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 »
You don’t have to know a lot about wine to enjoy it, but misconceptions can get in the way of widening our experience. Some I regularly encounter: that German white wines are always sweet, that Burgundy can be made in California, that sherry is something only maiden aunts and Oxford dons should be seen drinking. Continue Reading »
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 »
This year we celebrate Thanksgiving with a hand-selected round up of Vermont cheeses, showcasing our region’s tradition of beautiful cheesemaking in all milk types and textures.
White, brown, blue, green; speckled, striped, solid, blushed; boiled, scrambled, fried, whipped — there are so many kinds of eggs and so many delicious ways to use them! To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of eggs as a kid, but eggs are now one of my favorite things to buy here at Formaggio Kitchen. Not only Continue Reading »
We’ve long been enamored with grower Champagnes – those wonderful bubblies that are made and bottled by the very same people who cultivate and harvest the grapes. So trendy have these Champagnes become that it can easily be forgotten that the oldest winemaking tradition in this part of the world involves a relatively small group of specialty establishments who Continue Reading »