Getting Baked: An Easy Baked Brie Recipe for the Holidays

Cooking for the holidays couldn’t get any easier than this withthe Brie Baker Gift Set. I’m all about spending hours in the kitchen, cooking with friends and eating lots of cheese but the cheese biz is hectic this time of year — not much time to spend in the kitchen! After long days in cheese land, finding the right dish to bring to holiday festivities  can be a bit challenging.

It needs to be:

1. Mostly Cheese…. Do I need to explain?

2. Cheap and Easy… I love my friends but gotta watch the wallet!

3. Impressive…. Because I got a cheese rep to keep up, ya know?

Sometimes you’ve gotta go with Betty Crocker, but it’s gotta look Martha Stewart. There are a couple of ways to bake a wheel of cheese, but this year we got our hands on a new piece of cookware that is perfect for the job. In fact, I love this guy so much, I sent my mom the “Brie Baker Gift Set” which comes with the cheese and Fig Jam.

This stuff is versatile — a great savory early party snack, or sweet after dinner indulgence.

Here is what you need:

                 1. Grab A Brie Baker                       2. Choose A Wheel of Cheese

        In Bright Murray’s Red!                                          We went with Camembert.

3. Get Jammin’
           Fruity Anarchy in a Jar         Savory With Tomato Jam        Luscious Fig Jam

 

4.Toppings!

Go nuts, keep it savory or sweeten it up.

 

 

 

 

 

5.Bake That Brie!

  Pop that wheel in — nice and snug.                              Spread that jam on thick!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top with some cherries.                                              And some Marcona Almonds.

Pop it in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

Grab a crispy baguette, rip off a chunk and get dippin’. Couldn’t be easier, and you now look like a culinary mastermind. This dish is great for the lazy college students heading home for the holidays looking to impress everyone at family dinner. Or a soccer mom looking for an effortless dish to bring to that holiday party. Even better, it’s a great project for the little ones… let the kids choose the toppings and go nuts! And don’t forget, it’s a great gift.

And that’s that. You are now officially a Brie Baker!

 

Holiday Gifts on a Budget: Save Some Cheddar On Your Cheddar

By: Cate Peebles

Looking for something impressive that’s not oppressive to your wallet? We understand. Thankfully, a little extravagance goes a long way and you can impress anyone with one or two choice, delicious treats. We put together a few indulgent gifts that are luxurious AND affordable.

 The Holiday Weekender$65  (ON SALE for $55) – A weekend escape full of tasty cheese,     crunchy oat cakes and decadent fig cake. What makes a better gift than a brief escape from the holiday craziness?

Season’s Eatings – $45 – This rustic gift includes raw, spruce-wrapped favorite, Rush Creek, a cheese that we flip our lids for year after year; it’s the pièce de résistence of many-a monger’s holiday spread.

American Splendor – $40 – This is a lovely little sack of farmstead American craftsmanship: 2 Vermont cheeses, homemade Apple Butter, and a box of crackers. It makes a great gift for the host of the party, or a foodie friend with a taste for farm-to-table treats.

Build Your Own Gift and have it delivered in a Hand Made wooden crate

BYOG– Build Your Own Gift! It all starts with a $15 signature Murray’s gift crate and can be as stuffed or spare as you want it to be. To get the ideas flowing, here’s a sample gift box that costs under $50:

Build Your Own Gift:

Gift Crate – $15
½ lb Tuxford and Tebbut Stilton – $10
1 VBC Cremont – $11.99
Petit Toast – $3.99
1 Dalmatia Fig Jam – $7.99

Total – $48.97

La Quercia Cucina Collection – $39.99 –This little package of exquisite, hand-crafted cured meats is ideal for the meat-loving home chef in your life. Made by one of our favorite American artisanal charcuterie producers, La Quercia makes superb prosciutto, coppa, speck and lardo…just to name a few!

Gift Cards –Starts at $10 – These babies make superb stocking-stuffers and last minute additions to holiday cards and thank you notes. Give a little or a lot—they’re redeemable for online, in-store and classroom purchases.

Fancy food treats don’t have to be off limits—we’ve got something delectable in every price-range. Take a look online and place your order, or we’re standing by to help you make selections: give us a call at: 888-692-4339, Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We can’t wait to talk cheese!

 

 

Looking for other cheesy gifts this Holiday season? Check out our Gift Guide to see all of our gift collections!

Wanna learn more about cheese? Check out our Cheese 101 videos and become a real curd nerd!

Secretly Scrumptious: The Murray’s Guide to Secret Santa

By:Summer Babiarz

Stumped by “Secret Santa” This year? Maybe you have to shop for someone that you really like and want them to feel the love. Or maybe you are stuck with the one person who only deserves a lump of goal. No matter who you are secretly shopping for, Murray’s has that perfect gift that will insure that the recipient knows you put some thought into it.

All of these products are available both in our New York stores, and Online. (Insider tip: Click on the picture of the product that fits your Secret Santa needs and be automatically directed to its product page)

 

 

Looking for other cheesy gifts this Holiday season? Check out our Gift Guide to see all of our gift collections!

Wanna learn more about cheese? Check out our Cheese 101 videos and become a real curd nerd!

Cheese to be Thankful For: Must-Haves For Turkey Day

We get excited at Murray’s this time of year. Not only is it our busiest season, but we get some of our favorite cheeses in from around the world. From the super stinky, gooey stuff like Vacherin Mont D’or and Rush Creek Reserve, to beautifully aged 2 year Comté that is like a nutty, buttery bomb. Here are a few of our suggestions of must-have cheeses that will make all of your Thanksgiving guest thankful for you (and cheese)!

Hudson Flower: This Cavemaster Reserve cheese has been a labor of love. We have spent the last few years perfecting this guy and making sure that the balance of sheepy, earthy grassy flavors balance perfectly with its herb and hop flower covered rind.  Getting this balance right has been tricky, but we feel like the wheels that are coming out of the caves right now are the best we have ever seen, and we are so thankful! With its deep floral undertones, this cheese is a serious jaw dropping show stopper.

Truffle Tremor: Want your Thanksgiving crowed to know that you are all about opulence? This California goat cheese classic is  filled with little shaved bits of black truffle. The cheese itself tastes very similar to sister cheese Humboldt Fog, but the truffle adds a rich earthiness that really elevates the slightly tangy and fudgy paste.

Ardrahan: If you are dealing with a group of true cheese heads, this is the perfect way to impress the hell out of them! This guy is a super stinker from Ireland that is unbelievably rich, and has a pronounced flavor of boiled peanuts. Gotta nip on a bottle of whiskey to make it through dealing with the family? Ardrrahan will be your best friend on Thursday.

Fromager d’Affinois: Creamy, sweet, rich and spreadable like room temperature butter, this bloomy rind crowed pleaser from France will steal all the attention away from that turkey you just spent 8 hours cooking. Put a wedge out with the rest of your meal, it will pair beautifully your cranberry relish!

If you don’t have time to wait in line next week,  hop online and order ahead from both our Bleecker Street and Grand Central locations. Live outside of New York? No Problem! Check out our Thanksgiving collection and all of the other cheeses we have online. We ship nationwide!

Wanna learn more about cheese? Check out our Cheese 101 videos and become a real curd nerd!

 

So, What’s The Deal With Cheese 101?

Over the last few weeks, you might have noticed that we have been sharing a series of videos called “Cheese 101.” Earlier this year, we were trying to come up with new ways to share some basic cheese knowledge. If you look at the Murray’s mission statement, it ends with the phrase “… to continue to educate ourselves and customers on the pleasures of cheese.”

We take our mission seriously.  We’re here to put specialty cheese at the forefront of food conversations in America. While there is a bevy of cheese information out there, we wanted to make it quick, easy, and most importantly, fun to demystify cheese which led us to the “Cheese 101″ video series.

Our first four videos covers the basics. From choosing the perfect wedge, the appropriate portioning size, and pairing with the perfect beverage, the videos help guide you through all the facets of buying cheese. Our first two videos are out, but look for “Cheese and Drink Pairings” on 11/19 and “Entertaining with Cheese” on 11/26.

Being a real curd nerd takes time and dedication, we hope that this series provides a a brief  introduction that you will need to dive into the land of curds and whey.

Still feeling a little anxious, and want a little help buying that first round of cheese? Check out our Cheese For Beginners selection, and get it delivered right to your door, or send it to a loved one for a funky holiday gift. You can view all of our 2013 holiday gift collections through our digital Gift Guide. Remember, you can order today, and schedule your delivery closer to the holidays!

Want to take your cheese education to the next level? We offer a variety of different cheese classes 6 days a week at our Bleecker street store!