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Friday, May 29, 2009

Welcome to Foodie Friday!

Welcome to Foodie Friday, a whole day of blog dedicated to food, my absolute favorite thing! In Friday posts I will focus on various aspects of eating: recipes, new food ideas, restaurants, and cool things you can do with olives.
The rules for Foodie Friday are:
1. You are encouraged to post whatever you want, paragraphs and paragraphs if you like!
2. But it has to be about food!

Today's topic is a wonderful new idea for hors d'oeurvres. I stumbled upon a delightful basil-infused Havarti cheese at the grocery, and thought it would make a stand-out snack while my guests and I chatted before dinner.
Havarti is a semi-soft, mild cheese with a nutty tang to it. This particular cheese has small pieces of fresh - not dried - basil leaf throughout. The slight sweetness of the basil is a pleasant contrast to the tang of the cheese. The brand I bought is called "Saga" but you may have another brand available in your area.
The perfect before-dinner pairing? A cream sherry or tawny port, which is unexpected but fabulous before the meal.
Serve both before a lighter summer dinner. The combination can also be enjoyed as a dessert (unless your crowd must have something sweet) or it is very nice as an accompanyment to a good book on the porch swing.
Doesn't it look delicious?

Tip: Serve sherry in champagne glasses to avoid looking like an after-dinner drink.
Tip #2: Ugh, take the wrapper off your cheese of course, I just left mine on so you could see the brand. Tacky!

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