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Italian Holiday Sweet Breads 101: Panettone, Pandolce, and Panforte

by Julie Cappellano

At Formaggio Kitchen we prepare months in advance for the busy, festive holiday season by placing orders, stocking up on gift baskets and ribbons, and planning our holiday menus. By October we’re ready and waiting for the first harbingers of the holidays to arrive from Italy: fluffy, hand-wrapped panettone from Perbellini. About the same time these gorgeous sweet breads arrive, we’re also on the lookout for incoming pandolce and panforte.

What’s inside all of those beautifully wrapped boxes? We all have our favorites, because we taste them all every year. To help out those of you who don’t stuff your faces as much as we do, here’s a handy Italian Sweet Bread cheat sheet, from Panettone to Panforte, with a little Sbrisolada thrown in for good measure. Continue Reading »

Torrons Fèlix: Traditional Spanish Turrón

The Story The exact history of torrón or nougat (“torró” in Catalan) making in Agramunt, located about an hour and a half drive northwest of Barcelona, Spain, is unclear due to lost or destroyed records over the years and through various wars. The earliest known documents reference torró d’Agramunt production as early as 1741, but the history of Continue Reading »

Artisan Chocolate for Valentine’s Day – Share the Love

  In preparation for Valentine’s Day, I painstakingly taste-tested several of the artisan chocolate bars sold at Formaggio Kitchen. Hard work indeed! When buying for myself, I gravitate toward the smaller bars, which easily slip into the pockets of my purse so that I’m never without a chocolaty fix. Valentine’s Day is a day for sharing, however, Continue Reading »

Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Condiments, Cutlery, Cheeses and more!

After months of careful selection and sampling, our staffers have gathered together their top picks for this year’s holiday season!

An Apprentice Adventure: Big Picture Farm

Big Picture Farm has caught the attention of many a candy-eater, gift-giver, artisanal-food junkie and Tumblr user, and the farm’s award-winning goat’s milk caramels are fully deserving of hype and high praise. We proudly stock their precious packages in the bakery window, and hold onto their idyllic postcards behind the bakery to cheer us up. Continue Reading »

Sweet, Salty and Super Salty: Swedish Licorice by Lakritsfabriken

Ihsan and I knew that salty licorice was peculiar to Scandinavia and we were eager to try it – once we did, we were hooked. Our favorite licorice was that made by Lakritsfabriken, which literally translates to mean “licorice factory.”