Caution !!
Spread Firefox Affiliate Button
Upgrade Your Firefox To Speed Up Your Browsing :-)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cheese Makes a Comeback!

Cheese is making a comeback on the dining scene. There is a rising trend to serve gourmet cheeses as a separate exciting course. The best part of this returning mania is that creating a sophisticated and harmonious assortment of cheeses and accompaniments is incredibly easy.

With our how-to's, simple guides and recommended cheeses, your next get-together, whether it is a gathering for one or one hundred, will be a spectacular success!

Creating a spectacular cheese course starts with the shopping. You should take a few minutes to before you buy to make a shopping list. This can be as simple as choosing your favorites, but keep the following in mind:

* Three to five different cheese selections are best.
* Selecting cheeses of different types and textures will serve to create greater interest. The variety of cheeses you choose should be from different milks, such as cow, goat, and sheep. Include cheeses that are soft, semi-soft/semi-firm, firm and hard.
* Plan on serving approximately one ounce of each cheese per person.

Accompaniments should not only complement the flavors of the cheeses you are serving, but should enhance them The best way to see if the accompaniment works well with a particular cheese is simply to taste them together. If you like the flavor combination, then odds are your guests will too. Traditional accompaniments for cheeses include: bread, crackers, cured meats, honey, olives, fruit, nuts and roasted vegetables.

Cheeses should always be served at room temperature, so plan ahead and remove your cheeses from the refrigerator at least one hour before serving for maximum flavor. Firm and hard cheeses should be served sliced thinly or in bite-size chunks. Cut softer cheeses into wedges. Make sure you have a small knife available for cheeses that will need to be cut by your guests.

Soft Cheeses

Soft cheeses get creamer as they ripen. Their texture can range from that of soft butter to thick sour cream. Examples of soft cheeses are Brie, Camembert and La Serena.

Semi-Soft / Semi-Firm Cheeses

Semi-soft/semi-firm cheeses have less moisture than hard cheeses so they can usually be easily sliced. Ardrahan, Gubbeen, Fontina, Caciotta, Le Moulis and Morbier are examples of semi-soft/semi-firm cheeses.

Firm Cheeses

Firm cheeses have a unmistakable firm texture, and become harder and more intensive with age. In firm cheese, the curd is broken into a very small grain, and then either cooked or left uncooked before pressing. Firm cheeses have a lower moisture content. Appenzeller, Wensleydale, Cheddar, Red Leicester, and Idiazabal are examples of firm cheeses.

Hard Cheeses

Hard cheeses have had most of their moisture removed, giving the cheese a firmer texture, often becoming crumbly. They routinely have more intense flavors than softer cheeses. Varieties of hard cheeses include Doddington, Sbrinz, Pecorino, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Bianco Sardo.

Other types of cheeses include: Blue Cheese, Fresh or Un-ripened Cheeses, Pasta Filata, Washed-Rind Cheese, and other specialty cheeses.

Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese earned it's name from the mold called Penicillium roqueforte, which creates the delicate blue-green marbling and gives the cheese its unique flavor. Blue Cheeses can range in texture from hard and crumbly to soft and creamy. Types of blue cheeses include: Crozier Blue, Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Shropshire Blue, and Stilton.

Fresh cheeses are usually uncooked or un-ripened, and are ready to eat very soon after they are made. Normally they are moist and mild in taste. Varieties of fresh cheeses include: Cottage cheese, Mascarpone, Mozzarella, and Ricotta.

Pasta Filata cheeses are a family of cheeses that originate in Italy. They are cooked, kneaded and stretched. Provolone is an example of this type of cheese.

Washed Rind

Washed Rind cheeses have been washed or immersed during the ripening process in a solution of beer, brine, wine, or brandy to promote exterior mold. These cheeses possess a very strong aroma and have intense flavor. This type of cheese includes Munster, Raclette and Taleggio.

By Darren Borror

Check out the Related Article : Types Of Cheese And How You Store Them

Stumble Upon Toolbar

Related Website

Still Available for Your Website's Link

Click Here to Know How you can Link Exchange with Me

Stumble Upon Toolbar

Link Exchange Rules

Look at the Sidebar on the Right Page, You can see the menu Related Website.

In the menu Related Website, I provide maximum 50 link website and description and absolutely I will make your link Do Follow and it's mean that search enggine will increase your website SEO link quality easily.

How the Way :

If you want to link exchange with my website, so the first time you have to do is only adding my link "" on your blogroll/link widget or if you want to add my link as a part of your article post so you have to add my link "" including the description below :

"Get Top Tips and Complete Information about Cheese on"

for example.

Get Top Tips and Complete Information about Cheese on

After you add my link to your website, so you can send me an email on "" with subject "'Cheese link exchange". On the email you must tell me where you put my website link on your website "tell me the URL address" and don't forget to tell me your website link and your website description, after I review your website and My Website link on your website, I will add your link to my sidebar menu, and I will confirm you as soon as possible by email.

That is really simple, isn't it ??

Ok, That is my explanation, and I hope we can to be Good partner.

Thank you Administrator

Stumble Upon Toolbar

Monday, February 16, 2009

If You Love Cream Cheese This Is For You

Uses for Cream Cheese

Cream cheese is a form of fresh, un-aged cheese that comes from cow’s milk. This particular cheese was invented in the United States in the late 1800’s and is very popular today, adding texture, delicious taste and richness to all kinds of recipes. There are numerous ways to use this delicious cheese; here are some of the most used.

Bread Spread

Obviously, cream cheese is known as being one of the greatest spreads to put on a bagel, toast, roll, crackers ,and more. Cream cheese is the perfect texture and is often nice and thick, making any bread more delicious.


If you like cheesecake, it is probably due to it's main ingredient; cream cheese. Cream cheese is known for being very thick and rich and adds a wonderful flavor to this ever popular cake.

Cream Cheese Dips

If you are trying to prepare the perfect holiday appetizer or party dip, don’t forget the cream cheese. Cream cheese is extremely tasty and goes very well with crackers, vegetables, and almost anything else you can think of. It can be added with other ingredients to make a great fruit dip. Cream cheese also makes a great topping for fruit pizzas.


A standard for many get togethers when are parents were young, the cheeseball is actually time less. It is great for any occasion. And it is so easy to make. Simply take softened cream cheese and mix in cheese of your choice such as cheddar or blue cheese, form into a log, then roll in finely crushed nuts. Chill for a few hours and serve with chips or crackers.

Cream Cheese Icing

Cream Cheese is a perfect addition to frosting, instead of going with sweet, go with the rich flavor and texture of cream cheese.


Cream cheese is a most desired filling in many types of pastries such as croissants and is added to a variety of pastry crusts.

Hot Cheese Melts

Cream cheese is also a great ingredient to add to crab melts and other hot cheese mixtures. You can add it to many tasty ingredients such as salsa, cheese, chili, etc.

If you enjoy the flavor of cream cheese, but seek to lower your fat calories, you should be aware that that there are numerous low fat cream cheeses available and even a couple non- fat cream cheese at your grocer. In addition, if you love the taste of cream cheese, you may want to try the French version of cream cheese- Neufchatel. This cheese is very similar to cream cheese, except that it has ripened and is usually less thick because there are no emulsifiers added.

Check Out the Related Article : Types Of Cheese And How You Store Them

Stumble Upon Toolbar

Related Links

Search Box

Do You Have Website and Want to Link Exchange With Me ??

Click Here to Know How you can Link Exchange with Me