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posted on June 1st, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

The fruit of the black pepper vine, used since antiquity in European cuisine, is present here again to accent our finest creation — rich, nutty, creamy BellaVitano. By adding just the right pinch of cracked black peppercorns, we impart a spicy zestiness that’s nothing to sneeze at. Retail $16.99 lb Read More

Cheese of the Month: Mango Fire Cheddar

posted on April 27th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

How about a little Sweet Heat!! Mango Fire Cheddar is a blend of sweet Mango and bits of hot habanero pepper mixed into smooth, firm Cheddar cheese. Made with 100% Wisconsin Milk. Perfect with hearty breads or whole grain crackers. Spice up the normal by using Mango Fire Cheddar on burgers, to top nachos, or in a sandwich or wrap. Pairings: Wine: Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Madeira, Syrah, Riesling or Pinot Gris Beer: Lager, Fruit Beers, Stout, Porter or IPA Read More

Snowdonia Amber Mist Cheddar

posted on March 31st, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

  April's Cheese of the Month! Are you a whiskey lover and also love cheese? Then Amber Mist Cheddar is the cheese for you. Amber Mist is a Nantwich International Cheese Awards gold winner that is made with a select mature Cheddar. The smoky peat tones of scotch whisky combined with the mouthwatering mature cheddar to create the perfect ‘grown-up’ pairing. It is ideal with a cocktail at the end of the day or for moments of contemplation. Keep the warmth going and enjoy with a dram of Malt Whisky. Serve on savory crackers with caramelized onion, chutney, or pepper jelly Read More

Cheese Of The Month: Emerald Isle Spread

posted on March 1st, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day we proudly present Emerald Isle Spread. This spread is a blend of cream cheese, horseradish, parsley, green onion, chives and Irish Cheddar. It is great with crusty baguette, pretzels, crudité or crackers. Emerald Isle Spread 9 oz. $4.99 Read More

Cheese of the Month: Coconut Gouda

posted on February 1st, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Straight from Holland we have the unique refreshing taste of the tropics! KoKo's Coconut Gouda gets a healthy dash of coconut cream added for extra flavor and creaminess. It's a delightfully unique cheese with a nutty taste and a surprise of refreshing sweetness from the coconut cream. The texture is smooth and sliceable. Coconut is known for its nutritional content and many health benefits. The combination of healthy coconut with cheese as a good source of calcium makes this a healthy and tasty snack! Also vegetarians can enjoy this healthy cheese since it’s made with vegetable rennet! Enjoy this cheese with fruit or thinly sliced on crisp crackers.  Pairs well with chilled white wine, a fruit pale ale or your favorite beverage. Coconut Gouda is made with fresh, pasteurized cow’s milk. For a unique pairing, the combination of chocolate, red wine and KoKo’s Coconut Cheese is an outstanding combination. Also try Bare Honey’s Spicy Honey with Coconut Gouda cheese. It… Read More

Cheese of The Month: Carr Valley Chipotle Cranberry Cheddar

posted on December 1st, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

Carr Valley Chipotle Cranberry Cheddar is a white cheddar that has cranberries and chipotle peppers throughout. This brings the taste of a Texas barbecue to with every bite. Carr Valley starts with a mild cheddar, adding a tinge of sweetness from the cranberries.  This cheese will then heats up and have a smoky finish with the inclusion of chipotle peppers. It is a great cheese will slice, cube and also shreds well. It may be slightly crumbly, but melts beautifully. Perfect Pairings with a lager beer or tequila Hand crafted cheddar by a Master Cheesemaker in Wisconsin Read More

Cheese of the Month: 5 Years Aged Gouda

posted on November 1st, 2016 by Carl Smith

For centuries cheese makers of the Netherlands have been recognized for their commitment to quality, purity, texture and taste. This reserve Gouda is traditionally aged for 5 years on wooden shelves. It has a hard texture and smells sweet, rich and ripe. Full flavored, burnt caramel, salty and sweet with a hint of butterscotch. Pairs well with Red wine blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, and beer. The flavor of Aged Gouda gets a new definition when it is paired with some white wines and any fruity wine. Also tastes great with fresh or dried figs, crunchy whole grain mustard, and meats Read More

Cheese of the Month – Omorro Azores

posted on September 6th, 2016 by Carl Smith

We’re excited to introduce you to our latest delicious cheese find from the Faial Island in Portugal. Omorro Azores, also known as Omorro Amanteigado, is torta-style cheese (served as a centerpiece for sharing) made from cow’s milk, which differentiates it from the sheep and goat's milk varieties found on the mainland. Like many Portuguese cheeses, it is made using vegetarian rennet, which gives the cheese pronounced vegetal notes. It is very creamy, buttery, and unctuous with a slight tang. This type of cheese is traditionally displayed by slicing and removing the whole top rind allowing guests to enjoy its creamy, gooey paste spread onto fresh bread. Simply divine! The cheese-maker, Rui Caldeira, is aided by his fiancée, Ana Marisa; his brother, Nuno; and his wife, Maria, at their dairy located near the natural reserve of Morro del Castelo Branco. They have been making cheese only since 2012 but have an extraordinary aptitude for it. They collect milk from local farms… Read More

Cheese of the Month – Hatch Cheddar Cheese!

posted on August 4th, 2016 by Carl Smith

Hatch Chile season is here! Each year, we celebrate this delicious pepper through live roasts, delicious recipes, and pure excitement from our team members and customers alike. To add to the celebration, our Cheese Shoppes are proud to offer our own Bristol Farms Hatch Cheddar Cheese. Our Hatch cheddar is an aged creamy white cheddar with flecks of real authentic Hatch chile peppers from Hatch, New Mexico. It is a nice balance of an aged smooth cheddar with a subtle bite from the smoky, spicy Hatch peppers. Our Hatch cheddar cheese makes an ultimate grilled cheese, quesadilla, enchilada, cheeseburger, and more. One of our favorite uses is finely grating the cheese into a recipe for homemade mac and cheese! The possibilities are endless! Enjoy our recipe below for Hatch Cheddar Mac and Cheese and catch our Hatch cheddar in store while it's available for a limited time. Hatch Cheddar Mac and Cheese Ingredients: 2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles 1/2 cup butter, melted 1/4 cup flour 2… Read More

Cheese of the Month – Beecher's 4‑Year Aged Flagship Cheese

posted on July 8th, 2016 by Carl Smith

The first wheel of Flagship, Beecher’s signature cheese and our cheese of the month for July, was handcrafted just as Beecher’s Handmade Cheese opened its doors in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market in November of 2003. Now, Flagship proves it’s age-worthy in this four-year version. Richer and nuttier than its younger counterpart, with a tangy finish. Made with a mix of Holstein and Jersey cow’s milk (60 percent and 40 percent, respectively) and studded with tyrosine crystals, this crowd-pleasing cheese is now more available than ever. With flavors of caramel apple, butterscotch, and honey, aged Flagship is awesome with the French sweet wine, Sauternes. It also pairs nicely with a fruity cabernet sauvignon, or with a nutty brown ale. Simple servings suggestions: Generously crumble 4-Year Aged Flagship over a salad, or layer onto a slice of ripe pear Read More

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