One of America’s Favorites – Cheese and Crackers

September 24, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Cheese and crackers

Cheese and crackers is a common dish consisting of crackers paired with various or multiple cheeses. It is also known as cheese and biscuits outside the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. Historically the fare of sailors, soldiers, and pioneers, it became popular in American restaurants and taverns around the 1850s. It is prepared using various types of cheeses, and is often paired with wine. Mass-produced cheese and crackers brands include Handi-Snacks, Ritz, Jatz and Lunchables.

 

 

Cheese and crackers with red wine and other foods

Cheese and crackers is a common snack food or hors d’oeuvre consisting of crackers paired with various cheeses. In the United States it has also been served as a dessert, with the addition of ingredients such as jam, jelly, marmalade or preserves. It is also commonly served at parties in the U.S., and in the Southern United States, it is relatively common for hot chili pepper jelly to be served atop cream cheese and crackers at cocktail parties. Cheese and crackers has a relatively high amount of protein, per the cheese as an ingredient.

Cheese and crackers is a common food-pairing that can serve to complement various cheeses, and the dish can be paired with wines. The cheese can be sliced or cubed, and served separately with crackers or pre-placed atop the crackers.

Cheese and crackers has been consumed by various sailors such as immigrants, whalers and explorers before refrigeration existed, using hardtack crackers and cheese. It has also been consumed by various land explorers.

Cheese and crackers with cubed cheddar cheese

Cheese and crackers increased in popularity circa the 1850s, when bakers began producing thinner crackers with a lighter texture compared to hard tack. During this time period, the combination was placed on restaurant menus as an after-dessert course and was also served in saloons. Cheese and crackers was a food ration used by soldiers during the American Civil War (1861–1865). Some soldiers at the time referred to cheese and crackers as a “square meal”. Cheese and hardtack was consumed along with dried venison meat by Ezra Meeker during his time on the Oregon Trail in 1852. In 1915, mountaineer Philip Rogers consumed cheese and hardtack along with raisins and nuts during his expedition around Mount Rainier in Washington state.

Circa the beginning of the 20th century, cheese and crackers was being prepared in homes and cooked by baking it and adding additional ingredients after cooking, such as paprika and mustard. At this time, the combination was sometimes served with soups and salads, and was used on salads for decades thereafter. It was also commonly served at parties beginning around this time. It was consumed as a dessert, rather than after-dessert by some during the Great Depression in the United States, and was sometimes consumed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House for dessert, along with other foods.

Starting in the 1950s, cheese and crackers was recommended as a snack for children by parenting experts, home economists and authors of cookbooks. The snack increased in popularity during the mid-1980s when Oscar Mayer introduced its Lunchables product, which included cheese, crackers and lunch meat, and occurred in part to boost the company’s lunch meat sales.

A Handi-Snack

Handi-Snacks is a mass-produced cheese and crackers snack food that is prepared using processed cheese. Lunchables is another commercial product that includes cheese and crackers as ingredients. Fancy cheese and crackers was a cheese and crackers lunch product purveyed by Oscar Mayer in the mid-1980s that included additional foods such as lunch meat and a dessert.

 

Cheese Appetizer Recipes

September 23, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its, Cheese Appetizer Recipes. If you’re a Cheese Lover like myself you are going to love these recipes! Delicious and Healthy recipes like; Creamy Cheese Fondue, Blackberry and Cream Cheese Cracker, and Turkey-Apple-Brie Sandwiches. Find these Cheesy Delights and more all at the EatingWell website. Plus you can subscribe to one of my favorite Cooking Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Cheese Appetizer Recipes
Find healthy, delicious cheese appetizer recipes including goat cheese, tomato and mozzarella, and cream cheese appetizers. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Creamy Cheese Fondue
Green apples, broccoli florets and veggie sticks are the perfect dippers for this decadent cheese fondue……..

Blackberry and Cream Cheese Cracker
Fresh blackberries and light cream cheese make a pretty, sweet topping for a crispbread snack, especially with a little mint sprinkled on top. Besides being beautiful and delicious, blackberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins……..

Turkey-Apple-Brie Sandwiches
Hollowed-out baguettes hold a satisfying combo of tart apples, creamy Brie and protein-rich, shredded turkey……….

* Click the link below to get all the Cheese Appetizer Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19163/ingredients/dairy/cheese/

“Meatless Monday’ Recipe of the Week – Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms, Asparagus and Brie

December 25, 2017 at 7:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday’ Recipe of the Week is – Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms, Asparagus and Brie. The always delicious Brie along with Crêpes, Steamed Asparagus, Wild Mushrooms, and more make up these Diabetic Friendly Crêpes. Another fantastic recipe from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes. Enjoy and eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms, Asparagus and Brie
Wedges of Brie cheese are tucked around tender, folded crêpes and topped with steamed asparagus and a garlicky wild mushroom and tarragon sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:
8 (8-inch) crêpes (see recipe for Basic Crêpes)
2 (8-ounce) wheels Wisconsin Brie cheese, sliced into 1/2 inch wedges
1 pound fresh asparagus
2 tablespoons butter – divided use
1 pound sliced wild mushrooms: mixture of crimini, shiitake and portobello
1 medium sweet onion, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh garlic
1 (14.5-ounce) can vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon

Cooking Directions:
1 – Fold Crêpes into quarters. Tuck wedges of Brie between folds. Place on cookie sheet; bake at 375°F (190°C) for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
2 – Meanwhile, steam asparagus.
3 – In skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat; add mushrooms, onion and garlic. Sauté until mushrooms are browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add vegetable broth, pepper and salt. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes to develop flavors. Whisk in remaining 1 tablespoon butter, parsley and tarragon.
4 – To serve, place 2 crêpes on individual plates. Arrange asparagus spears on plate; spoon mushroom mixture over crêpes.

Makes 6 servings.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/crepes_with_wild_mushrooms_asparagus_and_brie_recipe.html

Turkey, Onion Jam and Brie Pizza

September 22, 2017 at 5:27 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Passing along a bonus Jennie – O Turkey recipe on this Friday – Turkey, Onion Jam and Brie Pizza. Made with JENNIE-O® Turkey Breast Roast with toppings of Onion Jam, Brie Cheese, and Provolone Cheese. You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

Turkey, Onion Jam and Brie Pizza
This is pizza, all grown up. With a savory onion jam in place of pizza sauce, this taste-bud-dazzling weeknight dinner recipe is topped with Brie, Provolone and arugula. Under 500 calories per serving.

INGREDIENTS

12 ounces pizza dough
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup onion jam
¾ cup shredded JENNIE-O® Turkey Breast Roast
4 ounces Brie cheese, sliced
½ cup shredded Provolone cheese
½ cup baby arugula leaves
½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper, if desired

DIRECTIONS

1) Heat oven to 425°F. Roll or press pizza dough to 8-inch imperfect circle.
2) In small bowl, combine thyme, butter and garlic. Brush half the butter mixture over pizza dough. Spread dough with onion jam.
3) Top with turkey, Brie and Provolone cheese. Drizzle with remaining butter mixture. Bake 12 minutes or until crust is crisp and golden.
4) In small bowl, toss arugula, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper, if desired. Place on cooked pizza. Cut pizza into wedges.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories430
Protein25g
Carbohydrates46g
Fiber6g
Sugars8g
Fat18g
Cholesterol70mg
Sodium730mg
Saturated Fat10g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/837-turkey-onion-jam-and-brie-pizza

Turkey and Brie Baguette

May 28, 2017 at 5:29 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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From the Jennie – O website its a Turkey and Brie Baguette. Made with JENNIE-O® sliced All Natural Oven Browned Turkey Breast along with Arugula, thinly sliced Green Apples, and Crunchy Pecans. Topped with Brie and a Cranberry Chutney then served on a Baguette. You can find this recipe and all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O website. Enjoy and Make the Switch! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

 

Turkey and Brie Baguette
This sandwich recipe has it all — fresh arugula, thinly sliced green apples, crunchy pecans, lean turkey breast, Brie cheese and a savory cranberry chutney. Sandwich nirvana, ready in under 30 minutes!

INGREDIENTS

CRANBERRY CHUTNEY
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2½ cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
½ cup sugar
⅔ cup orange juice
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
BAGUETTE
4 baguettes, split
4 ounces Brie, sliced
2 apples, sliced
8 ounces JENNIE-O® sliced All Natural Oven Browned Turkey Breast, from the service deli
1 cup arugula
½ cup pecan pieces, toasted
DIRECTIONS

1) For cranberry chutney, in medium saucepan, combine ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cranberries, sugar, orange juice and vinegar. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally; cool.
2) To assemble baguette, spread half of chutney in baguettes. In baguette layer Brie, apples, turkey and arugula. Top with remaining chutney and sprinkle with pecans. Cut in half to serve.

 

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories490
Protein25g
Carbohydrates57g
Fiber9g
Sugars29g
Fat20g
Cholesterol55mg
Sodium820mg
Saturated Fat6g
https://www.jennieo.com/products/10-all-natural-oven-browned-turkey-breast

Step Up Your Tailgating Game with These 10 Recipes

November 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM | Posted in Delish | Leave a comment
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Here’s some recipes and ideas to Step Up Your Tailgating Game with 10 Recipes! Another good one on the Delish web site. The link is at the bottom of the post.

 

Delish
Step Up Your Tailgating Game with These 10 Recipes
The game is on and you need crowd-pleasing tailgating grub. Look no further. Food & Wine has lined up 10 winning bites that will score a taste touchdown by going just a bit more gourmet than the standard pre-game fare.

For more game-day snacks try these cheesy nachos, wicked wings, or brilliant burgers.

 

 
Double Cheeseburgers, Los-Angeles Style

Roy Choi‘s burgers look like the American classic, but get an Asian twist with toasted sesame seeds in the mayo and fresh shiso leaves on top of the lettuce…..

 

 
Bacon-and-Egg Pizza

This over-the-top breakfast pizza features crisp bacon, custardy scrambled eggs, and two cheeses — Brie and mozzarella. It’s a perfect snack for the first game of the day….

 

 
* Click the link below to get all the recipes. *

 

http://www.delish.com/entertaining-ideas/party-ideas/step-up-your-tailgating-game?src=nl&mag=del&list=nl_dnl_fot_non_110613_tailgating-game#slide-1

Cheese of the Week – Vignotte

November 3, 2012 at 9:48 AM | Posted in cheese, cooking, Food | 3 Comments
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Vignotte is a high (75%) milk-fat (“Triple cream“) cow’s milk French cheese in a powdery white, bloomy skin of mold.It tastes like an

Vignotte cheese

intense version of Brie. Extra heavy cream is added to the cheese during manufacture. A traditional wheel of Vignotte is smaller and shaped higher than the familiar flat wheel of Brie.

 

While the crust of the cheese is velvety, its insides are not runny, as one would expect. Rather, the insides are solid, and more like creamy paste. This makes the cheese perfect for use in a variety of preparations, right from soups and appetizers to main course dishes and even sauces and dips. Largely considered a table cheese, it is great for grilling as well; and thanks to the mild flavor of the cheese, it is pretty good when paired with most of the white wines as well as dry red wines. Fruits are also a good companion.

 

Although the cheese is prepared in a few places apart from France, the typical French variety is considered the best and most preferred especially by purists. Across France, this cheese is available in stores and supermarkets; and overseas the cheese can be bought from some specialized stores. It can also be ordered online. This French cheese can be bought in rounds as petite as a pound; however, ones with larger rounds are considered to be more flavorsome.

Storing the cheese is never a problem as the cheese has a good shelf life. Vignotte is stored in a cool and dry place.

Cheese of the Week – Brie

April 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM | Posted in cheese, Food | Leave a comment
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Brie is the best known French cheese and has a nickname “The Queen of Cheeses”. Several hundred years ago, Brie was one of the

Brie

tributes which had to be paid to the French kings. In France, Brie is very different from the cheese exported to the United States. “Real” French Brie is unstabilized and the flavor is complex when the surface turns slightly brown. When the cheese is still pure-white, it is not matured. If the cheese is cut before the maturing process is finished, it will never develop properly. Exported Brie, however, is stabilized and never matures. Stabilized Brie has a much longer shelf life and is not susceptible to bacteriological infections. Brie, one of the great dessert cheeses, comes as either a 1 or 2 kilogram wheel and is packed in a wooden box. In order to enjoy the taste fully, Brie must be served at room temperature.

Country: France

Milk: cow milk

Texture: soft

Fat content: 45 %

Recommended Wine:     Bourgogne

Producer: Societe fromagere de la Brie
19 Avenue du Grand Morin
77169 Saint-Simeon

Brie /ˈbriː/ is a soft cow’s cheese named after Brie, the French region from which it originated (roughly corresponding to the modern département of Seine-et-Marne). It is pale in color with a slight grayish tinge under a rind of white mold. The whitish moldy rind is typically eaten, the flavor quality of which depends largely upon the ingredients used and its manufacturing environment.

Brie may be produced from whole or semi-skimmed milk. The curd is obtained by adding rennet to raw milk and heating it to a maximum temperature of 37° C. The cheese is then cast into molds, sometimes with a traditional perforated ladle called a pelle à brie. The 20cm mold is filled with several thin layers of cheese and drained for approximately 18 hours. The cheese is then taken out of the molds, salted, inoculated with cheese mold (Penicillium candidum, Penicillium camemberti) or Brevibacterium linens, and aged in a cellar for at least four to five weeks.

If left to mature for longer, typically several months to a year, the cheese becomes stronger in flavor and taste, the pâte drier and darker, and the rind also darker and crumbly, and is called Brie Noir (Fr: black Brie). Around the Île-de-France where Brie is made, people enjoy soaking this in café au lait and eating it for breakfast.

Overripe Brie contains an unpleasant excessive amount of ammonia which is produced by the same microorganisms required for ripening.

There are now many varieties of Brie made all over the world, including plain Brie, herbed varieties, double and triple Brie and versions of Brie made with other types of milk. Indeed, although Brie is a French cheese, it is possible to obtain Somerset and Wisconsin Brie. Despite the variety of Bries, the French government officially certifies only two types of cheese to be sold under that name: Brie de Meaux and Brie de Melun.

The Brie de Meaux, manufactured outside of Paris since the 8th century, was originally known as the “King’s Cheese”, or, after the French Revolution, the “King of Cheeses,” and was enjoyed by the peasantry and nobility alike. It was granted the protection of Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) status in 1980, and it is produced primarily in the eastern part of the Parisian basin.

Brie noir

Brie is usually purchased either in a full wheel or as a wheel segment. Further sub-division in most homes is subject to social

conventions that have arisen to ensure that each person partaking in the cheese receives a roughly equal amount of skin. Slices are taken along the radius of the cheese rather than across the point. Removing the more desirable tip from a wedge of brie is known as “pointing the Brie” and is regarded as a faux pas. The white outside of the cheese is completely edible, and many eat Brie whole.

Camembert is a similar soft cheese, also made from cow milk. However, there are differences beyond the simple geographical fact that Brie originates from the Champagne and Camembert from Normandy. Brie is produced in large wheels and thus ripens differently: when sold it typically has been cut from a wheel, and therefore its side is not covered by the rind; Camembert, meanwhile, is ripened as a small round cheese and sold as such, so it is fully covered by rind. This changes the ratio between the rind and the inner part of the cheese. Furthermore, Brie contains more fat than Camembert.

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