When it comes to planning the perfect holiday dinner appetizer that allows guests to nibble and mingle, there's one spread that generally ranks supreme. Everyone loves it - even if they've never heard the proper name for it.
We know it sounds rather fancy - especially if you're not a regular connoisseur of it. But, it's basically just a selection of cured meats with accompaniments of cheese, olives, crackers or crusty bread, and a sweet little something like preserves, chutney, or jam. Some charcuterie boards include almonds too while the more antipasti style will often include roasted red pepper and artichoke alongside the salty meats and cheeses.
So how does one build a great charcuterie board? Well, that's a loaded question - and can involve some trial and error, depending on your company's taste preferences. But we're giving you a summarized "how-to" guide of sorts on the delicious party app. Because it's great for everything from fancy cocktail attire… Read More
In case you couldn't tell, we're pretty big purveyors of cheese. From snacking to melting to everything between, cheese is a guilty pleasure indeed. And we always strive to carry all those cheeses you know and love plus some of the exotic gourmet ones too. This month, we're featuring a few of Scotland's finest cheddar cheeses.
Amazing on their own, all three of these cheeses are also quite delicious on a baguette with a delightful sweet chutney to contrast the bite of cheddar.
Connage Dunlop Scottish Cheddar
This Award Winning Scottish Cheddar handcrafted on a family farm, by the shores of the Moray Firth.
Connage Highland Dairy is based on the shores of the Moray Firth, near north and east Inverness, which is the Highland council area of Scotland.
Dunlop recipe dates from the 17th Century and was first made in Ayrshire. Each truckle was dressed in muslin to seal and keep the maturing cheese moist and we still do this today.
Connage uses unpasteurized milk and… Read More
Is your plain bagel and cream cheese breakfast on-the-go lacking a little something extra? Then feast your eyes on our Hatch Chile cream cheese. Made with authentic Hatch Valley chile that we’ve roasted, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped, this perfectly spicy cream cheese is just what your toasted bagel needed.
But this cream cheese is way more versatile than that!
-Use it to stuff jalapenos and bake for a double-header of spice that just may be the best jalapeno popper you’ve ever tasted.
-Spread a thin layer of it on a wrap and then layer on your roasted, sliced turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions for a quick lunch that’s great fresh or packed up for an office lunch.
-Mix 1/2 cup of it with 1 bag sauteed spinach, 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion, and 2 cloves minced garlic and stuff your otherwise bland chicken breasts with it. Brown in some olive oil on the stove top and then finish in the oven for creamy and spicy stuffed chicken.
-This cream cheese is also… Read More
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.
Wine: Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Madeira, Syrah, Riesling or Pinot Gris
Beer: Lager, Fruit Beers, Stout, Porter or IPA Read More
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
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
LaClare Farms is family owned and operated by Larry and Clara Hedrich & four of their five children in Wisconsin. They began their journey in 1978 when they purchased a 22-acre farm to raise their five children. They began their dairy goat operation at this time as well, showing their goats throughout Wisconsin and Michigan for a few years. In 1996 the opportunity to go commercial came up and the first load of goat milk was picked up in April of 1996. The family milked over 100 goats for nine years before starting the Quality Dairy Goat Produces Co-op with another group of farmers. The QDGPC has set the standard for quality milk across the US. They have supplied LaClare Farms, Sartori Cheese, Carr Valley Cheese and LaLoos Ice Cream with goat milk.
Then the fun began… in 2008 looking to add value back to the farm through other avenues, Evalon cheese was born. LaClare Farms won their first award with Evalon at the United States Champion Cheese contest. At this… Read More
Mull of Kintyre is hand-crafted in an old distillery on the remote Kintyre Peninsula in the picturesque region of southwestern Scotland. This unique cheddar is crafted in the historic Campbeltown Creamery which has been producing cheese since 1923. The lush green land helps give Mull of Kintyre Cheddar its rich flavor and delicate sweetness. This extra mature cheddar is slowly aged for a minimum of 12 months by their master cheese graders. This creates a firm bodied cheese that delivers a distinctive eating experience.
Mull of Kintyre is a two-time International Cheese Awards Gold winner for Best Scottish Cheese.
A lovely cheddar like this should be paired with Ballast Point Sculpin I.P.A. or a dark Porter. It also goes well with apples and honey.
On February 2nd our wonderful demo team will be handing out samples of this amazing cheese Read More
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
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