Ideas for Your Next Cheese Plate from the Formaggio Kitchen Cheesemongers When it comes to pairing cheese with beverages and condiments, there are a number of classic couplings and rules related to selecting a great pairing. Rules like “if it grows together, it goes together,” or concepts such as matching like flavors (fruity with fruity) or contrasting Continue Reading »
Here at Formaggio Kitchen, we are often faced with the question of what pairs well with each cheese. Whether it’s a Mousquetaire Black Cherry Jam from France, Valiser Quince Paste from Spain, or Wood’s Apple Cider Jelly from Vermont, we are constantly seeking out the best accompaniments to all our favorite cheeses. One of the Continue Reading »
It’s no secret that Formaggio Kitchen mongers love a good jam. The sweetness of fruit is a natural partner for cheese, rounding out the punch of stronger types and playing harmoniously with milder, milkier wedges. The jams we favor are those that allow the fruit to shine, without adding too much sugar or using unnecessary Continue Reading »
When you visit one of our stores or give us a call, we are always happy to help you design a cheese plate that will fit your audience, tastes, and budget. Designing a cheese plate on your own can be a bit more stressful, but follow these general guidelines for consistently excellent results. Choose Quality over Quantity First things Continue Reading »
A big welcome to the newest cheesemaker on our wall – Spoonwood Cabin Creamery! Spoonwood is a teeny-tiny 1,000 square foot “nano-creamery” in the town of Jacksonville, Vermont, 25 minutes west of Brattleboro.
A trip through the French Basque country is one of distinct sights, scents, and flavors. Rolling hills of green pastures are punctuated by craggy mountain peaks and deep valleys, and sheep are everywhere!
Although we are known for having a vast international honey selection at the shop, I think that this year’s selection of domestic honey particularly stands out.
One of the cheeses we get from Neal’s Yard Dairy in London is named for the town of Caerphilly because that’s where most of the wheels (made in the surrounding countryside) were sold. The delicious Caerphilly cheese we sell in our store today is made at Gorwydd Farm in the town of Llanddewi Brefi in Ceredigion.
Beer buyer Eric gives us some insight into the massive party known as Oktober Fest and tells us a bit about his three beer picks for this season.
Spring may be the season of rebirth, but we can’t help a similar feeling of renewal when September rolls around: new season, new school year, cooler temperatures (at least in the northeast). Autumn is also the time to celebrate the harvest – particularly the new batch of apples, that most emblematic of fall crops. Fresh or preserved, apples are a simple and versatile addition to any cheese plate.
If you love cheese, you’ve likely come across the sweet, tangy condiment called Membrillo. Membrillo is the Spanish word for the quince fruit and is commonly used to refer to the sweet quince paste also known as cotognata in Italian and marmelada in Portuguese.
When putting together cheese plates for our Sunday classes, we pair a condiment with each cheese flight. Not only is it fun for folks to try new things together but the ‘whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ phenomenon certainly comes into play when pairing cheeses with condiments.