Artisanal French Collection Cheese

Artisanal Cheese

by Celia Sin-Tien Cheng
December 18, 2008

This week’s winners are Cecilia and Nancy. Congratulations!

Below is the original Baking Friday post.



Scroll down to enter a comment. Make sure to click on “submit” after the preview appears on screen. Send in your answer by midnight tonight and you will automatically be entered into the drawing to win a 3-Cheese French Country Collection from Artisanal. Winners will be contacted via email. This Baking Friday is open to participants throughout the U.S.

For our final prize and holiday gift recommendation for 2008, we end the year in style with cheese. Regardless of whatever else you may be having for your celebratory dinners, there’s always room for a cheese platter as a party starter or for after dinner.

Artisanal has been bringing the City good cheese for quite some time now, and their online store has given the world access to their goods.

This weeks’ prize, the 3-Cheese French Country Collection includes Brillat Savarin, Artisanal Roquefort (cave-aged for three months), Chabichou du Pouitou, Pouir Williams Confit and Artisanal crackers. This gift box serves six to eight and is sure to be a party favorite.

Artisanal cheese box

We love cheese and Artisanal’s cheese master Max McCalman has helped us explore the depth of cheeses and endless pairing possibilities. In addition to enjoying food and cheese at the restaurant, there are lots of classes you can take at the Artisanal Cheese Center.

Thank you, Artisanal, for this week’s Baking Friday contribution!


Comments (34)


Dec 19, 02:27 AM

une coupe de Krug or a dram of a peaty single malt

Seduction Meals

Dec 19, 09:23 AM

Champagne and a dash of Pama Liquor


Dec 19, 09:27 AM

martinelli’s sparkling apple cider. hands down.


Dec 19, 09:46 AM

Wine for Christmas
Champagne for New Year’s Eve
Sake for New Year


Dec 19, 09:56 AM

Champagne or Talisker


Dec 19, 10:04 AM

Gin & tonic. Happy New Year.

T. Martin

Dec 19, 10:07 AM

I have to put a plug in for my favorite, Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey Rose. Sparkling and pink? What’s not to like. In all seriousness though I want to encourage those who have not tried a Bugey wine I HIGHLY recommend going in search of one (the production is small so you’ll have a bit of a search) as they are delicious and can easily work as a brunch wine, as an aperitif or even with dessert.


Dec 19, 10:25 AM

Prosecco with elderflower syrup!


Dec 19, 10:31 AM

Bubbles!!!! :)

Pat T.

Dec 19, 10:37 AM

Prosecco as my sparkler. But Xmas dinner calls for a grand red wine, something like an Amarone or an aged Barolo. Mmmm. If you don’t pull those babies out of the cellar at Christmas, when do you?


Dec 19, 10:37 AM


Sabena Singh

Dec 19, 10:40 AM

Eggnog spiked with lots of brandy!

Christopher Stephens

Dec 19, 10:51 AM

Champagne, naturally.

Julia Ames

Dec 19, 10:51 AM

We have been bad to the waste line this season and have been induing in Rum & Eggnog with a touch of nutmeg. Our favorite drink to bring out lately is apple pie cider with Brandy. Use whole cinnamon sticks instead of the powder and just add the brandy right before you serve.


Dec 19, 10:54 AM

My brother makes the perfect bloody mary for me at our family gathering.


Dec 19, 11:08 AM

a Manhattan!


Dec 19, 11:26 AM

This one’s easy! Coquito for sure. There’s nothing better than toasting the holidays with some thick, rich, Puerto Rican eggnog! Start with plain store bought eggnog, or prepare your own then add lots of bacardi, coconut cream, coconut milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, whipped cream, cinnamon concentrate (made from boiling a bunch of sticks in some water) then blend it all together until good and frothy. Oh and add a dash of all spice at the end—It’s like 1000 calories a sip. Mmm, I can just feel the foamy mustache over my lip already!


Dec 19, 11:48 AM



Dec 19, 11:55 AM



Dec 19, 12:05 PM

christmas egg-nogs and flutes of rose champagne on new year’s

Brian Kaye

Dec 19, 12:06 PM

A smooth Sautern makes a nice compliment.


Dec 19, 12:33 PM

hot mulled wine – sweet, spicy, alcoholic and reminds me of home!


Dec 19, 12:52 PM

Kir Royale… mais oui!


Dec 19, 12:59 PM

a bottle of Krug. but in these harder times, a little German Sekt with Creme de Mure and Blackberry Puree or Elderflower syrup.

Wendy W Smith

Dec 19, 01:40 PM

If I am in the mountains a lot of Gluvine is usually in order. A nice Poire William is also very nice, for a domestic one I prefer Clear Creek in Portland Or. After that Champagne is always a winner.


Dec 19, 02:34 PM

Nigori sake ;)


Dec 19, 02:56 PM

Canadian Neige Apple Ice Wine!


Dec 19, 03:33 PM

Samuel Smith Winter Welcome Ale.


Dec 19, 03:45 PM

rose champagne!


Dec 19, 04:34 PM

eggnog with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg!


Dec 19, 04:44 PM

Kalhua with coffee and cream for warming up. Prosecco with fruit puree for celebrating, always wine with dinner and Frangelico with cappuccino with dessert!

anna c.

Dec 19, 06:04 PM

a nice glass of bubbly!


Dec 19, 06:27 PM

Vanilla sidecars or champagne!


Dec 20, 01:32 PM

framboise, love me some fruit.

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