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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.

Blueberries & Sunshine

One of the best things about summer is fresh fruit. Now blueberries are ripe, sweet, and ready for picking! Whether you grow your own berries, or you take a day trip to go blueberry picking, there are lots of ways to use them beyond just tossing them with some cream. Since we have our own obsession with great cheese, we’re sharing some tasty ways to combine sweet blueberries and tart cheese that you’re sure to love. 

Blueberry, Mint & Feta Farro Salad recipe

Blueberry & Feta Bulgar Salad with Mint Dressing recipe

Blueberry, Feta & Honey-Caramelized Onion Naan Pizza recipe

Blueberry Cucumber Salad recipe

Goat Cheese Blueberry Ice Cream recipe

Grilled Turkey and Blueberry Goat Cheese Sandwich recipe

Blueberry, Basil & Goat Cheese Pie recipe

 

Happy Eatings! 

 

 

Posted on August 1, 2017 and filed under Recipes.

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.

Manchego Madness

Though we have an unfailing love for many cheeses, one that holds a special place in our heart has got to be Manchego. Manchego is a name-protected sheeps’ milk cheese that is made in the La Mancha region of Spain (that is where the name protection comes in). The milk used to create this cheese actually comes from a very specific sheep—the Manchego Sheep.

In addition, this cheese has to be created in the La Mancha region of Spain, and has to meet a specific set of guidelines in order to legally be called “Manchego Cheese”. It is known for its distinctive basket weave pattern pressed onto the outer rind of the cheese. This modern day pattern is actually visually representative of a time when the cheese was originally made inside woven grass molds.

Manchego can be aged to several different flavor profiles:

Semi Curado – young Manchego, around 3 months aged which yields a fruity, grassy flavor with a slight tang

Curado – 6 month aged Manchego that has distinctive notes of caramel nuttiness with a slight hint of acidity

Viejo – Manchego that has been aged for a year begins to take on a crumbly texture, the color darkens and the flavor takes on a sweeter, stronger note

Manchego is a versatile cheese and is incredible on its own as a snacking cheese. Pair it with olives, tapenades, savory or fruit flavored jams, Marcona almonds, and fresh fruit.

It is best paired with wines that complement the light fruit/nut flavors of the cheese such as Tempranillo, Meritage, or even a simple Cabernet. If you’re not a fan of reds, crisp dry white such as an Albarino or a dry Chardonnay are sure to satisfy your palate.

For a new take on Manchego, try these delicious recipes that complement the flavors of this Spanish favorite!

Potato-Scallion Frittata with Manchego

Grilled Flatbreads with Caramelized Onions, Sausage, & Manchego

Crunchy Slaw with Asian Pear & Manchego

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego

Manchego Mac with Chorizo

Chicken Stuffed with Manchego, Mushrooms & Spinach (Pollo Relleno)

 

Happy Eatings! 

 

 

 

Posted on March 31, 2017 and filed under Recipes, Educational.

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.

Trendy Toast

Who doesn’t love warm toasted bread that’s crunchy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside? The artisan toast trend has really picked up momentum the last few years; even inspiring restaurants dedicated solely to toast dishes.  Whether it is the popular avocado toast, or upscale remixes of beans on toast, cheese has played an important part in this growing trend.

Here’s a list of some tasty toast combos to try that highlight all cheesy possibilities.  Feel free to experiment with all sorts of your favorite breads, crackers, and flatbreads.

 

Goat cheese, olive oil, figs

Spread a layer of plain or honey goat cheese on the toast. Slice or halve dried figs and place on top of the goat cheese. Drizzle with olive oil. You can even check out our Capricorn Goat Cheese  on our amazon page here

 

Goat cheese, prosciutto, tomatoes, black pepper

Spread plain, herb, or sundried tomato goat cheese on the toast. Layer thin slices of prosciutto on the cheese and layer yellow or red cherry tomatoes on top of the meat. Sprinkle with black pepper.

 

Chocolate Ricotta Toast

Combine 1 cup ricotta, dash of cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla. Spread on toast and top with grated chocolate, your favorite chunk chocolate, or mini chocolate chips.

 

Avocado, feta, and pomegranate seeds

Smash up a fresh avocado and season with salt and pepper. Spread on toast and top with crumbled feta and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

 

Cream cheese, basil, mixed berries

 Spread cream cheese or mascarpone on toast and top with your favorite berries, or a mixture. Slice basil into thin strips and sprinkle over toast.

 

Cantaloupe, walnuts, agave, goat cheese

Make paper thin slices of cantaloupe. Spread plain or honey goat cheese on toast. Layer the slices of cantaloupe and top with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts. Drizzle agave on top or try honey.

 

Apple slices, honey, blue cheese

 Thinly slice applies using a mandolin or vegetable peeler. Layer apples on top of toast and sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles or top with thin slices of blue cheese. Drizzle with honey.

 

Brie, bacon crumbles, cranberries

Place thin slices of brie on toasted bread just out of the toaster and allow to melt. Sprinkle the brie with fresh made or store bought bacon crumbles and dried cranberries. 

 

Happy Eatings! 

Posted on January 31, 2017 and filed under Recipes.

For the Love of Pie

One of the best things about the holidays, for me at least, is the pie.  Of course you have all your traditional pies such as pumpkin, fruit pies, and pecan, but a fun way to mix up your meal is to create a savory pie recipe. It’s something cozy and comforting that will really satisfy your family and friends this holiday season. All of us here at North Light love our cheese, so we thought what better way to have a delicious, savory pie featuring all of our favorite cheeses! So today, we’re sharing some savory pie and tart recipes to get you started! 

Tomato & Cheddar Pie

Farro & Parmesan Pie

Caramelized Garlic, Spinach, & Cheddar Tart

Savory Onion, Cheese, & Bacon Tart

Beef, Ale, & Mushroom Pie (This recipe can be kicked up a notch with a delicious Cheddar Crust!)

Cherry Tomato, Bocconcini, & Zucchini Pie

Happy Eatings!

 

Posted on December 5, 2016 and filed under Recipes.

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.

Cheese: A Souper Idea!

Summer is ending and as the hours of daylight are getting shorter and the air is cooling we start to crave those warm, comforting dishes. 

One of our favorite things about autumn, besides layers of cozy clothing and colorful leaves, is digging out all of our favorite recipes for comfort food. The scent of a soup or chili simmering away on the stove fills your whole kitchen with the sensations of autumn.  

We often experience soup as a starting course or a side dish and sometimes it’s hard to find a soup that’s truly filling enough to be a meal in itself.  However, there are plenty of soups that are meal worthy and we find that the addition of cheese is just the trick to not only elevate the flavor profile of soup but also to satiate your biggest fall appetites.

We love cheese for all its versatility and pairing options. This recipe elevates the classic pairing in Beer Cheese Soup to a whole new level of excitement, and we think that you will definitely add it to your recipe arsenal for fall!

 

Brie & Cheddar Apple Beer Soup with Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble Recipe

 

Happy Eatings! 

Posted on September 30, 2016 and filed under Recipes.

Goat Any Cheese?

Goat cheese can be rather simple, but its distinct, tart flavor and its creamy texture can send the flavor profile of a dish soaring to the next level. We love goat cheese not only for the flavor it can bring but also because of its incredible versatility.

Goat cheese can range from mild and delicate, all the way to strong and pungent. Beyond just the plain chevre, you can find all sorts of flavors made with ingredients that have been incorporated into the cheese: herbs, vegetables, fruits, and even wines or chocolate! With just that list alone think of all the things you can do with it!

In addition to all of the flavors, there are a variety of styles of goat cheese. From creamy fresh chevre, to aged, crumbly perfection, goat cheese makes the perfect ingredient for cooking or a flavorful addition to your cheese board.  So as summer is coming to an unofficial close across the land, we’d like to share some wonderful late-summer inspired recipes that really shine with the addition of goat cheese. Maybe you’ll find a tasty dish to share with your family this holiday weekend!

Late Summer Tart with Goat Cheese, Onions, Corn, & Tomato

Baked Eggplant with Fig, Tomato, & Goat Cheese

Fresh goat Cheese & Radicchio Salad

Peach and Goat Cheese Tartine

Grilled Vidalia Onion, Goat Cheese & Arugula Flatbread

Salad of Goat Cheese, Melon, blueberry & Spinach

Check out our Capricorn Goat Cheese on Amazon.

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Happy Eatings!

Posted on August 30, 2016 and filed under Recipes.

National Dairy Month

We all know there are the five basic food groups, but this month we are celebrating one that is near and dear to our hearts: dairy. More specifically, cheese! So I want to share the delicious possibilities of one cheese that you may be overlooking: Mascarpone Cheese. Mascarpone is a soft, creamy, traditional Italian cheese that can be the star of both sweet and savory dishes. You can use it to thicken up a soup or pasta, add richness to pudding or mousse, or even just mix it with honey and serve with fresh fruit. The possibilities abound. So today I wanted to share a range of tasty recipes that can get you started on your exploration of Mascarpone!

Savory Recipes

Mascarpone Pasta with Chicken, Bacon & Spinach

Fresh Tomato Soup with Mascarpone

Mascarpone Mac & Cheese

 

Sweet Recipes

Mascarpone Coffee Brownies

Espresso Mascarpone Chocolate Bourbon Cake

Homemade Mascarpone Cinnamon Pudding

 

Appetizer Recipes

Mushroom & Mascarpone Tarts

Smoked Salmon & Mascarpone Appetizers

Strawberry Basil Bruschetta

Happy Eatings!

 

Posted on June 21, 2016 and filed under Educational, 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.

March is for Noodles

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Pasta is always a wildly popular dish. From macaroni and cheese, to fresh handmade pasta, there is just something so comforting and satisfying about noodles! People have been eating them, in some form, for thousands of years and they continue to be a favorite in a variety of cuisines.

March is National Noodle Month and we thought we’d give you some noodle history and share some cool noodle dishes that are made better by cheese!

In 2005, National Geographic shared that a bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles were found in Northwestern China and is believed to be the earliest example of the popular food.  This coincides with the popular theory that noodles originated in the East, and were introduced to Italy by the Arabs. From there, the popularity of the noodle spread to Europe, and then the rest of the world.  (Check out the story!)

Now the varieties and styles of noodles alone are practically infinite! One thing we know is that cheese can be the perfect complement to a variety of noodles. Whether it’s a hard Italian cheese sprinkled over marinara or a rich cream cheese sauce for fettuccine, cheese elevates plain noodles and excites the palate. Here are some recipes that represent a tiny snapshot of how cheese and noodles can elevate your meals.

Beer Mac & Cheese Recipe

Creamy Penne with Blue Cheese Sauce Recipe

Gouda & Avocado Fettuccine Recipe

Rice Noodles with Sundried Tomatoes, Parmesan & Basil Recipe 

 

Happy Eatings!

 

 

 

Posted on March 10, 2016 and filed under Educational, Recipes.

Apples: The Superfood of Fall

Sweet or tart, apples are satisfying eaten raw or baked into a delicious dish. Just be sure to eat the skin—it contains all those hearty-healthy vitamins! Health benefits include a huge helping of antioxidants and a load of fiber in every bite. So, delicious AND healthy? Yes, please!

When you’re looking for a new dish to share with your friends and family, look no further; here is a tasty list of ten apple recipes ranging from breakfast to dessert (sweet and savory!) that should definitely make an appearance on your table this Fall: 

German-Apple Pancake Recipe

Smoked Trout & Apple Hash Recipe

Apple & Gorgonzola Salad with Maple Dressing Recipe

Apple & Parsnip Soup Recipe

Squash-Apple Turnovers Recipe

Brie, Apple & Arugula Quesadillas Recipe

Brussels Sprouts with Apples Recipe

Spiced Pork Chops with Apple Chutney Recipe 

Paneer Fish Cakes with Apple Fig Chutney Recipe 

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart Recipe 

Happy Eatings!!

 

Posted on October 2, 2015 and filed under Recipes.

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.