culture: the word on cheese literally wrote the book on cheese!
To make the new world of cheese less intimidating, Laurel Miller (contributor) and Thalassa Skinner (founder) have created a handy primer to selecting cheese, pairing cheese with wine, cooking with cheese, and making cheese. In Cheese For Dummies, everyday cheese lovers will learn how to become true cheese connoisseurs.
After the holidays, you may wonder what the heck you're going to do with those leftover cans of pumpkin puree in the back of the cabinet. Well, it's obvious now, isn't it? Make quesadillas -- with brie! These also make a tasty appetizer for impromptu (ahem, uninvited) holiday guests.
Quesadillas are some of the easiest and most popular party bites I can think of. Everybody likes them, and you can change the ingredients seasonally. These are perfect for fall and winter - use any pureed fall squash (I chose pumpkin here) and hit it with a bit of herbs and spices. Put it between tortillas with ooey gooey brie cheese and cook until crispy and golden brown.
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Nora Singley from The Kitchn tells you why pre-grated cheese is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
The more exposure that cheese has to air, the more it loses flavor and aroma. Oxygen is also what brings on spoilage. Cheese that's prepped for you may be more convenient, but it's more expensive, too! A cheese's freshness and flavor quotient goes way down when it's pre-grated, -shredded, or -sliced. As far as I'm concerned, a bit of elbow grease to grate is totally worth the payoff in quality. And shelf life.
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Just in time for the seasonal milk-and-cookies plate, researchers at Washington State University have found that organic milk really is healthier than its conventional counterpart.
"The reason organic milk is healthier comes down to its ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which is lower than in regular milk. A diet containing too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3s has been linked to heart disease, as well as cancer, inflammation and autoimmune diseases. That’s because your gut converts omega-6s to arachidonic acid, which can cause inflammation. But the anti-inflammatory powers of omega-3s help to counterbalance that reaction, which is why keeping that ratio low is so important. (An omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 2.3 to 1 is best for heart health, research suggests.)"
Have leftover eggnog from that Christmas party? Never fear, you won't have to waste it. Serious Eats has a recipe for eggnog whipped cream that'll make you swoon with delight.
The method is straight-forward: combine everything in a bowl and whip to medium-stiff peaks. As is true for any time you make whipped cream, popping your bowl and whisks into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before you start are best practices. The resulting whipped cream is sweet and lightly spiced. It's a great, simple way to upgrade any dessert this holiday season. Or a Nilla Wafer. Merry Christmas to me.
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We know cheese is hard to resist, and we often purchase too much. Just follow these steps from Food52 and your cheese will be perfectly preserved for endless enjoyment.
When it comes to cheese, sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. Ideally, you shouldn't buy more cheese than you can consume in a few days. However few of us have a strong enough will to resist the jewel-like beauties of the cheese aisle, despite their often hefty price tag. One thing's for sure: if you're dropping a bundle on some curdled milk, you better make sure to keep it as fresh as possible for as long as possible.
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It's officially "Sheep Week" at Modern Farmer. The magazine teamed up with Juniper Moon Farms in Palmyra, Virginia to install a live lamb (and a few full grown sheep) cam. The stream is complete with a few sheep dog cameos and night vision so you can watch these adorable woollies count themselves to sleep.
"Half the sheep are Cormos (white) and half are Border Leicesters (multicolored). They’re bred for wool, not meat, and they love their owners with a fierceness. Of course, they show their affection as only sheep can — head-butting stomachs and nosing through pockets for loose change."
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Looking for a practical gift for a foodie friend? This beer + food calendar by redcruiser on Etsy is a seriously adorable option. Many of the pairings feature yummy dairy items: grilled cheese and tomato soup with pale ale, quesedillas with an IPA, ice cream with an imperial stout, pizza with amber ale, and more. Any present that inspires cheese and beer pairings is good in our book!
Each month features an illustrated variety of beer and an ideal food mate...Pale Ale and Tomato Soup, Hefeweizen and Bacon/Eggs, IPA and Quesadillas, Lager and Hot Dog, Imperial Stout and Ice Cream, Brown Ale and Sweet Potato Fries...perfect matches.
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It's official: Dairy Queen is coming to Manhattan. Love it or hate it, there's an argument in this Serious Eats piece for you. Midwesterner Jamie Feldmar has a soft spot in his heart for the ice cream chain and its marshmallow-y confections, and wants you to hear why. Ice cream geek and native New Yorker Max Falkowitz thinks DQ has no place in Manhattan. Which side are you on?
News broke last week that Dairy Queen will be opening in Union Square later this month (its first New York City location outside of Staten Island), and once the Serious Eats office heard, well, let's say things got heated. After words were exchanged and tongues were stuck out, native Midwesterner Jamie Feldmar and native New Yorker Max Falkowitz retreated to their desks to write out their debate in more civilized terms.
Social media is now a major part of marketing, no matter what your business type is. Social media can be important for building brand awareness, engagement, and for getting out messages about happenings and products quickly to the people who will care most. But with limited time, it’s hard to create the content that will draw in followers. That means you need to decide which social media platforms will serve you best. Below is info about some of the major social media platforms that will help you to decide which ones are right for you.