GUIDE TO CHEESE


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         FOR AN EARTHY ROMANTIC PICNIC
 



 

 

        

         delicious cheese makes for a romantic picnic

        
             "Cheese...milk's leap toward immortality"
                       - Clifton Fadiman, (1904-)
 



Romantic picnic food ideas...

Who doesn't love cheese? It's a natural for picnics, and hooks up
splendidly with wine, fruit and crackers for a gourmet snack.
Their worldly flavors and sumptuous textures make for an
interesting  taste treat..... so try them all!
 



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Soft cheeses
        fine piece of buttery brie cheese
  (Brie)

  • Brie- soft and mellow, an elegant buttery flavor. (France).
    Serve at room temp or heated, spread on crackers or crusty
    french bread, with FRESH fruit
     
  • Camembert- soft, creamy and rich, mild or pungent (France).
    Goes well with melons, grapes, berries, tomatoes. Heat and
    spread on crackers or bread.
     
  • Feta- soft and crumbly, sharp and tangy goat cheese (Greece).
    Serve with salads, chicken, seafood, salami and olives.
     

Semi-soft cheeses   pepper jack cheese adds a little spice to life(Pepper Jack)

  • Havarti- soft and buttery, with an intense flavor (Denmark)
    Serve with pears, grapes, olives, dark bread, breadsticks
     
  • Monterey jack & Pepper jack (flecked with jalapenos)
    Excellent with melons, grapes, olives and pickled vegetables

Blue-veined cheeses    guide to cheese recommends stilton for a change of pace(Stilton)

  • Stilton- soft and crumbly, assertive flavor (England).
    Works well for dessert, salads, fruit and crackers
     
  • Gorgonzola- earthy, pungent and crumbly (Italy).
    A great addition to dressings, salads and spreads, also serve
    with pears, sweet crackers and fruit breads
     
  • Roquefort- also crumbly, sharper taste than blue (France).
    Good in desserts and salads; serve with fruit and crackers.
     

Firm/hard cheeses    asiago adds a sharp bite and texture to your romantic picnic (Asiago)

  • Jarlsberg-firm cheese with a mild, nutty flavor (Norway).
    Great for sandwiches or with fruits and bread.
     
  • Gruyere- firm, earthy, buttery flavor (Switzerland, France).
    Accompanies deli meats well, or apples, melons; Melt it in
    soups, sauces or fondue.
     
  • Gouda- Firm and buttery, with a sharp taste (Holland).
    Great with apples, pears, melons, peaches, dark bread
     
  • Asiago- Hard, sharp rich taste, crumbly texture (Italy).
    Great with apples, pears, grapes and pasta, or melt it
    in rice or potato dishes.


 



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