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3 Favorite Kitchen Tips of the Week

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I found some great tips this week that you might enjoy, too. Click each link for the tip!

1) How to Preserve Garlic from An Organic Wife – fresh bulbs anytime!

2) How to Freeze Tomato Paste from Kitchen Parade – don’t waste those cans or bother with tubes!

3) French Cheese Etiquette from Southern Fried French – you know this francophile-Wisconsinite {moi} loves her cheese!

What’s your favorite kitchen tip this week?

Please share because I love tips!

Cheers~
Carrie

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His & Hers Gift Guide – What They’ll Actually Use

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This time of year, I’ve been getting a lot of searches that link to this post from last year: Top 5 Gifts for the Hard to Buy For Person Who Has Everything. I want to offer up some more gift ideas this year. But I don’t want to give away my surprises of what I’ll be gifting.

Instead, I thought I’d create a different kind of list.

Part One – His

If you read last year’s post, you’ll know that my shopping for my husband is very difficult. He usually just buys what he wants when he wants it. And no matter how much thought I put into them, the gifts I get him end up in a drawer or on the shelf in the closet. So, instead, the HIS GIFT LIST will include items that Rob has either bought himself or has been given, but that he uses all the time.

Part Two – Hers

Here you will get a my Christmas Wish List. No, this is not a post to get what I want for Christmas. Besides, probably only one person I’m exchanging with actually reads this blog. And I’m pretty certain my mom is done with her Christmas shopping already. 😉 Instead, it’s just a list of things, that if offered to me this holiday season {or any old time}, that I would not turn down! It’s meant to give you ideas for women you may know like me.

Let’s start with the guys, since they seem to be the hardest to shop for, right? For additional ideas, please read Running with Racheal’s post from last year.

Great Gifts for Guys

{aka items Rob uses ALL THE TIME}

  • Smartphone – His iPhone is the one gift that Rob thanks me for throughout the year. He doesn’t know now, how in the world he ever lived without it. The thing is, it was a surprise a couple of years ago. He didn’t even know he’d want one. Because of the never-ending thank yous, it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
  • iPhone Wallet – Rob bought this for himself within the last year and it’s made his life so much simpler. When getting ready for work in the morning, he no longer has to go in search of his wallet and his phone. It’s all together now. He found his on eBay and there are several styles. His is pictured below. He gets compliments all of the time. They are cheap, too!
  • Extra iPhone Chargers – Rob found these cheap online, too. I never strayed away from my one charger that came with my iPhone. But once we got extra, it made life so much easier! I can’t tell you how nice it is to have one in my car, one to keep in my suitcase or carry-on, purse, one for the office and the living room. Rob keeps one at work, too. It was handy when we left one behind on vacation to have extras on hand. Only downfall: When we finally upgrade to iPhone 5 or later, we’ll have to buy all new ones. But no matter, these were seriously cheap.
  • Flashlight(s) – Laugh all you want, but whenever we need a flashlight we can’t find one. This year, a friend of ours put flashlights in our golf tournament goodie bags. Of course, they were meant to keep in our golf bags to look for lost balls. But since we are too lazy to look for them are such good golfers, we use them around the house. Now, if we had about 5 more of those…
  • Lounge Pants – I don’t know about you, but we live in comfy pants over the weekend. That is, until we leave the house, of course. We’ve received lounge/sleepwear pants for Christmas a couple of times and now I don’t know what we’d do without them. They come in many styles. Rob’s collection includes Guinness and ESPN lounge pants, among others.
  • Packer/Wolverine Gear – You can never have enough gear to cheer on your team. Just make sure it is the size, style and fit that your recipient likes. I’m just sayin’, when I get him this kind of stuff, it always gets used!
  • Hammock – Once upon a time, Rob bought a hammock from Hammocks.com. And on any beautiful day in the spring, summer and fall, I come home to him reading, relaxing or napping in that thing. The dogs join sometimes, too! We bought our friends, who invite us up to their cabin every year, one as a thank you gift. It’s a priceless gift, really. It may be hard to think about when it’s so cold, but that’s why they are on sale today! We recommend the Quilted Island Bay with metal stand. Rob’s tip: Get coupons and promo codes when shopping online by typing in “Hammocks.com Coupon” instead of just “Hammocks.com” to save extra dough!
  • Dinner out – Rob nearly always takes me out to dinner, so it’s a special treat when I buy. Sometimes, I’ll make my own little certificate stating such {as I explained in this post} or what restaurant I’m planning on taking him, like I did for his birthday one year.

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Great Gifts for Gals

{aka gifts I would Graciously and Gratefully accept}

  • Socks – Not kidding here. As it grew colder this fall and I had to put the sandals away, I found that many of my socks were either missing a sibling or developed a hole. I’ve thrown away quite a few. I like fun, funky socks, but they can be hard to rotate within the wardrobe and Rob isn’t a fan. So even just comfortable black socks will do!
  • Turtleneck Sweaters – Are these out of style? I’m having such a hard time finding nice ones! I’m a freeze baby. So in the winter, I like warm sweaters. When I’m trying to overcome Pirate Eyes in the early, black a.m. of winter, I don’t want to have to think about my outfit before work. I want to put on a warm turtleneck sweater and dress it up with a scarf. DONE. Solid colors are best… and timeless.
  • Alligator Clips – This is the name Rob gave to a hair clip I used to rely on all of the time. I’ve lost it since our trip to California this fall and just feel LOST. I am all about low maintenance when it comes to my hair and rarely use a hair dryer. I used to twist it and put it up with my alligator clip when wet. Later in the evening or the next morning, I can wear it down without having to do very much with it! We’ve search stores everywhere for more, but just found them online under other names – beak clip, Japanese clip, concorde clip. There are lots of colors and styles to choose from!

Beak Clip

  • Opolo Mountain Zinfandel – This is one of our favorite wines, but it’s not really priced for everyday. So it’s a treat when we get it!
  • Davis Family Vineyards Pinot NoirGuy Davis knows his Pinot. I never actually liked Pinot Noir until I tasted his at his tasting room on a trip to the Russian River Valley. You can’t find it in stores, so you’ll have to order some. Might as well get a case while you’re add it. Your life will be transformed.
  • Davis Family Vineyards Wine Club Membership – Hell, why not just join the club? I did join the Davis Family Vineyards Friends and Family Club after that trip, but canceled when we needed to buckle down to buy our house. I should just get back in this club and swear never to buy a cheap bottle again and savor every drop of this wine. Quality over quantity, right?
  • Other Wine Goodies – I love this post by grapefriend, with some unique wine-related finds. In particular, I’m intrigued by the wine2go flask and the rewined carmenere candle.
  • Champagne – I love me some bubbly. But it’s extra special to receive a bottle of real champagne!
  • St. Germain – This elderflower liqueur is one of my all-time favorites. I haven’t met a cocktail I didn’t like when it’s made with it.
  • High Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil – At one point, we bought a Groupon to join an olive oil club. Each month for three months, we got high quality, expeller pressed Italian olive oils! We didn’t continue because it took us all year to use them. The third bottle is almost empty, so we’re in the market for more. I also love this idea of adopting an olive tree and receiving the olive oil produced from it.
  • Cheese of the Month Club – Um. I’m from Wisconsin. I’m a Francophile. No brainer.
  • Fruit of the Month Club – I’ve always wanted this! Fresh fruit delivered to my door every month, yes please! I’ve been eyeing the Arizona Orange Company for two years now…
  • CSA Share – I absolutely adored my CSA box in the summer! But it just proved to be too much food, even split with a friend. They had solo shares this year, but were more basic and sold out right away. If you want to give someone a CSA share, make sure the pick-up location and window is doable for them.
  • Donation to a Cause I Support/Admire – Like a Pet Rescue or Shelter, such as Homeward Bound, where I found Sophie almost 9 years ago and the Carver-Scott County Humane Society, where we found Shamrock this year. When friends of ours refused to let us pitch in for the timeshare and rental car when they invited us to join them in Hawaii, we donated to the Marine Mammal Center in support of the endangered Monk Seals on the island of Kaua’i. We were lucky enough to see them there.
  • Packer Gear – Can never have enough!
  • Packer Tickets – Hey, I am getting higher up on the waiting list; but if anyone can spare a pair, we’ll take ’em! {We support our team during winning AND losing seasons!}
  • Gourmet Coffee – I’m always willing to try a new brew.
  • Tickets to Evita – I love musicals and Evita will be in Minneapolis this year. I loved the music in the movie and have never seen it performed live.
  • Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake – Laugh if you must. I had a roommate with whom we bought these for each other’s birthdays! The Bonus is that the two of us shared it, so we both got to pick away at it All. Week. Long. It’s been years since I’ve had one, though, so maybe my tastes have changed. Wouldn’t hurt to find out!
  • Gift Certificates – I know some people think that these are impersonal, but I love them. They say to me, “I know you like to shop here, so pick out what you want!” or “We really loved this place and thought you might like it, too.” I also like to save them to use as fitness or weight loss rewards. Here are some great places for which to receive gift cards:
    • Sul Lago – Our favorite restaurant “South of the River.” The very first time we visited, we saw about a dozen or so people come in to order gift certificates at the bar!
    • Restaurants – We like to dine out, so any place we haven’t tried, under our Restaurant Impressions Wishlist will do. Otherwise, we always like to try other people’s favorites, so recommendations are welcome.
    • Kohl’s – I don’t buy clothes very often, but when I do it’s because I need something. Kohl’s is close and familiar. I like to save gift cards here as rewards to myself. I’ve found a lot of good deals on workout gear here, too!
    • Barnes & Noble – I don’t have a Kindle or Nook. I still read real books. But I really think B&N gift certificates are good for travel guidebooks. We love to travel. If you know someone is traveling somewhere, buy them the most current guidebook. Or, they can walk right into a store and flip through guidebooks to see which ones suit them best.
    • Spa – I don’t know any girl who wouldn’t appreciate a spa day or to choose their own spa treatment. Just a pedicure can do wonders.
    • Movies – We don’t go to the movies often, but when we do, we ask ourselves why we don’t do it more!
    • Car Washes & Oil Changes – Okay, this one sounds really impersonal. But truthfully, I hate spending money on this kind of stuff myself. So having a card to just use whenever it is needed would be so wonderful.
    • Amazon Gift Card – Well, because you can use it for ANYTHING!

All I truly need for Christmas is health, love, spending time with family and reconnecting with old friends.

However, sometimes we just fret over that perfect gift for a loved one. So I hope these his and hers lists inspire you with ideas for the rest of your shopping this year. Or sit down and make out your own list. You might just come up with something for someone else!

What is a gift you wouldn’t turn down?

Did this post give you any ideas for someone else?

Cheers~
Carrie

Snack Lunches

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You know what I’ve been absolutely loving lately?

SNACK LUNCHES!

Well, you should have known that by the title.

Anyway, what are Snack Lunches? They are foods that I’d probably normally bring to work to snack on or munch on at home between meals. Instead, I’ve been bringing my snacks to work with me as meals. What’s interesting is that while some look low in calories, they do fill me up! I don’t really need any other snacks later in the day. Here is one of my favorites:

Snack Lunch Cucumber, Capress & Egg

Cucumbers, Hard Boiled Egg & Poorman’s Caprese 

I usually add a fruit to my lunch bag {not pictured above} to round out my Snack Lunch and to have something slightly sweet. As of late, I’ve been noshing on cherries, watermelon and grapes. Like here:

Snack Lunch

Grapes, 1.5 oz Muenster Cheese & Veggies with Hummus

I also have my daily piece of Dove dark chocolate. I do bring one of my pre-portioned bag of 100 calories worth of nuts along, too. {I adore the Rosemary Marcona Almonds from Trader Joe’s!} However, I don’t always end up eating them. I may eat them after work if I have a run scheduled that night. But lately it’s just been me crunching on a cucumber while I keep the pooches separated while they eat. {Shamrock tries to eat the adult food, while Sophie tries to eat the puppy food!}

leftover Tuscan pork chop and veggies with hummus

Leftover Tuscan Pork Chop & Veggies with Hummus

Above is yesterday’s Snack Lunch. On a whim, I chopped up the leftover pork chop from the night before and threw it into my lunch. I didn’t think cold pork sounded that appetizing {I don’t like cold leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!}, but it was actually a really tasty addition!

In some ways, I think of these Snack Lunches as antipasti platters. You know, those plates with an assortment of cheeses, meats, fruits, olives… Yes! I forgot to add that I sometimes add olives to my Snack Lunches!

One day, I picked up a little snack box from Target. Did you know that they offer these in the deli section?!

Snack Lunch-Target

Trail Mix, Spicy Summer Sausage, two types of Cheese & Pretzels

Sure, that Snack Lunch above wasn’t quite as healthy as my others since it lacked veggies. But I did see several different variations of this snack box in the deli section. Some had hummus and veggies. Some included fruit. There were ones with tuna salad and crackers. I probably could have chosen a more healthy option. Don’t worry, I still had plenty of cukes form the Farmers’ Market. I’ve been eating them like crazy right now!

I seriously feel like I can’t get tired of snacks for lunch. I brought some leftovers and a salad to work a couple of times recently, but what I really wanted my Snack Lunch instead. What’s also great is that since you pre-portion all of your snacks before you leave the house, portion control should not be an issue.

Here’s my formula for a healthy Snack Lunch:

  • Protein (chicken, pork chop, cottage cheese, cheese cubes, hummus)
  • Veggies (to eat plain or with dip, hummus, guacamole)
  • Fruit (Right now, I like ones that are chopped into pieces or bite-sized rather than an apple or orange – such as raspberries, melon, cherries)
  • Optional: Healthy Fat (guacamole, olives, a drizzle of olive oil over roasted veggies.)

You could also add a whole grain, too. I love that these are so simple to put together and it helps me use up whatever I’ve got in my fridge.

Do you ever eat your snacks as your lunch?

What kind of foods would you put in your ideal healthy Snack Lunch?

Cheers~
Carrie

Award Winning Poker Meatballs

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There’s a reason why I call these Poker Meatballs. You see, tonight, we had our monthly poker tournament. The theme for those who wanted to bring a dish to pass, was meatballs. I really needed all of the extra points I could get in order to make the Final Table of the season, so I found an easy recipe for meatballs that looked right up my alley…

Because they are CHEESE stuffed!

My meatballs took first place! This gave me an extra $200 in poker chips. Although, those extra chips didn’t help me win… But, they are so incredibly easy to make that I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

Award Winning Cheese-Stuffed Poker Meatballs

*Adapted from and inspired by Mr. Food

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef (I believe the #1 secret to a great meatball is high quality meat.)
  • 3/4 cup panko (Substitute plain bread crumbs if you wish.)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (Yes, the stuff in the green can is fine!)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herb such as parsley, basil or rosemary
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp garlic salt (The #2 secret to a great meatball is proper seasoning! If you decide to use garlic powder, just be sure to add a little salt, too.)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz block of mozzarella cheese, cut into 20 cubed pieces

Method:

  • Preheat your over to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or brush lightly with olive oil.
  • Combine all ingredients except for the mozzarella cheese in a large bowl and mix with your hands to evenly distribute the ingredients.
  • Divide the mixture into fourths. Each fourth will make 5 meatballs! Divide the meat into 5 pieces the same size, although forming it into a nice, completely uniform ball is not necessary quite yet. Do this until you have 20 pieces of meat approximately all of the same size.
  • Form a meatball around each piece of mozzarella cheese and place them on the baking sheet.
  • Bake 18 to 20  minutes or until cooked through.

Cheese may leak out, but that’s okay! They will still taste yummy. While these taste moist and fabulous on their own, you can serve your favorite pasta sauce for dipping as an appetizer. Or, make a meal by serving the meatballs and sauce over pasta or spaghetti squash. They reheat nicely, too.

Sorry, I have no photo because these were gobbled up too quickly. And quite frankly, I didn’t think about photographing these balls pre-poker. I had no idea that they would taste so good, nor that they would take first place! There is a photo on the website from which this recipe was adapted.

Variations: Make your own variation by changing the flavor profile. For example, make Mexican meatballs with taco seasoning and stuffing with Mexican cheese. I’m anxious to try to make these into blue cheese meatballs. Hey, maybe I’ll use hot sauce as my seasoning! Oh, all the options! And I still can’t get over how easy these were to make.

As Biz would say, these are AMAZEBALLS! (Tee hee. I love it when she says that!)

What is your favorite type of meatball?

Cheers~
Carrie

Simple Cheese & Wine Pairings

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When people host a Wine Tasting, I am often asked what cheeses should be served. My number one rule:

Keep it simple!

The last thing I want the host to do is spend a ton of money on expensive cheese or hours preparing mouthwatering appetizers. The tasting is really about the wine. In addition, I don’t want the tasting to be work for the host. I want them to have fun, too. {Although some people just like to do that!}

That being said, cheese does have the ability to enhance the wine as well and is an essential part of an educational wine tasting. I have often converted sweet wine lovers all the way over to the red spectrum, just by showing them how food can really enhance the flavor and the experience.

If you want to throw together some really easy, inexpensive cheeses for a wine tasting or are having a last minute gathering with a few girlfriends, here are a few suggestions. I like to call these “safe” cheeses, because they tend to go with almost all wines.

Safe Cheeses :

  • Mild Cheddar
  • Gouda
  • Hard cheeses like Parmesan or Asiago

But maybe you want your focus to be the perfect wine with the perfect cheese. Maybe you have a favorite wine and you want to know the best cheese pairings to go with it are. Or maybe you just bought an interesting cheese and you’re wondering what wine to serve. Here are a few classic pairings:

White wines:

  • Chardonnay – Smoked Gouda, Brie
  • Gewürztraminer – Swiss, Muenster
  • Pinot Grigio – Asiago, Fresh Mozzarella
  • Riesling – Gouda, Monterey Jack
  • Sauvignon Blanc – Goat Cheese (chevre), Gruyère
  • Sparkling Wine – Brie, Camembert, Parmesan
  • Viognier – Aged Gouda, Goat Cheese (chevre)

Red wines:

  • Beaujolais – Provolone, Brie, Feta
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Aged or Sharp Cheddar, Danish Blue
  • Chianti – Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, Ricotta
  • Malbec – Manchego, Taleggio, Cashel Blue
  • Merlot – Cheddar, Gouda, Jarlsberg
  • Pinot Noir – Harvarti, Colby-Jack, Feta
  • Shiraz/Syrah – Sharp Cheddar, Gouda, Edam
  • Tempranillo – Manchego, Havarti
  • Zinfandel – Sharp Cheddar, Muenster, Blue Cheese

Dessert Wines:

  • Moscato – Baby Swiss, Cheesecake 😉
  • Very Sweet Wines – Blue Cheese

When in doubt, do a google search like the following:

{insert cheese name here} + wine pairing

{insert wine name here} + cheese pairing

Seriously people, it’s that simple. You will yield several results. The ones that come up the most often will be your best bets. But then, be the judge yourself. Keep a notebook with your favorites so you don’t have to try to remember.

I’m often asked how these cheese should be served. Slices? Cubes? Let people cut their own?

How to Serve:

The truth… It doesn’t matter. People really don’t care about how beautiful your display of cheeses is. They just want to eat it. I would recommend smaller cubes or a not-too-thick slice for a couple of reasons. You want just a taste of the cheese {not a mouthful}. Big chunks are just too overpowering. And you may also want to try several! Think bite size. Small amounts of soft cheeses can even be smeared on crackers in advance to make it even simpler. But if you are just having friends over and you want to have pretty wedges for your guests to cut themselves, by all means… do that!

cheese & Wine

Just remember, grapes make a pretty arrangement, but they don’t go with wine!

For my hosts that decide to choose one cheese for each of the five wines that I bring to their Wine Tasting event, four to six ounces of each cheese is really all they need for an average tasting of about 15 guests.

Cheese is best enjoyed at room temperature. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Just don’t leave it out for hours on end!

The Truth About Wine & Cheese Pairings:

What really matters is which cheese and wine pairing YOU like. Though classic pairings are classic for a reason, not everyone has the same tastes. So don’t be afraid to experiment! Just remember to cleanse your palate with a plain cracker between each pairing so that you don’t judge the flavors based on your last bite and/or taste. The discover your favorites!

What is your favorite cheese and wine pairing?

Cheers~
Carrie

Castaways – Bay City, MI

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This Restaurant Impression post is purely selfish.

You see, when we go back to Bay City, Michigan, and back to Castaways {which is inevitable!}, I want to know what to order! I have no pictures of mouth-watering delights to share with you. So you are gonna have to go old school and picture them yourself, just like you are reading a book.

Still, that may be difficult. I don’t have a ton of notes. So this post will probably lack the descriptive words necessary to conjure up a visual in your imagination. I really need to remember to write down my thoughts on dining in a restaurant within hours of eating there, or at least the next day. {Note to self.}

On this visit to Castaways, I was in a burger kind of mood. I’m very rarely in such a mood; but when I am, the burger I order has to be a really good one. It has to be worth it. 

So how did I know that Castaways had good burgers?

I didn’t.

However, while walking from the bar to the tables where our group was sitting, I passed by a plate of cheesy bread being delivered to a table. It sold me. However, I did see a plate of cheesy bread delivered to a nearby table. It sold me. I’m not sure why I was in a let’s-eat-unhealthy-because-we-are-on-vacation-mood.

Oh yeah. I just ran 3+ miles that morning in 95+ weather and humidity so high that it sucked the air right out of my chest.

Now I didn’t know what to do…

Cheesy bread?

Burger?

Decisions. Decisions. In the end, I don’t know how I did it, but I talked Rob into splitting both with me! I figured that if the burger wasn’t great, the cheesy bread just HAD to be!

The Cheese Bread came out first and was just as expected – globbed with melted golden brown cheese. Yes, it satisfied, but the order was huge and we knew we had to slow down for the next “course”. We tried to offer it up to others, but many people were waiting for their pizza to arrive – also popular at Castaways.

The burger we ordered was the Island Burger. It sounds exotic, like it might have pineapple on it or something. But it was really just your basic burger.

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Island Burger

Topped with bacon, sautéed onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, mustard, ketchup, mayo and both Swiss and American Cheese. – $6.95

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But this burger was excellent! We ordered it medium rare as we always do and it was cooked to perfection. It was juicy and flavorful. Because I have neither pictures nor detailed notes, I can’t tell you ’bout the bun nor the fries. Just that we loved this burger. We were pleasantly surprised. When we go back to Bay City, when that burger mood strikes, this is where I’ll be getting one!

Rob ordered a mixed drink from their menu, but wasn’t too impressed. So he followed my lead and switched over to Cherry Wheat. I knew by now that we weren’t going to find Cherry Wheat on tap at home, so I had to take advantage!

The service here is more impressive than we generally give them credit. Castaways is our group’s go-to joint post golf-tournament. We usually have 20 or so people coming and going in our group at any given time. We usually set up one or two long tables together. People order at different times and some go in and out to play volleyball. And somehow the servers remember what you were drinking, who ordered what and which people get which bills. While I’m sure there are bound to be screw-ups of some sort at any establishment among this confusion, the staff just seems to always know what they are doing and doesn’t seem flustered. They make sure to keep the drinks flowing. You are never waiting for very long!

So, there you have it – my vague record of what we last ate at Castaways. Next year, I won’t be asking Rob, “Did I like the tuna melt here?” Instead, I will know exactly what to order.

Where do you like to go when you are in a burger mood?

Cheers~
Carrie

Scusi, I’ll take the formaggi. {Closed}

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One Sunday, we decided to use our last Groupon to Scusi in St. Paul on a couple glasses of wine and a cheese plate. While I have no photos of this evening, I will tell you that we chose the following formaggi: triple cream brie, gorgonzola dolce, and pecorino. While all of the cheeses were delectable, our favorite was the triple cream brie. I was surprised by this because Rob has never liked brie! I begged him to try the triple cream style… and it won him over.

And unlike our previous experiences, our bottle of Valipolicella we ordered was the right temperature.

Our formaggi selections included a choice of: tomato jam, ginger chutney, apple shallot compote, giardinara, fridge pickles, roasted garlic cloves, or red wine rattafia. Normally, I would just choose the roasted garlic cloves. No-brainer, right? But before I opened my mouth, the bartender {yes, we enjoyed our cheese plate at the bar} recommended the tomato jam. Now, you may or may not know that I have an undying love for tomatoes, but I always thought tomato jam sounded gross. I am not a huge fan of ketchup {I rarely eat it with fries} and I don’t like barbecue sauce {which is often made with ketchup}. We were also served some smoked tomato ketchup once that I found completely disgusting. I don’t know why, but I think that is what I was expecting. Still, we took her up on the offer and boy, are we glad we did! It had a delicate spice to it, with a hint of sweetness. We were in love with it!

Where is your favorite place to order a cheese plate and why?

While Scusi’s was excellent, I’ll have to wait to tell you my favorite cheese plate restaurant in the Twin Cities for when my friend Stacy. 😉

Cheers~

Carrie