Oktoberfest is upon us, and beer is the order of the day. If you are an avowed wine drinker and think you don’t like beer, Robyn Schumacher, a certified cicerone (think “beer sommelier”) and cofounder of Stoup Brewing Company in the heart of Northwest’s craft beer country, begs to differ. Read on to find your perfect beer match and plan a party menu worthy of the best biergartens.
The French cheese spread called fromage fort ("strong cheese") is a smooth, pungent amalgam of garlic, white wine, and any leftover cheeses you have in the refrigerator. Smear it on slices of baguette and run them under the broiler to have with drinks, or simply serve it with crackers.
Fresh ricotta is best the day it's made but can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to four days. Don't waste the protein-rich whey that drains out of the ricotta curds. Freeze it in ice-cube trays and use in smoothies, or simply enjoy it as is, poured over ice.