Like many of you, I love cheese. A staple for company or even dinner when it's just the immediate family is a cheese board. Brie, cheddar, aged Gouda and bleu cheese will all make a visit to the board at one time or another.

The question comes up as to what to do with the leftovers.

Andra C Taylor Jr via Unsplash
Andra C Taylor Jr via Unsplash
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We found ourselves with several sandwich bags of leftover chunks of cheese over the weekend. I remembered that Eric Scott recommended a recipe a year ago from a video he watched with French chef Jacque Pepin.

Called "Fromage Fort", it's a cheese spread made with the scraps you have left in your fridge.

The preparation is simple:

  • Cut the chunks into smaller chunks and scrape off any discolored or dried-out ends.
  • Then drop all the cheese into a food processor.
  • Add 4-5 cloves of garlic and black pepper.
  • Then start the machine.
  • As the ingredients are transformed into smaller and smaller bits, add white wine.

The result after about three minutes in the processor is a delicious spread that can be added to crackers, bread, pasta, or for me tonight, a burger. Enjoy!

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Spadea. Any opinions expressed are Bill's own. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m., talkin’ Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.

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Best coffee shops & cafes near NJ beaches

When it comes to food, New Jersey is known for many things such as pizza and pork roll. Don't count us out when it comes to coffee.

With all the hustle and bustle involved in the average New Jersey resident's day, coffee is essential. It doesn't matter whether you're living in the cities of North Jersey or the vacation spots at the shore.

In fact, as the former owner of two Jersey shore coffee houses, Coffee Dot Comedy in Sea Isle City and the Daily Grind in Ocean Grove, I know firsthand how much people at the Jersey shore love their coffee.

With respect to that, I asked my social media following where the best coffee houses at the Jersey Shore were, especially since my two places no longer exist.

Below is what they came up with. (And see this other article for their coffee shop and cafe recommendations for Central Jersey.)

NJ Diners that are open 24/7