Quick Snack: Melted Fontina and French Raclette

Posted by Maddie on July 6, 2012 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (123)

I like eating cheese the day I buy it. When I leave cheese in the refrigerator over night, the flavor is muted. However, there is a quick trick to collecting that flavor again--by melting it! I use the leftover cheeses, cube them and place them evenly on crackers; my favorite type of crackers are the stoned wheat type which adds nutty flavor. After I microwave the cheeses on the crackers for 40 seconds, I drizzle lavender honey in a zig zag pattern on the crackers. Enjoy!!

Who Did It Better?

Posted by Maddie on April 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (1)

When dining out, whether you're the type who gravitates to one favorite dish or the kind who listens acutely to the daily specials, there is always that one ingredient that grabs your attention while skimming your menu. By now you know that if there's cheese in it, I probably ordered it. Confession: I'm an entree repeater. Take a look at my entree duplicates, and be the judge:

Who Did It Better?

Top: Dos Caminos: Queso Fundido (Mexican 3-Cheese fondue served with Mexican Chorizo)

Middle: Rosa Mexicana: Queso Fundido (Melted Chihuahua cheese served in a cast iron skillet with Chorizo and peppers)



Bottom: Via Quodrono: Crostini di Polenta (Gorgonzola cheese melted over cornmeal medallions)...An Italian twist, and with polenta.

Now, for salads, with goat cheese!

Top: Epcot's Les Chefs de France: Salade de Chevre chaud (Baked goat cheese,walnuts, fresh grapes, tomatoes, endive, salad)

Middle: Maui's The Pineapple Grill (Located in Kapalua Resort): Kula Baby Spinach Salad( Macadamian nut crusted goat cheess, Kapalua Farms cherry tomatoes, chilledasparagus spears, shaved red onions, toasted macadamia nuts,sherry-shallot vinaigrette)

Bottom: Serafina: Goat Cheese E Spinach (Baby spinach, warm goat cheese, pine nut, pine nut oil & honey vinaigrett)


Notice: Blog Under Construction

Posted by Maddie on March 22, 2012 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Hi Everyone,

In the next few weeks, you may notice changes with the site. Don't fret though, the blog will undergo some organizational and thematic changes. The goal for this renovation is USABILITY

Excuse any inconsistencies!


Disney Cheese?

Posted by Maddie on March 22, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

No, the cheeses are not named after Disney princesses or in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head. Florida's DisneyWorld had legit cheeses--for the most part. In my third of four days at DisneyWorld, I spent the day at Epcot and visited every country... really! Epcot's layout reminded me of the Shanghai World Exposition 2010 because each country had some sort of pavillion where they marketed their own products: ex: Germany sold Werther's Caramel Hard Candies, which I just happen to love. When we got to France, and I took a look at the Les Chefs de France menu, I knew I just had to make my friends eat there with me. I ordered a salad appetizer and the cheese plate to finish--no surprise!

Salade de Chevre chaud - baked goat cheese, walnuts, fresh grapes, tomatoes, endive, salad... just look at that goat cheese! Delish!

Assiette de fromages de France - Imported cheese plate with raisin and walnut bread.

I had the waiter write down the names of the cheeses so I could share them with you! I take the names of each cheese seriously, so I was at a loss for words when I received the names of the cheeses. (Picture Below). My favorite cheese? Probably the goat, the blue, or the Emmental. Wait, did you just read that? Emmental is Swiss! What is a Swiss cheese doing at a French restaurant?!

Food Diary: March (Thus far)

Posted by Maddie on March 4, 2012 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (4)

Five cheeses: Top: Brie de Nangis, Raw milk Manchego

Bottom: Vigneron, 24month Parmigiano-Reggiano, French Raclette

I find a dish with cheese in every cuisine... Mexican! Queso Fundido (3 cheese fondue served with mexican chorizo) that chihuahua cheese

Food Diary: February 2012

Posted by Maddie on February 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (4)

The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot

Posted by Maddie on February 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (12)

In my English elective, The Ache of Modernism, we read a poem by T.S. Eliot, "The Wasteland." A link to the poem is below. Personally, this is probably one of the most difficult poems I've ever had to analyze. "The Wasteland" is separated into five parts, but each part of the poem struggles to find a balance between excess and scarcity. My favorite part of the poem is called II. The Game of Chess. Not only is this the portion of the poem that contains all of Eliot's Shakespearian references, it is about a women's relationship to man in comparision to a woman's relationship to man in Shakespeare. For example, Ophelia goes mad and commits suicide out of her rejection from Hamlet and Polonious by drowning herself. The women sitting on Cleopatra's throne is going mad being alone. She is paranoid. Eliot's references to Shakespeare reveals the relationship he has with modernity. In the time period "The Wasteland" was written, there was war between countries, and a lack of guidance and organization. He alludes to Shakespeare to reveal that good things are coming to an end, and that high brow literature is replaced with cheaper alternatives. Take a look at the poem for yourself, and let me know what you think!


Poetry By My Sister:

Posted by Maddie on January 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (3)

Beginning (After Anne Sexton) By Kristen G

Whale on the beach, you dinosaur,

What brought you smoothing into this dead harbor?

I watched as you passed through: from water to sand,

Crabs to their shedded shells.

The fluffy waters swept you onto the thirsty shore.

You dropped tears of rubies

To the end.

Now, the bloodstained stones remain.

The red sea now is a red river,

Leading back.

Now, as the sand sticks to your wet skin,

You catch more glitter.

Cheeses on My Christmas Wishlist

Posted by Maddie on December 24, 2011 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Cheeses on My Christmas Wishlist: This is what I chose to be served at my family's dinner party.

1. Flosterkase

2. Robiola Due Latti

3. Hittisau

4. Rogue River Bleu

5. Grayson

6. Sbrinz

7. Rush Creek Reserve

8. Fourme d'Ambert

Enjoy the holidays! I'll be in Hawaii next week so I hope to be trying a ton of new restaurants with large cheese carts! 

Celebratory Dinner at The Modern (NYC)

Posted by Maddie on December 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (50)

Cheese Plate #1

From Left to Right: Pyrenees Brebi (+1) Pleasant Ridge (+2) (AMAZING) Sottocenere (+1) Ginepro (+0) Rogue River Bleu (+2)

Cheese Plate #2

From Left to Right: Ginepro (+0) Mon Enebro (+1) Harbisson (+2) (AMAZING) Sweet Grass (-1) Caruchon (+0) Rogue River Bleu (+2)

Deep in Thought: Intensive Cheese Selection

Kafka on a Sunday Morning

Posted by Maddie on December 11, 2011 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Dickinson Before Dictionary: Proud New Book Owner

Posted by Maddie on December 7, 2011 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (12)

Proud to be the owner of ALL of Emily Dickinson's poems -- at least the owner of the 770 page book! -- my american heritage dictionary look less grand sitting on the bookshelf

Let's be honest here: Dickinson Comes Before Dictionary...Dictionary Comes Late... reminds me of Dickinson's "Victory Comes Late"

Best money I've ever spent... well it's a tie between this and a pound of Robiola Rocchetta. =]

The Deal on Those Wildly High Price Tags

Posted by Maddie on November 28, 2011 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (2)

"The Deal on Those Wildly High Price Tags"

Apparently, the most expensive cheese is $428 per pound.