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Spiced Beet Vinegar is a 2018 GOOD FOOD AWARDS WINNER!

Posted on February 01, 2018 by Wozz! | 0 comments

We are thrilled to announce that our Spiced Beet Vinegar is a 2018 Good Food Awards Winner!  We are very very proud of this award as the Good Food Awards Foundation celebrates craft food made from makers that are the real deal that support local agriculture and their communities.  To give you a little bit more information on the Good Food Awards, I have taken this excerpt from their website: 

The Good Food Foundation celebrates exceptional food and drink crafters who are pushing the envelope in both craftsmanship and sustainability. For a long time, certifications for responsible food production and awards for superior taste have remained distinct—one honors social and environmental and social responsibility, while the other celebrates flavor. The Good Food Awards recognize that truly good food—the kind that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities—contains all of these ingredients. The Good Food Awards honor the people who make food that is delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

In collaboration with Meadowstone Farm, a local vegetable farm and goat dairy located just 3 miles from our home, we source all of our beets.  Picked so fresh, the resulting color of our spiced beet vinegar is a vibrant purple and packed with healthy nutrients.  Added to our beet vinegar is USA sourced organic apple cider vinegar and a medley of aromatic spices including bay leaf and fresh orange peel.  Slowly infused for up to 12 weeks, we let all these amazing flavors infuse and then we bottle!

Our Spiced Beet Vinegar is delicious drizzled over a variety of salads from hearty winter salads with roasted root vegetables and crumbled feta to summer favorites such as mozzarella, tomato and basil caprese.  Try over this summer panzanella salad for a delicious lunch or make a quick pan sauce by reducing our spiced beet vinegar on the stove top and drizzling over a steak filet.

Spiced Beet Vinegar | Good Food Awards | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

 

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Best and Easiest Ways to Use Hot Pepper Jelly

Posted on December 01, 2017 by Wozz! | 0 comments
How To Use Hot Pepper Jelly

Hot Pepper Jelly has to be one of the most versatile condiments of them all.  Whether you need a quick glaze for some pork chops or a simple yet delicious accompaniment to cheese, hot pepper jelly always seems to pull you through.  Our Thai Hot Pepper Jelly is a traditional hot pepper jelly with a bit more oomph...layered with roasted red pepper, fresh garlic, ginger and fresh chopped fresno chili, it's a sweet chili jam bursting with flavor.  The heat level is about a 5/10 so it's perfect for all your entertaining and cooking needs.  Just the right amount of spicy bite for everyone to enjoy!  Our favorite ways to use our Thai Hot Pepper Jelly includes:

1.  Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Appetizer

The ultimate no fuss - just pull it out of the cupboard in a jiffy - way to entertain!  A block of cream cheese with hot pepper jelly poured over top and served with crackers.  It's a classic and always a hit.  Looking to step up your game with a bit more flair?  Serve it alongside a triple cream brie or camembert.   

Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

2.  Hot Pepper Jelly Sandwich Spread

Add a slather of hot pepper jelly to your next grilled cheese or panini.  Delicious spooned over a turkey and cheddar melt or use in your next BLT.  Mix into mayo for a sweet and spicy aioli or spread over your bacon and egg breakfast sandwich.  Also delicious spread over hot biscuits.

3. Hot Pepper Jelly Glazed Chicken Wings

Oh me oh my...just toss chicken wings with some hot pepper jelly and bake...when finished toss with a bit more sauce and voila! 

Hot Pepper Jelly Wings Recipe 

Hot Pepper Jelly Wings | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

4.  Hot Pepper Jelly Stir Fry Sauce

Mix a few tablespoons of hot pepper jelly with soy sauce and add to your stir fry's for a sweet and spicy Asian sauce.

5.  Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Toasted Bagel

Slather a toasted sesame bagel with cream cheese and hot pepper jelly.

6. Use Hot Pepper Jelly as a Dipping Sauce

Use our Thai Hot Pepper Jelly as a delicious dipping sauce for shrimp, potstickers, dumplings, egg rolls, crab rangoons, wontons and more!   

Shrimp and Hot Pepper Jelly Dipping Sauce | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

7.  Jazz up Your Turkey Burgers with Hot Pepper Jelly

A way to liven up those dry boring turkey burgers!

8.  Hot Pepper Jelly Party Meatballs

Add hot pepper jelly to a crockpot of party meatballs.  Yummo.

9. Use Hot Pepper Jelly as a Glaze 

Hot Pepper Jelly makes an excellent glaze for pork tenderloin, grilled pork chops and ham. Glaze pork chops while grilling, baste a ham with hot pepper jelly while cooking or serve warm as a sauce on the side. 

10.  Hot Pepper Jelly Salmon 

Salmon will never be the same.  Spoon hot pepper jelly over a salmon filet during the last few minutes of cooking under the broiler and serve with Asian rice. 

Hot Pepper Jelly Salmon Recipe

Hot Pepper Jelly Salmon | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

11.  Hot Pepper Jelly Baked Potato Topping

Mix hot pepper jelly with sour cream and serve over a baked potato.  

12. Hot Pepper Jelly for Quesadillas

Spread Hot Pepper Jelly on flour tortillas and top with shredded chicken and cheese. 

I think I could go on and on...but I will stop now!  I think you all now know how to use hot pepper jelly and like I said, it's a perfect kitchen cupboard staple.  

Thai Hot Pepper Jelly | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Buy Wozz! Thai Hot Pepper Jelly ~ $10

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Our Favorite 5 Simple and Delicious Party Dips

Posted on November 25, 2017 by Wozz! | 0 comments

Sometimes the best part of a family gathering or holiday party is the appetizers, especially the dips...that along with the cocktails of course!  In fact many people now forgo the traditional sit down dinner and are happy to host a party with a nice beautiful spread of simple finger foods and serve beer, wine and a few specialty cocktails.  This makes it less stressful for the host of course but also sets the tone for a very social and relaxed party.  A simple cheese plate and a selection of dips with crackers and crudite are usually a big hit and the dip recipes we have for you are practically effortless.  Our chutneys and spreads are not only fantastic accompaniments to any cheese plate but can be used in a variety of dips to serve with crackers, chips and vegetables.  

Here is a list of our favorite 5 party dip recipes that are no fuss, easy and absolutely delicious!

1. French Onion Dip with Bacon

This french onion dip is a classic.  Served simply old school style with kettle potato chips, it's as big of a hit now as it was when you were 12.  Made with our Triple Ale Onion Spread with cream cheese, sour cream and bacon.  

Recipe:  Wozz French Onion Jam Dip 

French Onion Jam Dip | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

2. Easiest Salsa Verde Guacamole Dip 

A guacamole recipe that is just too easy!  A customer of ours shared this recipe with us and said Wozz Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde was her go-to everytime she made guacomole.  Simply mash avocado with diced tomato, add our Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde, a squeeze of lime and salt and pepper.  

Recipe:  Wozz Salsa Verde Guacamole

Salsa Verde Guacamole | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

3. White Chocolate Banana Cheesecake Dip 

This White Chocolate Banana Cheesecake Dip is the ultimate dessert style dip to serve with fruit, pretzels and cookies.  It's a crowd pleaser for both adults and kids!

Recipe:  Wozz White Chocolate Banana Cheesecake Dip

White Chocolate Cheesecake Dip | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

4. Warm Cheese and Moroccan Tomato Dip

Served with toasted crostini, this cheese and tomato dip is made with melted mozzarella, smoked cheddar and our Moroccan Tomato Onion Relish.  

Recipe:  Wozz Cheese and Moroccan Tomato Dip

Cheese and Tomato Dip | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

5. Simple Thai Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese

This recipe is a classic!  Simply pour Wozz Thai Hot Pepper Savory Spread over a block of cream cheese and serve with crackers.  It's sweet, spicy and a holiday favorite!  

Recipe:  Wozz Cream Cheese and Hot Pepper Jellly

Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

There you have it!  Our 5 favorite party dips using a selection of Wozz condiments sauces and spreads.  Happy Entertaining! :)

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Best Jams and Savory Spreads For Cheese Pairings

Posted on September 09, 2017 by Wozz! | 1 comment
Why our Jams and Savory Spreads make the Best Cheese Pairings

We've tried and tested dozens of savory jam recipes to come up with the best jams, savory spreads and chutneys to pair with a variety of cheese plates.  After years in the making, we've developed a line of cheese pairing jams and award winning spreads that we can absolutely guarantee will take your cheese plate to the next level.  

From a sharp aged cheddar to a rich and creamy stilton, each of our jams and spreads are designed to not only pair with a variety of cheese but to brilliantly compliment the cheese by adding a complex sweet and savory addition.  Our spreads and jams are made with a combination of fresh fruits and aromatic spices, slowly simmered and handcrafted entirely by us with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. 

Wozz! Savory Spreads and Jams For Cheese Pairings

Spreads and Jams For Cheese | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Savory Spread and Jams For Cheese ~ Wozz! Perfect Pairings

1. Triple Ale Onion Savory Jam Spread For Cheese Pairings -  slow cooked caramelized onion jam made with fresh roasted garlic, brown sugar and a combination of 3 artisan ales.  Winner of the NYC Fancy Food Show for best condiment in it's class, this savory onion spread pairs fantastic with:


blue cheese - this sweet sticky onion jam with it's hoppy kick is right at home paired with a blue cheese.  Try on a crostini with fresh rosemary or as a pizza base with gorgonzola, walnuts and thyme. Favorite pairings for your next cheese plate include Jasper Cellars Bayley Hazen Blue and Point Reyes Bay Blue.

aged cheddar - who doesn't like a full flavored delicious aged cheddar with an onion spread made with craft beer?  This is a phenomenal pairing and great for both a laid back style cheese plate and a sophisticated one as well.  Pair with charcuterie for an appetizer that is just plain awesome.  Our favorite pairings include: Cabot clothbound cheddar, Grafton Village reserve cheddar and Harmans cheddar. 

washed rind - the savory flavors of this onion jam complement the pungent punchy flavors of a traditional washed rind cheese and of course, the addition of ale is a complimentary pairing.  Favorite pairing: Jasper Cellars Willoughby.

goats cheese - balances the zesty flavor of goats cheese with a savory caramelized onion bite.  Delicious on crostini, flat bread or paired together in mini tart shells and topped with fresh herbs. 

charcuterie - perfect for a cheese and charcuterie board! Pair with cured meats including sausage and salami and with terrine or pate.

Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Jam Spread Paired with Cheddar and Salami

 Onion Jam For Cheese Pairings | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Jam Spread with Crumbled Bacon and Paired with Brie:

Onion Jam and Brie Cheese | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Jam paired with Goats Cheese in Mini Tarts:

Onion Jam and Goats Cheese Tarts | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

2. Balsamic Fig Mostarda For Cheese Pairings - sweet figs and fresh hand cut pears simmered in a balsamic reduction with the traditional finish of pure mustard oil for spice.  Winner of the NYC Fancy Food Show Sofi Silver award for outstanding condiment, this balsamic fig mostarda is our signature cheese pairing accompaniment.  Rich with layered flavors, this savory fig jam pairs with almost any cheese including:

goats cheese - pair this rich and savory fig jam with either fresh goats cheese on crostini for a crowd pleasing appetizer or serve alongside an aged goats cheese such as Coupole from Vermont Creamery on a cheese plate.

blue cheese - by slowly simmering figs and fresh pears in a balsamic reduction sauce, our Balsamic Fig Mostarda is a classic accompaniment to blue cheese, perfectly on par with the cheese's bold flavors.

soft bloomy rind cheese including brie and camembert - baked brie with fig jam, another classic no fail holiday favorite.  Try pairing our Balsamic Fig Mostarda with Jasper Cellars Harbison - a soft bloomy rind cheese similar to brie with grassy mustard notes.  It's the perfect cheese pairing alongside a loaf of crusty bread.  Also fantastic served with Vermont Creamery's Cremont.

Summer Cheese Plate with Wozz! Balsamic Fig Mostarda and Soft Bloomy Rind Cheese

Fig Jam and Cheese | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Wozz! Fig Jam and Brie Mini Tarts:

Brie and Fig Jam Mini Tarts | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

3. Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Spread For Cheese Pairings - A sour cherry compote spread made with whole sour cherries slowly simmered in a red wine reduction sauce with aromatic winter mulling spices and cracked black pepper.  Our Sour Cherry Spread with Spiced Wine is an amazing cheese pairing spread, especially during the fall and winter months and holiday season.  Our favorite cheese and cherry jam pairings include:

Stilton - this intense rich and full of fruit cherry spread enhanced with warm aromatic spices and bold red wine is a perfect match for a medium to strong blue including stilton and roquefort.  A personal favorite pairing is with Vermont's Blue Ledge Farm Middlebury Blue.

Triple Creme Brie -  our sour cherry spread is decadent and gorgeous on top of a baked triple creme brie cheese.  Full of juicy whole sour cherries, this makes a holiday statement that compliments the woody earthiness of brie.  

Goats Cheese - rich cherries and warm spices lends itself to a beautiful pairing with tangy creamy zesty goats cheese.  Favorite pairings include fresh unripened goats cheese spread onto crostini with our sour cherry jam and Vermont Creamery's Coupole and Bonne Bouche.

Mascarpone - A brilliant match for dessert, try a dessert style cheese pairings with mascarpone, sour cherry spread and cocoa cakes or grahams.  

Wozz! Sour Cherry Jam Spread Paired with Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche Cheese

Cherry and Cheese Pairing | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

4. Sticky Date Candied Orange Chutney For Cheese Pairings - dates are a classic traditional cheese pairing accompaniment.  Travel the world and you'll find most cheese pairings and wine tastings will come with dried dates to compliment the flavor. We have taken this classic traditional cheese pairing to the next level by slow cooking dates with the addition of pears, hand candied oranges, cider vinegar and a medley of spices.  This chutney leaves a mild tingling to the palate on it's finish, just to give the mouth a nice well rounded warm finish.  It's a brilliant cheese pairing chutney complimenting almost all the cheese varieties that we pair with it.  

Aged Gouda - who doesn't love the nutty caramel deliciousness of an aged gouda?  It's just perfection in my eyes and our sticky date candied orange chutney is a delicious match.  The orange marmalade accent in this chutney is a great enhancement for the cheese.

Cheddar - this savory date chutney is bursting with character and just delicious with an aged cheddar or smoked cheddar, our favorite pick is harmans cheese smoked cheddar.  Don't forget to add charcuterie to your cheese pairing on this one. 

Alpine Style Cheese - our sticky date and orange chutney pairs well with this nutty buttery style cheese.  Our favorite cheese pairings include Cabot Alpine Cheddar and Jasper Cellars Alpha Tolman.

Hard Cheese - Our sticky date candied orange chutney is a delightful treat when paired with a sharp nutty aged manchego or parmesan.

Wozz! Sticky Date Candied Orange Chutney with Alpine Style Cheese Pairing:

Date Chutney and Cheese Pairing | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

5. Cranberry Orange Cognac Chutney For Cheese Pairings - New England cranberries infused with fresh orange, cinnamon, clove, cognac orange liquor, apples and raisins for a rich fruit forward chutney.  Well suited for a variety of cheese, our favorite cheese and cranberry chutney pairings include:

Soft Bloomy Rind Cheese - Top a wheel of baked brie or camembert with cranberry chutney and walnuts for a beautiful and delicious Thanksgiving appetizer.  Don't forget to add our Cranberry Orange Chutney to your leftover turkey and brie sandwich!

Cheddar - Simple and delicious, you can pair our cranberry orange chutney simply alongside cheddar on a cheese plate or use with melted cheddar in puff pastry for a deliciously gooey warm appetizer.  

 

6. Thai Hot Pepper Jelly For Cheese Pairings - Our Thai Hot Pepper Jelly is a combination of roasted red peppers, sweet chili heat, fresh ginger, fresh garlic and it's full of flavor!  This hot pepper jelly is not too spicy (about a 5/10 on the heat scale) so you can pair this with cheese without overpowering it.  Traditionally hot pepper jelly is served with cream cheese and crackers for a no fail, simple, delicious and easy appetizer but you can also serve it with a simple sharp cheddar or goats cheese. 

If you are looking for simple entertaining ideas, remember that all of our savory cheese pairing jams and spreads can be folded through cream cheese or a creamy goats cheese and served with crackers. 

Entertaining Made Easy! Thai Hot Pepper Jelly with Cream Cheese Appetizer:

Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 7.  Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Compote

Recently added to the Wozz! Cheese Pairing Condiments Collection!  Our Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Compote is made with Wild Maine Blueberries steeped in Balsamic with Fresh Rosemary, Toasted Walnuts and 100% Pure Maple Syrup.  Delicious with an aged goats cheese and creamy baked brie. 

Recipe: Baked Brie with Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Compote

Cheese and Jam Pairing Sets

We have two gift sets designed for perfect cheese pairings, our classic cheese pairing gift set and our gourmet spreads for cheese set.  You can also choose your own assortment of our sweet and savory cheese pairing condiments.

 

Classic Cheese Pairings Gift Set - 4 of our favorite and most versatile savory spreads and jams for cheese ~ $49.00

 

Cheese Pairing Spreads Gourmet Gift Set - Our best selection of gourmet jam spreads for cheese!  A selection of 6 sweet and savory, rich and delicious condiments for cheese.  ~ $68.00

Send one of our thoughtfully crafted cheese pairing gift sets to your cheese obsessed friend or send one to yourself and share the joy of cheese and jam pairings with your family, co-workers and loved ones.  Perfect for the holidays, birthdays and Mother's Day.  

 

Quick Cheese Overview:

Blue Cheese - This class of cheese has had the mold Penicillin added to them, leading to their blue veined appearance.  Usually creamy and crumbly, blue cheeses tend to be pungent, salty and sharp.  Their are a number of varieties, some milder than others, including Danish Blue, Gorgonzola, Stilton and Roquefort.  Danish blue cheese and Italian Gorgonzola tend to be milder in flavor whereas a Roquefort tends to be spicy and pungent.

Cheddar - Originated in the town of Somerset, Egland, cheddar, is a relatively firm cheese that can taste mellow in flavor or slightly strong and earthy depending on the variety.  A vintage cheddar which tends to be rich and earthy is aged greater than 15 months.  Cheddar is one of the most popular styles of cheese here in the US, coming in second after Mozzarella.  Varieties include: Sharp, Extra Sharp, Farmhouse, Irish, Aged Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar

Soft Bloomy Rind Cheese - or ripened soft cheese (which also includes goats cheese as mentioned above) and also includes some of our favorite cheese plate offerings:  Brie and Camembert.  Both of these have the bloomy rind which is a rind that is soft, velvety and fluffy in texture and yes, edible and a soft creamy buttery interior that oozes at the peak of ripeness.

  • Brie is a soft cows milk cheese that originated in Brie France, it's flavor profile varies but can be described as earthy, mushroomy, grassy and nutty.  Cream is added to Brie and types can include "double-creme" brie and "triple-creme" brie which is directly related to the amount of butter fat in the cheese (60-75% for a double creme and greater than 75% for a triple creme).  

  • Camembert is also a soft ripened bloomy rind cheese made from cows milk and originated in Camembert, Normandy France. It is very similar to brie but tends to have a bit of a more intense earthy flavor.  It's ripened usually in smaller wheels and does tend to become creamier than brie when warmed.  

Goats Cheese - or what most call "chevre" which is French for goat is typically a soft cheese, tart and earthy in flavor.  Varieties can be unripened or ripened and range in texture from moist and soft to semi firm and hard.  Unripened goats cheese (fresh goats cheese) is typically what we pick up in the grocery store, it's creamy and tangy.  Ripened goats cheese or aged goats cheese, typically have a soft velvety outer white mold casing and a creamy interior with a bit more complexity from the aging process.  

Washed Rind Cheese - Commonly referred to as "stinky cheese". Washed rind cheeses are plump and moist with pungent aromas and intense flavors.  These more savory punchy cheese varieties get their name and strong aroma from having their rinds washed with different types of alcohol from cider to beer to brandy. The flavors of washed rind cheese can't be judged by their initial distinctive aroma, they actually taste different and milder than the smell of the rind.

Semi Hard or Hard Cheese - Hard cheeses have a lower moisture content than your soft cheeses and are typically packed in molds under greater pressure and aged for longer periods of time. Flavors are usually sharper, sometimes salty, sweet nuttty and rich. Varieties include cheddar (as mentioned above), aged gouda, parmesan, pecorino, manchego and alpine style cheese.

Fig Spread and Cheese Pairings | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

The Do's and Don'ts of Cheese and Jam Pairings

1. For most cheese pairings, especially when you are serving a more sophisticated cheese, do not pour the jam over the cheese.  Serve it alongside the cheese on a cheese board and let your guests pair as they choose.  An exception to this is with cream cheese.  It's simple and casual and can be served mixed in, on the side or poured over top.  For most other cheese plates, serve as an accompaniment to let the cheese shine.

2. This is my opinion, but not every jam should be served with cheese.  Jams and spreads made with dried fruit such as fig or date or with fruits such as pear, cherries, apple and quince are traditional and classic pairings. Their are just some jams that don't pair particularly well with cheese. Grapefruit marmalade and strawberry kiwi jam are better options for toast. 

3. Serve your cheese at room temperature.  Take it out of the fridge an hour before serving.

4.  Use a separate knife for each cheese so the stronger more pungent cheeses don't taint the others.

5. Serve accompaniments that enhance the cheese plate but don't over do it.  Simple is best and make sure you choose accompaniments that compliment each other.  Accompaniments include a variety of crackers and breads, charcuterie such as salami or pate, pickles, nuts, honeycomb, fresh fruit such as grapes and sliced pear and of course 1 or 2 savory jams and spreads that compliment a variety of cheese.

6.  If you have more than a couple guests, make sure you do a big enough spread.  You don't want all your cheese and accompaniments on a small board with guests having to wait to get in on the action.

7. Choose a variety of cheese but not too many - a mix of 4 cheeses is a good amount. You can choose between varying textures and styles of cheese:  In example, a blue cheese, an aged cheddar, a washed rind and a soft bloomy rind cheese.  Another great recommendation is choosing cheese based on different milk sources - a mixture of sheep, cow's, goats milk cheeses.

8.  Serve complimentary wines and beer that also add to the cheese tasting experience.

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Not Your Ordinary Beet Spread | Our Signature Condiment and the Unsung Hero of Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Wozz! | 0 comments

Our signature baby and my all round favorite and unsung hero of the Wozz! family of creations. If you haven't heard, beetroot is big back home. You order a salad roll from you local cake shop. Boom Beets! Salad sandwich from the school canteen. Boom Beets! A classic Australian burger from anywhere in the country, you'll get fried egg, bacon and Boom!!! (you got it... pickled beets) I never met anyone who hated beets until I moved overseas. I didn't understand at first, but after sampling pickled beets of the world, it became quite obvious. Pickled beets anywhere else in the world can be hit and miss and kind of suck when they do miss.

The first assumption, of course, is that our wonderful spiced beet spread is nothing more than pickled beets with curry powder. That bright yellow stuff. Which couldn't be further from the truth. We do a personal blend of over thirty spices, slow cooked for a minimum of six hours in the tradition of any classic Indian curry. Fresh ground spices traditionally fried in ghee with the addition of finely chopped onion garlic and ginger. We choose spice flavors so to layer one on top of the next. With bottom heavier sweeter spices like clove and cumin building a foundation for the lighter brighter flavors of coriander seed, mango, black pepper and bay leaf until you find that balance and full mouth feel. Our personalized Wozz! Indian curry paste I would have to say is in the Korma realm in terms of flavor, but a little heavier overall. Although it's the first word on the label we still want the character of beets to be the front man and our blend of spices an accompaniment of backup singers only.

Most people will happily agree, a touch of clove, cinnamon or cumin all work well with the deep earthiness of beets, along with orange peel, black pepper and bay leaf. How about  all of these spices plus a few more.  Some people at first glance are not sure if this can work, but believe me it does. A rack of lamb served over a bed of mild beet yogurt curry is one of those dishes and dining experiences that has stuck with me since my chef apprenticeship and the inspiration behind the condiment in the first place.

Fast reverse to 2004, somewhere in the south of France aboard some luxury sailing something or another, I looked at channeling this "beet" love affair for the owners of that particular yacht. I had a simple beef Fillet Mignon dish, served with a creamy garlic potato puree and wilted spinach. I wanted a little something for color and sweetness. Being beets and beef a wonderful combo the conclusion was simple..... but I needed a twist. I was pulled back to that wonderful Indian beet curry with lamb and thought about how to bring part of that experience to this dish. Our Indian Spiced Beetroot "chutney" was born. That perfect balance of jammy sweet, acid with a background of toasted cumin and warm mild Indian spices.

This all happened on the second yacht of my career and evolved each time I made it as well as how I used it. I'd use a quenelle to accent a cheese plate. Rusticly spoon it through a salad with walnuts and crumbled feta. Mix it through a cream cheese or greek yogurt for a dip or Tatziki. It just became so darn versatile to use for both guests and crew alike. It was gourmet, unique and special enough for guests, but still nuts and bolts real food for feeding the crew.  It got to the point that a batch would be made before each charter, as it was a brilliant little condiment to have on hand if I needed to whip something up last minute.  It wasn't for another seven years and the final yacht of my career that the idea to do more with it came. That last yacht had the most diverse crew. Canadians, Irish, French, English all with very different backgrounds and different tastes, but all knew something when it tasted great. We were based in Italy and Croatia and everyone loved this beet thing that kept turning up for crew meal, until finally, one day it was said "you should jar and sell this stuff" it's that good. Voila six months later we turned it into a business.

 

 

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Sour Cherry and Spiced Wine Spread ~ A New but Classic Cheese Pairing Favorite

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Wozz! | 0 comments
Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Spread - A Classic Cheese Pairing 

Our ideas for our new product releases always start way before they are released, we think about what flavors we would just love to add, what has inspired us, what flavors we may have had years prior and want to bring back to the table and we think about our customers...what are they asking for and what can we offer them that really rounds out our product line.   

This year we have released our newest cheese pairing spread ~ Sour Cherry Spiced Wine.  We pulled our inspiration for this one last winter mainly influenced by what are customers were leaning towards...they wanted cheese pairings for the holidays and we wanted to extend our offerings...and who doesn't love sour cherries?  I say cherries and cheese is like strawberries and cream...it's a throwback classic. It's made with local cherries from upstate New York and it's simmered out in a red wine reduction sauce with a medley of warm winter spices and finished with a touch of cracked black pepper (just enough to make your palate say aha!).   I love this new edition and it is truly a classic pairing for cheese. The cherries are nice and tart yet the reduction sauce pulls a bit of sweetness and spice into the mix.  We paired it with a bonne bouche and it was just perfection.  It works so well with this style of aged goats cheese and when you pair it with pate it is just...well...they are no words.  Try it.   

Our Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Spread is still new to the Wozz! family but so far she has not disappointed.  These cherry and creamy goats cheese crostini have been a knock your socks off appetizer and if you want to go sweet with our Spiced Wine Cherry Spread you can pair it with cocoa cakes or chocolate grahams and simply use cream cheese.  Eating this cherry cheese dirt cake was like reliving your 7 year old birthday party.  Spoon over cheesecake and swoon.

So this is a short but sweet blog post introducing our newest cheese pairing addition ~ Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Spread!  It's sweet tart and spiced and a shining star in the cheese department!

Cherry Spread and Goats Cheese Crostini |  Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 Wozz! Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Spread ~ $10

Sour Cherry Spread | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

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