Andy Fadous is the co-founder and owner of American Provisions in South Boston, Mass. We caught up with Andy late on a Friday when he had been shopping for a new refrigeration unit, proving that ownership never rests!
Shoplifting has become kind of a big deal across the pond in jolly ol' Britain: petty theft of retail stores account for 36% of total losses—£1.224 billion—not to mention theft by employees, which comprised 33% of losses. One of the top items stolen from stores across the board? Cheese. The Guardian has the story:
Super confused about what brews go best with your Thanksgiving meal? Never fear, Serious Eats has provided some excellent pairing advice that's simple and straightforward. Whether you favor Belgian-style dubbels with mashed potatoes or English-style barleywine with pecan pie, this guide has you covered.
Thanksgiving: it's a time for family and friends to get together and eat way too damn much—not a time for overwrought beer pairings with elaborate, coordinated presentations. After all, there's no one beverage that's going to perfectly match every item on your plate and you won't want a separate glass for your turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. With all that stemware in front of you, you wouldn't be able to see your loved ones. But the beer you choose to serve is still important—as with any good celebration, you've gotta have good hooch.
As most cheese connoisseurs know, taste and smell are tightly intertwined. In fact, you can identify more flavor notes with your nose than with your tongue -- so it only makes sense a scratch-and-sniff wine book will be extremely helpful to vino newbies. At least, that's the hope the author of the book has, Boulder, Colo.-based master sommelier Richard Betts.
The photos and smells help break down the flavors and colors in fun, layman's terms. In one part of the book for example, it breaks down the woody differences in wine by depicting French oak as a barrel wearing a black beret and American oak wearing a cowboy hat. Both barrels are shown surrounded by different spices that the reader can smell to clearly show which oaks can lend certain smells and flavors to wine.
As surprising as we might find it today, women were the original brewmasters (or should we say brewmistresses?). In Ancient Egypt, women monopolized the sale of beer, and in Colonial America the fairer sex was in charge of crafting beers from the raw ingredients of the New World. But in today's modern craft brew scene, women find it difficult to function within a world of brews and bros.
Clearly, this savory sandwich needs little introduction. But we should mention that Kevin Lynch, blogger at The Closet Kitchen, suggests that you use a bit of bacon grease to fry the egg sunny-side-up for an extra boost of bacon flavor.
"Since bacon goes so well with cool and creamy avocados they were the obvious companion to the bacon jam in the grilled cheese sandwich but I wanted to add one more thing. With the word jam in the title and the bacon and avocado combo I kept thinking about breakfast sandwiches for some reason. The breakfast sandwich idea made me realize that this was the perfect opportunity to try something that I have been wanting to try for a long time, adding a fried egg to the inside of a grilled cheese sandwich!"
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It's well understood that homemade mac is the way to go. But sometimes when you're sick, exhausted, or stuck in a food desert, boxed macaroni and cheese comes to the rescue. Want to know which brand to buy? Check out the results of Thrillist's taste test -- you may be surprised.
The mac that most people remember fondest came from a rectangle box with a powdered flavor packet that should never be tasted on its own, unless you've always wanted to ingest a neon orange lump of sodium phosphate. Mac and cheese has come a long way since then, as evidenced by the results of this taste-test of eight top national brands.
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Twice baked potatoes are some serious cheesy comfort food. Adding pimento cheese provides a nice zip to the dish, and a wonderful spin on tradition. Will these make it to your Thanksgiving table?
To round out the flavor, I turned to butter, which I mixed in along with all the previous ingredients for my final batch. They turned out just right—the creamy and fluffy potato filling had all the rich flavor of pimento cheese, with a little added tang that struck a nice balance with the sharpness of the cheddar.
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First there was the pizza cocktail, and now there's the nacho cocktail -- fairly similar drinks that both begin with bloody marys. So what makes the nacho cocktail different? It's mostly the queso and crumbled tortilla chip rim -- and a cheese-stuffed fried olive for garnish.
Basically, it's the best way to induce and cure drunchies all at the same time. And we're into it. How many times have you been drinking and wished you had a plate of nachos to snack on? We're guessing more times than you'd like to admit. This is the solution to all of your problems.
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Halloumi, the famous non-meltable cheese, is seemingly unable to keep up with worldwide consumer demand. A PDO product, Halloumi can only be made in Cyprus, which, at the moment, is suffering economically. As a result, the cheese's production scale is diminishing -- at the same time its appeal is increasing. Halloumi lovers, better stock up.
Since halloumi is a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product, only cheese made in Cyprus, with Cypriot sheep and goat milk, can bear the name. Besides space, there's another problem: money. The Cypriot farmers can only produce the milk for about half the year and normally depended on agricultural banks for loans to help get them through the other half. Many of these banks have closed in the global economic crises of the past few years, or have scaled way back on what they can offer in terms of financing.