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Cheese and vegetables - A fresh gourmet pleasure

Summertime is here and the warm weather calls for lighter fare. Whether entertaining at home, preparing lunch for your work day, or picnicking with the family, you can rely on seasonal produce and gourmet cheese to freshly deliver your required daily nutrients.

Summer’s bounty includes blackberries, strawberries, currants, peaches, cherries, plums, raspberries, and many different types of melons. Gourmet cheese contrasts these sweet fruits deliciously, particularly when you add a hint of honey. Try a slice of Brie with a few blackberries, or goat cheese with fresh peaches, for a refreshing snack.

Seasonal vegetables consists of many varieties of lettuce and summer squash, along with avocados, string beans, peas, corn, cucumbers, asparagus, eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes. All of these are amazing raw, steamed, cooked, or grilled and topped with some gourmet cheese.

So here are some tips from us to enjoy this season: In general, think of foods that allow for easy preparation and flexibility. When shopping, choose versatile produce that you can pack up in an instant. Berries and cherries, which are loaded in antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C, are excellent on the go, as are potassium-rich peaches. Perfect for picnics, barbecues and poolside parties, vegetables like red, ripe tomatoes and snappy asparagus – both bursting with vitamins A, C and K – conjure up memories of summers past, while cucumbers and corn (definitely on the cob!) add a little crunch to your guest-filled get-together. And let’s not forget some cheese.

Creamy, nutty Brie adds zest to Lemon Oregano Couscous, and there’s nothing quite like strawberries stuffed with creamy St. Agur. For a simple yet flavorfully elegant hors d’oeuvre, try buffet bites with Chaumes. Pourqois pas?

Lemon Oregano Couscous

Wholesome grains and vegetables join forces in this bright, sunny side dish that can be served warm or at room temperature. Toasted pine nuts impart a buttery crispness, while melted Brie surprises with its rich creaminess.
Strawberries Stuffed with St. Agur

Strawberries stuffed with a mixture of tangy St. Agur blue cheese, powered sugar, fresh thyme and lemon? C’est ça! Heavenly and refreshing, this recipe is essential to any summer meal.
Chaumes pomodoro

Fresh, juicy tomatoes and Chaumes make delicious pizza-like bites. Chaumes is great for melting with its smooth, supple interior. Its rich, full-bodied flavor complements the sweet tomatoes and puff pastry perfectly.
Whether your party is planned weeks in advance or it’s an impromptu affair, fruits, vegetables, and gourmet cheese will make your gathering a fête to remember – year after year.

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