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Modern food culture in the United States is robust and unique.  The popularity of cooking channels and a plethora new foods from all over the world have piqued our imagination and fed an ever expanding desire for new culinary creations and exotic taste combinations.  Fans of have come to the right place....

New! Specialty Food Sources


Ingredients for some of the more adventurous dishes can be difficult to find.  Some of us are fortunate to live in a community with a local specialty foods store.  We are building a database to make them easy to find.  Please send us a message if you would like to share one in your community. 

New! Amazing Restaurants


One of the best way to get more acquainted with the bounty of food options is to try them out at a local gastropub or other local restaurant that starts with raw ingredients - not by heating something that comes from the freezer.   We are building a database to make them easy to find.  Please send us a message if you would like to share one in your community.  

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Brie with Raspberry Jam

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To Brie or Not to Brie

Brie is a soft cheese named after the French region Brie, where it was originally created. As with many imported products, French Brie is very different from the cheese exported to the United States.  French Brie is unstabilized and the flavor becomes more complex when the surface turns slightly brown.  When the cheese is still pure-white, it is not matured.  Exported Brie, however, is stabilized and never matures.  Stabilized Brie has a much longer shelf life and is not susceptible to bacteriological infections.

Brie is produced from the whole or semi-skimmed cow's milk.  Rennet is added in to raw milk and heated to obtain the curd.  The cheese is then cast into molds, several layers of cheese are filled into mold and then kept for around 18 hours.  After this the cheese is salted and aged for minimum four weeks.  Brie cheese is slightly pale in color with a grayish tinge under a rind. Its flavor varies depending upon the ingredients added while producing the cheese.  Brie must be served at room temperature.

All of this is very informative and sounds nice, but how does this translate to flavor?  One's first venture into any kind of new taste profile in the world of cheese can be unpredictable because there are so many variables, including how the cheese is served and with which other foods it is paired...or not.  My first experience with brie was not a positive one.  It was cold.  It was plain....and it was as bad as it sounds.  That was the opinion of brie that I held until an acquaintance explained the err of my ways and consequently open the door to new chapter in my love for cheese.

Look for a full round of brie, preferably of French origin, that is 9" in diameter or larger. The smaller rounds tend to be less creamy in my experience.  Warm the brie to above room temperature - slightly warm to the touch. Slice the brie into wedges and drizzle with your favorite jam or preserves.  These can be eaten plain or on toast, english muffins, french toast, and anything else you can dream of.   Prepare to be amazed. 

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