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Cheese Whisperer: Dreamy & Creamy for New Year's Eve

Few cheeses can be trusted to shine for New Year’s Eve, one of the most special of occasions. Set a celebratory tone for 2012 and usher in the holiday with fabulous cheeses!

Burrata: imagine a “super” mozzarella, hand folded and filled with cream for a luscious texture. This delicious mozzarella is a specialty of the Apulia region of Italy, known for its agriculture and livestock. Burrata, literally means “buttery” in Italian, and it is a delight. Serve with a salad or crusty garlic bread toasts, crisped proscuitto ham, basil pesto and tomatoes for an elegant appetizer. Pair with joyous sparkling wine, a Cava, Prosecco or genuine Champagne will all do nicely!

Le Delice de Bourgogne: a decadent triple cream brie with a strong flavored, bloomy white rind. Crafted in the Burgundy region of France, this velvet cheese is a contrast of texture and taste. An inspiration for famous French gastronome Brillat Savarin, Delice’s sweet buttery interior will melt-in-your mouth with a slight cultured tang on the finish. The soft powdery rind of the Delice has a strong, mushroom-like flavor.

Enjoy this cheese at its height when spread on a thin cracker, with a dollop of raspberry jam and a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper for a sweet-spicy kick! Pour a glass of bubbly or Riesling wine or sparkling Lambic Belgian fruit beer to compliment the Delice’s tart creaminess. Then close your eyes, take a breath, and enjoy the precious last moments of 2011! Happy New Year!

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.