From the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates, to the coast of the Mediterranean and down into Egypt stretches the Fertile Crescent. Aptly known as the “cradle of civilization,” this land bore witness to many of the earliest human settlements. Historians have documented the development of basic architecture, tools, weapons, agriculture and a reliance upon the foods grown in cultivated fields to as far back as 9,000 B.C.E. Cereals, grasses and grains were among the first crops to be harvested and prepared, usually by grinding them into meal and cooking them over a fire. Grains were also ground into flour for bread, or fermented and brewed into beer. (more…)
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Posted in Classes, Education, Food History, Grains, Rice, Flours & Beans, United States, tagged ancient grains, barley, cereals, cooking, Emmer, farro, food, Four Star Farms, grains, grasses, hulled barley, maize, Maria Speck, pearled barley, protein, spelt, wheat on February 7, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
There was a bit of initial confusion. What would we call “the new space?”
Until recently, “the new space” was how we referred to our new warehouse and classroom facility in West Cambridge. Several names were bandied about in the shop, including FKO (in longform – Formaggio Kitchen Online), Formaggio Kitchen Mail Order, even Le Nouvel Espace, in keeping with our European roots. Eventually, however, FKA (Formaggio Kitchen Annex) or, as staff have come to style it, simply “The Annex,” won out.
The Annex will accommodate our growing demand for classes and events, and allow us to further develop our mail order business. (more…)
We love teaching our customers about cheese. We love teaching them about wine. About jams and honeys. About our charcuterie. Really, about any kind of food! As a result, it seemed like a no-brainer for us to begin offering tasting classes on Sundays (and occasionally on Wednesday and Saturday nights), giving our customers a more in-depth look at how cheese is made and who is making it.
Thrilled by the positive feedback we had from folks who were keen to learn more about cheese and about food in general, we have been steadily expanding our course offerings. In addition to the ever-popular Cheese 101, we now have a vast array of classes focusing on topics such as Piedmontese wines, American beers, pizza-making or barbecuing! After folks take Cheese 101, they often return for more specialized cheese classes, such as the one we had on Alpine cheeses or one that focused predominantly on blue cheeses. (more…)
Posted in Classes, Meats & Charcuterie, tagged bacon, BBQ, Beer, butchering, butchery, chicharrones, demo, food, ham, hominy, pig, pork, posole, rillettes, sausages on March 28, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
On Wednesday evening, I had the good fortune to be able to sit in on a pig butchering demo here at the shop. The demo was conducted by Julie, our in-house charcutière, and Jason, the chef at our South End location. What a pair they made! Jason did the butchering and Julie spoke about how she uses different parts of the pig to create her delicious porky products.
This demo (and the one happening this coming Wednesday) were a first for Formaggio Kitchen, inspired by Cochon 555 a pig-themed event that is happening in Boston today. It turns out that there are a lot of fellow pork lovers out there and we were overwhelmed by the response to the first demo we scheduled – so much so that we scheduled a second and still had a lengthy waiting list! Hopefully we will get to do this again soon! I even hear some buzz that we may do a similar type of demo with spring lamb… Stay tuned!
A lot of careful preparation went into the class. I happened to be working on the Sunday three weeks ago when Julie and Jason broke down a small pig from Falter Farm, MA in order to figure out how they wanted to organize their presentation. (more…)
Posted in Cheese, Classes, Main Dishes, Recipes, tagged Cheese, classes, Manigodine, Préféré de nos Montagnes, Reblochon, Recipes, Sennefladä, Tartiflette, U Bel Fiuritu on January 28, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Last weekend, Kurt and I taught a class on mountain cheeses, featuring classics like Gruyère and Comté. We also talked about Reblochon, the pungent, creamy cheese traditionally used to make tartiflette, a hearty Savoyard dish of potatoes, bacon and cheese that we also served at the class. (more…)