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May 7, 2021

Top 5 Unexpected Goat Cheese Pairings

You probably already know and love creamy, lightly tangy, imported Goat Cheese crumbled on your salads, spread on panini or crackers, and certainly tucked into gorgeous cheeseboards. But let’s take our love for goat cheese even further and explore some unique and delicious pairings to try that may surprise you! Unexpected Wines The herbal grassiness …

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April 16, 2021

The Cheeses of New Zealand and Australia

With their open landscape, expansive dairy industry, and many European influences; both New Zealand and Australia are home to a wide variety of delicious imported cheeses you need to try! A Little History Cheesemaking in both countries began in the 1700’s when the first European settlers arrived; with dairy cows first arriving to Australia in …

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March 17, 2021

The Cheeses of Great Britain

Great Britain is the name of the island that is home to the countries of England, Wales, and Scotland, as well as home to some of your favorite imported cheeses!  In fact there are over 750 cheeses produced in Britain today, from classic cheddars to more unusual modern varieties..but this wasn’t always the case. World War II and a …

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January 11, 2021

The Cheeses of Emilia-Romagna

No tasting tour of Italy would be complete without a visit to the Emilia-Romagna region and it’s capital Bologna.  Known as the culinary heart of Italy; Emilia-Romagna is a region in north-eastern Italy just north of Tuscany and south of Milan and Venice. The Po River runs across the region and marks the boundary between …

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October 9, 2020

All About Pecorino

Pecorino cheese is one of the most popular and beloved imported cheeses from Italy.  Made exclusively with sheep’s milk; the word Pecorino itself is derived from the word “pecore”, meaning sheep in Italian. You probably know and love Pecorino for it’s sharp, lightly tangy, and salty flavor that’s often grated on pasta…but there’s a lot more history and …

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September 14, 2020

An Italian Wine & Cheeseboard Experience

  Here at I Love Imported Cheese one of our favorite ways to experience a country’s culture is through food and wine…with plenty of imported cheese of course. Let’s take a little tasting tour through what is arguably one of Europe’s culinary darlings – Italy! With a wide range of classic and beloved dishes such …

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August 12, 2020

All About Aging

It’s pretty basic knowledge that cheese is made from milk (well…along with cultures, salt, & a coagulant called rennet too!)  But did you ever wonder how so many different flavors, textures and varieties of cheese are made from the same source?  There are several factors but one of the most important is the aging process! …

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By Julie Hartigan

July 16, 2020

A French Wine and Cheese Pairing

France is definitely a wine and cheese lover’s heaven, and they take the craftsmanship of both very seriously!  Many of the best fromages and vintages have strict rules and regulations monitoring quality and making sure highly specific regional traditions are upheld. From the gentle rose wines of Provence, to the crisp whites of Alsace and …

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By Julie Hartigan

May 12, 2020

A Virtual Wine Tasting Trip to Spain!

  One of my favorite things about international travel is learning about a country’s culture through food and wine.  And while a trip to Spain may not be in the cards this year – we can still enjoy a tasting tour of its infamous wines, cheeses, and flavors! If you’re new to Spanish wines they …

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May 8, 2020

Top 10 Ways to Love Goat Cheese

Here at I Love Imported Cheese we’re obviously big fans of all kinds of imported cheeses for all occasions!  But goat’s milk cheeses hold a special place in our heart for their unique tang, flavor and variety of textures from creamy and soft to crumbly and aged.   Consider this Top 10 List our little love …

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April 23, 2020

How to Create a Cheese Dessert Course

It’s always fun to enjoy a little sweet treat at the end of a meal or party.  Why not add an elegant edge to your dining experience and adopt the European custom of serving a cheese course for dessert!  It’s a delicious, unexpected, easy way to end any evening.  And with our tips you’ll create …

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March 11, 2020

Make it a Party! International Holidays to Celebrate with Friends

It’s always fun to get together with family and friends; even more so to celebrate a holiday!  These international holidays offer fun new traditions to enjoy and are the perfect excuse to make it a party. ♥ Put a French Spin on Your Summer Gathering for Bastille Day – July 14th Known as “La Fete …

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By Julie Hartigan of Cooking w/Julie

February 24, 2020

How to make the coziest winter cheeseboard

Cold weather is the perfect excuse to snuggle in for a cozy night with family and friends.  Whether you’re hosting game night, watching a movie, or just relaxing by the fireplace; a Winter Cheeseboard is an easy and delicious option for everyone to snack on.  Here are some of our top tips to put together …

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November 4, 2019

All About Brie

Arguably one of the most beloved of imported cheeses, Brie has a winning buttery flavor and texture that even picky eaters adore. It’s also one of the most versatile cheeses to enjoy in everything from cheeseboards to sandwiches, quiches, and more. Here’s a quick primer on how Brie is made plus some fun new ways …

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By Julie Hartigan

October 21, 2019

Cheesemaking 101

It’s pretty basic knowledge that cheese is made from milk; most commonly cow’s milk but also goat, sheep and buffalo milk…plus more exotic milks from camel, reindeer and even yaks! But how does a bucket of fresh milk become cheese? And how are so many different flavors, textures and varieties of cheese made from the …

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October 7, 2019

Get to Know Sheep and Goat Milk Cheeses

If you’re an imported cheese fan like us, you may marvel at all the amazingly different flavors and textures of cheese that are available! Cheesemaking techniques and aging play a big part as does the type of animal milk used. As a general rule of thumb when composing a cheeseboard it’s a great idea to …

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By Julie Hartigan

September 24, 2019

How to Build the Best Autumn Snackboard

It’s no secret that we love snack boards here at I Love Imported Cheese! They’re the perfect easy entertaining solution for all sorts of occasions from fall parties to Thanksgiving and weekend grazing. As the seasons change, so should your cheese choices and snackboard nibbles. Here are our tips for building an amazing autumnal snackboard …

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May 20, 2019

Get to Know: Goat Cheese Makers

Human’s history with goats and goat cheese making is a long and storied one! Goats were one of the first animals to be kept by humans over 9,000 years ago, before any other livestock species had been tamed. Villagers in what is now Iran made an informal deal with wild goats; they would herd, feed …

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May 9, 2019

All about Cheddar

The world’s most popular variety, Cheddar cheese has a long and storied history! Cheddar has been made since at least the 12th century and is believed to date as far back as the Roman invasion of England. As it’s known today, cheddar cheese originated and earned its name in the village of Cheddar in Somerset in the south …

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By Julie Hartigan of Cooking w/Julie

March 28, 2019

Your Cheese Travel Bucket List

If you’re as food (and cheese!) obsessed as I am you probably already love to sample local specialties when you travel. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in another culture is through their iconic dishes. And the same goes for cheeses! These unique cheese-travel experiences are so special that they’re worthy of adding to …

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Have you tried…Tomme de Savoie?

Tomme de Savoie cheese is produced of cow’s milk found exclusively in the French Alps Tomme de Savoie Flavor: Subtle, slightly sweet, yet tangy Tomme de Savoie Texture:  Semi-firm Tomme de Savoie Country: France Tomme is a family of cow’s milk cheeses produced in the French Alps, typically named for the village from which they’re …

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February 18, 2019

All About Blue Cheese

As with so many other delicious discoveries, the origin of blue cheese was an accident! It dates back to 7th century France in a cave outside the village of Roquefort. Legend has it that a distracted shepherd left his snack of bread and cheese in the cave. When he returned a few months later, the …