Lita's Crab Mac & Cheese

Lita's Crab Mac & Cheese

Pasta, cheese, spices and seafood.  It's a recipe for perfection.  Our friend Lita sent us over her closely guarded (well, not anymore thanks to us!) recipe for her delicious crab Mac & Cheese, exclusively made with our cheeses.  Try it out for a indulgent weekend meal or a cozy lunch when the rain starts coming down.  Trust us, you'll be hooked.

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

1 lb. preferred pasta or macaroni

2-3 dungeness crabs, meat removed

2 cups half & half

1/4 cup flour

1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese, grated

1/2 lb. fontina, grated

1/2 lb. caciotta, grated

2 tsp. Tabasco sauce

1 pinch of nutmeg

1 Tsp. paprika

1/4 Tsp. chili powder

1/4 lb. unsalted butter 

1 medium shallot, chopped finely

salt & pepper to taste

1/4 cup Panko

1/4 cup Parmesan, grated

Directions

Combine the mozzarella, fontina, and jack cheeses and set aside.  Cook the pasta until al dente and drain thoroughly.  In small saucepan, heat milk until near boiling, then turn off the heat.

Melt the butter and sauté shallots in a pan large enough to hold the pasta and cheese.  When the foam recedes, remove from heat and add flour, then mix well.  Gradually stir in the hot milk.  Raise the heat to medium-high until the mixture is smooth and thick.  Add Tabasco, nutmeg, paprika and chili powder and whisk until smooth.  Then add the cheese mixture and stir.

Add the pasta and crab and mix well.  Then place the mixture in a casserole dish, sprinkle with Panko and Parmesan, and bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes.  Enjoy!

A Perfect Pairing: Fig Toasts with Honey & Scamorza

Fig Toasts with Honey & Scamorza

Every once in a while, someone does something so simple, yet so perfect, we have to take a moment.  Our east-coast foodie friend Kelley (who heads up her blog Lavender & Cream) paired figs, honey and a bold cheese to create the perfect toast.  Her recipe makes our Scamorza shine, so naturally we wanted to share it with you.  Enjoy!

Serves: 3-5

Ingredients:

1 whole wheat baguette

10-15 figs, sliced into rounds the thickness of about two quarters

2.5 Tsp olive oil

3 garlic cloves, slices in half

5 Tsp balsamic vinegar

2.5 ounces Ferndale Farmstead Scamorza, sliced

2.5 ounces of prosciutto, sliced into bite-sized pieces

5 Tsp honey

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice the baguette into one inch or so pieces and brush with olive oil. Place them in the oven until they are golden brown.

While the toasts are browning, slice figs and prosciutto.

When the toasts are done, and while still warm, rub them with the halved garlic cloves.

Brush the toasts with the balsamic, then place the cheese onto each toast (about a quarter ounce per toast).

Top the cheese with bite sized pieces of prosciutto (so you don’t pull it out from under the figs when taking a bite) and the fig slices.  Finally, drizzle the honey on the toasts and serve.