With this easy quiche recipe, there’s no need to wake up early to enjoy a delicious brunch at home. Quiche is a savory yet filling breakfast option. For a truly lazy morning, you can even opt to make the quiche the night before. Just heat up your creation in the toaster oven, morning of. To round out the meal, pair with a mixed greens salad with a simple balsamic vinegar dressing. Don’t forget to top with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano!
- 1 lb pasta of your choice (we like Martelli Maccheroni), cooked a few minutes shy of the instructions
- 1 cup grated Cheddar (about a ¼ lb)
- 1 cup grated Scharfe Maxx (about a ¼ lb)
- 1 cup grated Emmenthaler (about a ¼ lb)
- 1 cup grated Gouda (about a ¼ lb)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 4 cups whole milk
- In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted, whisk in flour. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until mixture gets slightly darker in color. Add milk to the butter and flour mixture and stir constantly until it comes to a boil. Once the Béchamel boils, it will start to thicken. Once thick whisk in the cheeses, stirring until melted.
- Stir in the cooked pasta until well combined.
- Pour into a large baking dish, Dutch oven or cast iron pan and Bake at 375 degree oven for 25 – 30 minutes until lightly browned on top.
Serves: 6-8 people.
How do you make a classic winter chili even more warming and delicious? Throw in some chorizo for a subtly smoky, spicy twist on this one pot meal. This recipe comes from our own restaurant, Murray’s Cheese Bar. Makes enough to feed a crowd, so it’s perfect for game day! Make sure to have the recipe handy… they’re gonna ask for it.
Murray’s Cheese Bar Chorizo Chili
2 Tbsp Olive oil
2 strips bacon, cut in ¼ inch strips
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 ea green bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced
1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1/4 lb chorizo (if using fully cooked or cured, chop into ½ inch or smaller pieces; if using raw, remove casing before cooking)
28 oz can peeled whole tomatoes, chopped
28 oz can black beans
1.5 cups beef broth
1.5 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 Tbsp paprika
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
- Heat Oil in large pot over medium high heat. Add bacon, cook until slightly crisp
- Add Onion, Green Pepper, and Garlic to pot and sauté till aromatic. Add Beef and Pork to pot and cook until browned
- Add remaining items to pan. Once boiling, lower heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
- Season with Salt and Pepper
- Top with Sour Cream, Cilantro, and Cheddar Cheese. Serve with Tortilla Chips.
by Adeline Druart, Master Cheesemaker & Operations Manager at Vermont Butter & Cheese Company
At Vermont Creamery we are known for making the best fresh and aged goat cheese in the country. We’ve been in business since 1984, and have been working with Murray’s for almost that long – way back when Rob, Frankie and Cielo were all behind the counter at the tiny shop on the corner of Bleecker Street. Our creamery crème fraiche, butter, and fresh goat cheese became a staple at the store, as did our small geo-rinded cheeses (the brainy-looking cheeses that are made with Geotrichum candidum mold). Over the years we’ve shared cheese beyond the shop, too – teaching classes, visiting restaurants, even hosting a bus of cheeselovers on a trip to the Vermont Cheesemakers’ Festival.
As Murray’s and Vermont Creamery continued to grow, what was left to do but create a brand new cheese, one that was made in Vermont and sent to age in the caves below Murray’s in New York City? Since we are known for our geo-rinded cheeses, it made sense to make an un-aged, or “green,” geo cheese for Murray’s to age – and that’s just what we did.
Vermont Creamery cheesemaker, Adeline Druart gathered the wish list from Murrays: Size? Small. Shape? Round. Ash? Nah. Creamy? YES. Yeasty-sweet-earthy-complex? Obviously. And yup, that signature brain-y Geotrichum rind, please. Our cheese expert friend from Australia, Will Studd put in his two cents and suggested we cut out the center, making a donut to create even more surface area for a yummy rind throughout. And with that brilliant idea, Torus was born.
Sounds easy enough? Not so. Adeline and the Murray’s cave master Brian Ralph worked for a year to perfect this little “donut.” Moisture and salt levels had to be just right. The milk had to be selected to accommodate the natural climate in the cave. The cave master had to “wake up” the dormant yeast and cheese cultures inside the carefully packaged and cooled cheeses to assure that the rind would grow properly in the cave. Luckily, with time we got it right. The result is a quintessential Geo goat cheese, with a flavor and texture unique to Murray’s and Vermont Creamery’s partnership.
What’s in a name? Donuts make us think of Homer Price. And Homer Simpson. But we would like to think that making a good cheese requires more savoir faire. After lists of names by many, Murray’s buyer Aaron Foster came up with “Torus,” the geometric term for the ring shape of the cheese. Indeed an artisanal replica of a geometric torus, we also think of Taurus the bull, an equally appropriate image for this cheese that required tenacity and drive to create such a satisfying reward. Vermont Creamery has spent years developing the Geotrichum category of goat cheese in America, both in perfecting the cheese and also in educating the market. We are delighted to share the challenge with Murray’s who will serve their customers with a unique taste of Vermont and Manhattan terroir this holiday season.
Read more about Torus in the Wall Street Journal
The holidays are HERE, and with them come a slew of new goodies for me to become obsessed with. Here are just a few of my favorite new things.
Throughout the year, we have customers who venture to the cheese counter, inquiring about the status of our elusive 2-year aged Comte. More often than not, we must sadly shake our heads and reveal the bitter truth-the time for this seasonal cheese hasn’t come. But rejoice, fromage connoisseurs! This raw cow’s milk beauty is back and better than ever. You may recall from a previous post the story of our buyer’s journey to retrieve this marvel of the cheese world. After tasting what was specially chosen just for Murray’s, I fell in love. I brought some home, ate until I couldn’t eat any more, and then had to have just…one…more…bite. It is the perfect snacking cheese-nutty, fruity, the perfect blend of savory and sweet, with a semi-firm but creamy texture that melts like butter in your mouth. Though it’s hard to improve on perfection, this chameleon cheese pairs with almost any assortment of jams, honeys, butters or charcuterie. You won’t believe it until you taste for yourself-but we’ve found the perfect cheese.
Holiday gift note: If you can stand to share this seasonal alpine-style cheese, someone will love you dearly.
Artisanal. American. Raw milk. My interest is piqued. But what’s so special about Rush Creek Reserve? For one thing, it’s made by Uplands Cheese Company in Wisconsin (the same folks who make award-winning Pleasant Ridge Reserve), who believe in a grass-fed pasture diet and seasonal herding for their cows. This means the animals are happy and healthy, which leads to better, more flavorful milk (and of course, better cheese!). As for the cheese itself, Rush Creek Reserve sports a lovely spruce bark belt around its soft, ripe exterior-inspired by the famous French Vacherin Mont d’Or. The result-oh, the result!-a delicate, woodsy, beefy paste that sings on the tongue and impresses your friends at holiday parties.
Holiday gift note: This seasonal cheese only comes from autumn milk, so its availability is extremely limited. Get it before someone beats you to it!
Most people know that honey makes a terrific complement to most varieties of cheese, whether that be manuka honey, buckwheat honey or orange blossom honey, but fewer think about why that is. Like cheese, honey is fascinating because its flavors vary based on terroir-the plants and flower nectar the honeybee collects determines the taste of its resulting honey (floral, fruity, nutty, etc.) in the same way that a ruminant’s diet will influence the taste of its milk and cheese. So I think we can agree-honey is a magical thing. But this honey? Magic becomes divine. In addition to the sweet, floral taste (courtesy of French Canadian seaside summer pollen) the texture is creamy, smooth, and nougat-like. Just as a cheesemaker or affineur can shape the texture of a cheese, the makers of Societe-Original whip the already delicious raw foundation to create light, fondant perfection. Picture coming soon, but trust me – it is a beaut!!!
Holiday gift note: Need a gift for that hard-to-please foodie? Stop looking. This is it!
Jeni’s Oatmeal Crème Ice Cream Sandwich
Before you get your hopes up, no, sadly we can’t sell this one online! But if you’re ever near our Bleecker Store, you’re in for a treat. Jeni’s Ice Cream could convert even the most adamant ice cream opposition (which can’t actually exist, right?)-because it’s that good. The milk is sourced from Snowville creamery grass-fed cows, and the ice cream is made from scratch with all-natural ingredients. So if the quality of Jeni’s Ugandan Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is amazing, and the flavor is out of this world, how might you improve on a tried-and-true formula? Stick that ice cream between some of the greatest oatmeal cookies ever created! Flavored with molasses and cinnamon, the soft oat-filled cookies soak in the cool, rich vanilla ice cream to create the perfect dessert. Jeni’s other Ice Cream Sandwiches are worth trying, but in my opinion, this Oatmeal Crème can’t be beat!
Holiday gift note: Santa prefers Jeni’s Ice Cream Sandwiches.
La Quercia Acorn Tamworth Coppa
I must admit that I hold a soft place in my heart for Iowa-based prosciutto company La Quercia and its products. After living in the Italian province of Parma (yes, the Parma of prosciutto renown) for several years, the husband and wife team from Iowa decided to bring premium quality prosciutto to their own state and country. From what started as simply prosciutto sourced from local, sustainable producers, La Quercia grew to include a plethora of cured meats. And these meats are incredible! The La Quercia product I can’t get enough of right now is the Acorn Tamworth Coppa. Tamworth pigs from Missouri spend their last three months foraging acorns in the Ozarks from oak and hickory trees, which leads to a sweet and nutty flavor and silky, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Coppa comes from the top of the pig’s shoulder, which ensures a lovely meat to fat ratio, evidenced by the beautiful white marbling on the cut. This is the perfect meat to pair with cheese or adorn a cold plate-and (here comes the blasphemy) this American-made acorn coppa is miles above the Italian original in taste and texture. Currently only available in NYC stores.
Holiday gift notes: Local. Sustainable. Delicious. Pork.
Lauren McDowell is a cheesemonger who moonlights as a food scholar, earning a graduate degree in Food Studies at New York University one bite research paper at a time.