Weekly Food for Thought with how to use cheese with your grilled goodies, a recipe for a Porter Beer Burger with Gouda, safety tips for storing eggs and more.
The California Milk Advisory Board has developed a host of smokin' tips for eating cheese at your next backyard feast.
For optimal grilling results, avoid having the cheese on direct heat or for the grill to be too hot. Put cheese in a ramekin and place over indirect flames and on the cooler parts of the grill. If the temperature is too hot, the moisture from the cheese will evaporate, leaving you with a grainy texture.
Different textures of cheese will respond differently to the dry heat of a grill.
* Soft/fresh and semi-soft/mold-ripened – These cheeses are typically creamy in texture, such as brie, ricotta and mascarpone, and are best contained in a ramekin.
* Semi-hard /cooking, melting - These include cheeses such as Monterey Jack and Cheddar and are best incorporated into a dish, in or on a burger.
* Hard/grating - Generally describes any cheese aged sufficiently to become firm enough to grate, such as Dry Jack and several Hispanic-style cheeses, such as Cotija Anejo and Enchilado, which are dry, crumble easily and are used as a grating cheese in many Mexican dishes. These cheeses should only be used as an ingredient.
* Blue - Best incorporated into a dish, in or on a burger.
Tip of the Week: Chives add health, dimension
Chives are part of the onion family, but their flavor is fairly mild. They are traditionally added to cream cheeses and soured cream, and they add a new dimension. Chives, like garlic and onion, are thought to have a beneficial effect on the blood pressure and heart. Chive oil has excellent anti-bacterial properties.
Easy recipe: Porter Beer Burger with Gouda
1 pound ground beef chuck
4 ounces bacon, cooked until crisp, crumbled
1 cup yellow onion, diced
4 ounces porter beer
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 ounces Real California Gouda cheese, sliced
4 potato buns, toasted, for serving
Stone ground mustard
Red leaf lettuce
1. Cook bacon until crisp, then remove from pan. Add the onion to the bacon drippings in the pan and season with salt, cook until golden brown and caramelized. Add the porter, and cook until evaporated, remove from the pan and cool. Combine the beef, onions, crumbled bacon and salt and pepper in a bowl, and mix to combine. Form the mixture into 4 patties.
2. Preheat the grill, and brush the grill grate with oil. Add the burgers and grill for about 3 minutes for rare, 4 minutes for medium-rare meat. Turn them over and grill for another 3 or 4 minutes, topping the burgers with the cheese in the last minute of cooking.
3. Place the burgers on the toasted bread, and top with the red leaf lettuce, mustard. Serve immediately.
Did You Know?
Eggs may be refrigerated for three to five weeks after purchase. The sell-by date will usually expire by then, but the eggs are still safe to eat. -- FoodSafety.gov
This is a Chinese dish of crispy stir-fried noodles, chicken, onions and celery in a brown sauce. What dish is this?
A. Chicken lo mein
B. Chicken chow mein
C. Moo goo gai pan
D. Drunken chicken
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word
bran: The outer layer of grains (such as wheat or oats) that is removed during milling. Bran is a good source of carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus and fiber. It's found in cereals and baked goods and can be purchased at health-food stores and most supermarkets.
Number to Know
560: One Bacon Egg & Cheese Bagel from McDonald’s is 560 calories.
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Food Quiz Answer
B. Chicken chow mein
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