Coast Cooking

Try pairing soft-ripened cheese with preserved fruit or jam

Many soft ripened cheeses pair very well with fruit, jams and preserves.
Many soft ripened cheeses pair very well with fruit, jams and preserves. Special to the Sun Herald

Many of the soft ripened cheeses such as Brie and Camembert are readily available and not terribly expensive.

If you are looking for something to serve with a glass of wine, or as an appetizer, this is it.

They can be even better if you serve them with a homemade jam or preserved fruit. Perhaps my favorite would be homemade fig preserves.

Another opportunity to serve a soft-ripened cheese and fruit or jam is as a dessert course. It can be quite a bit lighter and, if you pair it correctly, much more exciting than a traditional sweet.

Don’t think you have to stick to just one cheese either. If you go with several cheeses, it might be a good idea to stick to cheeses from the same country, but that’s not a hard-and-fast rule.

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