Monday, November 9, 2009

Butterfat test: 86% vs 84%, yes 2% matter

Holidays are around the corner and we are churning butter all day, all week long. Last week our butter maker brought in a sample of 84% butterfat instead of the normal 86% butter: oops should we say!!!!!

This batch of butter was set aside and donated to a local bakery in exchange for brownies and cookies for everyone at the creamery, great deal!
But, this raised a question: what is the real different between 84% butterfat butter and 86%, does 2% really matter and how can you tell?

The response: ABSOLUTELY but we needed to show proof to our team here, so here are the Test Kitchen results:

Pan sauteing test:
1 ounce of each butter
2 identical pans used
2 burners on high heat
Butter placed in each pan at the same time

84% turned brown in less than 1 minute
86% stayed cream colored and bubbling after 1 minute

Conclusion: smoking point difference = YES

Cookie test:
Butter was used at the same temperature
Same exact recipe and measured ingredients
Oven at the same temperature
Baking time identical

84% cookies, brown and crispy
86% cookies, soft and chewy

Conclusion: cookie texture difference = YES

The 86% butter in the pan was later used to saute some scallops with a finishing touch of crème fraiche for the sauce and the cookies, although half the batch was eaten warm out of the oven and the other half made it into the office.

Finishing sauces is where you can also see the difference in thickness and taste the with a high fat butter, this will be our next test kitchen experiment.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Butter and Truffles: a Vermont Partnership

The secret to Lake Champlain Chocolates rich truffles?
It isn't hard to find - just look down the road from the chocolate factory at a little creamery in Websterville. Here we are: Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery. Bob and Allison have been creating unbelievable cultured butter and cheese for years - in fact they were among the first artisan cheese makers in America. If you think all butter is created equal try ours. It's a revelation. On simple bread it's transformative. In Lake Champlain Chocolates truffles it's pure rapture.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tasting Diner at Sandrine's Bistro October 20th

Sandrines and Maitre Cuisinier de France Raymond Ost are pleased to welcome

Allison Hooper
Co Owner, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery
In a Celebration of 25 years of Artisanal Cheesemaking
and Pastry Chef Molly Hanson of Grill 23 & Post 390

5 Course Tasting Menu $45 paired with wine $65
Reservations accepted from 6 to 8:30pm
Alsatian Tarte Flambée
crispy flatbread topped with fromage blanc, marscarpone,
caramelized onions & Niman Ranch bacon

Alsatian Blend, Pierre Sparr, “Blend One,” 2006
Chevre Chaud
warm fresh crotin served on a baguette crouton,
baby mache with apple cider vinaigrette

Pinot Gris, Trimbach, Reserve, 2005
Roasted Long Island Duck Magret
aged goat cheese & griottes crust, pommes Ana, brandied citrus reduction

Pinot Noir, Annabelle by Michael Pozzan Winery, Carneros, 2007
Symphony of Vermont Goat Cheeses
Bonne bouche, creamy goat cheese, Bijou,
served with an assortment of breads from Iggy’s bread of the world

Brouilly, Chateau de la Chaise, 2008
Pastry Chef Molly Hanson’s devils food chocolate cupcake
crème fraîche cherry ice cream

pecan shortbread cookies & almond biscotti
For more information, contact Sandrine's Bistro Sandrine's Bistro

8 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 • 617-497-5300

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Defining paradise: judging at the The Brooklyn Cheese Experiment

Sunday September 13th,6:00am. I loaded my car with stinky cheese, cutting board, t-shirt and brochures…… cheesemaker on the road survival kit. Big mug of hot coffee, kissed goodbye to husband and dog and left in direction of NYC.

Destination: The Bell House in Brooklyn, rendez-vous 12:00 with an empty stomach ready to receive lots and lots of cheese-based food creations, good or bad – I was ready.
The cheese experiment took place in a really cool setting in the heart of Brooklyn. Inside the Bell House looks like a VT barn but with a Brooklyn funky twist bien-sur. DJ, lighting, beer pouring, cool people, hip music, good time….. looking ahead.

The challenge: 17 home cooks had to present a dish featuring cheese that would be impressive and creative and demonstrated their thinking with regard to cheese selection, ingredients and flavor combination – all this without being too serious about it. Each contestant was ready to serve their dish to a panel of judges including moi and also to the 300 folks coming to the event. 2 competition in one as the top 3 judges vote would get a prize as well as the top 3 peoples vote.
Judges introduced each other, decided how we would study each dish and then we got ready to taste, look, smell and deconstruct each dish. I was the lucky one sitting between Adrian Murcia, Fromager at Chanterelle Restaurant and Andrew Knowlton, restaurant editor of Bon Appetit Magazine, WAHOO what a panel!

Home chefs came one after another to explain their dish, ingredients used and of course the cheese selection. My first favorite was the holly dumdum, a goat cheese ball rolled in maple pecan+fried sage+bacon+cayenne…… of course I would like this dish, IT IS GOAT CHEESE! Then came a very cool slider served on waffle, with Terriaky beef and gruyere on top, which the home chef warmed up in front of us with a torch, Quel Spectacle! The gruyere reminded me of the cheese called Abondance from the Alps in France.
Of course Mac and Cheese was presented but it was too dry for me, trio of gougeres from a group of student at the French Culinary Institute also enter the competition but to me gougere has to be served warm and be soft in the inside….. feels like I am being picky when it comes to cheese base cuisine or French gastronomie!

After 17 dishes were presented, analyzed and consumed in a record time of 1 hour – judges decided to list their top 5 dishes…. Which in our case was all different, ouch …..and quickly negotiation was under way. Yes but dry, yes but not creative enough, I didn’t care about this one, for me that was the best…….and then we all narrow it down to 3 favorite dishes that we loved. Couple more discussion on the order the then VOILA the judges gave their sentence.

Judges’ 1st Place: Bonnie Suarez, “Tomato Soup and Spicy 3-Cheese Crackers” – the cold soup was refreshing the heat from the cracker: perfect combination
Judges’ 2nd Place: Evelyn Kim, “Knafe Nabulysa with Akkawai & Rose Syrup” with homemade crème fraiche’ – very surprising balance of sweet, crunch and acidity!
Judges’ 3rd Place: Alyssa Lees, “Fig & Blue Cheese Grueyere Puffs” – puff was warm and you could really taste the Roquefort in the cream, fig reduction was not too sweet – overall very well balanced

Audience First Place: Gabriel Vallejo, “Righteous Bun”
Audience Second Place: Bonnie Suarez, “Tomato Soup and Spicy 3-Cheese Crackers”
Audience Third Place: Rebecca Lando, “Ricotta Cheesecake”

Winners were announced, contestants all happy and judges were ready for a drink. Thank you to Taylor Cocalis, Nick Suarez and Theo Peck for the invite and a huge load of cheese and fun. Did I mention that in the same room the same contest was going on around beer… yes too much fun and bravo to the organizer team, Vermont is the Nappa valley of Cheese and Brooklyn is definitely the home of the Food Experiment.

Next year, I am there!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What a dog and a cup of Mascarpone have in common?

Spenser, my 11-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, has reached the age when he needs to take several different medicines twice a day. I hide them in his food and most of the time he just wolfs them down without realizing they're there. But every once in a while, I find a lone pill left in the otherwise empty bowl. When that happens, I call him back into the kitchen and give him some little treat with the pill hidden inside. A few weeks ago I put a left-behind pill in a fingertip-ful of Vermont Butter & Cheese mascarpone that was in the fridge. The next meal, I found another pill at the bottom of the empty bowl -- this almost never happens two meals in a row. So he got another bit of mascarpone along with his pill -- and an admonition not to get used to such decadence. The next meal he left another pill -- but this time he didn't leave the kitchen.
He just walked over to the refrigerator, sat down and waited for his mascarpone!
How could I not share? When I finally finished the container, I let him lick out the last remnants. After the next meal, his bowl was completely empty.

Jan Fialkom
Managing Editor, Cheese Connoisseur

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Vermont Butter and Cheese Company’s 25th Anniversary

Hard to believe it’s been 25 Years! At times it actually feels more like 50 years!

When Adeline first asked me to share a few memories about our early years my first thought was oh no, I would rather not! But how can you say no to Adeline, you just don’t say no to Adeline! Bob calls her his secret weapon, the smart and beautiful French women that no French chef will say no to! Yes, Adeline we will buy your butter and yes, Adeline we will by your goat cheese and yes, Adeline we will buy your Crème Fraiche!

So tonight I will share with you a few of my very early memories about the beginning of Vermont Butter and Cheese Co.

The story that frequently gets published about Vermont Butter and Cheese Co. and how it first started is somewhat romanticized: “ young Bob meets young Allison the cheese maker and they go off and make French Style cheeses in the lovely Green Mountains of Vermont. I’m here tonight to fill in just a few of the blanks. So I wrote a short story entitled Young Bob and Young Allison the cheese maker.

It all started 25 years ago when young Bob announced to his young wife that he had quit his job and was starting a cheese company with young Allison the cheese maker.

Young MBA Graduate Bob pulled out his yellow legal pad and proceeded to convince young wife that this was a flawless business venture, one that would lead to financial security and an early retirement.

Young wife had great faith in her young Bob and her new friend young Allison the cheese maker.

Just a few weeks later young Bob and young Allison arrived at young wife’s house with their first patch of cheese that they made at the UVM dairy lab. They called this new cheese a Tomme style cheese which in France was aged in stone caves. Young Bob and young Allison convinced young wife that her stone basement resembled the caves of France and would be a perfect environment to age the new cheese. Young Bob assures young wife that the mold they have sprayed throughout the basement is harmless and will be contained in the plastic walls young Bob has constructed. Young wife is somewhat skeptical but still has great faith in young Bob and young Allison the cheese maker.

Young Allison is very excited about her new cheese and tends to it daily, salting the rind and carefully turning it. Young wife tries to ignore the changing air quality in her home and young Bob assures her the mold growing on the bathroom walls has nothing to do with the mold they have sprayed in the basement.

That first winter is a lean one for young Bob and young wife. Young Bob assures young wife that next winter we will be able to afford heating oil and will no longer have to sleep on the kitchen floor in front of the wood stove. That same winter young wife is stricken with Pneumonia and is convince that it has some correlation with the mold that has engulfed her home. Young Bob is given an ultimatum by his young wife. The aging room is soon disassembled and moved to another location. Hence, the beginning of cheese production at the Hooper Farm in Brookfield Vermont.

Young Allison toiled day and night making cheese in the small milk house on the Hooper Farm while young Bob packed it into coolers and headed to Boston in his yellow Subaru Wagon, determined to find a market for their cheese.

Young Bobs belief in his company never wavers even when young wife’s father asks him, “Bob, when will you be getting a real job”. Young Bob again pulls out his yellow legal pad and with numbers and grafts tries to convince young wife’s father that this is a viable business venture. Young wife’s father remained skeptical.

Young Allison the cheese maker marries slightly older Don and they had three son. Young Bob and young wife also had three sons. The families intermingle throughout the years enjoying camping trips and long weekends at Squam Lake. Like brothers, the six boys and are often heard strategizing on how they will someday run the company.

Over the years young Bob and young Allison become known as Bob and Allison. They experience many ups and downs from construction delays, to too much milk, to not enough milk, good mold, bad mold, good cheese and yes, sometimes bad cheese. But over the years one thing remained constant and that was Bob and Allison’s determination, dedication and hard work. Anything was possible and they never stopped believing.

In 2008 Bob and Allison’s life’s work was recognized at the Fancy Food show in New York City when they captured the coveted “Outstanding Product Line” award, chosen from over 5000 specialty food products.

Today, we celebrate an older Bob and older Allison, two people who have formed a lasting business relationship built on respect, admiration and friendship. They are admired and respected as the pioneers of the Vermont Specialty Cheese Industry.

It’s with fond memories that we remember those that have supported Vermont Butter and Cheese Co over the years but are no longer with us. Allison’s parents Dr.and Mrs. Reisner and Don’s Mom Marion Hooper would be beaming with pride tonight on the success of their daughter and Vermont Butter and Cheese Co. My Dad, Bob Collopy, who passed away five years ago today, would also be so proud of their accomplishments, but if he was here you can bet that with a twinkle in his eye he would still be asking “Bob, when are you going to get a real job?”

Tonight, I older wife congratulates my dear friend Allison and the love of my life, Bob.
Sandy Reese, August 22, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival feedback

I had to slip out last night with only a word of goodbye and thanks to Bob for a lovely evening, day, festival and indeed, weekend of festivities. You all did a heroic job of envisioning and triumphantly pulling off something very special and amazingly impactful. I am duly impressed (and those of you that know me well, know that that is meaningful)!
In addition to all other things and thousands of people and luminaries biding for time and attention, it was just nice to have so much time with the VB&C family this week.
Here's to hoping the shine lasts and lasts in what I pray will be lots of deep relaxation!
Of course I hope you will call on me if I can help with anything in the afterglow/aftermath.
Bravo & Cheers!

RobinRobin L. Schempp

What a day! Fantastic, Fun (and okay a little warm). Thank you so much for all your work, vision, and hand-holding.
Cheers, Jane


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Vive le Beurre and Texas! ACS awards results

Celebrating 25 years of Artisan Cheesemaking and still winning awards…..
  • Butter Salted: 1st Place Vermont Cultured Butter Lightly Salted
  • Butter Unsalted: 2nd Place Vermont Cultured Butter Unsalted
  • Cultured Milk Products: 2nd Place Vermont Fromage Blanc
  • Fresh Goats Milk Cheeses: 3rd Place Creamy Goat Cheese, plain

And Congratulations to Rogue Creamery for their Best of Show Award

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dad, beer and cheese

Kids, what are you going to do for your Dad this Sunday? The poor guy has a long “honey do” list and many projects around the farm. What to do for a dad who cartoons greeting cards and creative gifts? The pressure is on and we need to give this some thought. Dads love beer on a hot summer day. He won’t be at Fenway Park or at the beach enjoying a brew but surely we can let him cut out of chores early to indulge him in a Vermont Beer and cheese tasting! There is always time to stop and enjoy some of his favorite food and drink together: Beer and cheese. And why not goat cheese? When we think of beer and cheese we immediately think of cheddar. Not so fast. In fact, fresh, lactic cheeses like goat cheese (chevre) pair well with microbrews.

Here are some Vermont pairings that we like:

Vermont Chevre and Magic Hat No 9. Fresh goat cheese is light and citrusy. It pairs great with apricots and the fruit of the No. 9 is refreshing.

Coupole or Bijou with Harpoon IPA. IPA’s with extra hops are big on flavor with floral tones and some pleasant bitterness. This beer needs and cheese that has lost some of its fresh citrus notes. Vermont Butter and Cheese Coupole and Bijou pair well because the rind has a mellow yeast flavor. The cheese gets soft and nutty tasting as it ages. For a lighter ale, choose Otter Creek’s “Otter Summer Ale” .

Bonne-Bouche and Woodchuck cider. Okay it’s not beer but it’s a great Vermont pairing. The cider smacks of effervescent apple. The cheese is soft and creamy like a dessert mousse. This is lunch.

More info on the cheeses at

Monday, June 8, 2009

Join us for a good cause

The Vermont Foodbank, Agency of Agriculture, Ben & Jerry’s, Cabot along with Vermont Hannaford, Price Chopper and Shaw’s, have teamed up to coordinate a Dairy Food Drive this summer. The purpose of this drive is to help Vermont families in need get nutritious dairy products during the challenging summer months when children are not in school and to help Vermont’s struggling dairy farmers by moving more dairy products from the market and educating consumers about the importance of dairy in our diets.

There are two ways to help!

During the months of June, July and August, dairy drives will be held at various locations throughout the state. Just show up and purchase an extra gallon of milk, cheese (some fresh goat cheese, creme fraiche or nutty cultured butter from VBCC), yogurt or any dairy product that will be collected in refrigerated trucks on site and distributed by the Foodbank to locations where needy families have access to the products.

Visit one of the following locations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the days listed to donate dairy to the Vermont Foodbank:

Saturday, June 13th- Milton Hannaford- St Albans Hannaford and Price ChopperSaturday,

July 11th - South Burlington, Shelburne Rd Price Chopper- Williston Hannaford- Colchester Shaws

Saturday, August 8th- Brattleboro Hannaford and Price Chopper

You can also donate today online at the
&Virtual Dairy Food Drive. It’s quick and easy and will get nutritious dairy products to those who need them most.

Did you know?
Vermont Foodbank Facts
In the last 10 months, Vermont Foodbank network partners across the state are reporting a 35-40% increase in Vermonters seeking food assistance. Dairy products are highly sought after, yet rarely donated, making up less than 1% of the Foodbank's distribution.

Vermont Dairy Facts
It costs Vermont farmers about $1.25 to produce a gallon of milk today, yet they are paid only $1.10 per gallon--including federal subsidy payments. This is about the same price they earned in 1978. In 2007, there were 1,118 dairy farms in Vermont. As of May 1, 2009, that number had dropped to 1,057.

TODAY you can help Vermont Dairy Farmers and Vermonters in need of food assistance by participating in the Dairy Food Drive.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Dear Madam or Sir,

every Saturday I buy cheese at Wegmans because they have a great international selection, especially for goat cheeses. I deliberately tried to avoid cheeses made in USA because they are horrible. Recently I bought two cheeses called 'Bijou' and 'Bonne Bouche' and when I consumed them at home I thought these are one of the best French cheeses I ever ate. After I alarmed my family the cheese was gone within minutes and they send me back to buy more. When I was at Wegmans counter again I saw the label 'Made in USA'. I didn't trust my eyes. This was not only the first edible American cheese, but it was the first really fantastic American cheese. Since then I dumped the corresponding imported products and buy mostly cheeses from your company. Keep up the great work and we will be loyal customers forever!
Best Regards

Markus Doerr

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

EJ Harvey goat cheese recipe from the SEA GRILLE

Chef EJ Harvey is the owner of the SeaGrille Restaurant in Nantucket "where ALL the locals go for great fish and excellent seafood". At the Nantucket Wine Festival EJ made a cooking demonstration on Sunday featuring our Bijou.

Spring Spinach, Strawberry and Bijou Salad
with poppy seed dressing

Baby Spinach - 1 pkg.
Red onion - 1/2 thinly sliced
Bijou - 4 oz (2 cheeses)
In a large bowl, mix all the salad ingredients together.

Poppy Seed Dressing:
Red wine vinegar 8 fl oz
Mustard (optional) 2tsp
Minced shallots 1 Tbsp
Olive oil 24 fl oz
Salt as needed
Maple Syrup 2 tsp
Flat lead parsley 3 Tbsp

1 Combine vinegar, mustard, shallots, salt, pepper, and maple syrup. Gradually whisk in oil.
2 Stir in the herbs, and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper and maple syrup if necessary.
3 Pour dressing over the salad ingredients. Toss and serve immediately.

Nantucket Wine Festival recipe "souvenir"

What a great event the 13th Annual Nantucket Wine Festival was. The cheese tasting seminar was a success - Valfino/Bonne Bouche and Cave Man Blue took the top honors from the crowd.

To see more pictures of the event check out our photos on flickr

Thursday nights' Opening Galla, was the kick-off of this weekend's event. Karen made some wonderful cookies and was out of sweet goodness within 2 hours, so here is the recipe for the most famous cookies of the event:

Vermont Butter Pecan Icebox Cookies
8 ounces Vermont Cultured Butter, Lightly Salted
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 large egg
½ tablespoon vanilla extract
21/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped fine
11/2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Coating mix:
Mix the following items together and set aside to roll the dough in later:
1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped fine
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Using an electric mixer beat butter and sugars on medium until creamy. Gradually add egg and vanilla until incorporated. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture beating well at medium speed. Stir in 1c pecans. Shape dough into 2 six inch logs. Sprinkle pecan, sugar and Cinnamon mixture on a cutting board and roll the logs of dough in it. Wrap logs in waxed paper and refrigerate over night.
Remove dough from the refrigerator and slice into ¼ inch slices. Place slices on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with sugar before putting in the oven. Bake cookies at 350° for 12-14 minutes until light brown. Remove cookies and cool on wire racks.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

See you in Nantucket!

This weekend is the Nantucket Wine Festival and we have been invited to teach a seminar on cheese and wine. After multiple brainstorming sessions on the subject / angle / title of the seminar we came up with the idea to talk about Terroir and look at Europe's "old world cheese" and US's "new world cheese"
The cheese list and selection is impressive:
Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy,
Clothbound Cheddar from England, and
Camembert as the French ambassador!
For the US team, we picked our tasty little aged goat cheese "Bonne Bouche", the washed-rind "Valfino" cheese from our friends at Roth Kase in Wisconsin and of course the sublime "Oregon Blue" from Rogue Creamery in Central Point, OR.
All wines are from California - See you on the Island!
For more info:

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

To all Mother, here is our gift idea from the creamery: Fresh buttery Scones & Flowers.

Make sure to use our Vermont Cultured Butter lightly salted to make the perfect tasty scones. Chocolate and peanuts or Blueberry lemon zest.

Joyeuses Fetes!

For more pictures from our test kitchen, check our album on Flickr:

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

Save the date!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Season of the goat - Boston Globe

By Lisa Zwirn (Wiqan Ang for The Boston Globe)
Globe Correspondent / April 29, 2009

Who isn't happier spending more of each day basking in warm sunshine? For goats, that means nibbling on green pastures, and when they do, their milk takes on more complex and floral nuances, which translates into lovely cheese. Vermont Butter & Cheese Company of Websterville, Vt., produces both fresh and aged goat cheeses. (For a fresh goat cheese recipe, see far right.) Two of the aged are particularly special - and adorable. Ripened just 10 to 12 days, the button-like "bijou" (French for jewel; about $6) and small domed coupole (about $14) develop a delicate rind, which adds a mellowness to the creamy textured cheese. Perfect for springtime entertaining. Available at Concord Cheese Shop, 29 Walden St., Concord, 978-369-5778; Shubie's,16 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, 781-631-0149; and Wasik's Cheese Shop, 61 Central St., Wellesley, 781-237-0916, or go to
© Copyright 2009 Globe Newspaper Company.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Tasty Hors d'Oeuvre 1-2-3

Bijou with Sun-Dried Tomatoes on Polenta

1 cup cooked polenta
1 Bijou
4 tablespoons marinated sun-dried tomatoes

Cook polenta according to directions on the package or use pre-cooked polenta (when cooking polenta use creme fraiche instead of cream if the recipe calls for it).
Once cooled, cut the polenta into small cubes (1x1 inch);
Top each cube with marinated sun-dried tomato;
Top each tomato with a small slice of Bijou

Serve it as a small hors d'oeuvre or cut larger slices and serve it on a fresh bed of "spring mix" as a salad.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spring is finally here!

First blooms from the Green Mountains...this means the snow is melting and the goats are going back to pasture! Look for our fresh cheeses for the fresh grassy and lemony taste of the new upcoming season!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cheese Tasting Diner at New England Culinary Institute

Come and join us for a great evening of tasting cheese, matching wine and discover culinary creation from NECI students and chefs at the Chef's Table in Montpelier. Menu include:

Hazelnut crusted Bijou
Small field green salad drizzled with lemon juice and EVOO

Greek style Feta
Topped with fresh basil, black olive, roasted red pepper and EVOO

Bonne Bouche ravioli
Stuffed with butternut squash, dry fruits, nuts. Topped with a sliver of smoked cornish game hen breast

On a semolina crostini with fennel seed, pine nuts and golden raisins

Fromage Blanc Cheesecake

Fixed menu diner price: $35

For more info and reservation on NECI website:

Friday, March 13, 2009

Aged Cheese and Vin de Bourgogne at Hemingway's

Hemingway's one of Vermont's premium restaurant for gourmet and fine dining experience is located in Killington, the heart of Vermont country, within striking distance of Rutland, Woodstock and Ludlow. Ted and Linda Fondulas are celebrating their 26 years of cooking and sharing their passion for fresh and local Vermont food.

On Tuesday March 24th, Ted and Linda will be hosting a Tasting Diner featuring wines of Jean-Pierre Latour & Michel Caillor, two of the best winemakers from the Bourgogne region of France. The stars will be 2005 and 2006 vintages, best Burgundian vintages of the decade, and Bonne Bouche will be the last bite to conclude this exquisite diner.
Bonne Appetit et Santé!


Michel Caillot, Bourgogne Blanc Les Herbeux, 2005
hors d’oeuvres
Michel Caillot, Meursault La Barre Dessus Clos Marguerite, 2005
Latour-Giraud, Meursault Charles Maxime, 2006
hand-rolled tortellini of Vermont rabbit
Michel Caillot, Meursault Limozins, 2005
Latour-Giraud, Meursault Genevrières, Premier Cru, 2006
Maine lobster with wild bassMichel Caillot, Pommard, 2005
Latour-Giraud, Maranges La Fusière, 2006
Cavendish Farm pheasant with house-made gnocchi and mushroom
Latour-Giraud, Meursault Narvaux, 2006
Vermont Butter & Cheese aged goat cheeses with roast fennel tart

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A perfect little France with a Vermont touch

It was a perfect day for skiing in Southern Vermont. The sky was brilliant blue and the snow glistened from the last snow fall. An those skiers traveling back from the slopes were treated to a great cheese tasting at the Village Pantry du Logis in So. Londonderry, Vermont. A team from the creamery headed down to do a tasting of our Signature Aged Cheeses – Bijou, Bonne Bouche, and Coupole. All were a huge success as pieces were added to the menu for dinner. The special Heart Shaped Cheese made for Valentine’s Day added a special touch to event.

Visit the Village Pantry the next time your in the area and try one of his meals to go.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Martha Stewart Loves Bijou

On January 15th, Murray’s Cheese was invited to the Martha Stewart Show and took some Vermont Bijou with them.
It was Martha favorite cheese!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Notes from the Cheese Primer Expert

Hi Allison

I took the Coupole and the butter and the Bonne Bouche down to LA (Lower Alabama) with me, and I told my mom and dad all about you, and I got to tell you, that Coupole just blows me away. You are a genius. I've been around a few chevres in my day, cozied up to a lot of them a lot of times. There is no other chevre that can touch yours. All aspects, Charentais, unmistakably, in style. As perfectly rendered as the finest AOC Chabichou." . I am in awe of your prowess. And if it wasn't you that made it, I do hope you will convey my sentiment to whoever it is.
Hope your Christmas is good and fun. Do be in touch.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

For the Love of Butter!

It is butter demo season and here is what people say when trying a spoon full of our now famous Vermont Cutlured Butter

"This butter is amazing - I've never had anything like it before!"

"tasted more like butter used to taste when I was growing up"

"the butter is really good" - " I heard about this butter"
"That Vermont Butter was just wonderful. What good butter should taste like. Wow that butter is out of this world. The butter taste so fresh and sweet. The butter really makes the bread taste good"
comments from Whole Foods Market Store Demo Details - Edgewater, NJ - November demo

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cheverny and Bijou

What better place to be than Michigan Ave., Chicago on Wednesday Nov. 5. Confetti from nearby Grant Park was still dancing in shoppers’ gazes as they stopped by
to snack on sea salt butter and Bijou. We toasted President-Elect Obama with some crisp Cheverny wine from the Loire Valley, a sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay blend. Pastoral is one of my favorite stores. The new one-year –old down town store is buzzing with professionals pouring out of their offices looking for a bottle and yummy cheese to pair. They have great meats and sandwiches as this is clearly a local hang out. What a great compliment to owners Greg and Ken. They take great care of their cheeses and they are generous with the samples and cheese talk with each customer.
It is a cozy place to be on a rainy fall evening.
Pastoral has 2 locations in Chicago:
2945 North Broadway and 53 East Lake Street
Toll frees: 800-721-4781 ~

Friday, October 31, 2008

Creme Fraiche Frosting

Recipe courtesy of

4 cups (32 ounces) Creme Fraiche
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons candied lemon zest
food coloring

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip all ingredients until thick and creamy, about 3 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.

BOOOOOO - Happy Halloween!

Halloween in the creamery office...Thank you Rachel for the scary cupcakes!!
But who is Rachel?
Rachel is our Queen of Customer service. She answers the phone, teaches about our products, sends out recipes, responds to customer questions, organizes our Christmas party and the list goes on and on........

Rachel recommends our creme fraiche in the frosting and wishes you a frightful, but Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cheese dinners in season

Columbus Day weekend in New England had diners out and about in Nantucket lapping up their last Island weekend of the season. It was a cheese celebration on the terrace, under the awning at The Boarding House. The afternoon was warm and sunny. The end of the season brought locals out to celebrate a prosperous summer with a tasting of wines and goat cheeses. The table was busy as regulars gathered a complimentary plate of fresh and aged Bijou, crottin, coupole and Bonne Bouche and a glass of wine. The Four course dinner featured a little something in each course from Vermont Butter and Cheese Co. The top dishes at our table were Local Halibut with a slab of sea salt butter melted on top. Flank steak atop a feta soufflé, and pear tarte tatin with fromage blanc ice cream for dessert. Thank you to Chef Erin Zircher for cooking up this menu. She packed the restaurant. Owners Angela and Seth Raynor were happy to host their neighbors. We are always happy to be invited to such a lovely place in the post tourist season.

Ferrying back to Boston we helped Louis Risoli at L’Espalier celebrate their new posh location in the Mandarin Hotel with their first “Cheese Tuesday” in their new location. Chef de Cuisine James Hackney developed a special 4 course tasting menu featuring our products. We dined on Pork with Bijou, lamb and Goat feta, a crisp crudité salad with creamy goat cheese, and their famous cheese board complete with Bijou, Coupole and Bonne Bouche. Perfect pairings of figs and honey adorned the cheese. Louis and Matt were in rare form as we all sang along to a Vermont Cheese song to the tune of the Turtles, “happy Together”. Cheese Tuesday, usually the first Tuesday of every month, is always fun party, great value and a chance for diners to hear a cheese story or two. I would highly recommend this night out in Boston.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Congratulation to our farmer Christine Kaiser

Kristine Kaiser recently received the "Dairy of Distinction" award from the Vermont Department of Agriculture. She started 4 years ago to produce milk for us and now have 125 goats producing great high quality milk. Congratulation Kristine from everyone!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

State Officials Congratulate Vermont Butter & Cheese On Awards

International Honors Demonstrate Importance of Cheese Production To Vermont’s Farms, Economy

WEBSTERVILLE – Officials from the State of Vermont congratulated a local artisanal cheese manufacturer for their recent international accolades and stressed the importance of such operations to Vermont’s economy and farms.

Agriculture and economic development officials praised Vermont Butter & Cheese for the five awards the Websterville company recently received at the World Cheese Awards held in Dublin, Ireland.

“We are very pleased to honor Vermont Butter & Cheese,” said Deputy Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts at a ceremony at the company’s factory on Thursday. “These international awards demonstrate how Vermont’s farmers and producers of quality, value-added agricultural and food products can compete in the worldwide market.”

He said Vermont Butter & Cheese’s commitment to the state is demonstrated by their support of more than 20 local, family-owned farms.

“Businesses like Vermont Butter and Cheese are an important part of our economy, and that’s why the state supports them,” said Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn. “Not only do they help preserve our farms and working landscape, which are so important to tourism, but value added products provide good-paying jobs for Vermonters.”

Company co-founders Allison Hooper and Bob Reese thanked the state for the assistance provided, which included $174,500 from Dorn’s agency as well as Vermont Economic Development Authority loans.

“We’re very pleased the state has recognized the importance of these awards, and are very proud of our staff,” said Reese, the company’s president. “This is a reflection of their dedication to producing a world-class product.”

“Companies like this define our state’s commitment to high quality, value-added agricultural and food products that consumers from around the world associate with Vermont,” Dorn said. “We are proud that Vermont Butter & Cheese has been a partner in our economic development efforts from its early days.”

Founded in Brookfield in 1984, Vermont Butter & Cheese Company is now a world renowned producer of artisanal cheese and butter.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Feast of the Farms Evening

On September 26th we were so thrilled to join Chef Doug Mack for the annual Farms Harvest Celebration at the Balwin Creek Inn in Bristol, Vermont. This event is the grand finale of the Farmhouse Dinner Series which, runs all year to give guests the opportunity to share a great dinner while discussing foody topics, like local food, new trends, farming and so much more….

It is a gala affair in the Red Barn, under a glorious white peaked tent with live entertainment throughout the evening. All of their farm partners joined them to celebrate Harvest, serving food, chatting with guests and enjoying an “end of season” party.

We had the great pleasure to share our table with a wonderful local wine maker:
Shelburne Vineyard! Their Vidal Blanc Ice Wine is to die for and they make a really nice Riesling (which goes so well with our aged goat cheeses). I have to say that it's really remarkable to make a great quality wine considering how hard to must be to grow grapes in our gorgeous, but frigid Vermont state. But let’s talk about the food first.

Doug made a wonderful walnut and cranberry bread to serve topped with a slice of our aged Coupole. Bonne Bouche was also invited and served on medallions of fresh pears; simple but so elegant.
Every guest came up at least twice for it!!! as a little “amuse bouche”, then for the cheese course and a last bite for dessert! The sweetness in the bread with the dried fruits balanced really well with the acidity of the lactic cheese. Having the crunch of walnuts enhanced the nuttiness of the Coupole, which comes from the special yeast we are using in the milk. Parfait!

Local venison ragu, Vermont Mysti Knoll Farm chicken was serving a turkey meat loaf – Vermont apple pie with cinnamon ice cream - local bread – wine and cheese, hosted in a wonderful traditional Vermont red barn setting, what more can you ask for? Bravo Chef Doug and thanks to you, Linda and all your staff for this wonderful evening and the support of local farmers which you have done for the past 25 years. (and the extra loaf of cranberry walnut bread that we took home!).

Upcoming event at the Balwin Creek
Fri Oct 10; 6:15 Dinner, 7:30 TalkTable Talk: "The Vermont Grapevine"
Lincoln Peak Vineyard owner and winemaker Chris Granstrom has been growing grapes, strawberries and apples for over 25 years in New Haven. He discusses Vermont's emerging grape and wine industry, the new grape varieties that make vineyards possible in our region and the tasty wines that can be made from them

Cranberry-Walnut Quick Bread

2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
⅔ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Vermont Cultured Butter unsalted, melted
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
2 cups chopped cranberries , fresh or frozen, thawed
½ cup chopped toasted walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 400°F for muffins, mini loaves and mini Bundts or 375°F for a large loaf. Coat pan(s) with cooking spray.
2. Prepare Quick-Bread Dry Mix using your favorite recipe.
3. Whisk eggs, buttermilk, brown sugar, butter, oil and vanilla in a large bowl until well combined.
4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Add orange zest, cranberries and walnuts. Stir just to combine; do not overmix. Transfer batter to the prepared pan(s). Top with additional walnuts, if desired.
5. Bake until golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 22 to 25 minutes for muffins or mini Bundts, 35 minutes for mini loaves, 1 hour 10 minutes for a large loaf. Let cool in the pan(s) for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Let muffins and mini Bundts cool for 5 minutes more, mini loaves for 30 minutes, large loaves for 40 minutes.

Friday, July 11, 2008

The BEST Award EVER!