Welcome to October!
One of the best months of the year, if I say so.
Cool weather. Apples. Apple cider. Apple well everything. Pumpkins. The leaves changing. October rules!
And welcome to another Monday. If you feel like you want to "fall" back into bed this morning, let me give you a reason to perk up and get excited. We got 5 great food stuffs to look at today as part of our Case for Mondays series.
Today's main topic will be "the wonderful cheese counter at select Kroger stores".
Murray's Cheese Counters at Kroger
If you are lucky like me, I have a famous New York cheese shop a short drive from my home. Murray's started as cheese shop in New York City, but now has cheese counters all over the country in select Kroger stores. Not all stores have them, the larger, nicer stores do.
I first encountered them at a real nice Kroger store around Knoxville, Tennessee. I had never heard of these cheese counters being in stores. I was stunned to see the Murray's name in a Kroger. A book about Murray's cheese sits in my home library.
The cheese selection they offer beats the normal Kroger fare. It's like the difference between a grass-fed, organic, prime steak and the cheap Ribeye steak I found in the frozen department of a dollar store last year. I am so thrilled to have them.
They offer my favorite Colby cheese from Widmer's. Sales and the under $5 basket are ways to save money and try out difference cheeses. The cheese below I recently tried.
I have had Pecorino Romano cheese a few items. It's too strong for my liking, unless just grated on to pasta. Cacio di Roma is a sheep cheese that is like a milder Pecorino Romano. It doesn't have quite the bite. Quite nice for eating on a cracker. I was glad I got to try it and would for sure buy it again.
With the holidays coming up soon, you might consider getting your cheese loving friend a subscription to Murray's Cheese of the Month Club. It's the gift that gives over and over again. Shop Murray's Cheese Monthly Clubs
Snow Sweet Apples
Last week, I picked up a bag of one of my favorite apples, the Snow Sweet. It is a crisp apple with a very white flesh that is slow to brown. The flavor is complex, sweet, but not cloyingly so. Snow Sweet was developed by the University of Minnesota, just like everyone's favorite - the Honeycrisp.
I am going to be working on a recipe for Apple Cobbler with Quinoa. I am experimenting with a few different types of quinoa, such as
I Heart Keenwah Toasted Quinoa
Did you know that avocado honey is a thing? Bees love to pollinate the avocados trees and make a delicious honey from them. The honey is dark in color and has a slightly more robust flavor than clover honey. It is not as strong though as buckwheat honey. The nice thing about this honey is that is doesn't crystallize like other types of honey, so you won't have that problem of the honey turning chunky in the jar.
I just discovered the honey from Bloom honey. They sell 100% raw honey. You can order their avocado honey and several other varieties through their website.
My oldest daughter is not a huge popcorn lover like the rest of us in the family. Because she will eat popcorn that is on the smaller size. She likes Ladyfinger popcorn that pops up nice and small. The kernels don't get stuck in your teeth like other popcorn.
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