Cheese Grotto™Journal

My Guide to Pairing Cheese and Chocolate. You're welcome.

My Guide to Pairing Cheese and Chocolate. You're welcome.

Featured in photo above: Milène Jardine Harvey Wallbanger chocolate truffle and Délice de Bourgogne triple cream cow's milk cheese. Cheese and Cho...

My other product invention: Gruyère Cheese Caramel

My other product invention: Gruyère Cheese Caramel

Authentic Gruyère A.O.P. from Switzerland. Heavy Cream. Milk. Caramelizing Sugar. Sea Salt. This caramel is infused with Gruyère, resulting in a b...

Mt. Tam Baked in Puff Pastry with Strawberry Preserves and Thyme

Mt. Tam Baked in Puff Pastry with Strawberry Preserves and Thyme

Before the weather gets too warm, wrap a Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam in puff pastry, and indulge.  This is a perfect party trick, as it packs a wow ...

Peaches and Crème Fraîche Pops

Peaches and Crème Fraîche Pops

Come August, I prefer having a popsicle for breakfast. This popsicle is great for breakfast or dessert, and is a spin off the classic peaches and ...

Cherry Lime Pie Pops with Creme Fraiche

Cherry Lime Pie Pops with Creme Fraiche

  These babies are sweet, tart, and creamy. Reminiscent of key lime pie, this is our recommendation for #popsicleweek. It’s the weekend people, an...

Honey Mascarpone Cheesecake with Strawberries and an Almond Crust

Honey Mascarpone Cheesecake with Strawberries and an Almond Crust

Soon enough, strawberries will begin popping out of the ground. Here is a tasty, foolproof, gluten free cheese cake filled with homemade mascarpon...

Caramelized Pear and Blue Cheesecake with an Almond-Walnut Florentine Crust

Caramelized Pear and Blue Cheesecake with an Almond-Walnut Florentine Crust

In a bold and daring move, I made cheesecake using blue cheese.  This recipe can go savory or sweet, and can be served as small slivers as an appe...

Cheddar Crusted Apple Pie

Cheddar Crusted Apple Pie

This is a classic combination of cheese and pie.  The recipe is adapted from both the Gourmet Cookbook and Martha Stewart.  Cheddar and apples wi...

Mascarpone Stuffed Gougères with Salty Caramel and Poached Pear

Mascarpone Stuffed Gougères with Salty Caramel and Poached Pear

This recipe was inspired from this past year’s American Raw Milk Cheese Tasting.  For the fourth and final course, we were tasting Bonnie Blue ...

Mimolette Soft Chewy Caramels

Mimolette Soft Chewy Caramels

Many people I know have fixated on the visually and texturally compelling Mimolette cheese. Its exterior is crater-like, its interior is a bright...

Lemon Orange Ricotta Bars

Lemon Orange Ricotta Bars

Salvatore Brooklyn has an amazing Brooklyn based product line. Their ricotta is fresh, fluffy, and fatty. “It’s my favorite ricotta in the whole w...

Berry Beet Goat Cheese Pops

Berry Beet Goat Cheese Pops

This popsicle is a meal unto itself.  The classic pairing of fresh goat cheese, balsamic vinegar and beets is elevated to dessert status by the a...