Posts filed under Holidays

National Baking Month

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The holidays have passed, and a new year is already flying by. With the cold weather, the post-holiday blues can sometimes get the best of us, but today we’re sharing some tasty recipes to warm up your kitchen! January happens to be National Baking Month, so we’re pairing up cozy baked goods and cheesy goodness! 

Parmesan Chiffon Cake: A savory twist on a classic treat; top with your favorite jam or compote for more depth of flavor. 

Goat Cheese Brownies: A beautiful blend of goat cheese, sea salt, and chocolate. You can try our Capricorn Goat Cheese here on Amazon

Cream Cheese Pound Cake: A delicious pound cake is a blank canvas for experimentation! Play around with your favorite toppings such as chocolate, berries, jams, and compotes. 

Bacon Cheddar Chive Scones: Because bacon makes everything better! 

Goat Cheese Cake with Berries: The is a tangy twist on a traditional Cheesecake. You can try our Capricorn Goat Cheese Crumbles on Amazon for an even easier bake.

Happy Eatings! 

 

Posted on January 30, 2018 and filed under Holidays, Recipes.

Crock Pot Crazy

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The holidays can be fun filled with festivities and good company, but one thing many of us have in common is how busy we are. With everything going on, taking the time to cook a meal can often fall to the wayside. But fear not! One of the best cooking shortcuts available is likely sitting right in your kitchen cabinet: the crockpot. There are few things easier than throwing all your ingredients into one pot and walking away! So in the spirit of making the holidays as stress-free as possible we’re sharing some cheesy shortcuts you can add into your holidays. 

No-Boil Mac & Cheese: This recipe is incredibly versatile. You can choose your favorite cheeses to substitute into the recipe. Alternately, you can add fresh goat cheese (available on Amazon Prime) for a creamy tang. 

Slow Cooker Lasagna: Delicious, savory lasagna without all the work! 

Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs: Quick shortcut for any easy dinner any night of the week. 

Slow-cooker Balsamic Cranberry Pulled Pork with Cheesy Polenta:  A festive dinner to impress your guests.

Cheesy Chicken Penne: Pasta is always a crowd pleaser. 

Bacon & Cheese Potatoes: Bacon & Cheese. Need we say more??

Cheesy Rueben Dip: A delicious sandwich gets turned into a delicious dip; bonus, our French Mini Toasts (available on Amazon Prime) are the perfect accompaniment to serve alongside this tasty dip!

Cheesy Winter Vegetable Casserole: Because cheese makes everything better. 

Creamy Beer Cheese Soup: Because what is better than beer AND cheese?!?

Happy Eatings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on December 5, 2017 and filed under Recipes, Holidays.

Summer Spritzers

It’s summer! The season of long sunny days and spending time out on the patio sipping your favorite drinks is finally here. Of course, you can always stick with the classic cold beer or chilled glass of chardonnay, but sometimes it can be fun to do something to mix it up a bit.

Independence Day is one of the highlights for summer entertaining, and with it being just around the corner, we wanted to share some of our favorite summer spritzer recipes. And what is a summer spritzer without some tasty cheese pairing suggestions?!?  So, we’ve got you covered with something to snack on while you sip and savor!

Zesty Wine Spritzer recipe - The fresh slices of red chili pepper that give this sip a little heated bite would pair wonderfully with naturally smoked Goudam. Click here to buy 

Grapefruit Ginger Spritzer recipeThis sip is a little sweeter, so try pairing this with a savory cheese that is traditionally eaten with sweet accompaniments. Cheeses such as aged Gouda or lovely sharp Cheddar will really liven up the experience.

Rosemary Gin Spritzer recipeThis fizzy cocktail has a light herbaceous flavor that makes it a natural companion to a creamy tangy Goat Cheese topped with your favorite chopped nuts.  Click here to buy  

Lemon-Thyme Tequila Spritzer recipeA good jack cheese brings out the full flavor of strong tequila and makes a perfectly balanced bite! Try pairing it with our Organic Meadow Jack.  Click here to buy 

Fig & Bourbon Fizz recipeFrom smoky bourbon and fresh mint to sweet fig, this fizz has a wonderful rich taste.  Enjoy this drink with a complementary buttery Triple Crème Brie spread over your favorite crusty bread. 

Happy Eatings! 

 

Posted on June 29, 2017 and filed under Holidays, Recipes.

Mardi Gras Celebration

It’s that time of year again, and Mardi Gras events are in full swing. One of my favorite things about celebrating is the vibrant, spicy dishes that surround the festivities. The succulent seafood, spicy sausages, and creamy, cheesy grits all add to the celebratory experience. Just like cheese, these flavorful dishes all celebrate an amazing food culture that highlights simple, delicious ingredients that come together to create something amazing. For those of you who love to create tasty dishes, we’d like to share some festive recipes that will help you get into the Mardi Gras spirit!

Shrimp Corn Chowder: Some simple cream cheese adds another level of decadence to this chowder recipe.

Oysters Bienville: Oysters are a classic New Orleans feature, and Parmesan adds another wonderful savory note to balance out the dish.

Chicken Muffuletta: The Muffuletta is a staple New Orleans sandwich, and we love the gooey provolone on this one!

Shrimp & Andouille Gumbo Dip: A tasty dip with all the great flavors of Gumbo! The Asiago cheese is definitely a nice addition.

Creole Shrimp & Sweet Potato Grits: Try our Smoked Gouda (here) to add a creamy, smoky flavor to your sweet potato grits.

Yats Chili Cheese Etouffee: Aged cheddar adds another layer of complexity that makes this a restaurant favorite.

Savory Parmesan Pain Perduwith Poached Eggs & Greens: Pain Perdu (French Toast) is a southern staple, and this savory twist has us drooling!

Happy Eatings! 

 

 

Posted on February 24, 2017 and filed under Holidays, Recipes.

A Fantastic Foodie Holiday

The Holiday season is upon us, and with it, the quest to find the perfect gift for friends and loved ones. One of our favorite ideas is our Perfect Partners Cheese Pairing Box. We have parings for the red wine, white wine, and beer lovers in your life. This year we're even cooking up something new! In a few days you will find gift boxes of Specialty Chocolates specifically chosen to pair with red wine, white wine, and beer. So no matter if that special person loves cheese, chocolate, or all of the above, we've got something that everyone will love.

Here is a sneak peek image of our Chocolates for White Wine pairing gift box. 

In the meantime, you can check out our Perfect Partner products on Amazon.

Posted on December 5, 2016 and filed under Holidays.

Cheese and Seafood. No, Really!

Admittedly, all of us cooks have come across a list of taboo food combinations in our experience cooking. Seafood and cheese might be one of those for some of you. Beyond the cream cheese and crab combination at your favorite Rangoon establishment, many people still uphold the notion that cheese and seafood do not belong together.

However, if you do a little exploring in different food cultures, you are sure to discover amazing dishes that pair seafood and cheese.  Mussels and blue cheese in France, Machas A la Parmesana in Chile are just a few of the dishes that represent a fusion of flavors made from combining seafood and cheese.

The creativity and technique comes in to finding the right compliment for fish and seafood which is often delicate and mild in flavor. Choosing a cheese that highlights rather than overpowers is essential to well-balanced dishes. While not the most intuitive pairing to create, if it’s done correctly, cheese and seafood can be a revelatory experience.

Since October is National Seafood Month, we’re taking the opportunity to share a variety of recipes that celebrate the Cheese & Seafood combo. Consider trying one of our products and taking on one of these amazing dishes!

Try our Capricorn Goat Cheese in these amazing recipes! BUY NOW

Shrimp and Goat Cheese Risotto

Fried Oysters and Goat Cheese

Smoked Salmon Quiche

For an interesting twist on this recipe, look online for our Smoked Goudam.

Smoked Gouda and Lobster Mac n Cheese

to kick up your shrimp and grits, consider substituting our Colby Caliente for the cheddar in the recipe below. BUY NOW

Shrimp and Grits

Happy Eatings!

 

 

 

 

Posted on October 31, 2016 and filed under Holidays, Recipes.

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

At this point our love of cheese is well established. Beyond just the vast number of varieties and flavors and ways it can be eaten, cheese also has a place throughout the whole meal!

From healthy snacks and appetizers to main dishes and sides, cheese is a well-respected culinary champion. However, even the most dedicated cheese lovers often overlook cheese’s role in a favorite of meal times everywhere….dessert!

Since Thursday is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day, we thought we’d share a tasty recipe for creamy, decadent goat cheese cheesecake! It’s the prefect dessert for these warmer months, and you can still indulge your love of cheese.  To add that extra special touch, check out this fresh homemade blueberry topping

Happy Eatings!

Posted on May 24, 2016 and filed under Recipes, Holidays.

National Beer Day - April 7th

Beer & Cheese: A classic combination that is always sure to satisfy.  Since April 7th is National Beer Day this year, what better way to celebrate than enjoying the timeless combo of beer and cheese? I mean, of course beer is tasty on its own, but cheese definitely elevates the experience. Below are several mouth-watering recipes that do a fantastic job of highlighting the beer and cheese combo, so get to your kitchens!

No time to cook? Well, how about putting together a tasty cheese board full of cheeses that are perfect paired with an ice-cold beer? We’ve got you covered. Check our or beer and cheese pairing box on Amazon. LINK. We’ll take away the confusion of beer and cheese pairing, and leave the celebrating to you!

Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Beer Soft Pretzels

Pimento Beer Cheese Pie Bites

Beer Cheddar Waffles

Cheddar & Ale Soup with Bacon and Potato

Ultimate Nachos with Beer Braised Carnitas

Buffalo beer Cheese Fries

Happy Eatings! 

 

 

Posted on March 31, 2016 and filed under Holidays, Recipes.

Hosting a Wine Tasting Party

Hosting a wine tasting party sounds like a blast! Also, maybe it sounds a little overwhelming? No worries, here is a great guide to help you host a stress free and fun tasting party at home. A great idea to start with is to do a tasting before lunch or dinner. Then after the tasting can follow up with a meal that will complement the wines that were sampled, and your guests can opt to choose a wine they liked best to drink with their meal.

A few quick starting points: try to sample around 8 wines max. If you do more, you risk overwhelming your guests with flavors. You can serve the wines in flights of four, with a pause in between. Your guests can sample four wines, write their notes, discuss, and then move on to the second flight. That makes it easier to remember each wine and its characteristics. Set out 4 wine glasses for each guest, and pour from left to right. Give your guests about 2 ounces of wine for each sample (for reference, a standard small shot glass is about 1 ounce). That is enough for several sips. Be sure to start with lighter white wines, and finish with stronger red wines. Tasting the stronger red wines last will ensure you don’t overwhelm the taste buds before you taste the lighter white wines.

Types of Tasting

Regional: Different types of wine from the same area. Taste the differences/similarities of various wines subjected to the same elements (water, sunlight, weather patterns, etc.)

Varietal: Same grape type from different areas. Learn/taste how different areas contribute their own style/character to the same variety.

Category: One wine from each category. This type of tasting could be most open to your own preferences and interpretations.

Set the Scene

Cover the table with a white tablecloth (or butcher paper); the white color will help you easily examine and describe the colors of the wine. The friction-free surface also makes it easier to swirl the wine in your glass.

Serve your white wines slightly chilled, and your red wines around room temperature. Wines that are too cold or too warm will lose some of their more subtle flavors.

*Fun tip: Do a blind tasting. Wrap the bottles with foil or a wine bottle cover and label each wine by number. Blind tasting ensures swanky names or a well-designed label doesn’t accidentally affect your tasting experience.

Make sure you set out some neutral crackers or some crusty bread for your guests to munch on between tastings. They will act as palate cleansers and make sure the flavors of multiple wines won’t get muddled up on your taste buds.

Also be sure to set out little pads of paper so your guests can write down their tasting notes. You can find tasting note charts online that can be printed out and used for notes as well.

Tasting the Wine

Look: Examine the color of the white against a white background; is it a warm honey color? A rich burgundy? Is it translucent or more opaque?

Swirl: Swirl your wine around in your glass so it will aerate (air will be added to the wine to enhance the flavors & aromas)

Sniff: After swirling, inhale the scents of the wine, what do you smell? Your sense of smell contributes a great deal to what you taste in the wine itself.

Sip: Take a good sip. Hold the wine in your mouth; swish it around, allowing it to coat your taste buds. What does the wine feel and taste like? Is it thin and acidic? Rich and velvety? 

 

Savor: Draw in some air through your teeth and let it mix with the wine on your tongue. Since your mouth and nasal passages are connected, inhaling air through your mouth while the wine is on your tongue allows you to taste and smell more complex scents and flavors. Your tongue by itself only has five basic tastes.

What do you taste? Do you like it?

Aromas & Flavor: Enjoy tasting the wine, and jot down descriptive words or phrases you think describe it best.

Texture & Weight: Is the wine light? Crisp? Is it rough or smooth? Full-bodied?

 Overall “Balance”: A “good” wine should taste harmonious, with various flavors present without one flavor dominating over the rest.

Persistence on the Palate: A good indicator of wine quality is how long the wine flavor lingers on your tongue. If it disappears the moment you swallow it, it may lack concentration of flavor, or it was made with substandard grapes. A great wine lingers on your tongue after you’ve swallowed it, and you can savor the aftertaste.

Compare your Notes:

After you’ve tasted and written down your notes, talk with your fellow tasters. Share your likes and dislikes, and pick your favorites.  Taste your wines again as you discuss them, it’s possible you will discover a new flavor or a change as it sits out in the open air. Have everyone pick their favorites and then reveal the labels!

Now that you’ve finished your tasting, its time to eat! Pick a wine with our meal and pay attention to how the flavors change and interact with the food you’re eating.

 

Have fun & enjoy! 

 

Posted on January 12, 2016 and filed under Educational, Holidays.

Host your own Cheese Tasting Party

The holidays are well underway, and you’re probably looking for fun entertaining ideas, right? Well a great idea to entertain friends and family is to host a tasting party! Who doesn’t love trying new foods and drinks?  This handy little guide will help you pull off a delicious, stress-free cheese tasting party that you will want to have again and again.

One key thing to remember is to keep it simple. You don’t have to buy a large number of different cheeses; stick to 3-5 different varieties of cheese. If you buy too many, you run the risk of overwhelming the palate, and you won’t be able to appreciate the different subtleties of flavor.

You should account for around 4-5 oz. of cheese per person. Since this is a tasting, each person only needs a small amount of each cheese. You don’t want them to fill up before they get the chance to try them all!

Remember to get cheeses from different categories (fresh, semi-soft, semi-hard, etc). Each category of cheese has distinct qualities. By purchasing cheese from multiple categories, you give your guests the best variety of cheese for tasting.  You can also buy cheese from the same country, region, etc., and create a theme for your cheese board to enhance the cheese tasting experience.

Keep in mind that you should have some crackers or some crusty bread as well. It will help your guests clear their palates between tastings. You don’t want your flavors to get all mixed up!

Now that you’ve got your cheese and crackers (or bread) you’re ready to go! Organize your cheese tasting order from mildest cheese to strongest cheese so your taste buds don’t get overwhelmed. Also, relax, have fun, and discover new cheeses.

Happy eatings!

 

**We will be posting more tips, suggestions, guides, and ideas for tasting parties so be sure to check back and see what we’ve got for you! You can also follow our Twitter handle @NorthLightFoods for updates.**

Posted on December 15, 2015 and filed under Holidays.

Autumn is Coming (armed with pumpkins)

It is already September, and autumn is just around the corner. In a few weeks, fall flavors will bombard us everywhere we go. The biggest culprit: pumpkin. We can’t leave our homes without seeing pumpkin: lattes, scones, tarts, cookies, ice cream, bagels, the list goes on, both savory and sweet. Since you’ll have no problem finding pumpkin, I’d like to share some of my favorite alternative squash recipes! Fall and winter squash is so versatile and downright delicious; it’s one of the easiest things to cook for a hearty meal or tasty dessert.

Sausage & Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Hearty, savory, and impressive-looking on the plate. Recipe here.

Roasted Butternut Squash & Bacon Soup

A sweet-savory soup to keep you warm on those chilly fall afternoons. recipe here.

Moroccan Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Soup with Coconut Ginger Cream

Eastern flavors spice up this traditional squash soup. Recipe here.

Acorn Squash & Honey Pie

A tasty alternative to your basic pumpkin pie. Recipe here.

Most of these recipes include some delicious cheeses, but there are so many different types of cheeses that would pair well with these recipes. Feel free to experiment and swap out different types to see what your favorites are. Cheeses such as a smoked gouda, aged cheddar, gruyere, aged havarti, and creamy goat cheese all can add great flavor notes to your autumn cooking. These are just a fraction of the possibilities that you can explore with recipes, cheese, and squash. Have fun experimenting!

Posted on September 8, 2015 and filed under Holidays, Recipes.

Cinco De Mayo

Since Cinco De Mayo is tomorrow, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share a favorite, tasty margarita recipe with you all. Classic margaritas are simple and delicious, but this recipe has a great twist with added peach nectar and some Prosecco, and it keeps this drink light and refreshing. 

Sparkling Peach Margarita Recipe here

You can even make some classic guacamole to enjoy with your margaritas! Recipe here.

Happy eatings!

Posted on May 4, 2015 and filed under Recipes, Holidays.