Cheese - French Comté...

OK I know I'm not very often here lately but you know the reason - Baby J :) But I still eat a lot and cook whenever I can - though usually this was passed on to my Hubby and he's good at this so I'm not complaining ;)
I eat a lot(!) of cheeses being it French, Italian, Irish, Polish, Dutch etc. so I decided to share with you my experience (or lack of it ;) ) in that field. I'm not an expert when it comes to cheeses. I like trying different types of it, like finding out the history, how it's made, from what kind of milk etc. so I hope my posts about all those things will be somehow helpful for you and will encourage you to try some as well :)
Oh, just so you know - all the cheeses I'll be posting about were "tried and tested", I'm afraid I will be judging with my own taste so if I'm not fond of some particular cheese please don't let it put if off trying it for yourself! It will be only my opinion and you really should make your own! :)

I couldn't start with anything else but probably the most famous of French hard cheeses - Comté.

The best way I can describe it is: medium soft texture (although it's a hard cheese), nice distinctive but not too offensive taste, you're left with a king of 'woody' after taste in your mouth (like it was a little smoked, even though it's not). You can definitely taste fruity/flowery overtones.
It's great on it's own - I ate it with a fresh baguette and fully bodied red wine (of course French one ;) )

The Daring Cooks #10 Nut Butters...

The July 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Margie of More Please and Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make their own nut butter from scratch, and use the nut butter in a recipe. Their sources include Better with Nut Butter by Cooking Light Magazine, Asian Noodles by Nina Simonds, and Food Network online.

This month's challenge was very interesting. And ye again I left it for the very last minute - made it only today. It's starting to be some kind of tradition for me doing challenges on the day of posting ;) Next month will be different though - as me and another DC member are the hosts! :)
Anyway back to this month - the challenge was great. I picked up the Asian Salad as me and my Hubby love shrimps. We weren't disappointed. It was delicious and very(!) easy to make (this time I did all the cooking while the two of them -Hubby and Baby J - were sleeping...).
I also had a chance to bake delicious peanut butter cookies - for which the recipe you'll find in the previous post.

Oh, thank you all for the wishes reg. Baby Julia :) and she's better now - less colics!!! Yupi!

How to make it...

Peanut butter cookies...

With peanut butter you either lov it or hate it... I just LOVE peanut butter! Never tried to make peanut butter cookies though, so after seeing in online for many months it was a high time I make some myself... This recipe is very easy and gives a great result. Enjoy! They are perfect with a cup of strong coffe :)

How to make it...