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Port-Poached Pears and Ricotta

Port-Poached Pears and Ricotta

Yields 4 Servings

Cheese:

  • 1 cup California Ricotta cheese

Port-Poached Pears:

Monterey Jack with Apricots, Honey and Mint

Monterey Jack with Apricots, Honey and Mint

Yields 4 Servings

  • 20 whole dried apricots
  • 3 tablespoons honey, plus additional for drizzling over cheese
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons julienned fresh mint leaves
  • 8 1 1/2-ounce triangular slices California Monterey Jack cheese

Dry Jack with Winter Fruit Compote

Dry Jack with Winter Fruit Compote

Yields 4 Servings

  • 6 dried apricots, halved
  • 4 dried pear halves, coarsely chopped
  • 4 dried Calimyrna figs, halved
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs, divided
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into 3 pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cracked peppercorns

Caramelized Apple and Toasted Walnut Brie

Caramelized Apple and Toasted Walnut Brie

Yields 8 Appetizer Servings

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small red apple (such as Fuji or Braeburn), cored and sliced or chopped
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 (15-ounce) room-temperature, ripe, round California Brie cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted, coarsely chopped California walnuts


California White Cheddar with Apples

California White Cheddar with Apples

Yields 4 Servings

Cheese:

  • 8 rectangular slices sharp California White Cheddar, about 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1/4" each (about 1/2 ounce per slice)

Apple and Walnut Conserve:

California Aged Gouda with Balsamic Reduction

California Aged Gouda with Balsamic Reduction

Yields 4 Servings

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 12 (2/3-ounce) spears Real California aged Gouda cheese
  • Watercress sprigs, for garnish
  1. In small saucepan over high heat, bring vinegar to simmer. Reduce heat and simmer until vinegar is reduced to 1/4 cup. Whisk in sugar; set aside to cool.

Great White Pizza

Great White Pizza

Yields 1 Pizza

Dough and Cheese

  • 12"-14" pizza crust
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) California Mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) California Monterey Jack, shredded

Pizza Pantry Ingredients

Tangy Barbecue Pizza

Tangy Barbecue Pizza

Yields 1 Pizza

Dough and Cheese

  • 12"-14" pizza crust
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) California Monterey Jack or California Cheddar, shredded

Pizza Pantry Ingredients

Green Chile Bread Puddings with Avocado Salsa

Yields 12 servings, Avocado Salsa makes about 2 cups.

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 cup (2 1/2 ounces) loosely packed coarsely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
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