Gjestost "Caramel" Apples with Spiced Almonds
This is probably my favorite recipe of autumn so far. If you haven't encountered Gjetost before, don't worry - you're not the only one. I learned about using Gjetost in this way from my friend and fellow cheese blogger Michelle Viera (@columbuscurdnerd), and it inspired me to create this super delicious fall treat today! These "caramel" apples will not be overly sweet - the Gjetost has a savory flavor sort of similar to salted caramel, and the spiced almonds will also keep it on the savory side. The apples themselves will be the main source of sweet & tart flavors, so the final treat is really well balanced!
The Rosemary Mulberry Spice
I had a lot of fun creating this new Sober Pairing drink. We have fresh mulberries growing on some trees here on the farm, so I spent an afternoon picking the ones that were perfectly ripe, and then making the simple syrup which is the base of this drink. If you don't have mulberries growing near you, any fresh in-season berry will work, though blackberries would probably be the closest in flavor. There are a few more steps to this drink than the last so let's get into it!
Kashmiri Pepper and Blue Cheese Brownies
These Kashmiri Pepper and Blue Cheese Brownies were a true labor of love. Two and a half months of recipe tweaking and four full batches made and tested, and the test last night finally got every aspect of these brownies PERFECT (in my totally unbiased opinion) and I am so excited to be able to share them with you. These brownies are super fudgey and rich, with enough Kashmiri spice that you feel it, but it isn't overwhelming. After testing a few different cheeses for this recipe, I ended up using Bayley Hazen Blue from Jasper Hill, which is the perfect texture, and relatively accessible in terms of being able to get your hands on it no matter where you are. That being said, there are a lot of tweaks that you could make with this recipe based on your personal preferences!
The Flower Garden I
This was one of the very first Sober Pairings I ever created, so it always has a super special place in my heart. Plus, it's incredibly light and refreshing, which makes it perfect for a lazy summer afternoon or a picnic in the park.
Whipped Chèvre with Honey and Lemon
This fresh chèvre dip is the perfect companion to my Maple Sugar Dandelion Fritters, and Flower Garden, but it's also worthy of a solo spotlight because it is SO versatile. It takes me less than 15 minutes from start to finish, and is great any time during spring or summer. I dip fresh Granny Smith apples into it, I spread it on crackers and eat it with fresh berries, I've even used it on top of soft Angel Food Cake as a dessert- truly, there are so many options.
Simple Rustic Cottage Bread with Cheese and Herbs
This is one of my all-time favourite recipes. It's a super versatile bread that can be used for many things. Cut thick, it makes a great open faced breakfast sandwich with eggs and cheese, or for dipping into sauces during dinner. I also really enjoy it with a chicken noodle soup, or cut thin and toasted and used to serve my fave alpine cheeses.
Dandelion fritters are one of.my favorite spring treats, but I like to cut the slight bitterness of them with something a little sweeter! I've used a lot of different materials (cane sugar, honey, vanilla, etc), but these Maple Sugar Dandelion Fritters are far and away my favorite.