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Clink & Drink Pink!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, September 9th, 2016
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Back-to-school radio ad jingles are ringing in my ears reminding me that summer is winding down. Don’t let it be so! This summer has been absolutely fabulous. I am sure you too want summer to last forever!

One way to make summer linger is by drinking Rosé. As we are ending our summer-long offering of Bouquet of Rosés with wines that are delightful on a hot summers day, to enjoy with a bountiful meal to celebrate the harvest or to stash away for Thanksgiving. Turkey, cranberry & Rosé wines are one of my favorite wine and food pairings.

Our Savvy Sommeliers traveled throughout Ontario this summer on the lookout for six wonderful Rosé wines to feature in this month’s Bouquet of Rosés:

From Prince Edward County…bouquet-of-roses-600px

Casa Dea Estates Dea’s Rosé Sparkling – just released!

From Beamsville Bench (Niagara)…

Fielding Estates Winery Rosé  VQA 2015
Legends Estates Pinot Gris VQA 2015 – just released!
Legends Estates Rosé VQA 2015 – just released!
Sue-Ann Staff’s Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink Rosé VQA 2014
Sue-Ann Staff’s Fancy Farm Girl Flirty Bubbles

Every bottle of wine in your Bouquet of Rosés is EXTRA special, as you won’t find them at the LCBO.

If you would like to order additional bottles or other hard-to-find Ontario wines (we do craft beers, too!), contact me at 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) or debbie@savvycompany.ca

Here’s to ever lasting summer!

Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

 

In this Bouquet of Rosés you will find…

~ Tasting notes by Savvy Sommelier, Debbie Trenholm ~

 

Casa Dea Dea Cuvee Rose SparklingCasa Dea Estates Dea’s Rosé Sparkling

$19.95
Prince Edward County

Did you know? Casa Dea Estates was one of the original wineries in Prince Edward County known as Carmela Estates. With each new owner, it has been re-named. Their winemaker (who once was a butcher), Paul Batilianna, has been heralded by MacLean’s Magazine as ‘one to watch’ as the Canadian wine industry grows.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This unique sparkling rosé is made with 100% Gamay grapes. The colour is a beautiful coral pink with aromas & flavours that will remind you of the glorious days of this summer. On the nose & in the taste, this crisp & dry bubbly exudes aromas of citrus (pink grapefruit perhaps?), white flowers, minerality – that it is a County characteristic – juicy berries & rhubarb. There is lovely mousse (winespeak: tiny bubbles) with a long yet delicate finish. It`s a grown up sparkling wine.

Suggested Food Pairings: This is a great sipping wine & can be enjoyed on its own after being chilled for 30 minutes in the fridge. Pair with oysters or sushi. For something a little different, match with Beet Risotto (recipe follows).

 

Fielding RoseFielding Estates Rosé VQA 2015

$15.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara)

When the Savvy Sommeliers got together for our spring sipping & sampling kick-off, we were quickly impressed with Fielding’s Rosé wine. At the beginning of the summer this wine was available at the LCBO. Now sold out, we were able to score the last case available for your at the winery.

Did you know? Curtis Fielding was once a professional race car driver. When his parents decided to get involved in growing grapes and making wine, they called Curtis off the race track to help them build the business. And good thing too! alongside with his wife Heidi, they celebrated the winery`s 10th anniversary last year and Curtis has been acknowledged by the grape growing industry by being reigned as Grape King – quite an honour! Now Curtis & Heidi are great Savvy fans & friends. You will no doubt see them at our next Savvy Event.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A soft pink colour with aromas and tastes that will remind you of ripe strawberries and rhubarb.

Suggested Food Pairing: It’s a lovely wine that will be delicious with fish (poached or grilled), prosciutto wrapped asparagus, grilled planked salmon, lemon roasted chicken even corn chowder.

 
Legends Estates Pinot Gris VQA 2015

$17.00
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Did you know? This is a winery that we discovered this summer. Our long-time Savvy friend Derek Barnett is a winemaker who just launched is virtual winery – Meldville Wines. What is a virtual winery you ask? A winery within a winery…Meldville Wines does not have a building yet, rather Derek is using the winemaking equipment at Legends. Everybody wins this way! Derek tipped me off on this wine and exclaimed that it was hands down one of the best Pinot Gris he has had this summer…and we agree!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Not labeled as a Rosé, but has a pink tinge because the Pinot Gris grapes are naturally cooper coloured when fully ripened. The winemaker kept the grape skins in contact with the juice after the crush and magically the colouring happened to give it a lovely copper colour. This is just like Palatine Hills Pinot Gris in last month’s assortment. A well balanced wine with fresh bread on the nose, hint of Earl Grey tea & reminders of clotted cream & fresh strawberries. Can you find any of this when you swirl & sip on this dry wine?
This Pinot Gris is so new that at the time of writing it isn’t even on Legends Estates website yet. You are the first to enjoy it. Another Savvy discovery!

Suggested Food Pairing: Roasted whole chicken, seafood, fish or try with the interesting grilled bruschetta recipe that we have included – Ombre Fresh & Roasted Tomatoes on Charred Bread.

 

Legends Estates Rosé VQA 2015

$12.95
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: An interesting blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this bright pink drink looks like watermelon…tastes like watermelon…and would be perfect paired with a plate full of watermelon!

Loads of floral notes with zippy acidity that makes this wine well balanced & every sip makes you want more. And the white pepper on the finish is the perfect punctuation.

Suggested Food Pairing: Smoked salmon, blue cheese, even risotto – we have included a neat recipe using beets!

Again, another wine find from Legends Estates. They have been so busy that they have not added it to their web site yet. You are the first to enjoy it.

 

Flirty_Bubbles_largeSue-Ann Staff’s Fancy Farm Girl Flirty Bubbles

$29.95
Twenty Valley (Niagara)

Did you know? Sue-Ann Staff has been a long time Savvy friend. Two years ago, she moved into her grandmother’s house and turned her kitchen into the winery tasting bar. Outside of ‘business’ hours, the kitchen is where Sue-Ann whips up a quick meal, then tidies up again to put her best foot forward when visitors drop in to try her wines. When you plan your next trip to Niagara, be sure to stop by to visit Sue-Ann…her dog Brix will be waiting for you at the end of the farmstead laneway!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: It is no wonder that this sparkling wine won gold at Intervin International Wine Awards in 2015. Sue-Ann knows how to craft Riesling into delicious wines. Here she double fermented it and added a splash of Merlot 2010 in the dosage (at the end) to make the colour pop. Ta-da! An instant fun wine that you will swear is French champagne.

The fine bubbles race up the glass at rocket speed that make a delicious mouthfeel with each sip. Dry, delicious & crisp with yeasty undertones that remind you of fresh baked bread or brioche pastry, with a refreshing zip of cranberry, currants, or maybe it is more like fresh-out-of-the-oven strawberry rhubarb pie. Whichever memory it conjures up, this sparkling is hands down delicious. I think I may have overused that word in this tasting notes!

Suggested Food Pairing: Charcuterie, hard cheese, popcorn (yes – you read that right!) & seafood. Our friend Paula Roy who is just launching a TV show on Rogers TV this fall shared with us her “Better than Takeout Chinese Shrimp” recipe that would be delicious with this bubbles. Anyway you have it…enjoy!

 

Sue-Ann Staff Fancy Farm Girl RoseSue-Ann Staffs Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink Rosé VQA 2014

$14.95
Twenty Valley (Niagara)

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A neat blend of 92% Riesling and 8% Cabernet Franc. With each sip, reminders of maraschino cherry, fresh juicy peaches & nectarines zip to your mind. Deliciously smooth with a low acidity that easily makes you long for more….then surprised that the bottle is gone!

Suggested Food Pairing: One of my Niagara favorites at this time of the year is Peach & Arugula Pizza. If you are bound for Niagara during harvest time, be sure to visit The Pie Plate & Bake Shop as you drive into Niagara-on-the-Lake for a slice of this amazing pizza.


 

 

• Rosé Recipe Box •
Summer time favorites enjoy with your Bouquet of Rosés

 

Beet Risotto

Recipe & Photo credits: Food & Wine
Serves 8

200910-xl-beet-risottoIngredients

7 cups chicken stock
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
2 large beets (12 ounces each), peeled and coarsely shredded, plus thinly sliced beets for garnish
3 cups arborio rice
1 ½ cups young pecorino cheese, freshly grated
2 teaspoons poppy seeds, plus more for garnish

Note: “Beets give this creamy risotto stunning colour & delicate sweetness. Grace Parisi suggests wearing rubber gloves and shredding the beets directly into a stainless steel bowl to avoid staining hands and countertops.”

Method

In a saucepan, bring the stock to a simmer; cover and keep warm. In a medium enameled cast-iron casserole, melt the butter in the oil.

Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened, 5 minutes.

Add the shredded beets and cook, stirring, until the pan is dry, 12 minutes. Spoon half of the beets into a small bowl.

Add the rice to the casserole and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the warm stock to the rice and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the stock is nearly absorbed. Continue adding the stock 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until the rice is al dente and a thick sauce forms, about 22 minutes.

Stir in the cooked beets, cheese and the 2 teaspoons of poppy seeds. Cook, stirring, until heated through; add a few tablespoons of water if the risotto is too thick.

Spoon the risotto into bowls. Garnish with sliced beets and poppy seeds and serve.

 

Ombre Fresh & Roasted Tomatoes On Charred Bread

Recipe & Photo Credit: LCBO Food & Drink Summer 2016
This recipe substitutes Wasabi cream cheese for fresh buffalo mozzarella

 Ingredients

1 round Buffalo Mozzarella
3 small beefsteak tomatoes
2 pkgs. mix of red and orange cherry and grape tomatoes
Olive oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste
4 slices sourdough bread (or an Italian crusty bread)
¼ cup crispy shallots (found in Asian markets, or fry your own)

Method

Slice buffalo mozzarella into 8 thin slices.

Slice beefsteak tomatoes into wedges, keep cherry and grape tomatoes whole.

Preheat broiler on oven. Place foil on a baking sheet, add cherry and grape tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Broil until just starting to pop and blister, around 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven and lift foil from baking sheet. Refrigerate tomatoes to cool.

Place bread on baking sheet and toast until slightly charred.

Spread each toast slice with 2 slices of buffalo mozzarella, and sprinkle evenly with crispy shallots. Arrange fresh and broiled tomatoes in a colourful Ombre composition, moving from reds to oranges. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

 

Peach Pizza with Arugula & Prosciutto

Serves: 2 medium-sized pizzas
Recipe & Photo credits: Five and Spice
Originally adapted from Shutterbean

Ingredients

peach-pizza-sliced-21 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1⅓ cup warm water (just gently warm to the touch, not hot)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp. salt
3-4 cups bread flour
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 red onion, thinly sliced
4 peaches, pitted and cut into eighths
8 oz chevre (soft goat cheese)
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 cups arugula
slices of prosciutto – as much as you like!
sea salt

 

Method

Make the pizza dough early in the morning of the day you want to eat the pizza. Or make it the night before. Combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water in the bowl of a standing mixer with a bread hook (or in a large mixing bowl, if you’re going to knead by hand). Let it sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast has started to become foamy.

Add 3 cups of the flour, stir until it’s just sort of mixed together, then let it sit for 10-20 minutes to autolyse (this step is optional, but it helps develop the gluten). Next, add the salt and the olive oil and start the mixer stirring on low speed (or squeeze the olive oil and salt in using your hands, until worked into the dough). Knead the dough with the bread hook, or by hand on a lightly floured surface, for 5 minutes. Add just enough extra flour so that the texture of the dough is lightly tacky, but not completely sticky.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel, put in the fridge and let rise for 8-12 hours. It should double or even triple in size.

When ready to bake the pizza, heat your oven to 500F, preferably with a pizza stone in it if you have one. Take out your pizza dough and divide it in half. On a well floured surface, stretch each half of the dough into an approximately 12-inch circle (or rectangle, as the case may be), then let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

While the dough is resting, toss the sliced red onion with the balsamic vinegar in a large bowl. Let this sit for 10-15 minutes to lightly pickle the onions. Then, gently stir in the peach slices.

When the dough has finished resting, stretch each half further into a circle as thin as you can make it without breaking the dough – if the dough does tear, just press it back together.

Transfer each stretched piece of dough to a parchment lined baking sheet or a pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal.

Top each of the pizzas with half of the peaches and onions, making sure to leave the remaining balsamic vinegar in the bowl because you’re going to toss the arugula in there. Break the chevre into small chunks and scatter half of it evenly over each of the pizzas. Sprinkle the pizzas well with sea salt.

Bake each pizza one at a time, either directly on the pizza stone or on the baking sheet you have it on, in the hot oven until the crust is nice and golden brown (mine took only about 8 minutes, but the time depends on how thin your dough winds up being).

While the pizzas are baking toss the arugula & prosciutto with the remaining vinegar and the 1 Tbs. olive oil plus a pinch of salt. After each pizza comes out of the oven, top it with half of the arugula. The arugula should wilt a bit with the heat.

Let the pizzas cool at least 5 minutes before slicing, then slice and serve.

 

Cedar Planked Salmon à la Cathy

From Savvy Sommelier Cathy Law’s Kitchen
Serves 4 to 6 (depending on size of filet)
Photo credit: www.RecipeHubs.com

cedar-plank-salmonIngredients

1 fresh fillet of salmon
2 tbsp. fresh ginger chopped
Enough ginger infused peach or apricot jam to spread evenly over the salmon
Cracked pepper and salt fish to taste

Method

Submerge your cedar plank in water with a little Rose wine (if you dare! Alternatively, use white wine). Let the plank soak for about 2 hours. The longer the plank soaks the better as there will be less burning of the wood.

Heat your BBQ or Smoker to medium high.

Place the salmon on the plank skin side down. Set the plank on the pre heated grill and close the lid. Grill salmon for 10 to 20 minutes until it starts to flake easily. Carefully remove the plank from the grill.

Serve with your choice of accompaniments along with a glass of sparkling Rose.

 

Better than Takeout Sweet & Sour Shrimp

Serves: 4 to 6
Recipe & Photo credits: Constantly Cooking

 Ingredientssweet_sour_shrimp_square

For the sauce:

3/4 cup (175 mL) pineapple juice (fresh or canned)
1 Tablespoon (15 mL) grated fresh ginger root
3 Tablespoons (45 mL) soy sauce
3 Tablespoons (45 mL) honey
3 Tablespoons (45 mL) rice wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons (30 mL) sesame oil
1 to 2 Tablespoons (15 – 30 mL) Sriracha or Sambol Oelek (Asian hot sauce) or to taste
1 Tablespoon (15 mL) cornstarch

For the shrimp and vegetables:

1 lb (454 g) medium or large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/3 cup (90 mL) cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) freshly ground pepper
2 to 4 Tablespoons (30 – 60 mL) canola oil
1 large carrot, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 large red pepper, in 3/4 inch (2 cm) pieces
1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled and cored, in 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces
1/2 cup (125 mL) minced green onion tops
1/2 cup (125 mL) salted cashews
cooked brown rice, to serve

Method

Prepare sauce by combining all ingredients in a jar with a tight lid and shaking well to blend.

Chop all ingredients before beginning to cook.

Put cornstarch and pepper in a small bag and shake to blend.

Pat shrimp dry then dredge, a handful at a time, in the cornstarch mixture. Place them on a clean plate, in a single layer. This can be done up to an hour before cooking time; refrigerate shrimp until needed.

When ready to assemble the dish, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat.

Add shrimp to the pan in batches so they are not too crowded and cook, flipping once, until shrimp has turned pink and coating is crispy, about 2 – 3 minutes. Remove cooked shrimp to a clean plate and add more oil as needed. The shrimp can be cooked ahead of time and refrigerated for up to an hour.

When shrimp has been cooked, add a tiny bit more oil to the pan and cook carrots, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add peppers and cook for 2 minutes more. Add zucchini and cook for 2 minutes.

Return cooked shrimp to the pan and drizzle sauce over top and cook, stirring gently, for 3 – 5 minutes until sauce is thickened.

Serve chicken mixture and sauce over cooked brown rice and garnish with minced green onion and cashews.

 

Eager to make summer last even longer?

Call the Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or order more of your favorite Rosés you have discovered in your Bouquet of Rosés.

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It doesn’t get any fresher than this!

Posted by Vanessa

Monday, August 15th, 2016
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At the height of summer, this month’s Savvy Cool Curds is inspired by my tour around Italy a few years ago as well as the empty place left in my heart (and stomach) for Italian homemade, melt in your mouth, soft artisan

Quality cheesecheeses. Mama Mia! After living on fresh cheese daily for almost a month, I was thrilled to return home to discover new finds by Quality Cheese in Vaughn, Ontario.   

Italy’s finest is made here with a touch of Canadian flair by three Borgo brothers who believe passionately in making cheese from the heart that reflects in their product. “Do it right or don’t do it at all” is the motto. Bellisimo!

 

In your Savvy Cool Curds you will find…

… the biggest and best assortment of cheeses yet! Very special and hard-to-find artisan cheeses including: savvy_coolcurds_Colour

– Ricotta 300g
– Burrata 250g
– Buffalo Mozzarella 125g
– Mascarpone 250g
– Fleur de Buffala 200g
– Triple Crème Brie 300g

 

Craving more cool Quality Cheeses?

Would you like more cheese from this month’s Savvy Cool Curds? Just call our Savvy Team & we’ll arrange a special shipment for you (if it is still available that is!). Put us on speed dial – Savvy Cool Curds Hotline 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or cheers@savvycompany.ca

Cheers!
Vanessa & the Savvy Team

 

 

Introducing…
Quality Cheese

by Vanessa Simmons, Cheese Sommelier

 

As soon as I entered the doors of Quality Cheese, I was struck by the warm, comforting aromas of fresh and cooked milk that instantly took me back to my vacation in Tuscany, Italy and it’s amazing landscapes, traditions, delicious food, artisans and history.

My visit and tour to Quality Cheese reminded me why I barely made it home from that vacation as I had spent three weeks at the height of sensory enjoyment, in awe and amazed by the simplicity yet flavorful impact of dishes made with love and only the finest and freshest of ingredients.

The Borgo family of Vaughn, Ontario – representing four generations behind Quality Cheese – manufacture, distributes and retail Italian specialty cheeses unlike any others made in Canada. Their first cheese was made almost 55 years ago. Quality Cheeses – particularly the ones in the fresh cheese category in your Savvy Cool Curds – are firmly rooted in Italian artisanal cheesemaking tradition and to this day are made with the same family recipes.

Innovative but firmly rooted…

The three Borgo brothers are actively involved in the business with Albert as the cheese salesman, Joe as the cheese scientist, and William (Bill) as the master cheesemaker. While traditional, these men are blazing new trails and innovating all the time.

Much applause and award-winning recognition has been given over the years to their delectable cheeses made with cow, buffalo and goat milk. When their Ricotta won the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix in 2013, it was an industry first. Never before had a fresh cheese, or an Ontario cheese won Grand Champion (best of the best) in the awards’ history. From the judges’ perspective, their Ricotta was a shining star, and truly the best example of a well-made artisan cheese at the ceremony, standing out among the crowd.

Even on the plant floor they’ve been innovating for over 17 years. From how milk is stored and piped, to various safety and sanitary processes, to finding ways to become more efficient at cheesemaking while retaining quality and artisan craftsmanship, their business is tweaked on a daily basis.

 

Experience in actionCHEESE FACTORY

The heightened energy and activity in the make room is akin to bees buzzing around a hive, almost organized chaos-like, but with the execution and precision that demonstrates years of experience and expertise. Albert, Joe and Bill continue to be very hands on, testing curd as they weave through equipment, tweaking machines, and providing guidance on texture and readiness.

A lot goes on in a ‘make day’. Fresh, tender mozzarella curd is cut and waits patiently in the vat to be transformed into multiple cheeses. Whey is drained from the fresh mozzarella and gets re-purposed into vats and heated to make fresh ricotta that is sold warm daily at the plant. Then the ricotta is hand scooped into forms or small tubs for immediate sale at retailers. Stretchy fresh mozzarella curd is hot water warmed, plied and kneaded into small oblong shapes, cut, hand stretched into pouches and filled with fresh cream/creamy curd as a delicious center. Chalky white buffalo mozzarella curd drains as cheesemaker Bill waits for the right texture before the next step – hand stretching.

Nothing says summer like the freshest, tastiest, juiciest and most flavorful of artisan and local foods ingredients. Dive into this month’s Savvy Cool Curds cheeses, grab good friends, and head for your backyard or cottage deck or dock for easy peasy entertaining during laziest haziest days of summer!

 – Cheese Tasting Notes – 

Below are Vanessa’s tasting notes and photos for each cheese in your Savvy Cool Curds, along with additional tidbits of interesting information, suggested food pairings & recipes to try too!

 

ricottaRicotta

Humble Quality Cheese Ricotta (ricotta means cooked again) reined supreme in 2013, winning Grand Champion against over 225 of Canada’s best cheeses, a first for both an Ontario and fresh category cheese.

Tasting Notes: Made with 100% Canadian whole cow or buffalo milk and the whey of from other brie-style and mozzarella cheeses, acidity and temperature levels are carefully monitored to ensure quality craftsmanship. Each Ricotta is hand-dipped and packed cool, resulting in a rich, luxurious, creamy, dense, full lactic and sweeter tasting product. Locally, the Ricotta is sold hot, straight from the vat for neighbors who appreciate the traditional Italian style.

 Suggested Pairing: “It is like fresh milk, you can do anything with it”, says Albert Borgo. “Eat it as a staple, some as food ingredient like with toast and jam.”  Try in cheesecake, fresh pasta, with fresh seasonal fruit, pancakes or dessert recipes or the Plum Salad with Ricotta and Prosciutto Twist recipe in the LCBO Food & Drink Magazine.

 

buff mozzBuffalo Mozzarella

 Experience the luxury of hand crafted silky artisan Mozzarella di Buffala as it’s meant to be. Made with 100% pure milk from local water buffalo (don’t be fooled with “cheater” buffalo mozzarella which is mostly cow’s milk with small percentage of buffalo milk mixed in!). A bit sweeter than it’s Italian cousin because salt is added during the make process instead of after in brine.

Tasting Notes: Enjoy the fresh, mild, buttery milky flavor and smooth silky texture of this small, soft and delicate but oh so versatile cheese.

 Suggested Pairing: Pairs perfectly with both sweet and savory accoutrements from your local farmer’s market.

  

QualityCheeseBurratabyVanessaSimmonsBurrata


Burrata is a rare breed of cheese in the fresh category, as a mix of mozzarella & cream, its name meaning, “buttered”.

 Tasting Notes: Burrata is part pasta filata (meaning stretchy) cheese as a combo of scraps of soft fresh mozzarella curd and cream center and curd that has been worked, heated and stretched it into little pouches around the exterior.  Enjoy flavors of rich, buttery, fresh milk and thick cream.

Suggested Pairing: Serve classically with ripened tomatoes, drizzled with oil, cracked black pepper & fresh basil. Try it with a twist, grilled plums drizzled with balsamic vinegar & small toasts.

 

mascarponeMascarpone

As far as fresh cheeses go, if ricotta was the humble man’s cheese, mascarpone is the “Gatsby” of the fresh cheese world. True to Italian culture, Bella Casara Mascarpone exemplifies passion, as a sexy and sinful artisan cheese.

Tasting Notes: As a description rich, luxurious and voluptuous come to mind along with butter as a main theme.  Caramelized butter-coloring appeals to the eye, while the lightest of sweet dulce de leche flavor melds with butter and cream on the palate. Even the consistency, density, smoothness are what one would find of the best quality hand churned butter.

 Suggested Pairing: IMHO Bella Casara Mascarpone is best eaten with a tablespoon, straight. Or, use in your favorite brownie recipe as an extra special secret ingredient for maximum cheesy goodness.

                                       

fleur de buffFleur de Buffala

Fleur de Buffala is a unique cheese for Ontario, just released onto the market, and aged for only a few weeks, made with local water buffalo milk.

Tasting Notes: These small, tender wheels of soft surface-ripened cheese have a rustic and delicate appearance from the light dewy crust of a rind. Feel the luxurious texture on your palate while enjoying both grassy and herbaceous aromas and flavors. Will be ripe and ready to best enjoy mid-next week.

 Suggested Pairing: Pair with a chilled Sauvignon Blanc and lazy summer afternoon.

 

 

triple cream brieTriple Cream Brie

Albert’s Leap Triple Cream Brie is a shining example of a fan favorite, made with only the 100% Canadian milk, delivered in the wee hours of the morning to ensure maximum freshness for cheesemaking.

Tasting Notes: Triple cream Brie follows French-style making processes, as a classic soft surface-ripened cheese with a velvety, downy rind and full on characteristic butter, cream and mushroomy aromas and flavors.

TIP: Save this cheese for another week or two to experience it at its peak as the inside becomes supple and runny.

Suggested Pairing: Try flipped on the grilled (indirect heat) warm with fresh grilled stone fruit or with any array of fresh homemade summer fruit jams.

 

– Recipes to enjoy with the featured cheeses –

 

With Burrata…

Burrata with Roasted Grapes & Figs

Recipe & Photo Credit: LCBO Food & Drink Summer 2016

 

Ingredientsburratta recipe

6 oz red seedless grapes
6 ripe black mission figs, quartered

2 tsp olive oil
Pinch of sea salt
1 Burrata at room temperature
2 tsp honey
1 Tbsp fresh purple thyme leaves
Toasted baguette or crackers (optional)

Method

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Place grapes and figs on a foil-lined baking sheet, trying to keep bunches of grapes together (for a lovely presentation). Drizzle with oil. Season with salt. Bake for 10 minutes

Place cheese on the middle of your serving dish, surrounded by warm fruit. Drizzle everything with honey and sprinkle with purple thyme. Encourage guests to take slices of cheese and roasted fruit onto their plates or you can plate it for them. Serve with slices of toasted baguette or your favourite crackers (such as Rosemary Raisin Pecan Raincoast Crisps) or oatcakes to make it more like a dessert.

 

With Ricotta…

Bella Casara Ricotta Cake with Lemon

Recipe & Photo Credit All You Need is Cheese

Ingredientsriccotta recipe

⅓ cup sugar
¼ cup flour
2 lemons
½ cup slivered almonds
1-⅓ lbs. Ricotta
4 eggs
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla abstract
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
½ cup all purpose flour
Dried cranberries for garnish

Method

Preheat oven to 325 °F (160 °C).

In a saucepan, dissolve sugar in water and bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes to obtain a syrup. Cook lemon slices in syrup over medium heat for 10 minutes. Drain the syrup into a bowl and set aside to cool.

Spread almonds in an oven-safe baking dish and toast them for 7–10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat Ricotta with eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice and zest and the reserved lemon-flavored syrup. Incorporate the flour.

Butter a 9-inch (23 cm) spring form pan and line bottom with parchment paper. Cover bottom of pan with toasted almonds and pour Ricotta mixture on top. Bake in the oven 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until cake is firm and lightly golden. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate at least 1 hour before removing from pan.

Decorate chilled Ricotta cake with candied lemon slices and dried cranberries. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note: This cake can also be accompanied by a cranberry coulis, if desired.

 

 

With Buffalo Mozzarella…                    

Ombre Fresh & Roasted Tomatoes On Charred Bread

Recipe & Photo Credit: LCBO Food & Drink Summer 2016
This recipe substitutes Wasabi cream cheese for fresh buffalo mozzarella

Ingredientsbuff mozz recipe

1 round Buffalo Mozzarella
3 small beefsteak tomatoes
2 pkgs. mix of red and orange cherry and grape tomatoes
Olive oil – use the Unrefined Olive oil we included!
Sea salt and pepper to taste
4 slices sourdough bread (or an Italian crusty bread)
¼ cup crispy shallots (found in Asian markets, or fry your own)

Method

Slice buffalo mozzarella into 8 thin slices.

Slice beefsteak tomatoes into wedges, keep cherry and grape tomatoes whole.

Preheat broiler on oven.

Place foil on a baking sheet, add cherry and grape tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Broil until just starting to pop and blister, around 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven and lift foil from baking sheet. Refrigerate tomatoes to cool.

Place bread on baking sheet and toast until slightly charred.

Spread each toast slice with 2 slices of buffalo mozzarella, and sprinkle evenly with crispy shallots. Arrange fresh and broiled tomatoes in a colourful Ombre composition, moving from reds to oranges. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

 

With Mascarpone…

Melon and Mascarpone Salmon Tartare

Recipe & Photo Credit: Quality Cheese

 IngredientsMascarpone recipe

½ cup Bella Casara Mascarpone
2 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1-2 Tbsp. fresh dill
10 oz. very fresh salmon
½ cup honeydew melon
½ cup cucumber

Method

Whip Mascarpone and milk together. Add lemon juice and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Chill.

Chop salmon, honeydew and cucumber into small cubes. Place salmon in a bowl with the remaining ingredients. Gently mix together, and let rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Divide tartare into 4 ramekins, then invert onto plates.

Top with Mascarpone and season to taste. Serve immediately with slices of bread.

 

 

With Fleur de Buffala…

Roasted Portabello Mushroom with Albert’s Leap Melted Brie

Recipe & Photo Credit: Quality Cheese

Ingredientsfleur de buff recipe

4 Portobello mushrooms
8 oz. Fleur de Buffala Brie
1 shallot
½ Tbsp. Dijon mustard
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup raspberry vinegar
Fresh tender lettuce or mixed greens


Method

Preheat barbecue to medium.

In a bowl, mix shallot with mustard. Add olive oil and whisk to mix. Add vinegar and season to taste. Set aside.

Gently clean mushrooms with a damp cloth. Remove stems, keeping only the caps. Stems may be used for another recipe.

Brush mushroom caps with a little dressing and cook them upside down on grill.

When mushrooms are tender, divide cheese slices between them so that interiors are filled. Let Fleur de Buffala melt and serve on a bed of lettuce, accompanied with remaining vinaigrette.

  

With Triple Cream Brie…

Choco Brie S’Mores

Recipe & Photo Credit: All You Need Is Cheese


brieIngredients

8 Graham Crackers
3 oz. Triple Cream Brie, sliced
1 ½ oz. of dark or milk chocolate, chopped
1-cup miniature marshmallows

Method

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).

Arrange crackers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top each cracker with Brie, chocolate and finish with marshmallows.

Place in the oven and cook until nicely browned, 7–10 minutes. Serve hot.

 

Enjoy the summer with your Savvy Cool Curds!

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