Brie With Bounty Of Dried Fruits

Brie with Bounty of Dried Fruits

The Cheese Stands Alone

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  • Wedge of Brie cheese or small round
  • Assorted dried fruits:  Cranberries, cherries, blueberries, dates, apricots, raisins, plums, prunes
  •  Tablespoon of honey


Dice the assorted dried fruits of your choice.  Mix with honey; enough to adhere to cheese.

Arrange the fruit on top of Brie in a fashion pleasing to the eye.

Serve with French bread or favorite crackers or crostini.

Bon Appétit!

Cook’s note:

  • Be our guest and substitute your favorite dried fruits.

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Cranberry Mango Brie Tartlet

Cranberry Mango Brie Tartlets

A sweet and savory treat all-in-one!

Serves 12


  • 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
  • 6 teaspoons New England Cranberry Co.®  Cranberry Mango Chutney*
  • 6 teaspoons Alouette® Crème de Brie® Spreadable Cheese
  • Sprig of thyme
  • Sprinkle of crushed red pepper
  • Dash of extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Lightly flour surface and unfold thawed pastry sheet.  Divide pastry sheet into 12 squares, 2 ½ inches per side.  Press the pastry squares gently into 12 greased mini-muffin pan cups.*
  3. Layer each mini-muffin pan cup with ½ teaspoon chutney, followed by ½ teaspoon brie, a few leaves of thyme, a sprinkle of crushed red pepper, topped with a dash of olive oil.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tartlets are golden brown. Allow the tartlets to cool for 5 minutes before enjoying.  Bon Appétit!

Cook’s note: 

  • Although I used cranberry mango, be my guest and substitute your favorite chutney.
  • If using a 24 cup mini-muffin pan, as I did, fill the 12 remaining cups with water.

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The Cheese Stands Alone

The Cheese Stands Alone

Who doesn’t remember that fond childhood nursery rhyme that ends “the cheese stands alone.”  Cheese, like a treasured nursery rhyme, brings with it a reassuring feeling of coziness and comfort.

Whichever way you slice it, cheese has the power to be the ultimate comfort food or solo menu dish.  Who doesn’t love cheese paired with their favorite glass of wine?

QuestionWhere’s one place cheese stands alone?

AnswerCheese reigns supreme in France.

Cheese rates top billing in France; whether a tasty treat, a savory main course, or a sweet end to a satisfying meal.

So put on a pot of hot, bubbling fondue; perfect for a chilly wintry night and share your favorite childhood cheese memory.  Smile!  Say cheese … you’ve just traveled to France.  ~ NRVANA

FranceDestination:  France
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by sharing your very own cooking nirvana experience -
be it a treasured memory, location, or recipe. 


A happy coincidence!  France is the birthplace of cheesecake.

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  • Brie with Bounty of Dried Fruits
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