A Beginners Guide to Cheese: Feta

May 27, 2019

Nothing brings a salad together like feta. This delicious cheese has its origins in ancient Greece and has gone on to become one of the country's defining foods.

History and Production

The first mention of a cheese resembling feta dates back to the 8th century BCE in Homer's Odyssey, and there are records from the time suggesting that feta was a common product. The name “feta” is Greek for “slice” which refers to the manner in which the..

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A Beginners Guide to Goat's Cheese

April 18, 2019

Getting a bit bored with Brie and looking to broaden your cheese horizons? Then it might be time to branch out and try some goat's cheese. This flavorful cheese is also called chèvre which literally means “goat” in French. Chèvre is often used to refer to the entire range of goat's cheeses rather than just a specific type of cheese or regional variety. Slightly lower in fat than cows milk Chèvre is a lighter cheese that’s best enjoyed in the..

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How to pick the right Mozzarella cheese

June 29, 2018

I remember the first time I tried to make a pizza with fresh mozzarella cheese. I knew very little about cheese but I did know that “real” pizza is made with mozzarella. So I went to the grocery store and grabbed the first mozzarella cheese I saw. It was packaged in liquid and was extremely soft. I got home, tore it up, put it on my pizza and threw it in the oven. To my dismay, the resulting pie was a soggy inedible mess. I had made a critical..

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A beginners guide to cheese: Rinds

March 31, 2018

When it comes to cheese, I’m a big advocate for using the whole cow (pun intended) and rinds are no exception. In most cases, cheese rinds are perfectly edible and one could argue in some cases, extremely enjoyable. But before you start munching on some rinds, it’s important to tell the difference between the different types, and more crucially, know which ones can be eaten and which cannot.

Non-edible rind


Certain cheeses are encased in..

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A beginners guide to cheese: Types

March 9, 2018

How do you pick a cheese? It’s a question I ask myself more often than I would like. The sheer number of curds on offer is staggering and it’s almost impossible to determine how many different cheeses there are in the world. France alone has somewhere in the region of 400 official varieties and that’s just one country!

Choice is a wonderful privilege, but sometimes it helps to narrow things down a little bit, especially when it comes to the..

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A beginners guide to cheese: Milk types

March 9, 2018

When it comes to ingredients, you don’t really get many things simpler than cheese. Four simple ingredientsmilk, cultures, coagulant, and saltcan be used to make literally thousands of different cheeses. Arguably the most important of these ingredients, however, is milk. The type of dairy used in cheese-making can have a profound effect on the texture and taste of the finished product. Pretty much any milk can be used to make cheese but there..

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How to Entertain: Cheese Edition

April 8, 2017

One of the easiest things to serve when entertaining a crowd is a nice platter of assorted cheese and crackers. It's delicious, arguably healthier than a tray of cupcakes, and takes only as much time as a quick run to the grocery store. I live less than five miles away from four different grocery stores, but Trader Joe's is my go-to when I'm planning to entertain. Trader Joe's has a nice selection of cheeses, but is small enough that I, as a..

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