Minnesota's Alemar Cheese Company is premiering a brand new, washed-rind cheese dubbed "Good Thunder." The stinky square is washed in local Surly Bender beer, and should be available nationwide by the end of the summer (currently it's only being
If you find Good Thunder near you, don’t hesitate to grab it; fans of dense, fudgy cheese – and beer lovers, of course – will savor its unique flavor.
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Milkshakes: boring? Never! With flavors like Strawberry Basil, Salted Caramel Brownie, and S'mores, how can anyone resist?
The best thing about summer is that the warm weather gives us free rein to indulge in as much ice cream and as many milkshakes as we want. And while we love our ice cream, there's something about a milkshake that's just a little more decadent -- in a really good way. (Maybe it's because it requires absolutely zero effort to enjoy; you just sip it through a straw.)
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Just because you're cooking with cheese doesn't mean your dish has to be heavy! Perfect for springtime, this velvety, vegetarian soup cradles pillowy lemon-goat cheese dumplings. Sound heavenly? It is.
Cambria wanted a vegetarian dish that wasn't just another platter of pasta. I advocated for something satisfying and hearty, but still light enough for a spring meal. The final vote was unanimous: a pureed soup of peppery spring watercress served with warm goat cheese dumplings. Done and done. This recipe is a winner.
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The world of craft beer is a-booming, and that's all well and good, but sometimes it can be hard to keep up. Quercus Vitis Humulus? What the heck is that? Where's the Kapuziner Schwarz Weizen I ordered last week?! And now that I think of it, what the heck was that, anyway? Don't worry. By familiarizing yourself with a few common terms and word roots, you'll be speaking fluent craft brew language in no time.
Because of Germany's rich brewing history, many names rooted in German words have been borrowed for beers or beer styles over the centuries. In German, Hefe means "yeast", and weizen translates to "wheat". This may seem like a no-brainer now that the hefeweizen has taken over tap towers at even the most pedestrian of pubs, but keeping those base words in mind will help determine other more unusual or esoteric styles as well, like weizenbock or kristalweizen; both wheat based beers.
Have you been known to turn your nose up at a salty feta? Do you think goat cheese tastes like dirty socks? Madame Fromage has put together a guide of gateway cheeses to help you jump on the bandwagon.
"If you think you hate goat cheese . . . try Pantaleo, a Sardinian goat cheese without the goat flavor. It smells of citrus and tastes of pistachios, and is great for a midnight snack. Grate it over steamed asparagus and salads, or use it in pesto."
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Trying to get your vegetables in for the day but still want a treat? Flayvors of Cook Farm in Massachusetts has created a unique combination of healthy asparagus and tasty ice cream. It might not be the most appetizing choice on the menu, but it’s a flavor you’ve got to at least try.
The taste of the ice cream isn’t overbearing, even though it is made with a whole pound of cooked asparagus per gallon of ice cream. Unfortunately the calories still exist, but who wouldn’t want to substitute a daily serving of veggies for a scoop of ice cream!
The spring months allow for an abundance of dairy in New York, which is good news for cheese connoisseurs! Learn how cheese (and other specialties) vary through the seasons below.
Spring milk is typically characterized by floral notes due to the fresh nature of the herd's diet. The winter diet of silage, hay and cereal grains create a richer-flavored milk. This diet, combined with the concentrated milk output in colder months, lends a milk best used in more hearty cheese.
If you know how lovely the pairing of peanut butter and bananas can be, wait until you hear this one: banana ice cream sandwiched between two soft, oat-peanut butter cookies. Aren't you happy you read this?
This ice cream may be my new favorite banana treatment, a simple reformulation of a standard ice cream base where bananas take the place of eggs. In a way the bananas are better than eggs, because you can toss them with with raw sugar and bake them for half an hour until they melt into a banana caramel sauce, and you could frankly stop the recipe right there as you lick it all up with a spoon.
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Here at culture, we love our dairy and our craft beer. So naturally, when we heard about Salt & Straw's craft beer ice cream, we were intrigued. Would you try it? If you're local to Portland, Oregon, you can.
The flavors were created in collaboration with Portland brewers including Breakside Brewery, Gigantic Brewing Company, Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales, The Commons Brewery, and Widmer Brothers Brewing—but that doesn't mean that the Salt & Straw team just dumped some beer in the freezer.
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As the temperature rises, the price of ice cream and other frozen desserts, such as gelato, seem to be rising as well. Artisanal ice cream parlors are popping up all over Europe and they come with a hefty price tag. How much would you pay for your chocolate chip cookie dough fix?
"A 64-euro (£54, $83) bill for four ice creams seems like a gross act of overcharging. And while most people would baulk at shelling out quite that much, many consumers in the UK are prepared to pay a premium for what they view as an "affordable treat" - be it a scoop of gelato or a freshly made artisan ice cream."