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.
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Posted in Honey, Rosh Hashanah, tagged Big Island Bees, Floriano, food, Hawaiian honey, honeycomb, Italian honey, Miele di Melata, Ohi'a Lehua Blossom, raw honey, Rosh Hashanah, Smiley Apiaries, tupelo honey on September 23, 2014 | 1 Comment »
I always look forward to celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It is a lovely time of year when the weather is just cooling off, fall produce is coming into season and my craving for my grandmother’s brisket is at its highest!
A traditional aspect of Rosh Hashana is enjoying fresh apple slices with honey. The sweetness of this treat represents our hopes for a sweet new year. Since becoming the honey buyer almost 7 years ago, I have taken this tradition a step further by bringing home a selection of my favorite single varietal honeys each year. This year I decided to focus on a selection composed of very distinct honeys with geographic, visual and textural diversity. If the hopes for my new year are proportional to how lovely these honeys are, then my year is looking bright!
In celebration of Independence Day weekend, we’re featuring one delicious American wine. The Farmers Jane project is run by friends and wine lovers Angela and Faith in southern California. This tasty white is made from grapes purchased from a Santa Ynez valley vineyard belonging to the Native American Chamush tribe. In this vineyard Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Roussane grow together, and the grapes are harvested, pressed and fermented all together at the same time, old-school style. (more…)
Posted in Cheese, Mother's Day, tagged Ascutney Mountain, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Cheese, Colston Bassett Stilton, Comté, Comté Le Fort, Mother's Day, mothers, Robiola Incavolata, Stilton on May 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in France, Valentine's Day, Wine, tagged Alexandre Chartogne, Brut Réserve, Champagne, Chardonnay, Chartogne-Taillet, Cuvée Sainte-Anne, half bottles, Jean Vesselle, Laherte Fréres, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Ultradition, Wine on February 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
A half-bottle of Champagne is the perfect size for starting off an evening of romantic dining for two. The bubbles refresh and perk up your palate, but you still have room to share a full bottle of wine with dinner. Likewise, a half bottle of bubbly can give you just the right amount of buzzy cheer if you’re serving it with a bit of cheese in lieu of a large meal. Here are three of our favorite Champagne halves paired with three Valentine’s Day moods. (more…)
Posted in China, Chinese New Year, tagged black rice vinegar, Bluegrass Handcrafted Soy Sauce, candied fruit, Chinese Five Spice, Chinese New Year, Chinkiang Vinegar, citrus, clementine, Cruzilles, dumplings, kumquat, noodles, pomelo, pu'er, pu-erh, red, sausages, soy sauce, spaghetti, Spring Festival, tea, Tranquil Tuesdays, year of the horse on January 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
When you think “Chinese food,” Formaggio Kitchen might not be the first place that comes to mind, but that’s a shame. While it’s true that cheese is still only just starting to make inroads into East Asian cuisines, here at the Cambridge shop we have more than enough products for a Chinese New Year feast. (more…)
A slightly adapted version of the Christmas classic, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” – with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and at Formaggio Kitchen,
Not a creature was stirring, not a thing was a twichin’;
The salamis were hung by the cheeses with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The mongers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Comté danc’d in their heads, (more…)