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Celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day with Casa Noble and The Cheeses of Europe #TequilaFromage

19 Jan
Tomorrow, January 20 is National Cheese Lover’s Day!  I don’t know about you but I definitely fall into the Cheese Lover category and was excited to celebrate with Casa Noble Tequila and The Cheeses of Europe, featured at The French Cheeseboard in NY.
Since becoming a parent, finding time to go out with friends and family has become a challenge.  Fortunately, they all understand and don’t mind coming to us- which means entertaining guests.  Last week my brother-in-laws and a few friends stopped by for an impromptu visit.  It was the perfect opportunity for a tequila and cheese tasting.
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Samples were provided for this post which were great for entertaining at our Tequila and Cheese Tasting.  What I received (with corresponding tasting notes) included:
  • 1 bottle Casa Noble Crystal
  • 1 bottle Casa Noble Reposado
  • 1 bottle Casa Noble Anejo
  • 1 pound of Imported Mimolette Cheese aka Boule de Lille: Eighteen months old so it would qualify as Vieille. During the 17th century Colbert denied importation of foreign goods so the French started making their own version of a Dutch cheese, Edam. Produced in Nord Pas-de-Calais, pasteurized cow milk, colored with Annatto. Very mild flavor with little aroma.
  • 1 pound of Fourme d’Ambert: This cheese can be made with raw or pasteurized cow milk; this one was pasteurized. The blue mold is added to the curd then the cheese is pierced to promote veining during ripening. Natural rind, smooth and creamy paste, rather mild for a blue, crumbly and moist, with a pleasant aroma of cow and cellar.
  • 1 Pound of Époisses:  A wash-rind monastery style of pasteurized cow milk, from Burgundy, also produced in Champagne-Ardenne. At first the young cheeses are washed in a brine solution then gradually Marc is added to the wash. Semi-soft, pungent, and a favorite of Napoleon.
  • 1 pound of Comte Cheese: With small, scattered holes called “eyes,” Comté has an intriguing, complex flavor that can include hints of apricot, chocolate, butter, cream, hazelnuts and toast. Enjoy Comté in cubes, on a sandwich, melted in fondue, or grated and sprinkled on your favorite dishes.
When I received the samples, my initial thought was Tequila and Cheese, really? I would have never thought to pair the two but everyone seemed to enjoy them together.  Luckily, I had some help on how to pair the two, here’s how:

 

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Casa Noble Crystal paired with Mimolette              Image from The Baddish Group

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Casa Noble Reposado paired with Époisses                     Image from the Baddish Group

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Casa Noble Anejo paired with Fourme d’Ambert             Image from The Baddish Group

 We had a wonderful night catching up and had a lot of fun Celebrating National Cheese Lover’s Day (early).  The leftover cheese was also wonderful in salads and on sandwiches.  Celebrating tomorrow or entertaining soon, these delicious cheese are perfect for the occasion. And why not try them with a little Casa Noble (as long as you are of the legal age and drink responsibly)?
Cheese left over?  The perfect ingredient for any salad!

Cheese left over? The perfect ingredient for any salad!

For more information about Casa Noble, click here.  You can also find them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CasaNoble, Twitter (@Casa_Noble), and Instagram (@casanoble)
For more information about Cheeses of Europe, click here. You can also find them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cheesesofeurope, Twitter (@CheesesOfEurope), and Instagram (@CheesesOfEurope)
For more information about The French Cheeseboard click here.  You can find them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Frenchcheeseboard, Twitter (@FrenchBoard), and Instagram (@FrenchBoard)
Disclaimer:  I received samples for the purpose of this post.  Thank you to The Baddish Group, Casa Noble, The French Cheese Board, and The Cheeses of Europe for the opportunity to celebrate Cheese Lover’s Day with you.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics came from a press kit.  Always remember to drink responsibly and be of legal age.

 

 

A Princess Playdate

23 May
Image from Disney

Image from Disney

20130523-155743.jpgI don’t remember being as into Disney Princesses as my girls and their friends are.  Every play date it’s a battle of who gets to wear what princess costume and there are never duplicates of the same princess.  The other week, my daughters friend invited us over for a “Princess Lunch and Playdate”.  All the girls invited brought their own princess dress up costume.  I always like bringing snacks when other people have us over and I love coordinating the snacks if there is a theme.  Because it was a last-minute playdate, I had to come up with something quickly.  I decided on heart cheese wands for each princess.  They turned out really cute.  All you need is a block of cheese, a cookie cutter (if you don’t have a heart, a star would be cute too), lollipop sticks and ribbon.  Tie the ribbon around the lollipop sticks.  Next, slice the cheese to desired thickness, then cut out shapes. Place shape at top of the stick.  If you cut the cheese too thin it will crack.  I used sharp cheddar cheese but will use a mild or american cheese next time because some of the kids didn’t like the taste.  However, Sleeping Beauty didn’t mind it. :)

For the next Princess Playdate, here are a few ideas I found on Pinterest that are simple, yet fun: (click images to go to original sites):

Castle Sandwiches from Creative Kid Snacks:

Image from Creative Kids Snacks

Image from Creative Kids Snacks

Pretty Pink Drink from On To Baby. Not sure what they use in their drink but I would use pink lemonade, raspberries, and a lemon:

Image from On To Baby

Image from On To Baby

Princess parfait found on Catch My Party:

Image from Catch My Party

Images by Moxie Sox found on Catch My Party