Morning Rituals | February 2024 curdbox

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As the first light of dawn peeks through the curtains, there's a timeless ritual that beckons us from slumber: breakfast. This morning meal holds the power to transform mere moments into meaningful beginnings, setting the tone for the day ahead. Whether it's the comforting aroma of freshly brewed coffee or the sizzle of bacon on the stove—breakfast stands as a steadfast reminder to slow down, savor the moment, and embrace the beauty of a new day. So join us on a journey to discover why breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day—it's a meal you can eat any time of day!

 So, let’s take a look at this month’s box...

Honey Goat Cheese by Montchevré

Wisconsin’s Montchevré is the largest goat cheese manufacturer in the United States, and continues to operate with the same core goals and values since it began 25 years ago. Their creamy goat cheese with honey offers a unique and delightful culinary experience, seamlessly blending the richness of traditional French cheese-making with a touch of sweetness. Crafted in Wisconsin, this cheese strikes a balance between tanginess and delicate sweetness, making the perfect harmony of flavors- making it an ideal choice for breakfast. The result of meticulous craftsmanship using traditional French techniques and local methods, this cheese stands out as a shining gem in the world of goat cheeses, embodying the perfect fusion of creamy richness and bright flavor notes.

The Honey Goat Cheese by Monchevré and the Stroopie Crumbs by Stroopie

Seahive by Beehive Cheese

From “The Beehive State” (that’s Utah!), comes the Beehive Cheese Co. Founders Tim Walsh and Pat Ford are brothers-in-law, but they didn’t come from a cheesemaking family. Instead, they were a software guy and a real estate salesman who were seeking a “simple way of life” and ended up starting a cheese company that’s now known for its line of award-winning cheeses. This month’s selection is their Seahive Cheddar, a complex cheese that’s slightly sweet, with a tangy twist. And unlike a lot of cheddars, it’s mild and creamy, which means it plays nice with everyone. The cheese is made by hand using high-quality, local Jersey cows milk, then is rubbed with wildflower honey and the salt from an ancient seabed, giving the rind its slightly pinkish hue. The result is a cheese that's got a slightly sweet bite that's just sharp enough to add to your morning meal.


Seahive from Beehive Cheese Co and the Peach Marmalade from Emily G's Jams

18 Month Gouda by Artikaas

Aged Gouda may be the most universally beloved cheese out there, and this one is the real deal. It comes to us from Artikaas, who works with small-scale creameries in Holland to export this authentic Dutch gouda all over the world. This deeply golden wedge is basically the epitome of an aged gouda, with a firm and flaky texture that has the added contrast of crunchy crystals scattered throughout. It’s salty and savory, with a butterscotch- sweetness and aged, earthy undertones that mean this cheese pretty much is the whole package. And its complexity works beautifully with most of your favorite breakfast dishes.

The 18 Month Gouda from Artikaas and the Sweet Maple Nut Mix from NOSH butters

And here are the pairings that go along with these amazing cheeses…

Sweet Maple Nut Mix by NOSH Butters

NOSH Butters, an Ohio-based family-run company, offers a delightful array of hand crafted nut butters and nut mixes, inviting you to snack beyond the ordinary. Among their offerings is this semi-sweet nut mix featuring a blend of peanuts, almonds, cashews, and pistachios, delicately coated in maple syrup. Since its inception in 2018, NOSH has been driven by the belief that food serves as a conduit for connecting people and fostering positive change. Starting with humble beginnings in a home kitchen with a single food processor, NOSH has evolved into a small-batch manufacturing operation with a commitment to excellence. And their dedication to quality and innovation shines through in every wholesome and delicious snack they produce- exemplifying the anagram which makes up their name: "Natural Originals to Satisfy your Hunger."

Stroopie-Crumbs by Stroopie

Stroopies, the Lancaster-made Dutch stroopwafel, embodies a delightful fusion of local ingredients sourced from socially responsible companies. These delectable treats, crafted with care, feature two cinnamon waffles embracing a luscious layer of homemade caramel. For these- Stroopies presents a twist on the classic Dutch indulgence, offering convenient bite-sized crumbs that encapsulate the crispy texture and rich caramel essence, ideal for a sweet breakfast delight or adding a crunchy touch to desserts. Beyond their culinary charm, Stroopies' commitment extends to meaningful social impact, providing employment opportunities to resettled refugee women in Lancaster. Through paid English classes, life skills education, and a nurturing work environment, Stroopies stands as a beacon of empowerment and community integration, enriching lives while savoring the essence of Dutch tradition.

Peach Marmalade by Emily G's Jams

Emily G's Peach Marmalade is a unique southern delight, skillfully crafted in the Peach State of Georgia. This extraordinary marmalade, a far cry from the ordinary, features sun-ripened peaches, oranges, and a touch of ginger, creating a gourmet spread that strikes a perfect balance between sweetness and tanginess. Emily G's started as a humble venture at local farmers markets, offering just four jam flavors. Owner Jennifer Burns, a devoted mother of four, started out as a loyal customer- and eventually ended up taking over the business. And over time, transformed it into an award-winning specialty food business, driven by the mantra of doing everything for the love of food. Praised by culinary authorities from Bon Appétit to the Wall Street Journal and Martha Stewart Weddings- this handcrafted delicacy is not only a testament to the Burns family's dedication but also a culinary celebration of the sunny orchards of the American South. Whether enjoyed with cheese or as a new breakfast staple, this marmalade stands out for its not-too-sweet profile, making it a versatile and delightful addition to your morning rituals.


And with that- we wrap up this month’s box.

So here's to the art of breakfast, an anytime kind of meal, with the promise of great flavors and new adventures. And with that, we’ll see you next month.


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