With a Colorado Spring upon us, we enjoyed a (hopefully) last romp in the snow just before pulling out the sundresses and sandals. It was also one more chance to convince our own homemade meatballs that snow is a total blast and worth the twenty or so minutes it takes to get on snow pants, coats, hats, mittens, boots, and… Oh, you have to pee? Of course, you do… and repeat.
The snowstorm was also a great opportunity to enjoy this recipe for three ingredient tomato bisque and sample some of the several flavors of John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks we were sent to review. Having never had them before, Hubby and the crew were rather excited to taste. Who knew there were so many ways to make cheese sticks!?
The first flavors we tried were the John Wm. Macy’s Dutch Chocolate SweetSticks and the Madagascar Vanilla SweetSticks with some after dinner decaf (because Hubs and I are truly morphing into our parents). They were just the right amount of sweet and satisfying. Our daughter loved the vanilla over the dutch chocolate while I truly enjoyed both.
I also couldn’t get enough of the variety of cheese flavors (because cheese). The melting parmesan was so delicious and the asiago & cheddar went perfectly with our soup. Like crunchy, flavorful, mini grilled cheese sandwiches! I later combined the variety of cheese flavors in a plastic bag and using a rolling pin, created a breadcrumb for baked cod.
The best part about reviewing John Wm. Macy’s Asiago & Cheddar CheeseCrisps is having an opportunity to try something new. Being that delicious food is such a gift unto itself, trying something we may never have gone out of our way to purchase before is such a treat when it’s as simple and delicious as this. We will definitely be buying these in the future for an easy appetizer, snack, and accompaniment to soups and salads.
Want to give them a try yourself? John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks & CheeseCrisps are available for purchase at select Costco locations as well as Cost Plus World Market (another guilty pleasure) and a variety of stores found online here. We’re also giving away a wonderful gift box including the six flavors we sampled ourselves. Just leave a comment below and a winner will be announced at the end of the week! Serve twice-baked twists of layered sourdough and shredded aged cheeses at your next get together or snowy Saturday (because it’s Colorado and we all know it’s going to snow again soon). Stay warm!
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole, peeled tomatoes (with liquid), roughly chopped
- 4-5 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
- 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
- John Wm. Macy’s Asiago & Cheddar CheeseCrisps
- Over medium-high heat, combine the broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, stirring often.
- Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes.
- Using an immersion blender or regular blender, puree the tomato and broth in small batches. Return to the stove and slowly add the cream, whisking constantly.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with John Wm. Macy’s Asiago & Cheddar CheeseCrisps and serve.