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

My 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.

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...

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!

Video: Beer and Cheese Tasting at Strongrope Brewery

Video: Beer and Cheese Tasting at Strongrope Brewery

Microbrews and specialty cheeses are a joy to pair together. Both are more complex and nuanced in flavor, texture, and body than their more conventional counterparts. Watch this video to learn about how to best pair cheese and beer.  It's a lot of fun!

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!

American Bloomy Rind Tasting Notes

American Bloomy Rind Tasting Notes

Developing a Cheese Palate Developing a cheese palate takes time, and it takes complete immersion in a vast variety of dairy.  When I started work...

Two Grottos are better than one for Raw Milk Cheese Day.

Two Grottos are better than one for Raw Milk Cheese Day.

The Case for Raw Milk Cheese Imagine a world where raw milk cheese is outlawed.  Imagine a world where in order to enjoy a raw milk delicacy, you ...

Building #ThatCheesePlate into a Grotto

Building #ThatCheesePlate into a Grotto

When building a cheese plate, it is important to highlight the flavor profile and texture of each cheese and then find a balance of complimentary and contrasting flavors and textures in fruit, nuts, jams, chocolate, and more. Think color contrast and balance sweet and savory characteristics in a cheese board.

Fondue is not for the faint of cheese heart

Fondue is not for the faint of cheese heart

A couple of weeks ago, I curated a fondue party at my house as a last celebration of winter, and to explore the chemistry of melted cheeses.   We ...

A Day of Pairing Gruyere Cheese Caramels

A Day of Pairing Gruyere Cheese Caramels

People have gotten excited about our handmade Gruyere Cheese Caramels.  We’re currently offering small batch gift wrapped blocks of cheese carame...

Floral Goat Cheese and Floral Tea Recipe

Floral Goat Cheese and Floral Tea Recipe

This recipe post outlines how to pair cheese and tea. Calendula tea is known for its medicinal properties. It is soothing, light, slightly vegetal, and obviously has hints of floral that pairs beautifully with fresh goat cheese.