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Italian Cheese: Gargantuan Gorgonzola

With its titanic taste and robust aroma, Gorgonzola cheese has established itself in Italian mythology as the oldest blue-veined cheese

Italian Cheese: Proud Parmigiano

Parmigiano-Reggiano is the king of Italian cheese and pride of the nation, playing a central role in Italy’s culture, cuisine, and its economy as well

Slices of juicy tomato, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil layered together and drizzled with olive oil and cracked black pepper

Italian Cheese: Pride & Protection

Italians are proud of their cheeses, and why shouldn’t they be? Italian cheese has claimed forty-one DOP seals and the seal of approval from eaters around the globe

Going for the Greek: DIY Crockpot Greek Yogurt

It’s my last blog post on culture and I can’t believe how many recipes we’ve covered; cheeses, accompaniments, bread. It’s been fun but it’s time to move on to other adventures. Leaving culture is bittersweet…just like Greek yogurt. This simple recipe is not a crock. All you need is a crockpot, plenty of milk, live cultures, and a good […]

Have Patience, Dear DIY-ers, for Fabulous Feta

Fancy some feta? This briny, crumbly, aged cheese is ranked up there with baklava and moussaka. The Greeks did it right. If you’ve followed this blog from the beginning, many of the cheeses were basic and great for cheesemaking-newbs. Now with these beginner cheeses up your sleeve, it’s time to risk it all…with this not-so-hard DIY […]

Bringing Home the Bacon: DIY Tomato Bacon Chutney

It probably goes without saying, but bacon goes well with everything—especially cheese. As promised, here’s cheese accompaniments part deux. This entry features a savory spread to give your crusty bread and cheese some spiciness and sweetness. TOMATO BACON CHUTNEY Blogger Rachael Hutchings of La Fuji Mama loves culture with a capital L-O-V-E, so she was enthusiastic when I asked her about […]

Brave Baker, Dough Master: DIY Crusty Bread

Bread, cheese and wine—could there be any other perfect trinity for relaxing after work and rendezvousing with friends? This DIY series is meandering a little off the beaten path and spotlighting cheese accompaniments, beginning with warm, wholesome, crusty bread. But instead of fantasizing about munching on bread and cheese with a tall glass of wine, […]

Give [DIY] Cottage Cheese a Chance!

Of all things cheese-related, almost everyone loves to hate cottage cheese. I admit, I was a part of the cottage cheese-hating fan club—and why? What did cottage cheese ever do to me? Was it the lunch snack mix-up in grade school, when I mistook cottage cheese for rice pudding? Was it my arachnophobia and the […]

Snowed-In? Let’s Make Cream Cheese!

Learn how to make your own delicious DIY cream cheese with just THREE ingredients! Are you sold on this idea yet?

No Citric Acid? No Problem!

The previous recipe, my first DIY cheese-making blog, was pretty straightforward. But there was just one problem: citric acid was really difficult to find. A cheese-making friend of mine ran into this problem a few weeks back—and she hasn’t made cheese since. The grocery store attendants didn’t know what citric acid was and figured she was […]