If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, anticipating a day off on Presidents’ Day, or just looking for an excuse to treat yourself, we’ve got lots of amazing new cheeses, beers and sweets for you to enjoy. Read on for details, plus info on a wine and cheese tasting event and the Spring CSA.
SHE WOLF BREAD
As of last week, we are now selling and serving fantastic fresh bread from She Wolf Bakery! The crispy-chewy baguettes often arrive here still hot from the oven. We’ve also got their ciabatta rolls and are open to your requests for other styles!
VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS
Check ‘em out: the cutest Valentines in town, all designed and produced by fabulous local artists.
If you’re planning a romantic dinner this weekend, or even a Black Hearts’ party, Cupid’s Choice Camembert can add a cute and tasty touch to your cheese course. This mini heart-shaped softie from Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. is made from a luscious blend of sheep and cow milk, and is rich, creamy, tangy and a little nutty.
If goat’s milk is more your speed, try one of the little rounds we’ve recently brought in from Goat Lady Dairy in North Carolina. Smokey Mountain Round is a fresh cheese, lightly smoked over apple wood, which is especially delicious with roasted vegetables. Goat Lady’s Snow Camp is a young, mixed-milk cheese (goat & cow), with a bouncy, bloomy, white rind and a creamy, mildly tangy interior – you’ll be tempted to eat a whole wheel on your own. Try to share.
Spring Brook Farm, the Vermont makers of Reading Raclette and Tarentaise, have just released their third excellent cheese. Ashlyn is a raw Jersey cow’s milk cheese, modeled after French Morbier, with a line of vegetable ash running through the center. The texture is supple and pliable, and the flavor is bright and milky with a touch of barnyardy funk. We can’t wait to try this in some macaroni and cheese soon.
Let the love flow with a bottle of The Bruery Saison Rue, a golden, slightly hoppy Belgian-style ale brewed with rye malt for spice and body, and brettanomyces yeast for a touch of sour flavor. Very well-balanced and festive.
Another special sour beer is the brand-new Prairie Artisan Ales Funky Gold Amarillo, dry-hopped and effervescent, crisp and refreshing. It can serve as a really special alternative to champagne.
On the heartier side, we’ve got Evil Twin Even More Jesus, a rich imperial stout, super roasty and full-bodied, with strong chocolate and coffee aromas. Perfect for dessert.
And the season has come for the return of Troegs’ Nugget Nectar, an imperial amber ale with a great blend of citrusy, piney hop aromas and flavors. These now come in supremely crushable 16-oz cans.
Have you tried the Mast Brothers line of milk chocolates yet? The chocolatiers recently branched out from the pure dark blends they’re known for with three new bars. The sheep’s milk chocolate is my favorite, with its long, sweet, nutty finish. The cow’s milk chocolate is rich and caramel-ish, and the goat’s milk bar is citrusy and tangy. Combine all three for the ultimate milk chocolate lover’s Valentine’s gift.
If your beloved prefers hard candy in bright, zesty flavors, you can’t go wrong with the brand new hard candies from Brooklyn’s Salty Road, otherwise know for their hand-pulled taffy. Cinnamon Drops are sweet and spicy, like artisanal Red Hots, and the Pink Pineapple flavor is refreshingly tart and fruity.
Like a luxe version of peanut brittle, Farmhouse Kitchens Cashew Butter Crunch is packed with nutty, sticky, crunchy goodness. It’s made in Wisconsin from Amish hand-churned butter, and the fresh buttery flavor really puts these treats over the top.
CHEESE & WINE NIGHT AT ADELINA’S
We’re teaming up with our friends at Adelina’s wine bar and cafe for a monthly wine & cheese night! The second edition is coming up this Wednesday, February 18 from 5-8PM. We’ve crafted a special new flight of four wine and cheese pairings for you to enjoy, for the extremely reasonable price of $18. It all goes down at Adelina’s at 159 Greenpoint Ave, between Manhattan & McGuinness.
It’s time to sign up for the Spring-Summer season of the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op CSA! Subscribers will receive 26 weeks’ worth of certified organic produce from a network of over 90 small family farms. Choose from a variety of options – small, medium and large vegetable shares, fruit, herbs, flowers, eggs, and/or meat – then pick up your astoundingly fresh delivery at Eastern District each week.
The warm weather CSA season always fills up quickly, so don’t delay: visit http://www.lancasterfarmfresh.com/csa/default for all the details, and to sign up.