Cheese Grotto I Specialty Cheese and Cheese Storage

Blanched Asparagus with Arugula, Pine Nuts, and Shaved Parm

Blanched Asparagus with Arugula, Pine Nuts, and Shaved Parm

The best part of Spring is that the precious forage found this time of year is deeply flavorful and expresses all notes of green and earth. After ...

The Best Farmhouse British Cheddars

The Best Farmhouse British Cheddars

Cheese Journeys' “Cheddar Odyssey” is an organized vacation highlighting the best farmhouse cheddars & cheeses in England. What is a farmhouse British or English Cheddar? This blog post explains and highlights the best Farmhouse Cheddar coming out of England. It also highlights the history and cheesemakers behind these visionary styles of cheddar.

Recipe: Grilled Cheese with Gruyère AOP, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Brin's Chili Pepper Jam

Recipe: Grilled Cheese with Gruyère AOP, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Brin's Chili Pepper Jam

This grilled cheese recipe shows how versatile both Gruyère AOP cheese can be when cooking with cheese as well as how sweet and spicy peppers are a perfect pairing for cheeses.  Chili Pepper Jam is one of my favorite cheese pairings and the mushrooms bring out the savory characteric of the Gruyère AOP cheese.

How to Build a Healthy Cheese Plate

How to Build a Healthy Cheese Plate

Health educator and cheese researcher, Babs Hogan, has discovered that specialty cheese is a superfood, and that it has real nutritional benefits.  This post highlights the top 9 healthiest cheeses and their nutritional benefits so you can build a guiltless cheese board.  Cheese is healthy, read this to learn why.

Our Complete Guide to Pairing Cheese and Chocolate (You're Welcome)

Our Complete Guide to Pairing Cheese and Chocolate (You're Welcome)

Both cheese and chocolate are delicious and complex. Both are maddeningly addictive. They make you feel elated, and are aphrodisiacs.  Cheese and chocolate pair well together and they pair well with wine, beer, and liqueurs.  This a step-by-step guide to pairing cheese and chocolate for your next dessert cheese board.

Consider storing your cheese at room temperature.

Consider storing your cheese at room temperature.

If you have the proper cheese storage, you can store your cheese at room temperature for up to 10 days.  Before refrigeration in Europe + the Middle East, specialty cheese was produced to preserve and extend the shelf-life of milk and cream.  French cheese safes were used in France, but now we have the Cheese Grotto!

[Video] Why is American Artisan Cheese Important? And How to Pair It...

[Video] Why is American Artisan Cheese Important? And How to Pair It...

Join us in a discussion on American Artisan Cheese.  We highlight the American Artisan Cheese movement and why it is important to our local and regional economies.  We also discuss how to pair the featured cheeses with nuts, fruit, jam, and beer/microbrews!

Recipe: Cheese and Turkish Pepper Pide

Recipe: Cheese and Turkish Pepper Pide

A cheesy flatbread recipe that is made for a group gathering, pide is the Turkish version of pita bread that is traditionally prepared during Ramadan. It can be enjoyed with any meal as a flavorful, fluffy, light side bread. You can rotate the varietal of pepper flakes and the type of cheese used in this recipe, too!

How to Store & Serve High Moisture and Low Moisture Cheeses , Pt. 3

How to Store & Serve High Moisture and Low Moisture Cheeses , Pt. 3

The water content of a cheese directly impacts the storage method, and the duration of a cheese's life. In this post, I have separated cheeses into two categories below, as a simple guide: Higher Moisture and Lower Moisture. These two cheese categories have different requirements and shelf-life.

Recipe: Parmesan Cheese Straws with Islahiye Pepper

Recipe: Parmesan Cheese Straws with Islahiye Pepper

If you're entertaining, these cheese straws liberally sprinkled with Islahiye Pepper will satiate your guests upon arrival. They are excellent paired with sparkling white wine or pinot noir. You can also switch out the turkish pepper for red pepper flakes and it will be equally delicious, just a little spicier!

How to Build a Beautiful Summer Cheese Board

How to Build a Beautiful Summer Cheese Board

In this blog post, we highlight how to make a summer cheese board at your next backyard event really pop and we consulted with an interior design expert for our inspiration.  We outline a few rules you can apply whenever entertaining with food and beautiful home garnishes.

How to Store Different Styles of Cheese, Pt. 1

How to Store Different Styles of Cheese, Pt. 1

Naturally-made cheese is a complex food.  As a cheese ripens, it develops different flavors, aromas, and textures dependent upon the storage conditions. This blog post highlights how to store camembert, bloomy rinds, washed rinds, hard cheeses, alpine cheeses, cheddars, and blue cheeses.