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We love to keep in touch with our customers. We tweet, we post on Facebook, we write articles on our blog and we send regular emails on a variety of subjects. Each year, we become more familiar with the best ways to give our readers what they want via each medium. With this in mind, we recently revamped our e-mail service, and are now able to tailor our e-mails to your interests more than ever before.

Now, when you sign-up to receive our e-mails, you can choose which of our stores you frequent most – be it Cambridge, the South End of Boston, New York’s Essex Market or online via our website. You can tell us if you’d like to hear about new or seasonal products or maybe our favorite gifts! Perhaps you’d like to hear about our travels as we discover new and delicious products? If you love to cook or bake, we can send you recipes from our kitchen and bakery. You can also choose to receive our weekly dinner e-mails, wine updates and class announcements. Or, you can simply choose the foods you love to hear about: love BBQ? Chocolate? Honey? Let us know and we’ll keep in touch with the most relevant information.

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Red Leicester and Annatto Seeds

Red Leicester and Annatto Seeds

Mimolette. Red Leicester. Shropshire Blue. What do these three cheeses have in common? They are all orange and they are all colored with annatto. Annatto is a somewhat mysterious ingredient added to a number of cheeses and, recently, I took a minute to research where it comes from and a bit of its history. (more…)

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Rush Creek Reserve

When we started this blog, one of our main goals was to answer some of the questions we most regularly get on the cheese counter. As our blog’s archive has grown, we realize that some of these posts are becoming a little bit difficult to find so, here, under one header, we bring together the answers to some of those commonly asked questions!

  1. How do I put together a cheese plate?
  2. Do you eat the rind on this cheese?
  3. What exactly are double and triple-crème cheeses?
  4. What is a washed-rind cheese?
  5. How should I store my cheese?
  6. BONUS: a little bit of cheese history.

We hope that these posts continue to help folks understand and love cheese as much as we do. As always, please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions!

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Brie with Walnuts and Raisins on the VineThe terms “double-crème” and “triple-crème” are bandied about a lot in cheese shops. While most folks have a general idea of what they mean in terms of texture (creamy, spreadable!) and flavor (buttery, lactic!) for a cheese, these terms actually have very specific meanings. (more…)

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Three Roqueforts: Vieux Berger (top left), Gabriel Coulet (bottom left) and Carles (right)

Three Roqueforts: Vieux Berger (top left), Gabriel Coulet (bottom left) and Carles (right)

We carry a number of AOC cheeses here at Formaggio KitchenÉpoisses, Langres, Comté and Fourme d’Ambert, to name a few.  As a result (and not surprisingly), one of the questions that we often field on the cheese counter is what the term AOC actually tells us about a given cheese.

AOC stands for Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (translating to: Controlled Name of Origin) and is a designation of process and provenance that is used in France. There are equivalents of the AOC program in other countries – in Italy it is called DOC (Denominazione d’Origine Controllata) or DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta)*, in Spain it is called DO (Denominacion de Origen) and, in the EU as a whole, the designation is PDO** (Protected Designation of Origin). (more…)

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On the cheese platter: a raw milk, blue cheese - Stichelton

On the cheese platter: a raw milk, blue cheese – Stichelton

A common question we get on the cheese counter is about how to put together a cheese plate, be it for a cocktail party or as a dinner course. There aren’t any rules per se – after all, it really comes down to what you will enjoy eating!  That said, when customers ask, we generally offer the following recommendations:

- It’s usually nice to include at least one cheese from each of the three major milk categories: cow, sheep and goat.

- Similarly, we like to include a variety of textures. For example, one might choose something smooth and spreadable (think Camembert, Brie or a chèvre), something semi-soft (for example, Vendéen Bichonne or Ardrahan) and something on the firmer side (ComtéCalcagno or a Boerenkaas).

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Dorset cheese from Consider BardwellThis is one of the most common questions that I and, I suspect, my fellow cheesemongers field on a daily basis.  It is a good question to ask because how you store your cheese can profoundly affect both its flavor and longevity. (more…)

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