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Cheese Tips

Black Diamond offers a wide range of snack size tips to help make your cheese eating and entertaining experiences more full.

Cheese Tips

Black Diamond offers a wide range of snack size tips to help make your cheese eating and entertaining experiences more full.
Drink Pairing
What Wine Matches Mozzarella? (Illustration)
What Wine Matches Mozzarella?
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What Wine Matches Mozzarella? (Illustration)

What Wine Matches Mozzarella?

Mozzarella’s Wine Pairing Partners: Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Champagne, Chianti, Pinot Noir

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Virgin Caesar Very Nice with Monterey Jack (Illustration)
Virgin Caesar Very Nice with Monterey Jack
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Virgin Caesar Very Nice with Monterey Jack (Illustration)

Virgin Caesar Very Nice with Monterey Jack

A cool tall glass of clamato juice helps highlight the flavours of a nice monterey jack cheese.

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Storage Tips
Keep Cheese Under Wraps Once Opened (Illustration)
Keep Cheese Under Wraps Once Opened
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Keep Cheese Under Wraps Once Opened (Illustration)

Keep Cheese Under Wraps Once Opened

Once you’ve ripped the package open, wrap cheese in kitchen wrap and place in a food bag to store it – this will ensure circulation of air to help it last longer.

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Drink Pairing
Warm Amber & Sharp Cheddar (Illustration)
Warm Amber & Sharp Cheddar
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Warm Amber & Sharp Cheddar (Illustration)

Warm Amber & Sharp Cheddar

Harvest Ales are amber in colour and stronger in malt which will bring out the the sharp and tangy flavour of Extra Old White Cheddar.

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Cheese Facts
Cheese Sense (Illustration)
Cheese Sense
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Cheese Facts
Cheese Sense (Illustration)

Cheese Sense

To truly taste and appreciate a cheese one must use all their senses and not just taste; see the colour and form, smell the aroma, feel the texture.

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Cheese Facts
Cheese Dreams (Illustration)
Cheese Dreams
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Cheese Dreams (Illustration)

Cheese Dreams

“Many’s the long night I’ve dreamed of cheese.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

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Presentation Tips
Think Beyond Bread (Illustration)
Think Beyond Bread
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Think Beyond Bread (Illustration)

Think Beyond Bread

When thinking of what to serve with cheese, consider different accompaniments and opt for olives, tapenades, fruit chutneys, and mustards.

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Drink Pairing
Pilsner Pairings (Illustration)
Pilsner Pairings
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Drink Pairing
Pilsner Pairings (Illustration)

Pilsner Pairings

Pairing is all about balance, so when you are enjoying a beer with a lighter taste profile it's important to make sure that the cheese doesn't overpower the beer. Pair delicate beers with young, delicate cheeses like mild cheddar.

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Drink Pairing
Try an Italian Soda when having a Cheese-Fueled Italian Meal (Illustration)
Try an Italian Soda when having a Cheese-Fueled Italian Meal
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Try an Italian Soda when having a Cheese-Fueled Italian Meal (Illustration)

Try an Italian Soda when having a Cheese-Fueled Italian Meal

When engaging in an Italian inspired meal with mozzarella cheese, pair it with a glass of chinotto, an Italian carbonated soft drink made from the fruit of the myrtle-leaved orange tree.

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Cheese Facts
How to be a Big Cheese (Illustration)
How to be a Big Cheese
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Cheese Facts
How to be a Big Cheese (Illustration)

How to be a Big Cheese

Have you ever wondered where the term “Big Wheel” or “Big Cheese” comes from? They derive from a time when being wealthy enough to buy a whole wheel of cheese was a status statement. So the “Big Cheese” literally had a big wheel of cheese.

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Drink Pairing
Sip Apple Cider with Cheddar Cheese (Illustration)
Sip Apple Cider with Cheddar Cheese
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Drink Pairing
Sip Apple Cider with Cheddar Cheese (Illustration)

Sip Apple Cider with Cheddar Cheese

The aroma can be associated with winter holiday seasons, but apple cider is delicious any time of year when paired with mild cheddar cheese.

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Fruity Flavour (Illustration)
Fruity Flavour
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Fruity Flavour (Illustration)

Fruity Flavour

For a colourful twist on your ordinary cheese platter, just add jam! Heat up a baguette and then cut it up into thin slices. On each slice, spread some Herb & Garlic Cheese Spread and then top it off with a dollop of fruit jam. Your guests will be delighted by the unexpected combination of flavours and it’ll look beautiful on a cheese tray!

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Cheese Platter Prepping (Illustration)
Cheese Platter Prepping
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Cheese Platter Prepping (Illustration)

Cheese Platter Prepping

For optimal taste, remove cheese from the refrigerator up to an hour prior to serving to allow it to warm up to room temperature.

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Storage Tips
It Takes Some Warming Up To (Illustration)
It Takes Some Warming Up To
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It Takes Some Warming Up To (Illustration)

It Takes Some Warming Up To

Keep your cheese in the warmest part of the refrigerator.  The cheese drawer, vegetable drawer or door area is best.

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Drink Pairing
Find Common Ground Between Wines and Cheeses (Illustration)
Find Common Ground Between Wines and Cheeses
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Find Common Ground Between Wines and Cheeses (Illustration)

Find Common Ground Between Wines and Cheeses

Wine and cheese from the same regions make very good pairings. Following this idea, try pairing Black Diamond cheese with wines from Ontario’s Prince Edward County.

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Presentation Tips
Try Skewering Some Cheddar Cheese Kabobs (Illustration)
Try Skewering Some Cheddar Cheese Kabobs
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Try Skewering Some Cheddar Cheese Kabobs (Illustration)

Try Skewering Some Cheddar Cheese Kabobs

Skewer cheddar cheese on a kabob for a fun appetizer. Cheddar-grape-soft pretzel; Artichoke-caper-salami-cheddar-red pepper; Shrimp-squash-cheddar;

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Presentation Tips
Think Outside the Breadbox and into the Fruit Basket (Illustration)
Think Outside the Breadbox and into the Fruit Basket
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Think Outside the Breadbox and into the Fruit Basket (Illustration)

Think Outside the Breadbox and into the Fruit Basket

When thinking of what to serve with cheese, consider sliced fresh, seasonal fruits like apples, pears, and figs.

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Presentation Tips
Teatime Sandwiches (Illustration)
Teatime Sandwiches
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Teatime Sandwiches (Illustration)

Teatime Sandwiches

Serve marble cheddar slices with thin slices of apple on sandwich bread spread with honey mustard. Cut off crusts and slice into small portions for an easy and elegant appetizer.

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Drink Pairing
Tea Time with Old Cheddar (Illustration)
Tea Time with Old Cheddar
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Tea Time with Old Cheddar (Illustration)

Tea Time with Old Cheddar

Infuse a strong black tea with some honey and you have yourself a beverage to pair with old cheddar cheese.

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Presentation Tips
Variety in Presentation (Illustration)
Variety in Presentation
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Variety in Presentation (Illustration)

Variety in Presentation

Vary cheeses according to taste, texture, colour, and shape. Cut cheese into cubes, slices, sticks, and wedges.

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Food Pairing
Satisfy Your Inner Foodie (Illustration)
Satisfy Your Inner Foodie
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Satisfy Your Inner Foodie (Illustration)

Satisfy Your Inner Foodie

Add some Herb & Garlic Cheese Spread to any creamy pasta sauce for extra rich, gourmet flavour. Be prepared to serve seconds!

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Entertaining
Heavenly Hors D'oeuvre (Illustration)
Heavenly Hors D'oeuvre
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Heavenly Hors D'oeuvre (Illustration)

Heavenly Hors D'oeuvre

Serve Asiago cheese on a wood or marble cheese board with crusty Italian bread and sliced salami for a heavenly hors d'oeuvre.

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Drink Pairing
Dry White & Asiago (Illustration)
Dry White & Asiago
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Drink Pairing
Dry White & Asiago (Illustration)

Dry White & Asiago

A dry, crisp Sauvignon Blanc will pair delightfully with the sharp flavour of Asiago.

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A Fruity Riesling (Illustration)
A Fruity Riesling
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A Fruity Riesling (Illustration)

A Fruity Riesling

A fruity Riesling is the perfect sidekick to most semi soft cheeses.

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Entertaining
Grilled Cheese Party Platter (Illustration)
Grilled Cheese Party Platter
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Grilled Cheese Party Platter (Illustration)

Grilled Cheese Party Platter

Surprise your guests with everyone’s favourite comfort food. Next time you’re grilling away, swap your regular cheddar cheese and use marble light cheese instead. Cut into wedges and serve. It’ll add extra colour and life to your platter!

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Entertaining
The Next Wave of Lasagnas (Illustration)
The Next Wave of Lasagnas
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The Next Wave of Lasagnas (Illustration)

The Next Wave of Lasagnas

Put a new spin on lasagna by cooking up our Stacked Tortilla Chilli Lasagna recipe for your next pot-luck!

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Cheese Facts
Saucy Companion (Illustration)
Saucy Companion
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Saucy Companion (Illustration)

Saucy Companion

Choose a garlic-based additive when wanting to jazz up a creamy pasta sauce. It will enrich the flavor without disturbing its original buttery taste.

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Entertaining
Assembling a Cheese Tray (Illustration)
Assembling a Cheese Tray
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Assembling a Cheese Tray (Illustration)

Assembling a Cheese Tray

When assembling a cheese tray, take 2 or 3 varieties of cheese – like cheddar, mozzarella, and Monterey Jack – and arrange on a platter with fruit and crackers.

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Presentation Tips
A Match for Mustard (Illustration)
A Match for Mustard
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A Match for Mustard (Illustration)

A Match for Mustard

With hints of molasses and balsamic, sweet mustard is the ideal condiment for sandwiches topped with creamy Gouda cheese slices.

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Storage Tips
Place it in Parchment (Illustration)
Place it in Parchment
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Place it in Parchment (Illustration)

Place it in Parchment

As a general rule, cheese is best stored in wax or parchment paper. Then, loosely place it in plastic wrap or a plastic baggie in the fridge. The cheese will be able to breathe but won’t dry out.

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Food Pairing
Cheese ‘n’ Fruit (Illustration)
Cheese ‘n’ Fruit
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Food Pairing
Cheese ‘n’ Fruit (Illustration)

Cheese ‘n’ Fruit

Fruit compliments medium cheddar cheese so nicely, there are many options! Next time you feel like a fruit and cheese combo, consider grapes, apples, pears, figs, melon, or strawberries to go with your cheese stick!

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Drink Pairing
ight Duo (Illustration)
ight Duo
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ight Duo (Illustration)

ight Duo

Pinot Grigio & Gouda: A light and crisp white wine with citrus highlights is the perfect match for sweet and creamy Gouda, a savoury compliment to an apéritif for a lovely date night.

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Entertaining
Sweet & Salty Shot Glass Fun (Illustration)
Sweet & Salty Shot Glass Fun
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Sweet & Salty Shot Glass Fun (Illustration)

Sweet & Salty Shot Glass Fun

Make a variety of cheese shots by placing small cubes of different cheeses in shot glasses and adding sweet & salty items to them, such as dried fruits, nuts, kalamata olives, and honey.

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Storage Tips
Minimize Waste (Illustration)
Minimize Waste
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Minimize Waste (Illustration)

Minimize Waste

If you can’t use a whole cheese at once, cut off only what you can eat and keep the rest in the refrigerator. Moving cheese back and forth from the refrigerator only hastens moisture loss and spoilage.

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Cheese Facts
Pizza in the Buff (Illustration)
Pizza in the Buff
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Pizza in the Buff (Illustration)

Pizza in the Buff

Cheese truth #7: A pizza without cheese is naked.

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Drink Pairing
Taco Time! (Illustration)
Taco Time!
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Taco Time! (Illustration)

Taco Time!

Next time you nosh on nachos, sprinkle them with Shredded Tacos and Nachos and serve with a cervesa.

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Entertaining
Building a Beautiful Cheese Board (Illustration)
Building a Beautiful Cheese Board
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Building a Beautiful Cheese Board (Illustration)

Building a Beautiful Cheese Board

A beautifully built cheese board is an excellent addition to any entertaining occasion. The versatility allows it to be part of breakfast, lunch, or dinner, as an appetizer, main course, or dessert. It’s easy, elegant, and virtually effortless.

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Gourmet Mac & Cheese (Illustration)
Gourmet Mac & Cheese
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Gourmet Mac & Cheese (Illustration)

Gourmet Mac & Cheese

Serve your guests bowls of gourmet goodness when you use Black Diamond 1 Year-Old Aged Cheddar in your Macaroni and Cheese recipe.

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Food Pairing
Guacamole Goodness (Illustration)
Guacamole Goodness
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Food Pairing
Guacamole Goodness (Illustration)

Guacamole Goodness

Mix some Jalapeño Cheese Spread into any Guacamole recipe to spice it up! When the tortilla chips are all gone, you’ll be cleaning this one out with a spoon!

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Storage Tips
Cheese Triumphs in Room Temperature (Illustration)
Cheese Triumphs in Room Temperature
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Cheese Triumphs in Room Temperature (Illustration)

Cheese Triumphs in Room Temperature

Serve ripened cheeses at room temperature because cold can mask their flavours. To temper cheese, remove it from the refrigerator 30-60 minutes before serving, depending on the hardness of the cheese. Leave the cheese in a fresh, well-ventilated area and cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap to prevent drying.

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Drink Pairing
Create An Italian Night In (Illustration)
Create An Italian Night In
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Create An Italian Night In (Illustration)

Create An Italian Night In

Next night in, go Italian! Make a pasta dish, sprinkle Italiano on top, and enjoy a Chianti.

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Storage Tips
Freeze Your Cheese (Illustration)
Freeze Your Cheese
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Freeze Your Cheese (Illustration)

Freeze Your Cheese

Grated or cubed cheddar cheese is one of the easiest cheeses to freeze. Make sure to use a thick freezer bag to keep them protected against exposure to air.

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Cut Chilled Cheese (Illustration)
Cut Chilled Cheese
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Cut Chilled Cheese (Illustration)

Cut Chilled Cheese

While it’s optimal to take cheese out of the refrigerator about an hour prior to serving, should you plan to have pre-sliced cheese as part of your presentation, remember to cut while cold (the knife slides more smoothly that way).

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Perfect Panini (Illustration)
Perfect Panini
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Perfect Panini (Illustration)

Perfect Panini

When assembling a panini, place a slice of cheese between the bread and vegetables to keep the bread crispy when grilling.

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Let Dips be the Stars (Illustration)
Let Dips be the Stars
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Let Dips be the Stars (Illustration)

Let Dips be the Stars

Dips steal the spotlight at parties. They’re sharable, dippable and delicious. Give your dip that extra edge by sprinkling shredded cheese on top.

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Drink Pairing
Ice Tea: An Elegant Accompaniment to Cheddar Cheese (Illustration)
Ice Tea: An Elegant Accompaniment to Cheddar Cheese
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Ice Tea: An Elegant Accompaniment to Cheddar Cheese (Illustration)

Ice Tea: An Elegant Accompaniment to Cheddar Cheese

Next time you nibble on marble cheddar cheese, try it with a glass of iced tea. Store bought seems simple, but so is making your own. Try experimenting with various herbal teas and an assortment of sweetners.

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Presentation Tips
Spice Up Your Cheese Tray (Illustration)
Spice Up Your Cheese Tray
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Spice Up Your Cheese Tray (Illustration)

Spice Up Your Cheese Tray

Mixed olives, peppers, or a bowl of bright marinated sun-dried tomatoes, will add spice and color to any cheese tray!

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Drink Pairing
Tame the Heat (Illustration)
Tame the Heat
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Tame the Heat (Illustration)

Tame the Heat

It can be tricky to select a wine to go with a spicy dish. Your best bet with spicy foods is pairing them with a slightly sweet wine. The sweetness will tame the heat of the dish and bring out more of its flavour.

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Presentation Tips
Cheeseburger Heaven (Illustration)
Cheeseburger Heaven
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Cheeseburger Heaven (Illustration)

Cheeseburger Heaven

When hamburgers are just about cooked, add slices of medium cheddar and cover until cheese is perfectly melted.

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Cheese Facts
Beer Buddies (Illustration)
Beer Buddies
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Beer Buddies (Illustration)

Beer Buddies

Beer and cheese? The idea of this twosome may sound odd to many but in fact, this dynamic duo goes way back. During the Middle Ages in Belgium, monasteries were known for their exceptional beer and cheese - a staple of their daily diets. Pair beer with cheese for a gastronomic sensation of heavenly proportions!

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Drink Pairing
Grab Ginger Beer and Extra Old Cheddar (Illustration)
Grab Ginger Beer and Extra Old Cheddar
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Grab Ginger Beer and Extra Old Cheddar (Illustration)

Grab Ginger Beer and Extra Old Cheddar

Double up on bite and pair ginger beer with an extra old cheddar cheese.

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Presentation Tips
Think Outside the Breadbox and into the Meatbox (Illustration)
Think Outside the Breadbox and into the Meatbox
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Think Outside the Breadbox and into the Meatbox (Illustration)

Think Outside the Breadbox and into the Meatbox

When thinking of what to serve with cheese, consider cured meats such as Bresaola, Saucisson Sec, Prosciutto di Parma, or Serrano ham.

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Storage Tips
Keep Cheese Away from Smelly Foods (Illustration)
Keep Cheese Away from Smelly Foods
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Keep Cheese Away from Smelly Foods (Illustration)

Keep Cheese Away from Smelly Foods

Be careful to not store cheese with strong-smelling foods because the cheese will breathe in the odors and absorb it – this can alter the taste and spoil the cheese.

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Food Pairing
Chocolate Cheddar (Illustration)
Chocolate Cheddar
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Chocolate Cheddar (Illustration)

Chocolate Cheddar

That’s right! Try some aged cheddar with chocolate. You’ll be surprised by how much you love this pairing!

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Cheese Facts
Share the Love (Illustration)
Share the Love
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Share the Love (Illustration)

Share the Love

Bring along an extra cheese stick to treat a friend and brighten their day!

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Drink Pairing
Not sure which Wine for Monterey Jack? (Illustration)
Not sure which Wine for Monterey Jack?
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Drink Pairing
Not sure which Wine for Monterey Jack? (Illustration)

Not sure which Wine for Monterey Jack?

Consider pairing Monterey Jack with a Pinot Noir or Riesling.

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Presentation Tips
It’s All About Assortment with Cheese Events (Illustration)
It’s All About Assortment with Cheese Events
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It’s All About Assortment with Cheese Events (Illustration)

It’s All About Assortment with Cheese Events

When planning an event with cheese, choose at least 3-5 cheeses of varying colours, and textures in order to compile the most delectable presentation.

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Cheese Knife Knowledge (Illustration)
Cheese Knife Knowledge
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Cheese Knife Knowledge (Illustration)

Cheese Knife Knowledge

There’s an array of instruments one can use when serving cheese and each have their own purpose. Read the Cheese Knowledge article “Cheese Cutting Conundrum” to find out which knife to use when.

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Food Pairing
Foods that Help Havarti (Illustration)
Foods that Help Havarti
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Foods that Help Havarti (Illustration)

Foods that Help Havarti

As an appetizer, Havarti can be paired with a variety of olives or roasted vegetables such as mushrooms and asparagus. Serve Havarti cheese for dessert with any sliced fruit, then drizzle with honey for a sweet but healthy treat!

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Cheese Facts
Spice Up Your Health (Illustration)
Spice Up Your Health
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Spice Up Your Health (Illustration)

Spice Up Your Health

Did you know that jalapeño peppers are a rich source of vitamin C?

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Drink Pairing
Italian Pizza and Movie Night (Illustration)
Italian Pizza and Movie Night
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Italian Pizza and Movie Night (Illustration)

Italian Pizza and Movie Night

An Italian evening can be paired with homemade pizza topped with shredded mozza cheddar cheese, Chianti Classico, and an Italian film.

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Cheese Facts
Breakfast of Champions (Illustration)
Breakfast of Champions
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Breakfast of Champions (Illustration)

Breakfast of Champions

Start your day right with a delicious breakfast sandwich made with a slice of old cheddar, eggs and bacon on a fresh English muffin.

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Presentation Tips
Range of Strength in Cheese Trays (Illustration)
Range of Strength in Cheese Trays
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Range of Strength in Cheese Trays (Illustration)

Range of Strength in Cheese Trays

Start mild and finish strong: When assembling a cheese tray, arrange cheeses from mildest to strongest.

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Entertaining
Grilled Cheese Perfection (Illustration)
Grilled Cheese Perfection
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Grilled Cheese Perfection (Illustration)

Grilled Cheese Perfection

When you’re making grilled cheese, keep the griddle covered to melt the cheese to perfection without burning the bread.

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Let the Cheese Shine (Illustration)
Let the Cheese Shine
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Let the Cheese Shine (Illustration)

Let the Cheese Shine

When putting together a cheese platter, choose breads with little or no extra ingredients so the cheese is the star. Great selections include baguettes, rye, or whole wheat as well as crackers.

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Fire up a Fiesta (Illustration)
Fire up a Fiesta
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Fire up a Fiesta (Illustration)

Fire up a Fiesta

BBQ chicken, steak, or fish and set up an array of toppings including sour cream, salsa, guacamole and Black Diamond shredded cheese.

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Storage Tips
The Best Spot in the Refrigerator  (Illustration)
The Best Spot in the Refrigerator
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The Best Spot in the Refrigerator  (Illustration)

The Best Spot in the Refrigerator

The ideal temperature for storing cheese is 1-4 °C . Designate a cheese drawer in your refrigerator and place your cheeses in this section for freshness.

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Cheese Facts
Make Salads Soar with Shredded (Illustration)
Make Salads Soar with Shredded
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Make Salads Soar with Shredded (Illustration)

Make Salads Soar with Shredded

Cheese truth #4: Shredded cheese elevates any salad it’s sprinkled atop.

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Old Cheddar & Rye (Illustration)
Old Cheddar & Rye
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Old Cheddar & Rye (Illustration)

Old Cheddar & Rye

For a twist on cheese & crackers, slice extra-old cheddar onto buttered rye toast. Pure bliss in every bite!

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Bite Sized Spirals  (Illustration)
Bite Sized Spirals
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Bite Sized Spirals  (Illustration)

Bite Sized Spirals

Spiral sandwiches are a great way to pair cheeses with deli meats and make delicious appetizers. For a colourful presentation, choose a combination of plain, pesto and tomato basil tortillas to wrap with a variety of mild cheeses and then slice into bite sizes.

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Wine and Cheese Take Flight (Illustration)
Wine and Cheese Take Flight
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Wine and Cheese Take Flight (Illustration)

Wine and Cheese Take Flight

A wine flight is when one tests several small portions of varieties of wine. When preparing a wine and cheese flight start with a mild and pair with a crisp white, then move to older with a hearty red.

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Food Pairing
What to Nosh when Nibbling Cheddar (Illustration)
What to Nosh when Nibbling Cheddar
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What to Nosh when Nibbling Cheddar (Illustration)

What to Nosh when Nibbling Cheddar

There is a plethora of pairing partners when it comes to mild white cheddar cheese. From sweet fruits like apples and pears, to meats like poultry or pork. Mild white cheddar also goes great with pitas and crackers.

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Mozza-Kabobs (Illustration)
Mozza-Kabobs
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Mozza-Kabobs (Illustration)

Mozza-Kabobs

Skewer mozzarella cheese on a kabob for a fun appetizer. Cherry tomato-mozzarella-basil Watermelon-mozzarella-mint Mozzarella-pepperoni

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Storage Tips
Shelf Life (Illustration)
Shelf Life
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Shelf Life (Illustration)

Shelf Life

The shelf life of cheeses varies from one type to another. Generally, the softer the cheese, the shorter the shelf life.

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Fondue Fun (Illustration)
Fondue Fun
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Fondue Fun (Illustration)

Fondue Fun

Fondue can be a great element when entertaining. Just remember, there’s more to fondue than melting cheese in a pot! Add a thickener – such as flour or corn starch – and add white wine or beer for extra flavour.

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Drink Pairing
Best Buds with Black Tea (Illustration)
Best Buds with Black Tea
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Best Buds with Black Tea (Illustration)

Best Buds with Black Tea

Body: Pair aged cheddars with some honey-infused black tea--the perfect afternoon snack!

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Cheese Facts
Grilled Cheese Gold (Illustration)
Grilled Cheese Gold
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Grilled Cheese Gold (Illustration)

Grilled Cheese Gold

Cheese truth #1: The best grilled cheese sandwiches are made with Black Diamond Slices!

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Cheese Facts
Aging and Cheese (Illustration)
Aging and Cheese
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Aging and Cheese (Illustration)

Aging and Cheese

“Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese.” - Luis Buñuel

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Double Wrap Aged Cheese (Illustration)
Double Wrap Aged Cheese
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Double Wrap Aged Cheese (Illustration)

Double Wrap Aged Cheese

Double wrap strong, aged cheese to avoid having their aromas affect other foods. If possible, store separately in the fridge.

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Drink Pairing
A Glass of Tomato Juice for Mozzarella (Illustration)
A Glass of Tomato Juice for Mozzarella
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A Glass of Tomato Juice for Mozzarella (Illustration)

A Glass of Tomato Juice for Mozzarella

When planning to snack on some mozzarella cheese, accompany it with a glass of tomato juice.

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Cheese Facts
Playing with Food (Illustration)
Playing with Food
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Playing with Food (Illustration)

Playing with Food

Cheese truth #2: You’re never too old to enjoy pulling Cheestrings apart.

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Drink Pairing
Keep it Light (Illustration)
Keep it Light
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Keep it Light (Illustration)

Keep it Light

A light beer is the perfect yet unexpected accompaniment to Gouda.

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Get Hoppy (Illustration)
Get Hoppy
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Get Hoppy (Illustration)

Get Hoppy

Beers with a very pronounced hoppy flavour offer an intriguing matchup for delicious tart cheeses such as Extra Old Cheddar.

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Stop Soggy Sandwiches (Illustration)
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Stop Soggy Sandwiches (Illustration)

Stop Soggy Sandwiches

Layer cheese slices between sandwich bread and condiments to keep bread from getting soggy.

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Correlation Between Spreading Smiles (Illustration)
Correlation Between Spreading Smiles
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Correlation Between Spreading Smiles (Illustration)

Correlation Between Spreading Smiles

Cheese truth #8: Spreading Cheese Spread leads to the spreading of smiles.

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Chardonnay Shines with Light Cheese (Illustration)
Chardonnay Shines with Light Cheese
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Chardonnay Shines with Light Cheese (Illustration)

Chardonnay Shines with Light Cheese

The subtle flavours of Chardonnay will perfectly compliment the smooth taste of any light cheese

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Cheese Canapés (Illustration)
Cheese Canapés
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Cheese Canapés (Illustration)

Cheese Canapés

Place a cube of semisoft cheese, slice of ham or chicken, and a grape tomato on top of a slice of baguette and hold it together with a tooth pick. Voila! A simple yet tasty hors d’oeuvre is served!

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Meet in the Middle with Marble (Illustration)
Meet in the Middle with Marble
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Meet in the Middle with Marble (Illustration)

Meet in the Middle with Marble

Cheese truth #3: Marble is perfect for the cheese eater who loves both white and orange cheddar.

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Optimizing Mozzarella Taste (Illustration)
Optimizing Mozzarella Taste
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Optimizing Mozzarella Taste (Illustration)

Optimizing Mozzarella Taste

To get the most from your mozzarella, remove it from the fridge up to an hour before serving.

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Impress Your Guests (Illustration)
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Impress Your Guests (Illustration)

Impress Your Guests

Stuff some eggplants with Herb & Garlic Cheese Spread for an unexpected appetizer! We’ve come up with the perfect recipe to impress your guests!

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Finger Food (Illustration)
Finger Food
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Finger Food (Illustration)

Finger Food

If cheese and crackers had a personality, they’d definitely be people pleasers! When arranging your cheese and cracker tray, make sure to pair neutral crackers with stronger cheeses so as to appreciate their distinct flavour, and herbed crackers with mild cheeses so as to complement their subtle taste.

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The Perfect Wine Partners for Cheddar (Illustration)
The Perfect Wine Partners for Cheddar
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The Perfect Wine Partners for Cheddar (Illustration)

The Perfect Wine Partners for Cheddar

Cheddar cheese can be paired with a number of wines. From a light Pinot Gris to a rich red Malbec, cheddar is so accommodating it even goes well when sipping sake.

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Cheese and Chocolate (Illustration)
Cheese and Chocolate
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Cheese and Chocolate (Illustration)

Cheese and Chocolate

At first the combo can sound unusual, but think of chocolate cheesecake, or brownies with cream cheese icing. Both cheese and chocolate can be described as delicious, rich, and creamy; and together, heavenly.

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Get Nutty (Illustration)
Get Nutty
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Get Nutty (Illustration)

Get Nutty

Whole nuts are a nice accompaniment when preparing a cheese plate. Consider almonds, pecans, or walnuts.

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Coffee Talk Gets Old with Cheddar (Illustration)
Coffee Talk Gets Old with Cheddar
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Coffee Talk Gets Old with Cheddar (Illustration)

Coffee Talk Gets Old with Cheddar

The sharpness of old or extra old cheddars pair quite nicely with the slightly bitter taste of coffee.

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Origins of Macaroni and Cheese (Illustration)
Origins of Macaroni and Cheese
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Origins of Macaroni and Cheese (Illustration)

Origins of Macaroni and Cheese

While commonly thought of as American comfort food, the origins of macaroni and cheese can be traced back to Italy as far back as the 13th century!

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Cheer Yourself with Cheese (Illustration)
Cheer Yourself with Cheese
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Cheer Yourself with Cheese (Illustration)

Cheer Yourself with Cheese

Cheese truth #5: Cheese makes everything better!

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Cheese and Cider (Illustration)
Cheese and Cider
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Cheese and Cider (Illustration)

Cheese and Cider

Ciders are continuously growing in popularity; so naturally, pairing with a marble cheddar cheese just makes sense.

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Cheese Calculations (Illustration)
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Cheese Calculations (Illustration)

Cheese Calculations

How does one determine how much cheese is needed? Here’s a rough guideline to help with cheese counts: If entertaining with other foods: 45-60 g per person; If it’s just wine and cheese: 120 g per person; If including a platter of hors d’oeuvres, pate, cold cuts, or salads: 60 g per person;   To help get a better sense of portion sizes, a 1” cube of cheese is about 30 g.

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Chic Cheese (Illustration)
Chic Cheese
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Chic Cheese (Illustration)

Chic Cheese

Cheese truth #6: Cheese is the perfect accessory; it’s never out of style, goes great with almost everything, and leaves you wanting more.

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A Second Start (Illustration)
A Second Start
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A Second Start (Illustration)

A Second Start

“Cheese is milk’s leap toward immortality,” --Clifton Fadiman

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When in Rome (Illustration)
When in Rome
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When in Rome (Illustration)

When in Rome

Did you know that some ancient Roman houses had a special kitchen called a “careale”, just for making cheese? Makes perfect sense to us!

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Some Old Ale for Old White Cheddar (Illustration)
Some Old Ale for Old White Cheddar
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Some Old Ale for Old White Cheddar (Illustration)

Some Old Ale for Old White Cheddar

Although this duo is quite unexpected, a robust brown ale is indeed a classic companion for Old White Cheddar.

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A Couple Cold Ones to Accompany Mozzarella (Illustration)
A Couple Cold Ones to Accompany Mozzarella
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A Couple Cold Ones to Accompany Mozzarella (Illustration)

A Couple Cold Ones to Accompany Mozzarella

Mozzarella’s Beer Pairing Partners: pilsner, Weiss beer

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Beers to Cheers with Cheddar (Illustration)
Beers to Cheers with Cheddar
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Beers to Cheers with Cheddar (Illustration)

Beers to Cheers with Cheddar

Beer and Marble Cheddar Pairing Partners: Belgian ale, ciders, fruity beers, stout, pale ale, Weiss beer

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Spread Out Spreading by Sealing Spreads (Illustration)
Spread Out Spreading by Sealing Spreads
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Spread Out Spreading by Sealing Spreads (Illustration)

Spread Out Spreading by Sealing Spreads

To ensure it stays fresher longer, make sure you close the lid of your Cheese Spread properly and keep refrigerated when not in use.

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Balance is Key when Pairing Wines and Cheese (Illustration)
Balance is Key when Pairing Wines and Cheese
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Balance is Key when Pairing Wines and Cheese (Illustration)

Balance is Key when Pairing Wines and Cheese

The key to the perfect wine and cheese pairing is balance. Make sure neither taste overpowers the other, that each brings out something in the other, and that you enjoy yourself.

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Perfecto Pairing for Parmesan Romano (Illustration)
Perfecto Pairing for Parmesan Romano
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Perfecto Pairing for Parmesan Romano (Illustration)

Perfecto Pairing for Parmesan Romano

Parmesan Romano has many pairing partners. Try piling it atop pasta or Caesar salads.

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Pepper Pairing (Illustration)
Pepper Pairing
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Pepper Pairing (Illustration)

Pepper Pairing

While spicy peppers are great within a cheese spread, be sure not to overpower your cheese when preparing a cheese platter. Stick to lightly spiced accompaniments like sweet, spiced nuts and herbaceous olives.

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Better with Age (Illustration)
Better with Age
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Better with Age (Illustration)

Better with Age

Did you know that storage allows old cheeses to further ripen and develop even more flavour? If tightly wrapped, they’ll keep in the fridge for about 5 weeks.

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Class is in Session (Illustration)
Class is in Session
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Class is in Session (Illustration)

Class is in Session

Labeling cheese is always a good idea, especially for your more cautious guests. Your next wine and cheese party could also be a fun learning experience! Get creative with your labels and perhaps include some fun facts about each cheese.

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Smokin’ Good Sandwich (Illustration)
Smokin’ Good Sandwich
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Smokin’ Good Sandwich (Illustration)

Smokin’ Good Sandwich

Add slices of apple and smoked bacon to your grilled cheese for amazing taste and texture.

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Bespoke Sparkling Beverages (Illustration)
Bespoke Sparkling Beverages
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Bespoke Sparkling Beverages (Illustration)

Bespoke Sparkling Beverages

For a refreshing beverage to go with chunks of medium cheddar cheese, try making your own sparkling drink with your favourite juice and club soda.

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Cheesy Identifiers (Illustration)
Cheesy Identifiers
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Cheesy Identifiers (Illustration)

Cheesy Identifiers

A nice extra effort when compiling a cheese plate is giving each variety a name flag so guests know what they’re nibbling.

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Give Yourself to the Dark Side (Illustration)
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Give Yourself to the Dark Side (Illustration)

Give Yourself to the Dark Side

Pair deeper, malty beers with nutty, aged cheeses. Try pairing a sturdy stout with old cheddar cheese.

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Kid Friendly Fiesta (Illustration)
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Kid Friendly Fiesta (Illustration)

Kid Friendly Fiesta

When family night is Mexican fiesta themed with tacos topped with Black Diamond sharp cheddar shredded cheese, make kid-friendly sangria. Mix orange juice, white grape juice, cranberry juice, a lemon-lime carbonated soda, and lots of fresh cut up fruit.

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Tuna Melt Perfection (Illustration)
Tuna Melt Perfection
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Tuna Melt Perfection (Illustration)

Tuna Melt Perfection

A slice of creamy Gouda cheese adds a deliciously gooey touch to your tuna melt.

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Delicate Duo (Illustration)
Delicate Duo
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Delicate Duo (Illustration)

Delicate Duo

A delicate Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with the distinct, rich taste of our Herb & Garlic Cheese Spread.

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Lift Cheddar Spirits (Illustration)
Lift Cheddar Spirits
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Lift Cheddar Spirits (Illustration)

Lift Cheddar Spirits

Which spirit should one lift when eating old cheddar cheese? Many will do, including bourbon, rum, port, brandy, whiskey, cognac, or scotch.

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Coffee Talk Gets Old with Cheddar (Illustration)
Coffee Talk Gets Old with Cheddar
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Coffee Talk Gets Old with Cheddar (Illustration)

Coffee Talk Gets Old with Cheddar

The sharpness of old or extra old cheddars pair quite nicely with the slightly bitter taste of coffee.

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Afternoon Nibbles (Illustration)
Afternoon Nibbles
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Afternoon Nibbles (Illustration)

Afternoon Nibbles

Because they’re packed with protein, cheese sticks are a great mid-afternoon snack choice that will keep you satisfied until dinner.

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Cheese Cravings (Illustration)
Cheese Cravings
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Cheese Cravings (Illustration)

Cheese Cravings

Cheese sticks are perfectly portioned, making them a great snack to keep on hand for when cheese cravings strike.

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Something Old, Something New (Illustration)
Something Old, Something New
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Something Old, Something New (Illustration)

Something Old, Something New

Planning to put together the perfect cheese platter? Be sure to mix  old and young cheeses for a diverse tray. It’s quite simple when you keep this little saying in mind: “Something old, something new, something goat and something blue”

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Melted Gouda Goodness (Illustration)
Melted Gouda Goodness
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Melted Gouda Goodness (Illustration)

Melted Gouda Goodness

Gouda melts well so it’s the perfect addition to a grilled sandwich and it can hold its own as a fancy fondue served with potatoes and rye bread, or dried fruit and chocolate for dessert! You can even add it to your favorite soup to liven up the flavor! 

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Foods that Go Great with Mozzarella (Illustration)
Foods that Go Great with Mozzarella
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Foods that Go Great with Mozzarella (Illustration)

Foods that Go Great with Mozzarella

Part-skim mozzarella has such a light flavour it can be paired with a wide range of foods. Meats like beef, pork or poultry are just as fitting as pasta, basil, olives, or sardines.

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Lunchtime Favourite (Illustration)
Lunchtime Favourite
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Lunchtime Favourite (Illustration)

Lunchtime Favourite

No matter what you pack for lunch, a cheese stick is always a great side.

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Party with Havarti! (Illustration)
Party with Havarti!
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Party with Havarti! (Illustration)

Party with Havarti!

No one can argue that cheese is the life of the party! Compliment the star of your platter by letting assorted deli meats like ham, turkey and salami play a supporting role.

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Butter me Up (Illustration)
Butter me Up
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Butter me Up (Illustration)

Butter me Up

Leftover cheese is a rarity but should it happen, spread butter on the cut end to help it last longer before placing the cheese back in the fridge.

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