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The 12 Days (Before) Christmas: Day 7

Wherein we highlight some fantastic (and seasonally appropriate) goodies to make your holiday especially joyous.

Day 7

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On the 7th day before Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Seven tots a-frying

Eight baked bries
Nine cheesy totes
Ten yule beers
Eleven bags of sweets
And twelve wines under the tree

(Happy hour is always the best time of day. Our special menu will make you all warm and cozy.)

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The 12 Days (Before) Christmas: Day 8

Wherein we highlight some fantastic (and seasonally appropriate) goodies to make your holiday especially joyous.

Day 8

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On the 8th day before Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Eight baked bries

Nine cheesy totes
Ten yule beers
Eleven bags of sweets
And twelve wines under the tree

(When you can’t give something perishable, like cheese, choose a beautiful and useful cheese accessory.)

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The 12 Days (Before) Christmas: Day 9

Wherein we highlight some fantastic (and seasonally appropriate) goodies to make your holiday especially joyous.

Day 9

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On the 9th day before Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Nine cheesy totes

Ten yule beers
Eleven bags of sweets
And twelve wines under the tree

(Reduce. Reuse. Recheese. Repeat. Your cheese lover will adore a special bag to carry around town.)

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The 12 Days (Before) Christmas: Day 10

Wherein we highlight some fantastic (and seasonally appropriate) goodies to make your holiday especially joyous.

Day 10

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On the 10th day before Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Ten yule beers

Eleven bags of sweets
And twelve wines under the tree

(The beer lover in your life will rejoice in these seasonally-inspired selections.)

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The 12 Days (Before) Christmas: Day 11

Wherein we highlight some fantastic (and seasonally appropriate) goodies to make your holiday especially joyous.

Day 11

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On the 11th day before Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Eleven bags of sweets
And twelve wines under the tree

(Sweets make the best party gift. No work required – like trimming flowers – and your host with the most can snack later while cleaning up after you!)

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The 12 Days (Before) Christmas: Day 12

We all know the song (gotta love those maids a-milking). We also know how to use Google, so we discovered that the 12 days of Christmas go from  December 25th through January 5th. Well, we’re too impatient for all that, so at Cheesetique we start the counting TODAY.

Behold: The 12 Days (Before) Christmas, wherein we highlight some fantastic (and seasonally appropriate) goodies to make your holiday especially joyous.

Day 12

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On the 12th day before Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Twelve wines under the tree.

(20% off cases of wine through New Year’s! Even mix-and-match cases!)

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Platter-Making Tips

Thanksgiving is platter season. You can either order one from Cheesetique and leave the work to us, or you can easily assemble your own. All you need is a few tricks up your sleeve:

1. Select. A group of 3 – 5 cheeses offers enough variety that everyone can find a cheese they love. Make sure your cheeses vary in milk, style, texture, and color. The visual is as important as the tastual (yes, I made up that word).
2. Measure. For a typical platter, estimate 1/4 lb. TOTAL for each person. So, if you have 20 people, you want 5 lb. of cheese total.
3. Accompany. Don’t forget the cheese partners, including sweet (fruit, jam), savory (nuts, pickles), and bready (crackers, baguette).
4. Serve. Always at room temperature, each cheese with its own knife. One hour out of the fridge is perfect.

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Thanksgiving, Cheesetique Style

Ah, Thanksgiving. The holiday of gratitude. But amidst all the hosting, it is easy to get overwhelmed, resulting in that not-so-thankful feeling. How do you cope? DELEGATE! When guests ask what they can bring, actually assign them something. When you can serve a yummy dish made by others’ hands, go for it. Home-made doesn’t always mean best-made and it certainly doesn’t mean happily-made. So… Outsource. Outsource. Outsource. (See below for convenient outsourcing options.)

I am endlessly thankful for friends, family, work, and work family. And I’m sending thankful vibes to you… right now. Soak it up.

In Caseus Veritas,
Jill Erber
Proprietor/Cheese Lady

Thanksgiving, Cheesetique Style

Step 1: The Cheese PlatterCheesetique_030-199x300

Why a Cheesetique Cheese Platter? Because there is no prep or cooking required, and we even provide the serving dish, crackers, dried fruit, and cheese labels. Simply order online and pick up at your convenience. Take it out of the fridge one hour before your guests arrive. It’s really that easy.

A Cheesetique Cheese Platter is always the best conversation starter… and the first item to be consumed. Trust us – we’ve been doing this a long time.

Step 2: The Side Dishes

mac-199x300Food & Wine Magazine, Travel + Leisure Magazine, and Food Network think we have the best Mac ‘n Cheese is the country. In fact, our Mac ‘n Cheesetique was just featured on Food Network’s Top 5 Restaurants as an ideal Thanksgiving side dish. What more of an endorsement do you need?

For the first time ever, you can bring home a large size Mac ‘n Cheesetique, complete with baking instructions, so you can impress your guests with its truffly goodness.

Serves 4-6. $25

Order Online!

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In the mood for the ultimate sipper or dipper? Our beloved Tomato Soup is available by the quart.

Serves 4. $14

Order Online!

Step 3: The Desserts

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You just know that a Cheesecake from Cheesetique will be something to talk about. Ours is made in-house from the finest ingredients. All you have to do is slice it.

Serves 8-10. $45

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If you’re more of a creamy, coffee-soaked ladyfinger kind of person, our Tiramisu will rock your world.

Serves 8-12. $35

Order Online!

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Rinds: To Eat or Not to Eat?

That is ALWAYS the question, perhaps the most commonly asked here at Cheesetique. Here’s the quick answer: Unless it’s wax, wood, leaves, or paper, TRY IT!

Most rinds will add texture and flavor to your cheese. Granted, this may not be a texture or flavor that you like, but TRY IT! And if you don’t like it, don’t try more.

As a rule, soft rinds should be eaten (or at least tasted). This includes bloomy rinds (Brie, Camembert, etc.) and pungent washed rinds (Limburger, Taleggio, etc.).

If a rind looks tough, thick, or chewy, skip it. Not that it will harm you; it just won’t contribute to the flavor or texture.

Now get out there and eat some cheese!

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Our Cheesy Sentiments Exactly

As many of you know, our beloved 8 ft. cheese case, Big Bertha, is no more. My first big equipment purchase when Cheesetique opened, she kept our cheeses cool and our community fed for eleven long years. Sure, she needed some tweaks and repairs along the way, but on that fateful Sunday when her spirit failed, we knew it was time to let her go.

While we waited for her replacement to arrive, she sat there, empty and warm, a mere shadow of her former self. It must have hurt to see the neighboring cheese cases absorb her cargo, even if fitting her cheeses into their smaller profiles was a struggle. But in true Big Bertha form, she never complained, stoically holding her ground.

As a small token of our love, we emblazoned her with a large canvas on which well-wishers could write notes of condolence. I gotta say I was surprised that people embraced this with such humor, cleverness, and – yes – genuine emotion. Here are some of my favorite excerpts for your reading pleasure.

 

*Note – Big Bertha was taken away today and her replacement slid into her slot with humble grace. I think she knows the shoes she’s being asked to fill and we have faith that she will do so, while remaining cool, of course. Watch for the chronicle of Big Bertha’s life, demise, and removal, coming soon.

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