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. Continue Reading »
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Far from it! In fact, honeys that crystallize more easily tend to be the least processed.
Some people (like me) enjoy the texture of crystallized honey – it melts more slowly in the mouth and its more solid structure can make it easier to pair with cheese. I especially like crystallized, creamier honeys, like Lo Brusc Montagne or Ames Farms Buckwheat. In my experience, the crystals in these honeys are small and give their naturally creamy texture a little more body, perfect when spread on toast or just by the spoonful.
Of course, the truth is that not everyone wants sugar crystals in their honey, and the good news is that honey crystallization is easy to reverse. If you want to return your honey to a more liquid state, simply put the jar in a pot, filling the pot with water until it comes about half to three-quarters of the way up the side of the jar. Simmer for a few minutes, and you’ll notice that the crystals start to disappear, and the honey will return to its original, liquid state. Continue Reading »
I am excited about what 2014 will bring. As the new beer buyer at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge, I will be delving further into an area of food and drink that has fascinated me for a long time. I look forward to continuing our strong focus on American craft beers – at the same time, I will be reintroducing select imports to our shelves. Continue Reading »
Posted in Beer, Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge | Tagged AK Alive, Anchorage Brewing Company, Beer, Beer Buyer, Belgian sour, Brettanomyces, domestic beer, English ale, German wheat beer, international beer, Lectio Saison, local beer, Mikkeller, Saison 7, Saison Athene, St. Somewhere, Upright Brewing | 2 Comments »
With the whirlwind holiday season behind us, I find myself reflecting on my most delicious moments of 2013. Here at Formaggio Kitchen there are plenty to choose from. As someone who works mostly on the bakery and produce side of our Cambridge store, my highlight of the year was getting out of my usual routine to check out what is arguably the most sought after ham in the world – Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. Continue Reading »
Every year, when January’s winds hit, and the temperatures settle down to numbers that are far too low for my liking, my thoughts wander to exotic places. I see sun-drenched vistas in my mind’s eye, I watch spaghetti Westerns to warm up, and I hibernate with something inspiring to sip: like a delightful Oloroso Sherry from the windy, sun-soaked southern coast of Spain. Continue Reading »
Posted in Food History, Wine | Tagged amontillado, El Puerto de Santa María, fino, flor, Gutierrez Colosia, Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Manzanilla, Muscatel, oloroso, Palomino, Pedro Ximénez, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Sherry, solera, Wine | 10 Comments »
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, Continue Reading »
The holiday season has arrived! We all look forward to these long nights around the table, sitting with friends and savoring dishes to keep us warm. Braised meats, slow cooked beans, root vegetables, rich desserts: all of them cry out for wines that can stand up to the plate. Here are a few treats from our shelves that we look forward to savoring all year-long – wines we save for special occasions, just like this month’s holiday gatherings. Here we present a show-stopper right bank Bordeaux for your holiday meats, as well as two after-dinner wines: the first, a Barolo Chinato to sip with dark chocolate, and the second, a rich red Banyuls from southern France. Enjoy! Continue Reading »
Posted in Christmas, Wine | Tagged after dinner wine, Banyuls, Barolo Chinato, biodynamic wine, Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cappellano, Carignane, Château La Grave, Domaine du Traginer, Grenache, Grenache Gris, holiday wine, Jean-François Deu, La Fleur de Cailleau, Malbec, Merlot, Paul Barre, Rimage Mise Tardive, Wine | Leave a Comment »