Every year we look forward to the holidays and the excuse to share our favorite foods and kitchen accessories with friends and family. If you’re shopping for a food lover, tyrophile (cheese lover), budding chef, or seasoned culinarian this year, check out our list of top gift ideas that will please any palate! And if you’re giving in the greater Boston area, check out our “Locals Only” gift guide for special treats at our Cambridge shop!
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Posted in Cheese, Wine, tagged Chardonnay, cheese science, Comté, Domaine Montbourgeau Crémant du Jura, Försterkäse, food, Fort Sainte Antoine, French wine, Harbison, Jura, L'Étoile, Nicole Deriaux, Préférés de nos Montagnes, Savignin, sparkling wine, Wine on December 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
As the seasons change and the pastures are coated in frost, we look forward to some of our most decadently delicious cheeses of the year. Grass-fed milk is often prized for it’s buttery, vibrant yellow-orange color and mouth-watering flavor. These qualities are most present in cow’s milk alpine styles, like Comté or Gruyère, where beta carotenoids from grass (the same compound that give’s carrots their color) provide that deep yellow color and diacetyls, produced in fermentation, give us that characteristic “grass-fed” flavor. Summer’s milk is lean and grassy, making it a perfect raw material for harder, longer-aged cheeses with longevity and elasticity (try bending a piece of Comté). However, for the lavish, richly-textured, scoopable delights of the holiday season there is no substitute for winter’s milk. When the cow’s move off pasture and temperatures drop, their diet shifts to primarily hay and grain, and they produce less milk at each milking. As a result, the milk is much richer and sweeter and significantly higher in fat, protein, and lactose. This milk is ideally suited to making those soft-ripened cheeses that pair perfectly with a holiday meal, the globular palate-coating beauties that sink in to every nook and cranny of a crusty baguette.
These kind of winter-milk cheeses pair perfectly with the Montbourgeau Crémant du Jura, one of our favorite sparkling wines for tyrophiles (cheese-lovers).
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 »
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!
After visiting Fromageries Marcel Petite in the fall of 2013, Team Formaggio traveled on to Switzerland. Ihsan and Valerie, owners of the Formaggio Kitchen family of shops, fellow cheesemongers Tripp and David (Tripp from Cambridge and David from Formaggio Kitchen South End), and myself journeyed to Raclette country in search of the best representations of this classic cheese – and we found it in Raclette de Verbier. Here are a few photos from our short but delicious stay! (please click on one of the photos to open the slideshow)
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 »
Posted in Cheese, Travelogues, United States, tagged Blue Ledge, Blue Ledge Farm, Cheese, cheesemakers, Consider Bardwell, Consider Bardwell Farm, food, Hannah Sessions, Michael Lee, Twig Farm on July 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Four years ago, when I first moved from New York to the Boston-area, I can only describe it as a collision of worlds. Although the change of pace is less noticeable for some, it took me extra time to adjust to the relatively gentle mobility of Beantown as compared to that of the Big Apple.
After finding work at Formaggio Kitchen, and as I established a comfort zone with my newly adopted environment, I was given the opportunity through the shop to visit a series of farms in western Vermont. I had never traveled that far north in the United States before, so I jumped at the opportunity.
Posted in Cheese, France, Switzerland, Travelogues, tagged Cheese, Comté, food, Fort Saint Antoine, Fromageries Marcel Petite, Gruyère Alpage, Gruyere, Marcel Petite, Switzerland on July 9, 2014 | 2 Comments »
We knew it would be a fast trip, and the time spent waiting for our flight in the Newark airport did not make it any easier. Switzerland was calling and we could not have been any more prepared (and less ready) for what we were going to experience.
We landed in Geneva and made haste to the Jura region of France for a brief stop at Marcel Petite’s famed aging rooms at Fort Sant Antoine. As always, visiting Claude and the crew to taste and pick our wheels of Comté was a resounding success. The Comté offered to us was as spectacular as ever and we were introduced to new fruitières* with all new flavor profiles. This means in a few months, our customers will also be introduced to these new flavors. Exciting, but I digress…