Love the blue stuff, but find it difficult to incorporate into dishes? It's true blue cheese can be overwhelming, but the secret is simply pairing it with the perfect partner. This article from The Guardian gives some tips on compatible flavors.
Pungent blue cheese is a natural companion to steaks, but also combines well with vegetables such as butternut squash and celery, or the bitter kick of sage.
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Discovery's hit show "How It's Made" investigates the world of frozen pizza! Regardless of whether you eat the frozen stuff or not, it's pretty difficult not to be intrigued by this crazy factory churning out all these pizzas for your grocer's freezer. Check out the video below, via Serious Eats.
There's nothing particularly shocking here, but witnessing the sheer scale that these places produce on is kind of appallingly hypnotic. (The deluge of Shining-esque tomato sauce and the gray chunks falling from the "meat applicator" are mostly just appalling.)
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Got leftovers from your holiday cheese plate? You could make fromage fort, or you could eat like a king for a week. If you choose the latter, consult this list of dinner possibilities for your cheesy odds and ends, including blue cheese baked sweet potatoes, parmesan broth with tortellini, and crepes.
My holiday cheese platter is filled with five to seven cheeses, from creamy and restrained to funky and totally aromatic. As a New Englander, I'm partial to Massachusetts and Vermont cheeses, but I never discriminate when it comes to good aged dairy. Come the end of the night, I'm wrapping up lots of leftover bits and bobs from the platter and scheming ways to use them up all week long. Here's how to do the same.
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Ever had Panda Cheese? Well, maybe you should, or their mascot might show up at the foot of your bed with a baseball bat. These are without a doubt the most intense cheese commercials we have ever seen. Yikes! Watch several of the best below.
Panda Cheese comes from Arab Dairy, an Egyptian-based company. In 2010, a series of commercials aired with a simple premise: someone dismisses Panda Cheese, so a panda comes to ruin their day.
Yes, he might have some anger issues, but we like to think that he's just doing these people a favor by reminding them of the importance of Panda Cheese.
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This pie from Food52 and Local Milk blogger Beth Kirby just screams (carols?) holiday season. Sweet, tangy gorgonzola pairs perfectly with warm, spiced pears -- we dare you not to enjoy a slab à la mode.
And I haven't made just any pear pie. No, this one dances with the savory. With spiced, toasted walnuts and a few salty flecks of good blue cheese, this is an altogether different sort of pie that still manages to have all the comfort of tradition. Make it with your favorite pie crust, but my favorite for this pie is a leaf lard and buttermilk crust.
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If you're new to the cheese game (and we all were at some point), putting together the perfect plate can seem daunting -- but don't let it be! Take some tips from Marie Claire's interview with Jason Sobocinski, owner and founder of New Haven's Caseus Fromagerie Bistro.
A well-composed cheese plate is guaranteed to be a show-stopping hit at any party you're hosting this holiday season. With its practical setup—the appetizer requires no oven time and little more than a large board and a few basic knives—the only challenge is choosing your cheeses.
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It's Cyber Monday -- are you shopping? Whether you're clicking around for deals today or waiting until later in the season, Formaggio Kitchen has some great gift ideas for the foodie in your life (or you!). From cheese to charcuterie to chocolate, you'd be hard pressed to find a specialty food item on this list that isn't a complete knockout. Shop away, food lovers!
Do you have a food lover, budding chef, charcuterie aficionado or chocolate fiend in your life? Short on gift ideas? Not to worry – we’ve got you covered! Our staffers thought long and hard to come up with their top picks for what they would give to food-loving friends, family members and loved ones – here are the results...
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Feeling a little carb'd out after Thanksgiving? Here, have a salad. We won't tell anyone there's bacon, blue cheese, and maple syrup on it.
My favorite thing about this salad is that it works well when served warm or cold – just depends on your preference. It’s low maintenance. Which is so unlike me. Pears are so perfect and ripe right about now that I left them completely plain, sort of just accompanying the salad. A hint of salt and pepper goes a looooong way when sprinkled on top.
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Ever been frustrated by a flimsy wedge or ball of mozzarella crumbling against your grater? The geniuses at Real Simple have a solution for you! Store the piece of cheese in the freezer for several minutes before grating, and it will shred like a charm.
Grating mozzarella and other soft cheeses can be tricky. Try this simple tip.
Since many respected artisan cheesemakers in the U.S. happen to be women, it's easy to forget it's not that way in other countries. In Italy, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese master Catia Zambrelli is not only the sole female maker of the heralded cheese, but has had to masquerade under her husband's name for years in order to make a living -- the farmers only trusted the team if there was a man in the business. Today, it's a different story.
Catia Zambrelli has been working at the Bertinelli Dairy for three years, a family business which has been producing milk since 1895.
"Today my professionalism is acknowledged, but it has taken a lot of work and sometimes bitterness to be fully respected as a cheese master," she says.
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