One sandwich that's absolutely amazing is the classic Thanksgiving leftover sandwich that joins sweet-juicy cranberry with thick-hearty turkey. This sandwich is beloved by many; but why, then, is it only enjoyed in the weekend after the third Thursday in November? Isn't the combination scrumptious enough to be eaten in the warmer months, too?
Recently I put this idea to the test by throwing together a cherry compote and turkey sandwich. It has all the familiar elements of the classic, but is Summer friendly. Genius! Oh and I forget to mention: it's really good. There's nothing more to say, except make it now.
The richness comes from a small amount of brie cheese that's rolled up into boneless skinless chicken breasts. A figure-friendly mixture of pasta and fresh veggies is served on the side.
This recipe can be simply adapted: toss whatever vegetables you have on hand with the orzo and substitute any good melting cheese for the brie. To kick-start your weekend with this meal, read more
Fuzzles' hysterical and engaging description of the best ham sandwich she has ever eaten (the thing that makes it so scrumptious is a special cherry mustard) made me want to go home and try it immediately. It took me a couple of weeks, but I finally made it, and let me tell you, Fuzzles was right!
This sandwich is absolutely amazing. The cherry mustard is tangy and sweet and the combination of ham with brie is delightfully French. I plan on enjoying it all week with ham leftover from Easter. To check out my recipe that's based on Fuzzles' story, read more
While brie en croute (brie that's baked in puff pastry) is a favorite, I prefer brie baked with nuts and jam. That way you can slather the warm mixture on crackers or crostini.
Although my recipe calls for pecans and strawberry jam, feel free to substitute other nuts, preserves, or even honey. This killer app is unbelievable easy to put together and requires virtually no culinary expertise. To look at my recipe, read more
One of the world's most beloved cheeses, brie dates back to the 8th century. It's characterized by a creamy soft center and white edible rind. Although Brie originates in France, it's so popular that countries across the world now produce it. Brie is made from whole or skimmed cow's milk. When perfectly ripe, the interior should ooze. Brie has a short shelf life and mild flavor. The versatile cheese can be eaten alone or spread on crackers and bread. Since it's ideal for melting, baked brie is another desirable method of preparation. To find out how I baked mine with mushrooms, read more
Feeling nostalgic? Treat yourself to a decadently grown-up version of the classic childhood favorite macaroni and cheese. Oozing melted brie and fresh flaky crabmeat are luxurious ingredients that turn this ordinary pasta into a restaurant quality dish. Just because the elements are fancy doesn't mean this meal will take forever to make. These gourmet individually sized mac and cheeses will be ready in under an hour. Get the recipe when you read more
Cheese is one of my favorite foods. I've honestly never met a cheese I didn't like! So when I received one of Président's new brie logs, I couldn't wait to give it a try. The brie log could be likened to the mildest of brie cheeses in flavor; there was little, if any, sharpness. The cheese — described by its makers as "deliciously buttery . . . with subtle mushroom flavors" — tasted exactly like the brand's popular brie wedge. It did, however, have certain differences; to learn what two characteristics set this cheese apart from the rest, read more
I've invited some friends over this Friday for a holiday cocktail party. Since everyone (including moi!) will be attending a jewelry sample sale before, the snacks must be prepared in advance. Crostini with lentil and green olive spread can be made the night before the party. My dad will bake the brie with mango chutney twenty minutes before we arrive, so it's warm and gooey the second we walk in the door. A smoked salmon platter with dill sour cream waits chilled in the fridge and mini beef slider patties cook quickly.
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When planning a menu for a Halloween dinner, choose festive dishes that are creative, but not too childish. Have an oozing, baked brie waiting for guests to arrive. Serve the brie with crisp pretzels shaped to look like fingers and toes. A molded shrimp cocktail that resembles a scary cerebrum will jump start conversation. For the main course, offer a gooey slime soup and crisp pumpkin polenta salad. Although most of the dishes are vegetarian, the menu is filling, balanced, and delicious.
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