One of our favorite ways to celebrate Thanksgiving is with a round up of some of New England’s best cheeses. While we love the fruits of Europe’s great cheese-making traditions, Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to reflect on and celebrate American cheese makers, and our country’s own tradition of beautiful cheeses of all milk types and textures. This year, our Cambridge store’s domestic cheese buyer Tripp, along with the rest of the cheese team, have brought together four of our favorite Vermont cheeses for a perfect addition to the holiday table!
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Posted in Cheese, Thanksgiving, United States, tagged Alpine goats, American cheese, Ayrshire, Bayley Hazen Blue, Brown Swiss, Cellars at Jasper Hill, cheddar, Cheese, food, fresh goat cheese, Jasper Hill Farm, Sage Farm, sheep cheese, Shelburne Farms, Thanksgiving, Verano, Vermont Shepherd on November 19, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Posted in United States, tagged apple cider, apples, Bantam Cider, Basque cider, dry cider, Far From the Tree Cider, food, hard cider, Hereford, Massachusetts, Rind Cider, Rojo, saison, Shacksbury Cider, sparkling, The Lost Apple Project, Vermont on November 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
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. Behind their stunning pictures and doodles of goats, dogs, and garden harvests, however, is a working farm and growing business driven by passionate people.
As a young girl my family would travel every year to share Thanksgiving dinner with family. I remember singing “Over the river and through the woods…” ad nauseam at least one of those trips. I grew more and more excited as the car crossed the Connecticut River, then through the mountain forests; the Appalachian Mountains. I knew with each landmark I was that much closer to seeing my cousins and the feast they would have prepared. Images of the giant bird, dripping with juicy gravy, made me anxious to arrive.
Posted in Chocolate, United States, tagged American chocolate, artisan chocolate, bean-to-bar chocolate, craft chocolate, Dick Taylor Chocolate, food, Patric Chocolate, Rogue Chocolatier on October 2, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Not many people get to study food for a living, but even fewer study chocolate. Carla D. Martin, a Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and “Professor of Chocolate,” studies social issues in the cacao and chocolate industry, from production and processing to personal consumption. She has also co-taught our class on chocolate here at Formaggio Kitchen, and stops by regularly for her favorite bars.
The world of chocolate, and North American craft chocolate in particular, has exploded in the last few decades. Building off of the rising popularity of fair trade and single origin products in the 1970s and 1980s, the French companies Bonnat, Valrhona, and Cluizel were the first to introduce single origin chocolate, bringing the concept of terroir formally to the world of chocolate consumption. Today, the number of artisanal, single-origin chocolatiers has skyrocketed, with our selection of around ten different producers making up just a small sampling of U.S. craft chocolates. When I first started trying the chocolates in our selection, I found defining craft chocolate, let alone picking a bar, pretty overwhelming. As part of my personal education efforts I sat down with Carla to talk about her views on the exciting world of North American craft chocolate, and what it all really means for chocolate lovers!
Posted in Farms & Gardens, Produce, Producer Profile, United States, tagged Boston Design Center, eating locally, food, Higher Ground, local, rooftop farm, urban farming on October 1, 2014 | 1 Comment »
We climb narrow metal steps from the top floor of the Boston Design Center, set out through a heavy, metal door, and over a final raised ledge at the bottom of the door that can only be intended to discourage entrance onto the roof. Even before my eyes adjust to the brilliant sunlight, with my first breath, I can feel the farm in my lungs. It is not exactly just the smell of things growing; more the feeling of being given pure, new oxygen, in even exchange for the CO2 I am offering. When, still squinting, I first see the careful rows of vibrant life, I have that feeling of gazing at a mirage – it seems a bit of that visible, liquidy heat shimmers up into the air just beyond the edge of the rooftop, slightly obscuring the Boston skyline, at eye-level, off in the distance.
Posted in Cheese, Travelogues, United States, tagged American cheese, artisan cheese, Blue Ledge Farm, Cellars at Jasper Hill, cheesemakers, cheesemaking, Cobb Hill, Consider Bardwell Farm, food, goat cheese, Jasper Hill Farm, Spring Brook Farm, summer, Twig Farm, Vermont on August 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment »