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Quince Paste

Quince paste, known as membrillo in Spain, is phenomenal when paired with cheese (especially Manchego cheese). I first discovered this paste (more like a firm jelly) from my mom, who always has it in stock. It is sweet without being overly so, and truly is a great addition to a cheese plate.

 

Who knew? (My mom did).

Who knew? (My mom did).

You can buy it at Whole Foods or any gourmet store, and here online [1]. In Pound Ridge (Westchester NY), you can buy it at Plum Plums [2], an adorable 500 square foot cheese store with more than just cheese (but a lot of cheese). Read about them in the Wall Street Journal here [3].

 

Plum plums. [4]

Plum plums. YUMMMMMMM I ate so much cheese that my stomach hurt.

 

So what is a quince [5]?  It’s a hard fruit that looks sort of like a cross between an apple and a pear. Most varieties you can’t eat raw. They cook up pink and have a sweet floral aroma. Similar to apples and pears, they’re in season during the fall.

Cheese holy cow good. [6]

Cheese holy cow good.

 

The perfect cheese plate: a cow blue [7], a sheep manchego [8], and a stinky cow [9].

Quince, Manchego and marys. [10]

Quince, Manchego and Mary’s crackers [11].

 

If you have plans to entertain this weekend, then I highly suggest adding a quince paste to your cheese plate. Your guests will be truly happy (and you will have something new to talk about!). Have a great weekend.

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl
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