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Salad Saturdays: August is National Goat Cheese Month

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

As you may or may not know, August is National Goat Cheese month and what better way to observe such a fine event than to indulge in some rich, creamy Goat Cheese! One of the more versatile cheeses around, goat cheese paired with salads is the most healthy, summery way to enjoy! This Salad Saturday, our cheese and salad pairing is courtesy of Dina, a registered dietitian who loves helping people improve their overall health through her passion- preventative nutrition! You can read about Dina’s nutrition and healthy food tips on her blog nutritiousfeast.com.

Dina recently made her favorite salad and shares some photos with us!
Dina's Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Dina’s Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad Ingredients

“This is a quick and easy salad full of antioxidants to celebrate the summer harvest. I used baby spinach, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts and goat cheese. Goat cheese is a little salty and tangy with a wonderful rich texture. I love this salad because it has the perfect combination of sweet and salty. I decided to add blueberries at the end to add an extra burst of vitamin C, A and fiber.”

Dina's Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Dina’s Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Dina’s choice of dressing for this salad was fat free strawberry balsamic dressing, or another option she recommends is raspberry vinaigrette. She loves making that salad all the time, and switches it up by changing the nuts and fruits, and sometimes adds chicken! “It’s so perfect for a hot summer day.”
For more of Dina’s food tips:

Follow Dina on twitter @DinaJ
Find her on Facebook: Nutritious Feast
And check out her Nutrition blog: www.NutritiousFeast.com
Happy National Goat Cheese Month!

Summer Cheeses

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

For reasons unknown, cheese seems to be an afterthought or merely a garnish ingredient in summer cooking. For most, the summer diet is centered on the almighty grill and the fresh flavors of colorful fruits and vegetables. However, just because the weather is warming up doesn’t mean you have to stop eating cheese.

Two of the most versatile – not to mention delicious – summertime cheeses are Chevre and Brie. Both are ideal for warm weather eating!

 

1. Chevre

This slightly salty and fresh tasting cheese with a rich texture tastes great with mixed vegetables, crunchy greens, and sweet, citrus fruits. The tangy acidity pairs well with white wines such as, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. (Cobb Salad with Goat Cheese and Vinaigrette pictured.)

2. Brie

The fresh milky note and remarkably creamy texture of this cheese tastes delicious on its own and can also be enjoyed in several ways. Served with fruit compote, light summer pasta, or on top a grilled burger, this cheese will enhance any flavor profile. (Exotic Lamb Burger with Herbed Brie pictured.)

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.

Iced Drinks on Hot Summer Days

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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Summer is the perfect time to invite friends over and hang out in gardens, on rooftops or balconies. But what are you drinking? Beer, Wine, Cider? Well, all of them are perfect on summer nights, but none of them is more refreshing than an iced drink on a hot day.

The best thing is that a variety of iced drinks go perfect with some of your favorite cheeses.

Check out our Iced Drink Summer Guide as well as our Cocktail & Cheese Pairing Tips for a refreshing balance of flavors and aromas.

Summertime is ice cream time

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

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If you’re like most people, you may have never thought about pairing ice cream with cheese. The combination sounds unusual – but is surprisingly delicious. Serving ice cream with cheese is a great way to get your guests talking and trying something new. Since the combination will be a first-time experience for most, it is sure to be a moment of gourmet delight!

Create a mild dessert by pairing brie or camembert with a vanilla or coffee ice cream. If you feel like having a more rich dessert, pair it with chocolate ice cream. The combination of the creaminess of brie or camembert and the cool, refreshing texture of ice cream is a delicious contrast.

You can even go one step further by making your own custom cheese ice cream like our St. André Gelato with plum Beaujolais compote.

If you are not in the mood to experiment, go back to the basics and make one of the more traditional recipes below.

Chocolate-Glazed St. André

Goat and Cream Cheesecake

Creamy Pumpkin Dream Pie

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

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!