This past Saturday, September 20th, marked the start of Munich’s most famous festival – Oktoberfest! Sixteen days celebrating Bavarian culture, agriculture, and, of course, BEER.
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Posted in Honey, Rosh Hashanah, tagged Big Island Bees, Floriano, food, Hawaiian honey, honeycomb, Italian honey, Miele di Melata, Ohi'a Lehua Blossom, raw honey, Rosh Hashanah, Smiley Apiaries, tupelo honey on September 23, 2014 | 1 Comment »
I always look forward to celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It is a lovely time of year when the weather is just cooling off, fall produce is coming into season and my craving for my grandmother’s brisket is at its highest!
A traditional aspect of Rosh Hashana is enjoying fresh apple slices with honey. The sweetness of this treat represents our hopes for a sweet new year. Since becoming the honey buyer almost 7 years ago, I have taken this tradition a step further by bringing home a selection of my favorite single varietal honeys each year. This year I decided to focus on a selection composed of very distinct honeys with geographic, visual and textural diversity. If the hopes for my new year are proportional to how lovely these honeys are, then my year is looking bright!
Posted in Flours & Beans, Food Science, Grains, Main Dishes, Recipes, Rice, tagged Buratto, flour, food, kitchen science, Mulino Marino, pizza, Pizza Americana, pizza dough, Pizza Napoletana, Tipo 00 on September 9, 2014 | 1 Comment »
In my everlasting quest to make the perfect pizza, it’s always been about the dough. I’ve made hundreds of pies, each time striving for the balance of good structure, depth of flavor, and workability. The outcomes have ranged from revelatory to disastrous, but I’m assured—save a few singed eyebrows and flour-coated jeans—that no one has been harmed by the experimentation. From cracker-thin, high-gluten crusts with a gratifying crunch to pillowy, pliable pies that rise and fall with the heat, the permutations of just a few simple ingredients are seemingly endless.
When I first became the spice buyer at Formaggio Kitchen I was so excited to delve deeper into the incredible, international world of spices. However, the more I traveled, learned and sampled, the more I realized that the spice industry is primarily made up of large producers more concerned with the bottom line than the quality of their product. It became a personal mission of mine to find small scale producers that match the quality-driven philosophy we hold so dear at Formaggio Kitchen. While it was difficult at first, I soon found equally passionate folks dedicated to producing spices of the highest quality. Slowly but surely our selection has transformed, with each little package of herb or spice now representing a regional culinary history and, more often than not, the unique and inspiring story of a passionate producer.
One such story is that of Daphnis and Chloe. Aptly named after a second century Greek love story, this small company introduces customers to Greece’s culinary history through their rare and unique varieties of indigenous herbs and spices. The Greek Archipelago provides natural isolation, allowing for different, ancient varieties of herbs and spices to develop unique characteristics particular to one island alone. Evangelia, the founder of Daphnis and Chloe, first captured my attention with some of the most remarkable oregano that I have ever tried. She found them by combing through the many different isles, working with foragers and organic cultivators to source the most extraordinary varieties.
Evangelia tells the store of Daphnis and Chloe best herself:
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 »
Like everything born of Sintra, the Arenae Colares Malvasia is of and from the sea.
I had the good fortune to spend several weeks last summer exploring Lisbon and its surrounding environs, including an unforgettable day in Sintra, guided by two friends of mine who grew up there.