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French Cheese- Fromagerie Guilloteau Recipes

November 22nd, 2015 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Pélussin, FRANCE – Fromagerie Guilloteau (www.fromagerdaffinois.com), one of France’s finest specialty cheese producers, is beloved amongst turophiles worldwide for their unique cheese making process that produces ultra-creamy and delicious cheeses. A top-seller worldwide, the Fromager d’Affinois brand has expanded to include a number of flavors beyond the popular Fromager d’Affinois plain flavor.

“We debuted the original Fromager d’Affinois in 1995, and American consumers fell in love with this cheese, which is a double cream that tastes like a triple cream,” states Pierre Stéphane Leyrat, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Fromagerie Guilloteau. “It was only natural that we introduce additional flavors to this line of cheeses, which are all produced using ultrafiltration, an ingenious process which retains a higher concentration of nutrients and ensures creamier and richer cheeses.”

Fromagerie Guilloteau produces a selection of different cheeses to satisfy every palate. Fromager d’Affinois is a smooth double cream cheese that expresses the cheese maker’s expertise and delicacy in the cheese maturing process. The high fat-content of this cheese positions it halfway between a traditional Brie and a triple-cream cheese. Its bloomy white rind surrounds a seductively soft interior and its mild & buttery flavor features a hint of sweetness. It is the perfect addition to any cheese plate, and can also be incorporated into many traditional recipes in order to elevate the flavor.

In addition to the original Fromager d’Affinois, this cheese also comes in flavors of Pepper, Garlic & Mixed Herbs, and Blue.

The Fromager d’Affinois Pepper combines the bite of peppercorns (black, green, white, pink and Jamaican) with the smoothness of a double-cream cheese. The Fromager d’Affinois Garlic & Herbs pairs the zip of fresh garlic with mixed herbs (parsley, chives and chervil).

The Fromager d’Affinois Bleu combines the tang of blue cheese with the smoothness of the Fromager d’Affinois Plain. Its mild edible rind surrounds a delicious yellow paste that is speckled with beautiful blue veins. Its luscious velvety texture is similar to buttercream icing — soft and easily spreadable. It is the ideal “starter” cheese for those looking to explore the world of blue cheeses.

Fromagerie Guilloteau recently introduced a new logo for the brand as well. Some of the new components introduced to the logo include: a round line (characteristics of the round and soft taste of the products); a simple, natural, slate color; a smile reminiscent of a friendly brand; and a pointed shape similar to the shape of a piece of cheese.

About Fromagerie Guilloteau

Fromagerie Guilloteau is a family-owned business with two production sites located in the southeast part of France, near the Alps. Fromagerie Guilloteau was created in 1981 with the production of the first Pavé d’Affinois cheese, using ultra-filtration methods. This process retains all the nutrients of the milk in the cheese, which gives a unique taste and texture to the cheese.

Fromagerie Guilloteau works with over 100 local milk producers, most with an average herd of around 50 cows. Fromagerie Guilloteau collects nearly 25 million liters of milk per year from Montbéliardes and Prim’Holsteins Montbéliardes breeds, found mostly in mountainous regions of France. Both of these breeds are known to produce high-quality milk, particularly rich in proteins, which makes for the smooth, creamy, textured cheese Fromagerie Guilloteau has become known for.

Fromagerie Guilloteau best sellers are Fromager d’Affinois Plain, Fromager d’Affinois Garlic and Herbs, Fromager d’Affinois Pepper, Fromager d’Affinois Truffle, Fromager d’Affinois Blue, Saint Angel, Florette, and Campagnier.

You can find these cheeses in many stores throughout the United States, from Whole Foods to specialty cheese shops.

For information on Fromagerie Guilloteau and its cheeses, please visit: www.fromagerdaffinois.com

RECIPES

1.) For a unique twist on the standard dinner roll-

delight your guests with Blue Cheese Gougères, light and airy puffs of pure deliciousness (you can use Fromager d’Affinois Blue or Saint Géric in this dish).

2.) For those who wish to forgo the usual pumpkin pie dessert, serve Roasted Pears with Spices and Saint Géric alongside a bottle of Viogner or Grenache, and you’ll be sure to impress. (RECIPE BELOW)

Roasted Pears with Spices and Saint Géric

Serves: 4; Prep time: 30 min

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Saint Géric (can substitute Fromager d’Affinois Blue if Saint Geric is not available)
  • 4 ripe pears
  • 1 tbs. curry seasoning
  • 4 tbs. butter
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 1 tbs. flour

Directions:

Peel pears, cut in half, and remove center. Melt 1 oz. butter in a frying pan, add pears face down and brown. Once browned, add honey and curry seasoning, and continue to cook until caramelized, approx. 2 min.

Place the pears into gratin dish with the caramel. Mix the rest of the butter with the flour in a bowl to obtain a slightly crumbly paste and spread over the pears. Bake the pears in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10 minutes. Remove the pears from the oven and top with finely sliced Saint Géric. Place back in the oven and cook until cheese melts, approx 4 to 5 minutes. Serve hot.


Diestel Turkey Ranch Sets Standards for Sustainability

November 15th, 2015 • by Sandy Zimmerman


Family Farm Founded in 1949 Embraces Traditional Methods with Innovative Techniques

turkey-dietsel-tky-readytoet-In an industry so often ruled by volume & efficiency; where quicker and cheaper is “better,” and where flavor, nutrition and quality are often overlooked, there is thankfully an exception to this norm. In the case of turkey, the anomaly is called the Diestel difference.

Diestsel Turkey Ranch is one of the last small, family-owned turkey grower-processors in the United States. On their beautiful ranch in the Sierra Foothills, the traditions of Great-Uncle Ernest, who started the farm, are continued. Each day, the Diestel family demonstrates new ways to sustain old-fashioned values, striving at the same time to maintain a small carbon footprint while producing high-quality product. With every choice made and technique used, the Diestel family hopes to lay a foundation for future farmers.

The popularity of the Diestel holiday birds is a direct result of the careful farming practices turkey-Diestelfamtkyrnch-ltwhttkys-

the family employs: Allowing the birds to roam free, giving them plenty of time to grow, offering the birds the highest-quality, all-natural food sources, and being meticulous about the finished product’s quality.

In fact, Diestel farmers walk the turkeys every day and pay close attention to their health, removing the need for antibiotics. The birds are fed a wholesome vegetarian diet of grains milled and mixed daily on the ranch. Diestel is proud to be one of the last turkey producers in the Western U.S. to mill its own feed. In addition, Diestel birds are raised almost twice as long and given three times as much space as conventional birds. Recognizing this effort, the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) awarded Diestel’s pasture raised birds its highest 5+ rating.

These are just a few of the Diestel “family secrets,” which have been passed down over four generations and are used as the basis for the entire Diestel farming system. The family keeps to the same high standards set in place when the ranch was founded in 1949, while simultaneously embracing innovation.

turkey-fam-lt-One of the progressive initiatives the Diestel family has implemented, is their use of composting. Composting eliminates the use of toxic chemicals, fertilizers, and inorganic substances and allows resources to be reused. The Organic Diestel Structured Compost created by Jason Diestel, director of sustainability, improves the farm’s soil fertility and reduces the greenhouse gas emissions of products that would normally be land-filled by approximately 70 percent. Diestel’s goal is not just to limit their footprint on the environment, but to eliminate it completely. For more information on Diestel’s sustainability plan, click here.

Shared Heidi Diestel, turkey farmer, “Most producers in our industry are dedicated to getting pounds to market as quickly as possible. Our approach is just the opposite. We have no desire to grow all the turkeys in the world; we just want to grow the best.”

The Diestel Turkey Ranch produces both holiday turkeys and year-round products. Visit www.diestelturkey.com for more information, and find the brand on Facebook.

How the Diestel family does Thanksgiving –
a Q&A with Heidi Diestel

Who attends the Diestel family dinner?
turkey-heirloom-heritage-m-hldg2tkys-LGR-The Diestel Thanksgiving is an intimate gathering, typically with just our immediate family. It’s simple that way and always wonderful to share time with the family. We’re very close.

What’s the Diestel Thanksgiving turkey of choice?
Each year, the bird we choose is different. Usually our family picks a large Diestel original turkey. Even though we typically only have about 10 to 15 people at our Thanksgiving table, we always roast a 30+ pound turkey. Only once a year do we roast a bird that big. That’s because our family loves to cook and loves Thanksgiving leftovers. They’re always gobbled up!

What’s the Diestel Thanksgiving meal look like? What accompanies the turkey?
Our family’s Thanksgiving meal is usually quite traditional. The turkey dressing and stuffing is our great-great grandmother’s famous recipe. While for some, stuffing the turkey has fallen out of favor, we find it to be the best way to have the most flavorful dressing around.

Our gravy is a long-time family favorite. We always say that the secret to a fabulous gravy is basting the bird with a hearty white wine about .5 – 3/4 of the way through the roasting time. The wine gives  turkey-Diestel Heirloom Birds P2-blk-lt- the gravy a fantastic base flavor. It is also a Diestel must to roast the neck in the pan with the whole bird for the gravy. The neck rarely makes it past cooking time onto anyone’s plate for dinner. It is one of the tastiest parts of the bird!

While the sides – garlic mashed potatoes, a fresh mixed green salad, and delicious homemade rolls – are a family-wide effort, Grandpa Jack, 88-years young, is no doubt the head chef on Thanksgiving. He preps the turkey, creates the stuffing, roasts the turkey, and make the gravy. Though we help him as sous chefs, Grandpa Jack is definitely the one running the show. After the turkey is pulled from the oven and rested, one of the Diestel boy’s, Tim, Jason or Garrett, begin the carving process. Then, everyone grabs a plate and the turkey is served straight off the bird. Gravy is on the stove and the rest of the sides are lined up buffet style. Our Aunt’s whiskey bread pudding, complete with creme fresh and whiskey sauce, is always one of the many tasty dessert options, and it’s soooo good the next day for breakfast!

What’s the Diestel family’s turkey roasting technique?
We use the same roasting technique every year for Thanksgiving. Create a paste of paprika, salt and olive oil or butter. Rub the entire bird with this paste, pour some water in the bottom of the roasting pan and place the turkey in the oven. We send these same roasting instructions home with every single turkey we sell. Though we try all sorts of roasting methods throughout the year, many of which are quite wonderful, at Thanksgiving, we always use this simple roasting style. We feel it puts the taste of the turkey front and center, and that’s what we want to taste on the big day. Maybe that’s our Italian heritage in full swing! Here’s a link to a video I made sharing our roasting tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIMySktu7SE

What does Thanksgiving Day look like for the Diestel family?
A traditional Thanksgiving Day on the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch is very simple, but the festivities start on Thanksgiving Eve. Thanksgiving Eve is very busy because many local folks are still coming out to pick up their turkey. We prepare for Thanksgiving all year long and take pride in producing the centerpiece of many family’s holiday celebrations. Turkey is a big part of what the holiday is about, and we want our birds to be perfect, every one of them.

We close the ranch at 4:30pm, toast our fantastic team to a job well done, and then close up the ranch’s salesroom. At this point, we head up to our Grandpa’s house, which is just up the road, and make sure the turkey is all soft and oven ready for the next day. After that, we head back to my parent’s house to spend time with family and some close friends. We gather to toast another wonderful Thanksgiving season at the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch. This “wild turkey” celebration is potluck style when it comes to the food. One of our close friends is a master gardener, so she usually brings over amazing vegetables we incorporate into the meal. She is a big fan of Diestel compost! It is a night filled with laughs, joy and giving thanks. At around 8pm, I jump on the phone and Diestel email to field any turkey hotline questions.

Thanksgiving morning starts bright and early, typically around 5AM. Joan and I get up and begin to field any turkey questions. While we are on the phone, the boys head up to Grandpa’s to get our large turkey in the oven. At about 8AM, we take a little break and head out for a family run through the apple orchards in our neighborhood. When we get back, we have a very casual breakfast, turn on the Thanksgiving Day parade, and head back to the phones and email. At this point, the boys usually head out to check on the ranch. They can be found working on their dirt bikes, welding, or just having guy time. At about 2pm, the turkey hotline callers are winding down, and we all get ready to head to Grandpa Jack’s house for dinner. From 3-8pm, we eat, we laugh, and then we eat some more. Thanksgiving Day with the Diestel family is simply wonderful. It’s always quality time shared with family I love and delicious food we enjoy together. By far, it’s one of my favorite days of the year!

- Heidi Diestel, turkey farmer

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THE FABIO VIVIANI WINE COLLECTION DEBUTS IN LAS VEGAS

November 15th, 2015 • by Sandy Zimmerman

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RECIPES WITH FABIO VIVIANI WINE

Chef Fabio Viviani is excited to continue spreading his passion quality wines at an affordable price for all types of wine drinkers with West Coast distribution for the Fabio Viviani Wine Collection. In September, Chef Viviani’s wines began their journey to the West Coast at Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada as part of a new distribution partnership. _Q3A0406 - 2014-08-05 at 17-13-01.jpg“One of the main goals since the launch has been to bring the wines out west as California is my adopted home” states co-owner Fabio Viviani, “We are ready to share our wines with a wider audience and show Haggen shoppers on this coast that good, quality wine can be fairly priced and approachable.” Haggen stores will be among the first in the country to offer the newly released collection. Shoppers will be able to purchase and enjoy two wines — the 2013 vintages of Fabio’s flagship Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. “Haggen’s core values of supporting local producers and suppliers aligns perfectly with the Fabio Viviaini Wine Collection” explains Richard Wherry, Haggen’s Director of Liquor. “Fabio’s wines are made with California grapes, produced on a small scale with meticulous attention to detail. Combine all of these factors with the extremely reasonable price point, and it’s an ideal wine collection for Haggen to share with its West Coast consumers.” Fabio Viviani Wines retail at $15 per bottle, but Haggen shoppers will be treated to a special promotional price of $10.99 for the Chardonnay and $12.99 for the Cabernet when wines appear on shelves at all Haggen locations in Arizona, Nevada and Southern California stores. For more information and recipes, visit www.fabiovivianiwines.com Fabio Viviani Wine Collection is a creative collaboration between friends, rooted in a common passion for good food and wine. Chef Fabio’s years as an admired chef and well-known wine aficionado has led him to expand his expertise into the wine arena. Together, Chef Fabio and Sipp Brands partners Carlos Quimbo and Sean Thomas have developed an entrepreneurial wine brand that combines charisma and years of industry experience.


SHOW REVIEW: MADONNA’S REBEL HEART TOUR 2015

November 8th, 2015 • by Sandy Zimmerman
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
by Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos
by Kevin Mazur for WireImage/Getty)

Madonna’s Rebel Heart concert is the essence of a 21st Century grand production
show, a concert that was created by the world’s best designers, craftsmen and experts in every field. This production is one to savor for its entertainment values and to appreciate for all of the creative efforts and money that make it such a royal event for today’s modern audiences.

The changing imagery and themes keep the show alive challenging the audience with surprises so fast, they cannot look away.
Madonna’s Rebel Heart concert combines a kaleidoscope of vivid colors, videos, dazzling special effects and everything else her experts could add.

The non-stop drama and emotion in each scene tells stories of Samurai warriors, stripper nuns, flappers, Jesus’ Last Supper and more, all in Madonna’s EXPLOSIVE style.

Madonna’s dance numbers are interactive, very personal with mutual touching and double entendre. This is truly Madonna’s show, she provides her vast reservoir of talent to make it all happen!

Madonna’s quick costume changes made me wonder where or when did she have time to switch? Madonna should be complimented on her ability to sing during the show instead of lip-syncing as some other entertainers do.  Her stamina holds during the high-energy dance routines for over 2-1/2 hours.

I have been reviewing Las Vegas shows since the 80’s and vividly remember those
multi-million dollar spectacular production shows. Their heavy walls and enormous sets took time for the stage crew to move.
That was when the specialty acts appeared to fill-in and Siegfried and Roy began at the Tropicana’s “Folies Bergére Show.
Bally’s “Jubilee is one of the few old-style settings today.

With today’s electronic media and computer graphics, we hardly realize when reality begins when the sets change.  The visual experience creates the impression that there is a set yet maybe not.

The audience does not realize all of the back stage influences, all that it takes to put Madonna’s show together.

The set list pulled deeply from this year’s “Rebel Heart” album, opening with “Iconic” and moving through eight more of Madonna’s new tunes, including “HeartBreakCity,” which she performed on a spiral staircase, and “Living for Love,” presented here in a thumping trance remix.

The Rebel Heart Tour will visit 20 cities in North America and 16 cities in Europe and the UK through the end of 2015 with additional concert dates in the US, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia already confirmed for 2016. The Rebel Heart World Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring. A full list of tour dates and ticket information is below and can also be found at:
www.madonna.com

Award-winning syndicated columnist Sandy Zimmerman writes Show and Dining reviews, travel, health, luxury and more. Sandy is talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. If you wish information, have questions about any of Sandy’s articles, call (702)-731-6491. 

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour Crowns her as the Continuing Queen of Pop

November 2nd, 2015 • by Sandy Zimmerman

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Kevin Mazur for WireImage/Getty)

Madonna has been a woman who followed her own path; she is a rebel herself and   made her own path in life.

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour appeared at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with all of the pomp and ceremony of a royal event. This truly was a royal event, crowning Madonna as the continuing Queen of Pop.

Madonna’s fans have been waiting for her Rebel Heart Tour and the spectacular production show won their appreciation with a sold-out tour.

The set list provided a great mix of songs across the years to please all of her fans.

Madonna’s songs included current album Rebel Heart (the No. 1 Dance hits “Living for Love” and “Bitch I’m Madonna,” to classic fan favorites like “Material Girl” and “Holiday” and a “Dress You Up” medley that included “Get Into The Groove,” “Everybody,” and “Lucky Star.”

Even Madonna’s fans were involved with a fan-created artwork video montage during Madonna’s rendition of the song “Rebel Heart.” Her stirring vocal of

“La Vie En Rose” while playing a ukulele drew a standing ovation.

Known for pushing boundaries, Madonna’s fashions also stand-out as her own original creations. Working with both world renowned designers and new designers, the Rebel Heart Tour offers Madonna and Phillips designs, Phillips designs and collaborations with Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Nicolas Jebran, Miu Miu, Prada and Swarovski to create the sumptuous costumes.

Alessandro Michele for Gucci: Madonna wears an exotic gypsy outfit comprising a lurex-lace-and-jacquard bodysuit with an embroidered belt, lace short sleeves, and multi-colored trimmings, plus a black crêpe de Chine skirt with embroidered patches and black georgette ruffles.

She also wears a black crêpe de Chine and georgette shawl with embroidered patches and silk fringes, lace gloves with pleated jacquard ruffles. To cap it off, she wears high-heeled knee-high lace-up leather boots and a black hat adorned with silk flowers. Her dancers complement her in patchwork bodysuits with a mix of ruffles and multicolored trimmings and embroidered belts. These are then teamed with multicolored floral headpieces; pleated jacquard neckpieces; lurex shrugs (featuring pleated ruffles on the sleeves and multicolored silk flowers); brocade jackets sporting silk flowers, embroidered patches, and lace pleated ruffles at the bottoms of the sleeves; and lace “Tehuana” inspired capes with multicolored silk flowers.

The Rebel Heart Tour will visit 20 cities in North America and 16 cities in Europe and the UK through the end of 2015 with additional concert dates in the US, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia already confirmed for 2016. The Rebel Heart World Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring. A full list of tour dates and ticket information is below and can also be found at: www.madonna.com/tour

Award-winning Syndicated Columnist/Talk Show Host Sandy Zimmerman reviews shows and restaurants, cars, luxury living, music and more.  Talk Show Host for the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information, call (702)-731-6491.  sandyzimm2003@yahoo.com



The James Bond Wine Table

May 15th, 2010 • by admin
When you visit Del Friscos, do not miss seeing the most amazing $1.2 million dollar James Bond table. Looking like a normal table at first, Jacque touched her remote control pad and the table suddenly opened to present the James Bond OO7 Films Wine Collection. Eighteen magnums of Cabernet wine from Napa Valley wineries each represent different Bond films. These one- of-a kind bottles are each laser-edged.

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