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NEWS: Vermont Butter & Cheese Wins 5 Awards At World Cheese Competition

Vermont Butter and Cheese Company, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week, won five awards at the World Cheese Awards held in Dublin, Ireland earlier this month. The winners include Vermont Chevre, Vermont Fresh Crottin, Vermont Creamy Goat Cheese, Vermont Quark and their Signature Aged Cheese Bijou. Company co-founder Allison Hooper is credited for helping to start the artisan goat cheese movement in the U.S. The company will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. The company, located in Websterville, VT, is dedicated to crafting artisanal dairy products in the European style through a vital link of local Vermont farms. The company supports a network of more than 20 family-owned farms, providing milk that meets the highest standards of purity, and is a proud contributor to the health of local agriculture. Vermont Butter & Cheese is a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week. Read our review of their delicious products.Read more information on the World Cheese Award winners.  
A snowy white crottin of chèvre from the
Vermont Butter & Cheese Company.

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RECIPES: Election Night Cocktails

The Obama Rama.

The Obama Poma.

10 Cane On The Baracks.

The McCane Mojito.

John 10 Cane Punch.

  If you’re planning an election night get-together, the folks at 10 Cane Rum have made it easy to celebrate (or drown your sorrows) with these toasts to the candidates.


A nod to Obama’s home state of Hawaii!
1-1/2 ounces 10 Cane Rum
1 ounce Grand Marnier
1/4 ounce orgeat syrup
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Garnish: mint sprig & lemon wheel

Directions: Combine all ingredients into mixing glass. Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour all contents into a rocks glass. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon wheel.

Obama Poma
2 ounces 10 Cane Rum
1 ounce pomegranate juice
3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
Dash simple syrup
Garnish: pomegranate seeds or lemon twist

Directions: In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with pomegranate seeds or lemon twist.

10 Cane On The Baracks
10 Cane Rum
Cubed ice

Directions: Pick out a rocks glass. Add cubed ice. Pour 10 Cane. Sip.


McCane Mojito
2 ounces 10 Cane Rum
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
8-10 mint leaves
Splash of club soda
Garnish: mint sprig

Directions: Place mint leaves and simple syrup in the bottom of a tall glass. Press gently with a muddler. Fill with cracked ice. Add 10 Cane and lime juice. Stir gently and top off with soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.

John 10 Cane Punch
2 ounces 10 Cane Rum
1/4 ounce pineapple juice
1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/4 ounce Grenadine syrup

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or on the rocks with a lime or a flag!


Red, White, & Blue Mojito
2 ounces 10 Cane Rum
9-10 mint leaves
Juice of 1/2 lime
Splash simple syrup
Club soda
5 blueberries
2 strawberries, quartered

Directions: In a mixing glass, combine 10 Cane, mint leaves, lime juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a highball glass, add fruit and top with soda.


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QUIZ & CONTEST: Fun With Mustard

The folks at French’s have conjured up some condiment fun for you at

-First, there’s a Condiment IQ Quiz that’s quite eye-opening. Here’s one giveaway: If you switch from mayo to mustard on your daily sandwich, you’ll save almost 10,000 calories in a 12-week period. The average person would have to run 73 miles to burn those calories!

-Have a favorite recipe that uses mustard? Enter French’s “The Skinny on Mustard” Contest and you could win a Spa Getaway for two worth up to $1,500 or one of 10 American Express gift checks valued at $100 each.

-If you don’t have a recipe, French’s has plenty for you.

Want to learn about all the different types of mustard? Check out THE NIBBLE’s Mustard Glossary.

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HALLOWEEN: Perfect Party Favor

If you’re looking for something sophisticated and sweet to give special guests on Halloween, may we suggest Sugardaddy’s seasonal Harvest Sumptuous Sweetie? This round blondie is made with a rich pumpkin purée, a 5-spice harvest blend, chopped walnuts and white chocolate chunks, then topped with an apricot cardamom swirl. It‘s a memorable way to celebrate Halloween; packaged in a round acrylic gift box, it will keep for several days afterwards. There’s no trick about this treat: Read our review of Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties. And while you’re at it, read the History Of The Brownie.

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RECIPES: Gourmet Pizzas

October is National Pizza Month. This most popular of American dishes started out as a primitive flatbread and cheese meal somewhere in the Mediterranean region. While pepperoni wins as America’s favorite topping, the folks at Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board—whose members make much of the great cheese that tops your pizzas—have developed some groovy recipes that let you defer the tried-and-true pepperoni, meatballs, mushrooms, onions and pepper for another day. So call your friends, tell them to bring the craft beer or artisan soda, and celebrate National Pizza Month in gourmet style. But before you hit the recipes, chow down on the history of pizza.

Pizza-Making Tips

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Calypso Pizza

Piña Colada Pizza

Gorgonzola & Caramelized Onion Pizza

Pear, Walnut & Gorgonzola Pizza

Andouille Sausage Pizza

Middle East Pizza

Greek Pizza

Mediterranean Pizza

Pancetta & Potato Pizza

White Cheddar With Bacon & Walnuts Pizza

Beyond pepperoni: This White Cheddar
Pizza includes bacon and walnuts.

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