And The Nomi-Cheese Are…

So begins this year’s award season. We’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about our favorites, both in television, film, and cheese. If we were handing out the awards on Sunday, this is who we would choose to award those Golden (Cheese) Globes. In preparation, be sure to pair these cheeses with your Golden Globe viewing party. 

Best Drama

Manchego By The Sea

If you’re looking for a cheese to pair with this seaside film, we have to recommend an aged Manchego. Its salty, crumbly paste is going to pair great with the sea salted air (or your salty tears). While we can’t promise that this cheese will bring your family closer together, or solve your failed marriage, we can promise that it’s delicious.

Best Musical or Comedy

La La Tur

Much like this highly fanciful modern-day musical, La Tur is simply decadent. While Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are busy balancing chasing their dreams and falling in love, we ask – why not have both? This creamy, fluffy cheese is like a dream come true with the kind of champagne they’re serving at those parties in Hollywood, and you better believe we’re in love.

Best Animated Film

MoAnnelies

Annelies may come from the Alps, not by the sea, but these two have more in common than you’d think. Much like Moana was chosen by the sea to travel across the oceans, Annelies has traveled over mountains and across the sea to get to Murray’s caves. The result is an inspiring flavor that has a flavor that tastes distinctly where it comes from (hazelnuts, alpine grasses, butterscotch). It’s a taste that you’ll be thanking us for. And as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says, You’re Welcome.

Best Television Drama

West(Loop)world

We might not know what is real and what isn’t when it comes to Westworld, but we do know one thing: West Loop Salumi is the real deal. With the rustic and traditional style that would have made it right at home in Westworld, Chicago’s Salumiere is as masterful in charcuterie as Anthony Hopkins is as making lifelike robots. We also think their savory, porky sticks are just about as addictive as this winning show.

Best Television Musical or Comedy

Mozzarella in the Jungle

We’ve seen this show win before, and Mozzarella is no different. Everyone loves these two – they go well with everything (comedy, drama, pizza) and pretty much everyone loves them. Whether you’re a free young spirit like Rodrigo, or a veteran traditionalist like Thomas, you can style mozzarella any way that you like – it’s a flexible, versatile cheese that can be snacked on, melted, or smoked. 

Best Limited Series

The Bite Of

The Night Of kept us guessing for nine episodes, and it still doesn’t seem like enough. Was Naz innocent? What really happened that night? We could have been satisfied watching this series all year – but limited series means limited. But you know what does keep us satisfied all year long? Our monthly clubs; delivering exciting new cheeses, meats, and pairings each month, it’s like a new episode dropping. I mean, we have to channel our anticipation somehow.

 

Look Who’s Talking About Murray’s!

It’s almost the holidays, and people are in agreement – the gift of Murray’s is THE gift for the cheese lovers in your life! From GOOP to Grub Street, learn what Murray’s gifts people are giving this season, and how to score the best cheese deal for the holidays.

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Thrillist featured our Greatest Hits collection as part of the NYC Holiday Gift Guide – a perfect gift, they say, for the food lover in your life. We agree! Especially since it features some of our favorite cheeses.

Local 12 Cincinnati featured Murray’s Regional Manager of Merchandising Bryan Bland talking about holiday gifting, entertaining and beverage pairing.

The Mom 100 reviewed Murray’s holiday gift collections. If you’re looking for a gift that the whole family can share, Murray’s has the gift for you!

GOOP featured Murray’s Cheese of the Month Club in its annual Host Gift Guide. Give the host or hostess throwing your holiday party a gift they’ll never forget!

Epicurious listed Murray’s Cyber Monday deals in its “Cyber Monday Cheat Sheet.” Cyber Monday might be over, but there’s still plenty of deals to be bought.

TheKitchn listed Murray’s Cheese 101 at Home in an article entitled “10 Gifts for the Cheese-Obsessed Cook.” Have a foodie that still needs a gift? We’ve got you covered.

Grub Street mentioned Murray’s in a story about Vacherin Mont d’Or – our seasonal, woodsy delight that’s great at parties.

The Celebrity Cafe counted Murray’s Cheese 101 at Home class as the perfect “food porn” gift. Not only did she try out the class herself, but she shared the gift with four of her friends!

The New York Times says take a class this holiday season! Murray’s has the best gift for new experiences with our Cheese 101 class – learn the difference between edam and gouda to impress at your next dinner party!

Across the Avenue gave tips on how to host for the holiday season with Murray’s Private Collection!

Cupcakes and Cashmere wrote about Murray’s Cheese of the Month Club as a great last-minute gift idea.

Architectural Digest suggests Murray’s Monthly Clubs as a great last-minute gift idea if you are still searching!

Hedonist Shedonist writes about visiting the flagship Murray’s store, our product selection and our fantastic Cave Aged collection.

Blogger I Wash You Dry wrote about building a perfect cheese board using a French Connection collection. Check out her giveaway on social as well!

 

2016 Murray’s Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again – time to think of the best, most thoughtful gift for the people in your life who mean something to you. And we have the perfect idea: Cheese! Murray’s has a number of fantastic gifts for practically everyone – from the cheese novice to the most discerning cheeselover, we bet you can find just the right kind of cheese to give this holiday season.

For the Cheese Novice

greatest-hits

So you want to introduce someone into the world of cheese, but have no clue where to start? We introduce Murray’s Greatest Hits. Think of this as the Hall of Fame for cheeses. A crash course, if you will. Taking some of the most famous cheeses from around the world, we pair them with cherry jam, Blenheim apricots, and olive oil crackers for a truly blissful intro into the cheese world.

For the Patriot

american-artisans

America is sometimes overlooked when it comes to cheese, but no longer! The American Artisans gift set is packed with the tastes of America – delicate creamy Vermont goat cheese, sassy California blues, and even Murray’s own Calabrese salami. Take your loved one on a flavor tour from one coast to the other to enjoy the majestic flavors of the good ol’ USA.

For the World Traveler

europass

Look no further than the Europass – a box full of everyone’s favorite European cheeses, delivered right to your giftee’s door. Everything from nutty Challerhocker from Switzerland, to delicately sweet French Persille de Rambouillet, and earthy Mrs. Quicke’s English Cheddar. The only thing that would make this group better is some caramely Ewephoria and creamy Taleggio, drizzled in decadent Serramel Oak Honey – oh wait, they get that too!

For the Cheeselover Who Has Everything

top-shelf

This is for your cheeselover with refined tastes, who has tried everything and wants only the best. We’re not saying they need to wear top hats and raise their pinkies as they dive into this gift, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. The Top Shelf has it all – luxurious whipped honey, the best Jambon Iberico in the world, and beautiful aged blues will make the recipient of this luxe gift feel like royalty.

For the Meat Lover

the cure

Listen, we know not everyone loves cheese (we’re not sure why, exactly, but these things happen). But The Cure features no cheese – just meat, glorious meat! From Italian speck to Foie Gras to La Quercia’s spreadable Nduja, this box is packed with more varieties of carnivorous delight than your favorite meat-eater will know what to do with. 8 types of meat and a chutney, to boot!

But a gift from Murray’s doesn’t have to be just for the holiday season! With our Monthly Clubs, you can have meat and cheese delivered to your door each month. It’s the cheesy gift that keeps on giving!

The Epoisses-abilities are Limitless

There’s an apocryphal story starring this unassuming looking cheese – so pungent, so stinky when its scent is allowed to waft through the air, it was apparently banned from being transported on the Paris Metro. There’s no truth behind it, of course, as Epoisses has always been considered one of France’s greatest traditional cheeses. But it’s a great story nonetheless. AOC protected – meaning that only certain areas in France can make Epoisses as we know it – this washed rind cheese is practically French royalty. Even Napoleon was a fan of this rosy beauty. And you can find it at Murray’s!

This unctuous, pasteurized cow’s milk round comes far from Burgundy, France to join us in our shops, and we’re glad it made the trip. This cheese dates back to the sixteenth century, and was popular all the way up until the early 1900s, when over 300 farms were making Epoisses. But when the Second World War hit France, production almost completely died out. It was nearly a decade after the war had ended before Epoisses was made again. Now, the cheese is just as treasured as it once was, returned to its pre-war glory.

To get its signature funk, this cheese’s curd are carefully hand-ladled into forms, then dry salted. Taking a turn in a French cave, it is washed daily in a mixture of water and a pomace brandy, which helps to develop its signature funk and rosy orange complexion. Flavorwise, it adds bacony, woodsy notes to each delectable bite.

When Epoisses arrives stateside, it has only been aging for a month or so, and should be so gooey and creamy that you can practically slurp up the paste. This custardy bacon bomb even gets shipped in a little wooden box – all you have to do is simply slice into the wheel, then spoon onto a crusty baguette. Or just start dunking into the paste – you’ll be happy you did. A fairly photogenic cheese, right?

 

A Rich History of Butter

Think about the butter you have in your fridge for a minute. Shoved in its plastic cage on the refrigerator door, waiting to be let free, to spread on your morning toast or to melt over pasta. But other than that? It is left abandoned, used minimally because the world believes that butter is inherently bad for you. But as we’ve talked about before – dairy and full fat cheeses (cultured butters included) can actually be better for you than previously thought!

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So why do we forget about butter? According to a new book by Elaine Khosrova, we shouldn’t be. The aptly named Butter: A Rich History, brings butter out of the fridge and to the forefront of our minds. Khosrova tells the storied history of this delectable kitchen staple, expanding on its role in food culture from around the world.

Butter – made from churning or fermenting fresh milk and cream to separate butter fat from buttermilk – has been a staple in cooking for as far back as humankind kept dairy animals. No two butters are alike, even from the same distributor. The nuances in color, consistency, salt content, sweetness, and freshness vary from batch to batch, creating a new experience each time you buy it – not dissimilar to cheese. It’s why we love butter – not only does it add flavor, it has a unique flavor all on its own.

But it isn’t just cuisine – butter has been used in religious ceremonies as part of sacred butter sculptures in Tibet. In Ireland and Scotland, butter continues to be unearthed from bogs, where the low temperatures and high levels of acidity with minimal oxygen act as both incubators and refrigerators. Khosrova weaves butter’s tales from ancient times, all the way up to butter’s modern-day battle with margarine and fat-free zealots.

And it’s not just Khosrova who is excited about butter. Last year, the average American ate more than 22 sticks of butter. US butter consumption has hit a 40-year high, meaning it is safe to say that butter is back and here to stay. Margarine, originally marketed as a healthy alternative to butter, has fallen by the wayside as unhealthy-trans fats in margarine were discovered to be linked to all kinds of health issues.

But the history of butter is not the only thing that Butter covers. With each story of butter’s origins, Khosrova includes contemporary and classic recipes that tie into butter’s story – anything from beurre manie, croissants, pate brisee, and a delectable buttercream frosting. Want to make butter at home? There’s a recipe for that too! And don’t worry, there’s no churning involved.

Want to leave butter-making up to the experts? We have a wide collection of only the best butters from around the world. Become a butter connoisseur, just like Khosrova.