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How to Make Fromage Fort

Happy New Year, friends! For our first post of the year, Alex Jones swings by with a recipe for fromage fort. It’s a thrifty and delicious spread that is the perfect way to use up those scraps of cheese leftover from your holiday entertaining. -Marisa

Scrapes of cheese for fromage fort

For as long as I can remember, cheese has always been a part of my holiday celebrations.

Growing up, a hunk of sharp cheddar and a wedge of Brie were must-haves leading up to Christmas, and Christmas Eve with relatives in Quebec usually meant a festive spread of nibbles centered around a raclette machine, melting slices of pungent Alpine-style cheeses over potatoes, bread, and veggies.

After scoring a cheap raclette machine of my own at my local Aldi last January, I had friends over for an evening of melted cheese, hot cider, and parlor games just before the Christmas holiday. After the revelry, a few scraps of cheese remained — and rather than tossing them into the compost, I tucked them away in the fridge to make one of my favorite thrifty, easy, cheesy recipes: fromage fort.

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Discounted Tickets to Brewer’s Plate 2012

Brewer's Plate 2011

Here in Philadelphia, we’re lucky to have a number of organizations who make it their work to increase access to local food. Among them is one called Fair Food. They work to increase access to locally grown food for both consumers and restaurants, while also promoting humane, sustainable practices.

Every March, they throw a fundraiser called The Brewer’s Plate that’s one of the best food and beer events of the Philly eating year. More than fifty local restaurants, brewers, bakers and food producers gather and offer up tastes of some of their best tidbits. This year it’s taking place on Sunday, March 11, from 6-9 p.m. at the National Constitution Center.

Being that there will be all manner of artisanal pickles, preserves and cheeses on offer, the folks at Fair Food thought that my local readers might be interested in attending this year and have offered my readers a discount code. You can get a general admission ticket (normally $75) for $65 a piece if you use the code foodINjars2012TBP when you buy your tickets.

I’ll be there wandering and tasting, so if you come, make sure to find me and say hi. Madame Fromage will also be there, slicing cheese and professing her love of all things dairy, so seek her out if you have any cheesy questions.

The Brewer’s Plate
Sunday, March 11, 6 – 9 p.m.
National Constitution Center

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