the summer. Add gourmet flare to your barbecue by combining it with your favorite cheeses. Here are some great Grilling Ideas with gourmet cheese.

Salads make the perfect dish for either lunch or dinner because they are fresh, crunchy and light! Also, your body needs more energy on hot days and salads help to meet your daily nutrition needs. Salads with French Cheese can be made all sorts of ways. Check out our Salad Recipes.

Facile and flavorful – Dips are perfect for summer snacks. And the right cheese can make any dip recipe pop with flavor. Doing so will make dipping bread and veggies a totally gourmet experience! Bake a wheel of brie cheese in its rind until it begins to melt – then remove and surround with veggies, fruits and breads. Dipping cold veggies and fruit into warm brie cheese is an exquisite and satisfying way to snack this summer.

Cheese around the web

Monday, July 11th, 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 sculptures, cheese education, a cheese experience and a gourmet store.

- Cheese Sculptures by Sarah Kaufmann via dailyherald.com Can you sculpture a bock of cheese into a life-size astronaut or a 6-foot-long alligator?

- Cheese education plus wine and cheese tasting via lakeconews.com Lake County Wine Studio hosts cheese expert for educational class and tasting.

- Gastronomy Road Trips via thefamilysuitcase.com This blogger describes his cheese experience in France.

- Cheese board collective via berkeleyside.com Learn more about this traditional store in San Francisco.