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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

Beer & Cheese Tasting Events

posted on January 31st, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Join us for a beer and cheese pairing event featuring Ballast Point Brewing or Boulevard Brewing. $30 per person, reservations required by calling the cafe. Wednesday, February 1st Newport Beach: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Ballast Point Brewing La Jolla: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Ballast Point Brewing South Pasadena: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Boulevard Brewing Manhattan Beach: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Boulevard Brewing Our Featured Boulevard Brewing Pairings: The Calling IPA paired with Jasper Hill Harbison Cheese Crostini, Grape Apricot Relish and Arugula. Cranberry Orange Radler paired with Mixed Greens, Coconut Gouda, Pears, Dried Cranberries, Carrots, and Basil Balsamic. Dark Truth Stout paired with and 8-year Aged Wisconsin Cheddar Baked Macaroni & Cheese. The Sixth Glass Quad paired with Grass Fed Sliders, Le Brouere Cheese, Sweety Peppers, Fig Jam, Tomatoes And Bristol Farms Lattice Chips. Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad paired with Jasper Hill Bayley Blue, Brownie, Vanilla… Read More

Jasper Hill

posted on January 28th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Jasper Hill is a working dairy farm with an on-site creamery in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The Cellars at Jasper hill is an underground aging facility located in Greensboro, VT. These cellars were constructed for the purpose of providing affinage, or aging expertise for local cheesemakers.  This facility ages soft ripened beauties to aged cheddars.   Bayley Hazen Blue This is one of the first cheeses made in the Jasper Hill Creamery.  The recipe is based on a British natural rind blue.  Bayley Hazen Blue is made from raw cow milk and aged for 3 months.  The paste is dense and creamy and the usual peppery character of blue cheese is subdued, elevating the grassy, nutty flavors of the milk.  It has a toasted-nut sweetness, and anise spice character. This cheese is wonderful with a nice dark chocolate or the Boulevard Brewing Company’s Bourbon Barrel Quad.   Kinsman Ridge This beautiful cheese is made to the traditions of French tommes like St… Read More

5 Spoke Creamery Redmond Cheddar

posted on January 25th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

5 Spoke Creamery is located 57 miles north of New York City.  All of their cheeses are hand made with raw milk in the farmstead tradition, meaning the cheese is produced on sight with the milk of a closed heard.  This milk comes from Holstein cows that are free of pesticides and hormones. The cows are milked at 4:00 am and they make the cheese at 9:00 am all in a facility that is 100% solar. Their herd of Holstein cows are pastured and free to roam, picking and choosing what they eat from a variety of grasses, herbs, flowers and weeds.  The raw milk of these grass-fed cows has a depth of flavor which cannot be duplicated. 5 Spoke Creamery’s cheeses are creamier and more flavorful than those made from pasteurized milk.  This also offers numerous health benefits that are inherent to raw milk.  Raw milk cheeses have all the good bacteria found naturally in milk and none of the bad.  State laws require a minimum of 60 days for aging which eliminated pathogenic bacteria so the… Read More

Making Time For Family Dinners

posted on January 18th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Did you know that numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic, and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family? Home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain, and health of all family members. Not to mention, people who frequently cook at home eat fewer, healthier calories. Additionally, regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits, and less risky behavior. These five tips will help you make more time for family dinners. Pick a night of the week that you plan on having dinner together. This way it won't interfere with work or after school schedules. An easy way to make this happen is to make it a routine -- every Monday night you eat together as a family. Your dinner doesn't have to be a complicated meal. Make something easy that allows more time to sit around the table and eliminate the stress of having to prepare complex dishes. Plan your… Read More

Say Cheese

posted on January 18th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Our fourth annual “Say Cheese” celebration starts January 25, 2017. Bristol Farms Cheese department has over 350 varieties of cheese to choose from.  Our buyer searches high and low for unique artisanal cheeses, bringing you an assortment unmatched by anyone else. With an assortment like this, it can be quite overwhelming when you arrive at the cheese counter.  We have the best Cheese Specialists in the world, there to help you find that perfect item. These cheeses in particular pair up nicely with beer. In store we will be offering tastings and pairing demonstrations with Boulevard and Ballast Point Brewery. Look for events at your local Bristol Farms! Read More

Now Design Pop‑Up

posted on January 13th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

During Butchers Bonanza, we will be having a Now Design Pop-Up Sale from 12 - 6 PM on January 13th and 10 - 3 PM on January 14th at Bristol Farms Palm Desert. We have lowered the prices up tp 40%. These gorgeous towels are originally $4.99 to $16.99, but for two days only they are only $3.49 to $9.99! Save $3.50 on Ripple dish towels, $1.50 on Basketweave and Symmetry dish towels, and $7.00 on Jumbo dish towels Read More

Meal Prep Made Easy

posted on January 11th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

If your New Year's resolution was to eat healthier, save money, or spend less time during the week cooking, meal prepping is an excellent tool to help you stick to your goal! Pick one day of the week and have fun planning out your meals for the week. Before you start you'll need a bunch of plastic Tupperware to store all of your meals. Common foods to prep: chicken, green beans, rice, sweet potatoes, stacked salads, or overnight oats. Not all of your foods have to be cooked. You can prep snacks in small bags, like nuts, whole strawberries, or baby carrots. This will help you stay full between meals and eliminate mindless snacking Read More

Batch Cooking Tips

posted on January 11th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

The secret behind batch cooking is simple; cook now, freeze for later. Not only will this save you money by not dining out and ordering in, it will give you more time during the week. Batch cooking is exactly what it sounds like, cooking your meals in batches. It's not as much work as you might think since you're cooking what you'd normally eat, but doubling or even tripling the recipe! Batch Cooking Tips: Make sure there is plenty of room in your freezer because most of your meals will most likely be stored here. Simpler meals are easier to freeze, so stick to grains, sauces, soups, and main protein dishes. Let your food cool off before putting it in the freezer. The heat from the food will create condensation which will lead to freezer burn! When storing soup, leave about an inch of room for expansion, but all other foods you'll want to remove as much air as possible. If you're cooking for a family you can store large quantities together in the freezer and… Read More

New Year, New Flavors

posted on January 4th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Spice things up this year by bringing new flavors to your favorite meals. Not only do spices add extra flavor to your meal, they each have their own benefits. Turmeric: Try it in: soups and smoothies Flavor profile: Peppery Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, natural pain reliever Cumin: Try it in: vinaigrettes Flavor profile: Smoky Benefits: Rich in iron, boosts immunity Tarragon: Try it in: mac ‘n’ cheese Flavor profile: Similar to basil or anise Benefits: Rich in Vitamin A, C, and B-6.   Read More

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