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A Year’s Worth of Ways to Enjoy Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese
Waterloo, WI, January 3, 2019—Celebrate seasonal eating all year long by adding the following ideas from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese to your calendar. Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese is made with milk from the Crave Family’s own dairy herd. Each cheese variety is sustainably produced in the family’s farmstead cheese-making facility that practices water conservation, recycling, and uses 100 percent green power.
Choose from a satisfying variety of artisan cheeses. Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarellacomes in several forms, including medallions, 8-ounce balls, 1-pound balls and logs, small mozzarella balls in four sizes, and Marinated Fresh Mozzarella. Marinated Fresh Mozzarella took First Place honors in the 2018 World Cheese Championships as well the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Products Contest. At the 2018 Dodge County Fair Cheese Judging, Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Fresh Mozzarella won First Place/Best of Show.
Crave Brothers Mascarponeadds a sweet creamy flavor and velvety texture to desserts, soups, side dishes and other specialties. It has earned more than 27 awards since its introduction, including a First Place Award at the 2018 World Dairy Expo Dairy Products Contest.
Crave Brothers White Cheddar, Yellow Cheddar and Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Curds are great for snacking, or casual entertaining. In 2017, Crave Brothers Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Curds won First Place in the U.S. Cheese Championships, Natural Snack Cheese Category.
Crave Brothers Farmer’s Rope String Cheeseis another ideal choice for snacking and specialty pizzas. It has won more than 29 awards in prestigious cheese competitions, including Second Place at the 2018 Dodge County Fair (WI) Cheese Judging, and Second Place in the 2017 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest.
Add these recipe ideas to your 2019 calendar.
January:Offer Crave Brothers Cheddar Cheese Curds for casual get-togethers, from Super Bowl parties to movie nights at home. They’re a natural snack, compatible with beer, soft drinks, cider and cocktails. Add cheese curds to chili as a specialty garnish. Crave Brothers Cheddar Cheese Curdshave a mild, salty flavor, offering the ultimate fresh cheese experience for appetizers and snacks.
February:Make Crave Brothers Mascarpone your go-to ingredient for simply luxurious desserts.Creamy Mascarpone complements fresh berries, lemon curd, and chocolate, making it easy to create luxurious desserts in just a few moments. A Valentine’s Day favorite is the Crave Brothers Mascarpone Chocolate Pie, made with mascarpone, melted semi-sweet chocolate and Mascarpone, chilled in a chocolate cookie crumb crust.
March:Put together Crave Brothers Cheese plates for entertaining, with seasonal suggestions found on the website at www.cravecheese.com. Combine Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella varieties, Mascarpone, and Cheddar Cheese Curds with fruits, vegetables and breads. And while you’re at it, check out the Crave Brothers playlist for cheese-compatible music
April:Explore fresh ideas for Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella. Spring into the season by pairing Fresh Mozzarella slices with fresh asparagus or combining garden peas with Perline (pearl size) Fresh Mozzarella. For spring salads, garnish fresh baby greens with olives and Marinated Fresh Mozzarella.
May:Create pizza pizzazz with Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese. Add Farmer’s Rope String Cheese to pizza crust to create a Stuffed Crust Pizza. Center the pizza dough in a deep dish pizza pan, unroll the Farmer’s Rope String Cheese and lay it along the edge of the pan. Bring the pizza dough up over the cheese rope and seal the crust. Then brush with olive oil and add sauce, cheese and toppings before baking. Visit the Crave Brothers Cheese website for other pizza inspirations, such as Mascarpone, Fig, Sweet Onion and Candied Bacon Pizza.
June:Serve Crave Brothers Cheese with fruits and vegetables. Bring out your creativity with recipes such as Crave Brothers Mascarpone-Filled Strawberries; Dessert Nachos made with cinnamon-flavored Mascarpone, berries and sugared tortilla chips; and Watermelon and Mozzarella Stacks served on a bed of baby greens with balsamic glaze and a drizzle of olive oil.
July:Give burgers a boost with Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella.The Crave Burger, named for cheese maker George Crave, is a grilling season favorite. It’s topped with marinara sauce and melted Fresh Mozzarella Medallions.
August:Discover how Crave Brothers Mascarpone complements fresh peaches.The Grilled Peach and Mozzarella Caprese features grilled sliced peaches, dressed with vinaigrette and layered with slices of Fresh Mozzarella.
September:Tomato season was made for Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella. Make Caprese Salad with heirloom tomato slices, Crave Brothers Mozzarella Medallions and chopped fresh basil, or simply combine cherry-sized tomatoes with Marinated Fresh Mozzarella Ciliegine (cherry size balls) for a quick salad.
October:Create comfort food pasta recipes with Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella. Combine bowtie or penne pasta with cubed or perline size Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, zucchini, fresh basil and vinaigrette.
November: Celebrate the holiday season with salads, soups and sides made with Crave Brothers Cheeses.A favorite is Crave Brothers Mascarpone Butternut Squash Risotto, combining the flavors and textures of risotto, butternut squash puree flavored with maple syrup, Crave Brothers Mascarpone, sliced Granny Smith apple, and aged balsamic vinegar.
December: Simplify holiday shopping by ordering Crave Brothers gift boxes.Choose from the Crave Brothers Cheese Sampler gift box ($22.99), the Crave Chocolate Mascarpone Pie Kit ($16) and the Crave Mascarpone Caramel Sauce box with Candied Pecans ($19.99).
Visit the website at www.cravecheese.comfor recipe ideas, information about the award-winning line of Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, and videos highlighting the Crave Brothers green story.
The Crave family farms 2,500 acres of productive land in south-central Wisconsin, growing soybeans, corn and alfalfa to use as nutritious feed for their Holstein cows. From the biodigester to water recovery and recycling, sustainability is top-of-mind on the farm. The Crave Brothers Farm LLC and Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese LLC use 100% green power and are carbon-negative businesses. Their anaerobic biodigester produces more electricity than they need, enough to power the dairy farm, the farmstead cheese-making plant, and over 300 homes in their community.
Every pound of cheese made by George Crave, a licensed cheese maker, is made with milk from the family’s herd. Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese produces Fresh Mozzarella, Mascarpone, Part-skim Mozzarella, Oaxaca, Farmer’s Rope String Cheese, and Fresh Cheddar Cheese Curds in white, yellow and jalapeño varieties.