Each winter, I chuckle when I hear myself describing 30 degree weather as “balmy,” while simultaneously shaking my head at the arctic outcrops of snow outside. With all the white snow setting everything in frigid, monochromatic contrast, I find myself craving shades of yellow and orange, and the warm spectrum of flavors that go along with them. A delicate, understated Savoie white from Gilles Berlioz, made of 100% Jacquère, is the perfect complement to one of my favorite aged Sardinian goat milk cheeses, Pantaleo. Coupled with some thin slices of exuberantly tart kumquats, I get all of the sunshine and fresh aromas I need to make it through the deep-freeze of winter. (more…)
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Posted in Cheese, Producer Profile, Wine, tagged Cheese, cheese pairing, Chignin, food, France, Gilles Berlioz, Jacquère, kumquat, kumquats, La Piquette, organic wine, pairings, Pantaleo, Savoie, Wine, wine pairing, winemaking on February 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
At this year’s Winter Fancy Food show in San Francisco, I and two of my colleagues at Formaggio Kitchen – Kyra and Julia – were treated to a special opportunity: to taste Montgomery’s cheddar guided by an expert from Neal’s Yard Dairy and the cheese maker himself, Jamie Montgomery. The folks from Neal’s Yard, with whom we have a particularly close relationship, visit our shop on a relatively frequent basis but this particular event was a rare opportunity as Jamie only makes it States-side once a decade. In general, he prefers staying down on his Somerset farm with his herd of 200 Friesian cows and aging wheels of clothbound cheddar, to standing in front of an eagerly-attentive audience. But with a characteristic English intonation the 3rd generation cheesemaker did not disappoint. Far from it. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
Posted in About Us, Beverages, Breads, Crackers & Snacks, Candy & Confections, Cheese, Chocolate, Dairy (non-cheese), Jams & Preserves, Meats & Charcuterie, Pasta, Produce, Staff Events, Wine, tagged Ardèche jams, Belgian waffles, biodynamic, bitters, boudin blanc, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Catharine Sweeney, Cheese, Chocolate, cocktails, Comté Grand Cru, Confitures de l'Ardèche, couscous, Dram Apothecary, EH Chocolatier, Elaine Hsieh, favorite foods, favorites, Ferdinando Zanusso, Finocchiona, food, Formaggio Food Community, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Perez, Fromageries Marcel Petite, fruit, housemade sausages, I Clivi, jams, M'hamsa, M'hamsa couscous, Mario Zanusso, organic, organic fruit, organic produce, organic wine, organic yogurt, Pascal Raunicher, preserves, Produce, robiola, Robiola Enrico, salami, salt water taffy, Salty Road, Salty Road taffy, Salumeria Biellese, shishito peppers, Sparrow Arc Farm, staff picks, staff survey, Straus Family Creamery, Sylvie Raunicher, taffy, top 10 of 2013, tortilla chips, Tortilleria La Niña, vegetables, Veritable Vegetable, waffles, Wine, Xavi Perez, Xocolata Oli d'Oliva, Xocolates Aynouse, yoghurt, yogurt on December 4, 2013 | 2 Comments »
At the end of each year, staff members at all three of our shops – in Cambridge, the South End of Boston and in New York – fill out a staff survey. We reflect on what we have tasted over the course of the past year – moments where we were surprised (both pleasantly and unpleasantly), new and exciting food experiences, as well as the flavors we found ourselves returning to time and again. We pick our favorites and share memorable moments. Some tried-and-true items appear in our survey results year after year – other items are new and exciting finds from the current year – goodies in this instance that distinguished 2013 from all others. Here are our top ten picks culled from this year’s survey results! (more…)
Posted in Cheese, Local, Producer Profile, tagged Ascutney Mountain, Bonnie Hill, Cedar Mountain Farm, Cheese, Cobb Hill Cheese, food, Gail Holmes, Jeannine Kilbride, local cheese, Marsha Carmichael, Peter Dixon, Sophie Starr on November 18, 2013 | 1 Comment »
We’d like to introduce you to Cobb Hill, a co-housing community within the larger community of Hartland, Vermont. The co-housing community is comprised of like-minded folks who aim to live in a socially and ecologically responsible manner – farming and working the land.
The Cobb Hill Cheese team are the makers behind one of our favorite domestic cheeses: Ascutney Mountain. They source milk from another member of their community – Cedar Mountain Farm, a dairy where cows eat only organic grains and grasses. Over the years, the cheesemaking operation has become an integral part of the economic viability of the co-housing community and we are pleased to have worked with them from the very beginning. (more…)
Posted in Bakery Supplies, Cheese, Desserts, Grains, Rice, Flours & Beans, Local, Recipes, United States, tagged apple pie, baking, caramel, caramel sauce, Cheese, Consider Bardwell Farm, food, Four Star Farms, lavender caramel sauce, Mystic Brewery, Mystic Descendant, New England, Pawlet, recipe, Recipes, Spoonable, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery on October 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The heat of summer is finally over! While that does mean the end of berries, lemonade and cobblers, the season of pumpkins, mulled cider and, of course, apple pie is now in full swing. To celebrate the season, I wanted to bake a non-traditional apple pie using only New England products (and, sneaking in one sweet addition from Brooklyn). The end result was an apple pie with a caramel lavender sauce and cheese crust. And to drink? Mystic Brewery’s Mystic Descendant, a dry stout just bitter enough to offset the sweetness of the pie, with notes of caramel and toffee to complement. (more…)
Lois Reichert makes Italian-style goat milk cheeses. Located near Knoxville, Iowa, she has been making cheese since 2007, and has a herd of eleven La Mancha and Nubian goats. Both goat types are known for their high butterfat and protein content, making their milk ideal for cheesemaking. Lois’ is the first micro-dairy in Iowa, and she is one of the few cheesesmakers in the USA making robiola-style cheeses – the only others I can think of are Meadowood Farm’s Ledyard and Doe Run Dairy’s Hummingbird. She sells her cheese at the Des Moines Farmer’s Market, and select locations in the Midwest. Formaggio Kitchen is the only store on the East Coast to sell Lois’ cheese, and we are thrilled to be able to bring this truly unique little round to Boston. (more…)
Posted in Cheese, Meats & Charcuterie, Spain, Travelogues, tagged acorns, Berrocales, Cabra Berrocales, Cheese, Chiviri, Chorizo de Iberico, eau de vie, El Chamizo, food, Iberico, Iberico pig, jamón, Jamón Iberico, Jamón Iberico de Bellota, José Antonio, Lomo de Iberico, Mil Ovejas, pata negra, Queseria Berrocales Trujillanos, Spain, travel, Trujillo on October 12, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
I recently had the opportunity to attend a small festival of food producers in the Extremadura region of Spain with fellow food buyers representing small shops as well as large distributors from around the world. I had never been to Spain before and was thrilled to be able to visit a country with such a rich and diverse culinary history – and to be able to discover new and delicious products for our stores. (more…)