I never knew that cows in Finland had names until I attended the debut of Lacey Swiss from Finlandia Cheese. Why do these cows have names? These cows are part of a family and are raised by a family. Finlandia Cheese, a division of Valio USA, a subsidiary of Valio, Ltd., Finland’s largest food company, has used sustainable farming methods for over 150 years. This is definitely something to smile about. Another fan of this idea and the end result is Ariane Duarte. Ariane is an executive Chef of award-winning CulinAriane restaurant and finalist on Bavo’s Top Chef. Ariane was at the event and provided the attendees with some great ideas for summer entertaining with cheese. So, what makes this cheese so good?
The dairy cows are raised on small, independent farms, by individuals staunchly committed to the environment and to treating their livestock humanely without the use of any added growth hormones, like rBst. Finlandia Cheeses are All Natural, Hormone Free, and Naturally Lactose Free. Lacey Swiss, the newest flavor on the butcher block is aged for over 60 days, low fat, and low sodium. While at the event, Chris Franco, President and CEO of Finlandia, told all of the attendees to roll-up their sleeves and get in the kitchen. I thought this was a great idea for the food review crowd. Mr. Franco also showed how easily the Finlandia Lacey Swiss was to slice.
Not only is the Finlandia Lacey Swiss easy to slice, it is easy on your heart. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), adults should eat 2-3 servings of fat-free or low-fat dairy per day. And these suggestions align with the “Let’s Move!” campaign initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama, which encourages healthy eating habits for children and families across America. Mr. Franco added his excitement and commitment to provide consumers with Finlandia Lacey Swiss because’ it allows consumers to achieve their health objectives without sacrificing delicious flavor’.
So, kick-off your summer on the right foot and shop for healthier diary options. You can find Finlandia Cheese at your nearest fine supermarket and deli. For more information about Finlandia, recipes, and its products visit www.finlandiacheese.com.
*I did not sample the Finlandia Cheese because they are not certified kosher. However, you find a nice honest review of the Finlandia
Lacey Swiss at freebiespot.net
Finlandia Lacey Swiss Salad with Apples, Sweet Walnuts
and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Created by Chef Ariane Duarte
4 c already prepared lettuces of your choice
¼ lb *Finlandia Lacey Swiss, sliced
1 Apple sliced and placed in lemon water (so it will not brown)
1 c Candied Walnuts
¼ c Balsamic Vinegar
½ c Olive oil
1 shallot, minced
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except vinegar, oil, shallot, salt and pepper.
In a separate bowl, combine vinegar and shallot – then slowly whisk in oil.
Season salad in a larger bowl with salt and pepper. Add vinaigrette- toss well & serve.
Ariane says: I love creating salads with surprising ingredients and a variety of interesting textures. This popular salad combines sliced apples (pears work well, too) with candied walnuts. The sweetness is offset by the nutty flavor of Finlandia’s New Lacey Swiss and the light and airy texture is perfect for a summer salad. Finlandia’s Lacey Swiss means you’ll never have to choose between healthy and delicious ever again.