Most of us love butter. It melts beautifully on a piece of toast, it gives wonderful flavor to both sweet and savory goods and provides a preferred mouthfeel to the likes of buttercream frosting. Here at the shop, we carry quite a variety of butters and sometimes folks ask us what distinguishes them from each other – a very fair question! (more…)
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Posted in Buyer's Guides, Dairy (non-cheese), Education, tagged Alastair MacKenzie, Allison Hooper, baking, beurre, Beurre de Baratte Rodolphe Le Meunier, Beurre de Brebis, Burro 1889, butter, Celles sur Belle, food, La Baratte des Gourmets, La Moutonnière, Lucille Giroux, Plugrá, Rodolphe Le Meunier, Sèvre et Belle, VBC, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery on October 29, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Bakery, Desserts, Produce, Recipes, tagged apple crisp, apples, baking, baking apples, crisps, eating apples, food, heirloom apples, pie, pie apples, raw apples, Recipes, taste test on October 17, 2012 | 6 Comments »
Inter-departmental cooperation? We’ve got that in spades! Two Sundays ago, this manifested itself in a team effort between the bakery and the produce departments. Emily, produce buyer and home chef extraordinaire, brought the apples: 10 different kinds, most of them heirloom varieties. I represented for the bakery and turned each variety into an individual mini-crisp and sliced extras for a “raw” tasting. Our goal? To find out which were the best baking and which were the best eating apples. (more…)
Staff members here at Formaggio Kitchen regularly travel the world to seek out the unique products that we carry. While our trips have tended to focus on Europe, my colleague Tim and I recently had the opportunity to travel to India (a first for both of us!). We were able to make the trip thanks largely to a small business grant from British Airways that gave us 10 round-trip tickets for use this year.
The primary motivation for our trip was to visit tea country. Initially, we looked into visiting the region of Assam – flat and plains-like, it is well-known for its tea. However, eventually we decided to explore the region of Darjeeling – mountainous, cool and verdant, it is nestled in the skinny part of India that sits between Nepal and Bangladesh. (more…)
In April, I walked into the bakery and saw rhubarb piled high on the work bench, waiting to be added to a strawberry-rhubarb crisp. At the time, the weather had turned spring-like but we were still several weeks away from our own local rhubarb season. Still, that first sight of rhubarb was a lovely indicator that warm weather was on its way. This week, our produce manager, Julio, told me that we have just started getting in local rhubarb to the shop!
Rhubarb reminds me of home – my mom makes a fantastic strawberry-rhubarb pie and, as a baker myself, the bellwether rhubarb sets my mind racing with ideas for what will soon be a profusion of fruits to choose from for crisps, breads or crostatas… (more…)