With 2015 firmly in the rearview mirror and a new year stretching ahead, many people are making ambitious resolutions to get healthy and slim down. If your friends are anything like mine, you probably know more than a few people who are embarking on diets and cleanses this month, many of which forbid the consumption Continue Reading »
During a cold January visit with winemaker Aldo Rainoldi a few years ago, I was first introduced to Pizzoccheri della Valtellina, a pasta dish second only to Macaroni and Cheese in gooey cheesiness. Aldo lives and makes wine in the Valtellina area of Lombardy, in northern Italy, which comprises a thin strip of the Adda Continue Reading »
Is there anything better than biting into a piece of hard cheese and encountering those crunchy, crystalline bits scattered throughout? Crackly crunch is one of the best things about Parmigiano-Reggiano (a cheese with no shortage of wonderful attributes), and it is one of the descriptors we hear most frequently from shoppers scouting for Gouda. These Continue Reading »
On a recent trip to Italy, I had the opportunity to visit a co-op that makes Parmigiano Reggiano. It was a first for me – I have witnessed the cheese making process before and have even tried my hand at making chèvre but I had never before observed the making of a hard, aged cheese Continue Reading »
It should come as no surprise that staff members here at Formaggio Kitchen are pretty passionate about mac and cheese. Everyone has a different take on their favorite – affected by how they had it growing up, pasta shapes and, of course, cheese preferences.
I recently had the good fortune to dine at B&G Oysters in the South End. With a natural affinity for all things dairy and, in particular, for a good mac and cheese, I ordered the orzo from their list of “Sides” to go with my lobster roll.
On a recent trip to Italy, I had the opportunity to visit a co-op that makes Parmigiano Reggiano. It was a first for me – I have witnessed the cheesemaking process before and have even tried my hand at making chèvre but I have never before observed the making of a hard, aged cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano. A small group of farmers in the area bring milk to the co-operative each week and, starting at 5am every day, that milk begins a process that transforms it into a cheese so many of us know and love. Parmigiano Reggiano is a DOP product. In Italian, DOP stands for Denominazione di Origine Protetta (Protected Designation of Origin).
Every two years, the biggest festival in the cheese world happens in Bra, Italy. The event is known simply as “Cheese.” Cheesemakers, cheesemongers, journalists, food lovers and folks lucky enough to live close by, descend on the small town of Bra to sample, sell and eat literally tons of cheese.
The terms “double-crème” and “triple-crème” are bandied about a lot in cheese shops. While most folks have a general idea of what they mean in terms of texture (creamy, spreadable!) and flavor (buttery, lactic!) for a cheese, these terms actually have very specific meanings.
Sometimes it’s just handy to have a good dried pasta in the larder for spontaneous pasta-making. Fresh pasta (pasta fresco) and dried pasta (pasta secca) are really two different beasts. Since working at Formaggio Kitchen, I have become a devotee of a dried pasta made by Poschiavo (and I know several other colleagues who have too).
While each wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano varies with the season, we find that Cravero parm tends to have a moist texture and flavors of pineapple, baked bread, and grass flavors. Well cared for and sourced from farms of the highest quality, it’s what we recommend to customers looking to include a Parmigiano on a cheese platter.
Our head chef, Eduardo, has cooking in his bones – here’s his recipe for Roasted Chestnut Risotto.