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Friday, October 25, 2013

Curdled Clabber and Trick or Treatment

The spooky season is well underway, and the Queso Diegans gathered for a delicious and frightful bash for the 'darker' part of the year.

Scaring up my own contributions to the seasonal affair, I dressed up a board of cheese offerings, piled high with a double-aged Gouda, a stiltonesque Bay Blue, and Delice de Bourgogne, a triple creme cheese topped with pumpkin butter and roasted almond sliverbits, (which served well as 'fingernails' for my mozzarella fingersticks). 

Wrapped it up with carrot-ginger crisps and an old bottle of Vampire Merlot, a very scary wine, for those who dare to scoff at the face of danger.

cheesy finger foods?

We slated and plated the harvest milk offerings of Cranberry Brillat Savarin, Pave du Nord, apple walnut smoked cheddar, and Penacorada blues

for a fantastical feast fit for the curd-adoring masses.

Cheese, brews, and pumpkin flavored everything were abound.
 The holy trinity of fall food.

'gruesome' foods

spiced pumpkin apple dippers

a apple-cinammon rolled chevre

Bottled pumpkin pie ales and our fair share of candied, sweetoothy fixes.

Fresh, dazzling dragonfruit 

...and some homemade varieties to include this here German whey cheese bathed in red wine.

Now a proper cheeseup is never complete without a fine motley of accompanying beverages.

We made certain to supply a whole lot of sudsy and winetastic holiday treats and treasures perfectly fitting of a 'cheesy' club. 

No tricks here!

Happy Halloween, cheesers.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Season of the Witch

Halloween is the holiday closest to my heart. A season without the hustle and bustle of other far more celebrated holidays. The ones highly associated with commercialism, a gaggle of stressors, the swift loss of patience, and skyrocketing bank account balances.

With Halloween comes little stress, and heaps of spooky musings

the tricks and treats
the unsuspecting scares 
the tender lumplings everywhere

the witching hours
the warm jack-o'-lanterns glow
an eerie tale of Poe just short of the evening's rest

those flickering lights
the sounds of ghosts, ghouls
and bumps in the night

a black and orange frosted cake
the haunty houses
sprinkled with golden leaves to rake

the spooks, hobgoblins, 
and long-legged beasts
saddle up to the banquet and indulge in the feast

a late night stroll
beneath a full Hunters moon
a season to go mad for, as it shall cease fairly soon

the fun and abandon
a rich, dark cabernet
leave the world behind you
to be an 'otherbeing' this day

Enjoy the remainder of the month long celebration, my Fall-weathered treasures.

Don't let the spooks get to you, and don't forget to pick up every stitch.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Well, we're well into October, and the golden spell has been cast upon us. With it comes the exit of bees, the season of the witch, the goodness of pumpkin flavored everything, the turning and falling of chestnuts, oaks, and maples as they spread a carpet of scattered leaves for us to happily crunch beneath our feet.

As the days and temperatures start to wane and cool off, we prepare for the cooler months ahead, the comforting sweater weather. A celebration of the coming of the cold north wind and the change of seasons.

For your fall cup of tea:

apple orchards
pumpkin patches
butternut squash
spice and everything nice
the turning of leaves
maple breads
hot apple ciders

Not for your fall cup of tea:

letting go of summer
noticeably shorter days
seasonal allergies
 snow blowers
southbound geese

Looking forward to dancing beneath the harvest moon as it heralds in the blustery season.
I do hope you'll join me.


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