I am a year-round tea drinker and always start my day with a hot cup. That said, when it gets really steamy outside, there is nothing better than a fresh brewed cup of iced tea.
As the shop’s tea buyer, I love experimenting with different varieties and different preparations. For a great iced tea, I love a less tannic brew with nice color and strong aromas and I have also found that unique and unexpected teas often make the most enjoyable cups. With this in mind, here are a few of my favorites: Continue Reading »
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When we pop the cork of a sparkling wine at a party a flurry of bubbles are released. We love sipping those bubbles, but how do they get in the bottle? There are several ways that it can happen.
Sparkling wine is bubbly because carbon dioxide gas, a byproduct of fermentation, is trapped within the wine. During fermentation yeast feeds on the grape juice’s natural sugars and produces heat, alcohol, and carbon dioxide. During the initial fermentation, this gas is released into the air. When wine is allowed (or encouraged!) to undergo a second fermentation within the bottle the carbon dioxide gas is trapped inside in the form of bubbles.
The following methods are a few different ways to produce bubbles in a bottle of wine. There is a lot more information behind each of these techniques, but this is a good start to get the general idea. We’ll start with the oldest method and move forward through time and technological advances. Continue Reading »
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This recipe for “Crispy Zucchini Fries” celebrates a wonderful summer crop from Red Fire Farm in Granby, MA. Serve with a favorite marinara sauce or even a sweet and tangy honey mustard. Sean, our beer buyer, suggests pairing it with Backyahd, a not overly hoppy, refreshing and light IPA from Foolproof Brewing Company of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Continue Reading »
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It was the perfect day yesterday at Shelburne Farms for the 5th annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. Forty plus cheesemakers from around the state of Vermont, as well as a few from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, gathered for an afternoon of tasting and talking – and, happily, we did a lot of both! Continue Reading »
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Organic Arrowhead Cabbage from Red Fire Farm
Right now, we have in beautiful, organic Arrowhead cabbage from Red Fire Farm in Granby, MA – and, the other night, I took the opportunity to use one for a wonderful, sweet and crunchy salad. The cabbage offered a buttery crunch, more tender than its more rotund brother. A few turnips added a peppery bite while apple and carrot rounded things out with a sweet note for a well-balanced “slaw.” Continue Reading »
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Fromageries Marcel Petite’s Fort Saint Antoine
What makes Comté so incredibly special? And, why is it a cheese I find myself drawn to time and again, lured in as if it had cast a spell on me? Of course, it’s one of France’s classic cow milk cheeses – a firm mountain cheese that was among the first to receive protected status. There are the requirements of the appellation that set it apart – Comté cheese must be made with milk from cows of the Montbéliarde (95%) and Simmental (5%) breeds. It must also be made within the regions of Doubs, Jura and Ain in France – and, the cow feed has to be from pastures within a 30km radius of the fruitière making it (a fruitière is a facility where milk from the community is pooled – generally this system exists in areas where large cheeses, like Comté, are made - Parmigiano Reggiano would be a similar example in Italy). Continue Reading »
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Since I began working at Formaggio Kitchen South End, I have been drawn to a selection of small goat milk cheeses made by Tricia Smith at Ruggles Hill Creamery in Hardwick, MA. Shifting from the world of art and museums to cheese, I was at first more attuned to the visual details of the cheeses I encountered than I was able to analyze the incredible flavors and aromas they offered. Tricia’s cheeses, such as the delicate Ada’s Honor and the silvery gray Brother’s Walk struck me as distinctly beautiful for their carefully developed rinds and snowy white interiors. Continue Reading »
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