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Sartori Montamoré – February Cheese of the Month

Love is in the air!

And so is our new Cheese of the Month–well, sort of new Cheese of the Month. If you’ve been with us for a while now, you might remember this little gem from a couple years ago, the first time we ever featured it.

Coming from one of my favorite cheesemakers right here in the states, Sartori, I present to you Montamoré. At first glace you might think it’s just another cheddar, but don’t be fooled. While Montamoré may be “cheddar-esque,” it is in fact its own type of cheese–and a very unique one at that.

Each piece of Montamoré is stark white in color and quite crumbly if you try to slice it, so I prefer to handle it like Parmigiano Reggiano and chunk off pieces instead. Each bite of this cheese melts in your mouth and becomes quite creamy like many similar-style cheeses, but what sets Montamoré apart is its unique and complex flavors. It starts off with a slight sweetness, almost fruitiness to it, and then finishes with a delicate tang. It’s perfection.

Montamoré is fantastic alongside a glass of Chardonnay or a crisp IPA, and I always love to serve it with some slices of crispy baguette, fresh strawberries, honey roasted peanuts, and green olives for some contrast. If you want to really play on its sweet notes, try this cheese with a rich stout and some chocolate, fig spread, and dried fruit.

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Now at the very special price of $3.99 !!! This month only– grab yours before they’re gone!

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Super Bowl Lineup – Sweet & Savory Crostini

And we’re back for round two! You didn’t think I’d leave you hanging with just one recipe now did you?

Today I’m back with another fantastic snack for your Super Bowl party. Another easy-to-whip-up, minimal ingredients, short-amount-of-time kinda food. Today, I give you: Sweet & Savory Crostini.

We start out by slicing a baguette into about 3/4 inch pieces and then drizzling with our favorite olive oil (this is also a fantastic way to utilize that hardened leftover bread you’ve got laying around!). Then we took a nice chunk of Ricotta Salata and layering that on top. To really spice things up, we used Rao’s Roasted Red Peppers–these babies are marinated in olive oil and mixed with golden raisins and pine nuts.

Lay one of those bad boys on top of your ricotta salata and top it all off with a golden raisin and pine nut or two, pop it in the toaster oven, and you’ve got yourself a touchdown!

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Sweet & Savory Crostini

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Il Forno Baguette
  • 1 jar Rao’s Roasted Red Peppers
  • about 1/2 lb. Ricotta Salata, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • Izaro Olive Oil
  • optional: Creminelli Sliced Prosciutto

How to do it:

  • Slice baguette into even slices, about 3/4 inch thick.
  • Drizzle slices generously with Izaro Olive Oil and line them on a baking sheet.
  • Lay a slice of Ricotta Salata on each slice of coated bread, followed by a roasted pepper and a couple raisins and pine nuts.
  • Toast in toaster oven (or conventional oven on 350) for about 5 – 10 minutes, just until the bread is toasted and crispy.
    * Note that the Ricotta Salata is not intended to melt.
  • Optional: Top wih a thin slice of prosciutto.
  • Serve immediately.
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Super Bowl Lineup – Amber’s Antipasto Bites

Anddddddddddddd we’re back with another Super Bowl Lineup! It’s that time of year again where we get to watch two teams face off in the ultimate showdown in the NFL–and eat a whole ton of food while we do it, of course!

As usual, let’s start off with something quick and easy. First up is a nice bite-sized appetizer that’s simple to put together, requires no cooking time, but tastes delicious. My coworkers here can certainly attest to that last part–they ate all the bites as soon as I finished taking pictures of them!

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I give you a spin on a classic. I started out envisioning the traditional mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto, but we amp up the flavors by using marinated mozzarella balls that have been infused with a variety of herbs.

Then we kick it up another notch by also throwing in one of my favorite secret ingredients: Peppadew peppers. So many people still don’t know about these little beauties; they’re little mildly spicy piquanté peppers that almost resemble cherry peppers, but man are these things packed with flavor. Wrap it all together in a thin slice of prosciutto and stick in a toothpick in it and you’ve got some simple and tasty finger food for the game!


Amber’s Antipasto Bites

What you’ll need:

  • 1 package Creminelli Prosciutto
  • 1 jar Peppadew Peppers, halved
  • 1 container Formaggio Marinated Mozzarella Balls
  • toothpicks

How to do it:

  • Slice prosciutto into pieces about 1 inch wide and 3 inches long–large enough for you to wrap it around the mozz and peppers.
  • Begin assembling your “bites” by placing 1 mozzarella ball in the center of a piece of prosciutto.
  • Top mozzarella with a slice of Peppadew pepper.
  • Fold prosciutto around the mozzarella and pepper & stick a toothpick through the center to secure it.
  • Repeat until you have the desired number of antipasto bites.blog1
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It’s Time to Torta

What exactly is a torta you might ask?

Starting in southern Spain, these particular tortas began as the creation of one woman: Ines Rosales. Using local extra virgin olive oil and wheat flour, Ines started out in 1910 hand-making these delightfully crispy flatbread rounds and selling them at the nearby train station. Word quickly spread and soon Ines couldn’t keep up with production, needing to hire extra help from women in the local village.

 

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Fast forward to now, over 100 years later, and Ines’ legacy has been continued using the same traditional recipes from the beginning. Ines Rosales Tortas come in a variety of flavors, but I’m going to mention just a couple today and show you how I love to enjoy them.

The first flavor is, of course, Original. The same variety that Ines sold in the train station all those years ago, the Original Tortas are made with the addition of anise seeds and a little sugar. I know it might sound a little strange–especially to someone who doesn’t like licorice, like myself–but these baked treats are quite a delight. They really are a fantastic pairing with tea and coffee–I love enjoying them with my morning cup of Joe–but they also work surprisingly well with some cheeses and even beer and wine. If you happen to be sipping on a glass of Barbera wine or a good ol’ stout beer, try nibbling on one of these tortas for a unique pairing. As far as cheese goes, I love eating these with some fresh chèvre and a nice slather of fig jam.

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The other flavor I want to mention today is arguably the most popular: Rosemary & Thyme. Now these guys are really flavorful on their own or alongside a hearty stew or even as a “crouton” for your favorite fresh salad. I also love eating this flavor of tortas with cheeses. Manchego is probably the most classic pairing, but really most cheeses will work well with these bad boys. A couple of my other favorite cheeses are cheddar or Comté or Gruyère–the freshness of the rosemary and thyme really compliments the creaminess of the cheddar and the earthiness of the alpine cheeses. But by far my favorite way to use these tortas is actually as vessels for mini pizzas!

I love using a bit of Rao’s Artichoke Marinara with some Lioni Mozzarella and fresh bell peppers. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or so and voila! The flavor of the rosemary and thyme on the tortas really shines through giving that extra oomph to your mini-pie, and they stay nice and crispy as well.

But wait! There’s more!

Stay tuned for next week’s post where I’ll show you the last flavor of Ines Rosales Tortas that I have at my Vineyard Market–trust me, this isn’t one you’ll want to miss!

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Mini St. Andre – January Cheese of the Month

I’M BACK, BABY.

I know I took a little hiatus there–as it happens every year during the holiday season, many people don’t realize that I write this blog in addition to running the Vineyard Market here in Glen Rock, so it can be quite challenging during those last couple months of the year.

With the holidays past and everything finally winding down, I’m excited to be able to devote my attention once again to all my wonderful readers out there! And what a better way to begin a fresh start than with a new Cheese of the Month?

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An oldie but goodie, this month Bottle King Vineyard Markets are featuring mini 7oz. wheels of Saint André. Hailing from the northern region of France, St. André is a fairly well-known triple cream–or I as like to say: Brie but better. To anyone new here, a triple cream generally has extra cream added to it during the cheese-making process, resulting in a lusciously creamy cheese with at least 75% butterfat–unlike traditional Brie, which typically has around 60% butterfat.

As you can imagine, St. André is an incredibly buttery delight, accompanied by a clean yet rich flavor, and coming in these mini wheels makes for a nice presentation on its own or as an addition to any platter. Try it with a few slices of ripe pear and some crunchy walnuts for a twist on a classic. Care for a toast? Pour yourself a glass of bubbly or a crisp IPA for a wonderful pairing.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy St. André?

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Lillé Coulommiers – December Cheese of the Month

SURPRISE!!!

Two blog posts in one week? Am I crazy or what?

Well, I figured since the holidays are closing in on us fast and there’s so much for me to share with you all, I’d just do a few extra posts! So keep your eyes peeled for the next couple weeks so you don’t miss out on the extra fun!

Especially for this post–I just couldn’t wait any longer to share our December Cheese of the Month. Coming to you from Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, I bring you Lillé Coulommiers (lee-LAY coo-lo-myay).

Vermont FarmsteadVermont Farmstead Cheese Company started out as a small community’s attempt to preserve a beautiful dairy farm back in 2009 in South Woodstock, Vermont. Local residents bought up the pieces of land and equipment, and before they knew it their mission had been accomplished and the first community-owned artisan cheese and dairy farm in Vermont was born: Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company.

Today they offer a variety of cheeses, both flavored and classic, including our newest Cheese of the Month, Lillé Coulommiers. This delightful cheese is a modern take on the classic French Coulommiers-style cheese, the thicker cousin to the well-know Brie cheese. The way that its made is artfully described by Vermont Farmstead:

“Handmade in small batches, each wheel is a slightly different weight. Aged in its own special room, and lovingly turned regularly, the delicate rind develops evenly with a white downy bloom.”

Just like other Brie-style cheeses, Lillé is marked by its fluffy, bloomy, white rind and mild mushroomy flavor. The interior gives way to a pure off-white paste that’s wonderfully creamy with a mild but rich flavor that will enhance as the cheese ripens. Lillé is perfect for the holidays on its own or topped with your favorite type of preserves, and its unique shape makes a statement on any cheese platter.

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Special December Cheese of the Month pricing has this guy on sale for just $6.99! Beat the holiday rush and grab yours today from your local Vineyard Market!

* Special pricing while supplies last. Please check your local Vineyard Market for availability.

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Available at your local Vineyard Market: Custom Gift Baskets

Wow, did December fly by. We’re really getting down to the wire here for holiday gifts. If you haven’t finished your shopping yet, not sure what to get, or you’re just simply a last-minute-Lucy, this blog post is for you.

Now this isn’t something new that we’re doing here at Bottle King’s Vineyard Markets; however, there are still so many people who don’t know that aside from just offering gourmet cheeses and foods, we also offer a basket-making service with products from the store!

You may have seen similar-style gift baskets at other places before or even online, but one of the things that sets us apart is the sheer ability to customize every component of your basket so that it’s truly something the receiver will love. We offer different size options for wicker gift baskets, as well as the option of gift wrapping in a rustic wooden wine box. Each of our Vineyard Market staff members are trained to help you choose the best items to go inside whichever basket option you choose, and you can be assured that the products you do choose are of the highest quality–no duds here!

Choose from a combination of wine, liquor, beer, and foods to make the perfect custom basket for your friends or loved ones, or you can even save on the extra time and choose from one of our gorgeous pre-made gift baskets, ready to grab and go at each Vineyard Market location.

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Now I know you’re wondering, how much does it all cost??

Here at Bottle King, we pride ourselves in always offering great value to our customers. Pre-made basket price range from $38 to $95, depending on the size and products included, and custom baskets range from a base price of $9.99 for a wooden box or small basket to $12.99 for a larger standard basket size (+ the price of the items you choose to put inside). I’ve made baskets for as low as $25 to as high as over $1,000 — it really all depends on what you’re going for.

For gifts small and large, be sure to stop in to your local Vineyard Market and put in your gift basket orders today!

*** Please allow up to 24 hours for custom gift baskets when possible.