We went on a tour of the Cowgirl Creamery! The Cowgirl Creamery is a small artisanal cheese maker located in Point Reyes, CA.
The tour really wasn't a tour - it was more of a sit and listen to lots of interesting facts about cheese making.
About 20 people that signed up for the tour gathered around this long table.
I sat facing the cheese making room - which was very fun.
|All the beautiful cheeses.|
Creamy, rich and nice and tangy creme fraiche.
Tonight I used it in two dishes.
Chicken in a lemony white wine reduction with creme fraiche:
And pan seared asparagus with a lemon pepper creme fraiche sauce.
I pan seared a chicken breast in olive oil until cooked through.
I pulled the chicken from the pan and added 1/2 cup of white wine to de-glaze the pan.
Then 3 Tbsp. of chicken stock went into the pan along with 1 tsp. of lemon juice and ground black pepper to taste.
When the alcohol had cooked off (about 5 min) I turned the heat to low and whisked in 1 1/2 Tbsp. of creme fraiche.
At this point I sliced the chicken breast and added it back into the pan. I let it all simmer together for another 5 minutes and it was done.
|A side of red grapes.|
You might notice that the chicken is shown without side dishes.
My confession? Sometimes I eat a meal in stages - First I make and eat the meat portion. A while later I will make the vegetables. Later on, I will make some rice or potatoes.
Yeah, I am weird like that.
Later on I made a very simple asparagus dish.
I pan seared some asparagus over medium heat in a bit of olive oil. The asparagus pieces were pretty big so I peeled the stems.
When they were bright green and just slightly brown, I took them out of the pan and set them aside.
Then 1/4 cup of chicken broth, 1 tsp. of lemon and ground black pepper went into the pan to simmer. I stirred in 1/2 a Tbsp of creme fraiche and whisked until the sauce was smooth and glossy.
The asparagus was still a bit crunchy and the lemon sauce really complemented the flavor of the asparagus.
Creme fraiche - It's a good thing:-)