Gooey goat cheese with a halo of crunchy caramelized sugar.
It sounds so fancy, but it’s actually very simple:
just sprinkle chèvre with sugar and torch it.
We all know Trader Joe’s is lit with deals and tasty treats, but they can also fulfill your daily cheese needs.
Although nothing beats a visit to a real cheese counter, Traders Joe’s is a reliable, convenient, and
affordable place to satisfy your daily cheese needs in the meantime.
Next time you find yourself stuck in front of the cheese display at Trader Joe’s,
let these 5 tips guide the way.
Who says kids get to have all the fun with their food? Here’s a goat cheese panna cotta with a chocolate “dirt” topping
and the added class of luscious fresh chevre.
‘Cause you’re a grown up now.
I love cheesecake but I don’t have the skill or patience to bake one and I sure as hell am not turning on my oven in this sticky August heat. Cheesemonger Jordan Edwards of Pastoral in Chicago sent me this recipe for what is essentially
the world’s easiest cheesecake
Alright you dairy darlings, I’m calling on you to proclaim all of your deepest, wildest desires and feelings for cheese in one heartfelt haiku. The most passionate and beautiful haiku will win a Valentine’s Day gift box from Vermont Creamery, including all of the cheese pictured below. Accoutrement and beautiful woman not included. Scroll down for official rules.
Last weekend, I paid my first visit to San Francisco, California. I went to support my one and only curd sister Katie Potts of Petoskey Cheese as she competed in the Olypmics of cheese competitions, The Cheesemonger Invitational (CMI).
Pumpkins are a cultural icon, evoking cozy memories of childhood carvings, romps through vine-covered patches, costumes sticky with Halloween candy, and warm, sweet spices. You don’t have to love the pumpkin for its jolly symbolism, and I know many abhor the poor gourd due to incessant overuse the moment August rolls into September. To be fair, it’s not the pumpkin that has been bastardized, but the array of spices that tend to accompany it in baked goods. The pumpkin itself is a thing to revere, especially when roasted and pureed into a thick, buttery paste filled with a wealth of nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and dietary fiber. If you get your hands on a really good pumpkin, its pureed flesh will also deliver a luscious, nutty sweetness that is especially delightful when baked in a hearty bread that’s smeared with tangy dairy. Alas, it’s generally wasted on oily loaves with frostings so sweet they could rot a tooth clean from the gum, while most healthy versions aren’t worth eating. This recipe, on the other hand, combines a simple, wholesome pumpkin bread with a maple-kissed spread of real cheese.
Put down the cream cheese! You deserve better than that, so use fresh goat cheese and mascarpone instead. Don’t get me wrong, I love cheesecake. When I was little, my nana made cheesecake all of the time and I would go crazy on it. I mean, two pieces after a full meal. I still have dreams about it… but only dreams. Now that I’m an adult, just one slice after dinner is a one-way ticket to acid reflux city. The amount of saturated fat and sugar in traditional cheesecake is a perfect recipe for digestion apocalypse. Save yourself from torture and make a chevre cheesecake with real, nutritious cheese and a toasted almond crust. You might even like it better this way.
LOL just kidding. Sugar does amazing things. I use it like salt, adding a pinch to enhance nearly every recipe I make. Tomato sauce? Yeah. Stir-fry? Duh. Spice rub? Of course. Unfortunately, as a result of what I’m assuming is a curse laid on me by way of my mother’s genetics, I have a horrible reaction to sugar. I’m not going to pretend to be a nutritionist and tell you what to eat, unlike some peeps in the blogosphere, but I think it’s safe to say that many American food products rely too heavily on sugar.
Let me keep it real here.
You can’t survive on ice cream alone, even though a pint of Ben & Jerry’s is the best relief from an unemployment-induced depression, short of an actual job. You can’t actually live off of only frozen bananas either, but it’s healthier than ice cream. We all know bananas have potassium, and studies show that potassium-deficiency is linked to depression, mental fatigue, and mood swings. It’s possible that this soft serve might improve your mood, if only because it’s delicious and won’t constipate.
Disclaimer: binge eating is not cool or healthy. I’m just trying to be funny so I feel better about being unemployed. Don’t do it.