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..Read More
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.
Certain cheeses are encased in..Read More
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..Read More
When it comes to ingredients, you don’t really get many things simpler than cheese. Four simple ingredients—milk, cultures, coagulant, and salt—can 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..Read More
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..Read More