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Spirit of Christmas

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012

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Easy holiday elegance

(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting a holiday open house or a sit-down feast with family and friends, you want dishes that impress, but aren’t too complicated to make. These easy and elegant holiday recipes start with rich and savory Wisconsin-made cheeses from Roth Cheese. The Perfect Cheese Plate To add another element of deliciously easy elegance, set up a cheese plate for guests. Here are some quick tips and recommendations. • Plan on serving one to two ounces of cheese per person. • Set out a variety of cheeses with different textures and flavor profiles. • Serve the cheeses at room temperature. • Use a separate knife or spreader for each kind. Cut up a portion of each cheese to let guests know that they can dig in. Serve complementary finger foods with the cheeses to help make the most of all the flavors.

Here are some cheese and food pairing suggestions:

2 cups Alfredo sauce 3 tablespoons cream sherry 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 c u p s Grand Cru Gruyere cheese, shredded 6 1/8 ounces crab, lump-style 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Grand Cru Gruyere – Smooth and mellow with light floral notes. Serve with apples, dried apricots, grapes, almonds, fig spread, whole wheat crackers, bread. GranQueso – Hand rubbed with spices, this Spanish inspired cheese has a buttery nutty flavor and a firm, slightly crumbly texture. Serve with dried figs, almonds, hazelnuts, Spanish olives, roasted red peppers, Peppadews.

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In mixing bowl combine lobster, shallot, garlic, Alfredo sauce, sherry, lemon juice and cheese; stir together until wellcombined. Gently fold in crab. Place mixture in shallow baking dish (approximately 8 x 8); top with breadcrumbs and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Buttermilk Blue – Deliciously creamy and tangy with a clean, sweet finish. Serve with pears, pecans, figs, candied walnuts, dates, tomatoes, endive, honey, walnut bread. Seafood Thermidor Dip Yield: 3 cups

Spinach Pesto Crostini Yield: 30 servings

6 ounces cooked lobster tails and claws, coarsely chopped 1 medium shallot, minced 1 large garlic clove, minced

Pesto: 1 head garlic 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 pound spinach 3/4 cup unsalted sun-

The original Christmas story

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch overt heir flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around about them: and they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. LUKE 2: 8-12

flower seeds, toasted 6 ounces GranQueso cheese, grated Crostini: 1 medium baguette, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 8 sundried tomatoes, quartered lengthwise 3 ounces GranQue-

so cheese, grated Preheat oven to 375°F. Place garlic in aluminum foil, drizzle with olive oil, and wrap. Roast for 45 minutes. Remove roasted garlic cloves from skin. Blanch spinach in hot water for 30 to 40 seconds. Remove spinach from water, and pat dry. In food processor, blend roasted garlic, spinach, sunflower seeds and

cheese until smooth. Reduce oven heat to 350°F.

Place baguette slices on baking sheet, brush with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until lightly toasted. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Evenly spread pesto onto crostini. Top with sundried tomato and grated cheese.

Merry Christmas from the Rosebud News

As Christmas draws ever nigh, May it lift your spirit high, and may happiness always be, Among you and your family.

Dr. & Mrs. James Bryan

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