The FDA is not pleased with this Amish farmer who is selling his raw milk to customers who then take it to their homes across state lines, which is against regulations. Tension is building, and the Raw Milk Freedom Riders have some strong words:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) apparent war on Amish raw dairy farmers increased on December 6 when they filed a “motion for summary judgment,” with Pennsylvania judge Lawrence Stengler asking for a permanent injunction against dairy farmer Dan Allgyer to forbid him from selling fresh milk out of state. FDA regulation 21 CFR §1240.61
criminalizes any selling of milk intended to cross state lines.
Bake or Break finds a great new use for Mascarpone cheese--in brownies!
I found this recipe ages ago and promptly printed it out so I could make it as soon as possible. Of course, when I found it earlier this week and remembered how excited I was to make them, I was forced to laugh at the fact that my initial excitement had been almost two years ago. Now, that either proves that I’m unorganized or that I have more recipes to try than I have time to make them. As I’ve always prided myself on my organizational skills, I’m going with the latter.
You can now have beer for dessert! Chicagotribune.com discusses this "hoppy, malty and yeasty" new treat targeted for men.
A growing number of confectioners have crossed what may be the final frontier in candy flavoring: candy made with beer.
It's all part of a push by specialty chocolatiers to make candy more manly, and to get men to reach for a stout caramel or India Pale Ale bonbon as eagerly as they might grab a nice cold one.
Check out this savory tomato and goat cheese tart from Easy Appetizers.
Last Friday I went to a birthday celebration for one of my close friends. It was a potluck which is always my favorite because it’s always such a treat to eat what someone else has cooked, baked, grilled or concocted. Being the self-proclaimed Easy-Appetizers-Queen, I brought a modified version of an appetizer recipe from the Every Day cooking mag for a Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart.
What I liked about this simple recipe besides it being easy, is that it has 2 of my favorite ingredients: Goat cheese and puffed pastry. Then, throw in some delicious top-of-the-season tomatoes and in my book, this makes for a great and scrumptious appetizer. Try it and see what you think.
No dairy product has sunken lower in the popular estimation than cottage cheese. Can you name a fancy restaurant that has cottage cheese on its menu? Is artisanal cottage cheese available at any bistro or gastropub? Is cottage cheese sold at farmers' markets, or have you ever seen a speck of it at Smorgasburg, say?
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Apparently you don't get what you pay for in a British Christmas basket At least this report from the UK, from The Guardian, says so:
The gift of food delivered to the door at a time of year when you can never have enough cheese biscuits! The Christmas hamper concept just keeps getting better and better. Or does it? Flipping through this season's hamper brochures, heavy as always with the promise of Ultimate, Supreme, Connoisseur and Imperial epicurean experiences, left me as lukewarm as a pat of brandy butter out in the winter sun. If a rich patron was going to send me a hamper, which one would I want? Hmmm. It turns out that I am more ungrateful than I ever thought possible.
Janet Fletcher has good things to say about Montagne du Jura at the San Francisco Chronicle. Note: this Swiss cheese does not have holes in it:
If the phrase "Swiss cheese" still conjures the sort of holey slice that you put in a mousetrap, please treat yourself to a generous wedge of Montagne du Jura. This lovely raw-milk cheese from the canton of Bern, in northwest Switzerland, is definitely Swiss cheese. But I would not sacrifice even a nibble to any purpose other than my own or my guests' pleasure.
The Spielhofer family that makes Montagne du Jura buys its cow's milk from an 80-year-old cooperative that specializes in Gruyere. Montagne du Jura resembles Gruyere in flavor, but in format it is closer to Appenzeller, another Swiss mountain specialty.
This recipe is from Chef Jasper Mirabile, of Jasper’s and Marco Polo’s Italian Market, Kansas City, MO. The unconventional combination of Buttermilk Blue and cantaloupe melon is deliciously harmonious in this pasta. Serve a large bowl at your next get-together and your guests will be begging for the recipe!
Cook rigatoni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat and sauté prosciutto until crispy. Add melon and cook for 2 - 3 additional minutes.
Don't give an old man boring cheese, is the crux of one of the notes Ingmar Bergman's housekeeper got during her time working for him. Amen, Ingmar.
The filmmaker, responsible for such epics as Fanny and Alexander, Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal, lived on the remote Baltic island of Fårö. Many of his possessions have been auctioned off since his death at the age of 89 and today 32 notes to his housekeeper - some tender and some with angry sketches - were auctioned in Stockholm for £4,110.
"Broken. Fix IMMEDIATELY or buy a new one!" read one of the notes, with a small devil sketched on it. The notes were sent to Anita Hagloef, his housekeeper from 1995 to 2003.
"This cheese was more boring. We'll go back to the old one", another read.