“Cheese Nights” at Whole Foods Market Durham

Free Cheese Nights Event

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Lately I’ve realized I have an obsession for cheese. I can’t stop trying new varieties and nibbling on them for lunch or a late afternoon/evening snack. I’ve found I like the slightly nutty, sweet cheeses along with those that carry a slightly pungent bite.

It always excites me when Whole Foods Market hosts their  “Cheese Nights”. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample a selection of cheeses and learn about the various techniques of making cheeses so special.

I’ve had great success purchasing cheeses from Whole Foods Market in Durham and appreciate the cheesemongers expertise when looking to try something new, and they love talking cheese. Please join them at the upcoming “Cheese Nights” tasting and enjoy an array of delicious cheeses and pairings. This event is free to the public.

I added a great recipe to the bottom of this post for MINI HAM AND CHEESE QUICHES. These are fun and easy and the meat and cheeses can be substituted for whatever suits your fancy.

Got a favorite cheese recipe? Share a link to that recipe for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Whole Foods Durham. Contest will run until Dec 1, 2014.

Whole Foods Market is sampling a unique selection of cheeses brought to you from the Alps at our quarterly Cheese Nights event. The free event will be on Tuesday, December 9th from 6-7:30 p.m. Come taste a diverse selection of delicious Alpine-style cheeses and see what makes their traditional techniques so special.

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What are Alpine-style Cheeses?

They involve communal farming and cheesemaking with the peak season happening in winter.

Traditionally made in the Jura Mountains and the Italian Alps
Animals are moved up the pasture starting in May or June and moved down in Mid-September, this is known as Transhumance.

Each region developed its own style and flavor due to herd size, remoteness and local preference.

Cheeses are produced in mountain chalets where the cows graze.
The buttery and nutty Alpine cheeses reflect rich, grassy flavors because of grazing.

Wheels are stored in curing rooms or caves and kept at 50°-55° F for 4 months to a year or more.

Cheesemakers check the cheese by thumping to hear if the cheese is ripening to expectations.

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Some favorite Alpine-style cheeses include:

Le Maréchal
• A handmade raw milk cheese that is sprinkled with herbs while it matures, giving it a savory, rustic flavor.
• Pairs with: Shiraz, wheat beer, olives, dried figs, crostini, arugula—great in fondue.

Emmi Roth Käse
Pavino
• Created just for us by celebrated American cheesemakers in Wisconsin, this cow’s milk cheese has a crave-worthy piquant bite.
• Pairs with: Pinot grigio, pears, walnuts or dried apricots—great in grilled cheese sandwiches and fondue.

Comté Les Trois Comtois
• Aged raw cow’s milk cheese from the Jura region of the French Alps. Buttery, rich, mild and sweet.
• Pairs with: Chardonnay, altbier, dried apricots—great in French onion soup and cheese tarts.

Emmi Roth Käse
Emmentaler
• The best version of the original Swiss cheese that we all know and love. Made with raw milk. Sweet and nutty overtones and a sharp finish.
• Pairs with: Riesling, brown ale, green olives, Dijon mustard, baguette—great in ham and cheese sandwiches, scalloped potatoes.

Emmi Roth Käse
Grand Cru Surchoix
• An award-winning washed-rind, raw milk cheese made with single-sourced milk. Nutty with notes of caramel.
• Pairs with: Rioja, pilsner, nuts, dried figs or apricots, cured meats—great in risotto.

Uplands Cheese
Pleasant Ridge Reserve
• Raw-milk, Alpine-style cheese from Wisconsin. One of the most-awarded chesses in American history. Smooth and earthy with mushroom overtones.
• Pairs with: Cabernet sauvignon, barleywine, pineapple, green grapes, brown bread, honeycomb—great in omelets.

What: Tasting of Alpine-style cheeses for your holiday get-togethers

When: December 9th, 2014, 6-7pm

Where: Whole Foods Market Durham

MINI HAM AND CHEESE QUICHES

Ingredients:
Pre-made pie crust
8 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheese (Goat Gouda or Cheddar)
1 cup ham, chopped

Method:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Using a pre-made pie crust sheet, cut out 6 circles (about 3 1/2-inch) and place in the cups of a large muffin tin. Chill crust in tin while you prepare filling. In a small bowl beat together 8 eggs, 2/3 cups milk, 1 cup shredded cheese (Goat Gouda or cheddar) and 1 cup chopped ham. Fill prepared muffin tins, season and bake 20—25 minutes until puffed and lightly brown. Let cool slightly and remove from tins.

Nutritional Info:
Per Serving:Serving size: 1 quiche, 310 calories (180 from fat), 19g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 270mg cholesterol, 490mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 18g protein

Happy Eating

Johanna

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15 thoughts on ““Cheese Nights” at Whole Foods Market Durham

  1. Thank you everyone for participating in the Whole Foods gift certificate contest. Our winner is Christy. Thanks too for all the great recipe links. It’s always easy being cheesy!! =)

  2. Raclette, which is commonly eaten in the Alps and Jura, is one of my favorite winter cheeses. It is melted using a raclette grill and is typically served with boiled new potatoes, cornichons, pickled pearl onions, air cured meats, and a sprinkle of pepper. It’s a wonderfully social meal, similar to fondu. For more details about racellete: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raclette

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