The Greek economy has been turbulent, but American consumers have become increasingly ravenous for the country's yogurts and cheeses. According to this article from Greek news outlet Kathimerini, Greek feta cheese exports to the US increased 87.1 percent in the first half of 2012 versus the same time period of 2011. Still, American companies like Athenos dominate the feta cheese market in the US.
The [Greek] Consulate’s report also makes special reference to the prospects for increasing the Greek market share in the US, which can be achieved through a comprehensive strategy to promote Greek feta in the US with the participation of all competent entities aimed at informing the average American consumer about the significant quality differences between the authentic product and the imitations that can be found in the market.
For this New Zealand company, home cheesemaking turned out to be jackpot country. The New Zealand Herald has the story on Saskia Thornton, who was given then task of creating cheeesemaking kits for Mad Millie. After a long road of cheesemaking education, she turned what she'd learned into a booming business:
"Because I had no idea about cheese-making when I was developing all the kits I came from quite a good standpoint because I was doing as most people would be doing it who used the kits as a beginner."
The initial launch of 200 kits sold out so fast that imake was left scrambling to reorder the components.
The kits are assembled in New Zealand with the various items coming from around the world: plasticware and thermometers from China, moulds from Italy, cultures from Europe and rennet from New Zealand.
Irish farmstead cheesemaking is the story of a great comeback, one told in Culture's autumn issue by writer Maggie Armstrong. Here's a glimpse at Irish cheesemaker Veronica Steele's early days of production, before Milleens became the lauded name it is today:
Tuesday, 6th June
“2 cheeses – one bummer, one good but grated.”
Monday, 12th June
“cheddar, larded and waxed, fell and wax broke!”
Sunday, 25th June
“cheddar, hand-pulled, stolen by dog!”
Friday 30th June
“remember to take out gorgonzola. Made 2 small emmenthal. Wow.”
As summer turns into autumn, it's important to eat as much ice cream as possible. This is a rule of life. Luckily, Käserei Champignon has shared this recipe for Cambozola ice cream and cherries, that might just be the perfect addition to summer's ice cream finale:
Homemade ice cream usually gets the oohs, mmms, and eager spoons, but this one may get some raised eyebrows, too. But don’t let any doubt deter you. Cambozola Ice Cream is rich, extra creamy, and with just the right tang of blue. Drizzle it with honey, dot it with summer berries, or dip into it on its own with a pairing of sherry. This ice cream is well worth taking a culinary leap of faith.
Complete with narration and some great footage, this 1954 Frith Films informational video on dairy goats is a real treat to watch. Check it out:
Two years later, the individuals arrested as a result of the raid on Rawesome Foods in California are receiving their sentences for selling raw milk that didn't meet FDA regulation standards. On Friday we heard the latest from Mercury News:
Sharon Ann Palmer, 52, and her business, Healthy Family Farms of Santa Paula, pleaded guilty to one count of selling her goat milk stored in unsanitary conditions to Rawesome market, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Superior Court Judge David Horowitz ordered Palmer to serve three years' probation, complete 40 hours of community service and pay a $1,300 fine. Eight other counts against Palmer and the business were dismissed.
If you've already seen or tasted Sartori's new Peppermint BellaVitano cheese, chances are you won't be forgetting it quickly, and now the cheese belongs to a larger cause than just feeding cheese lovers. Sartori has announced that The National Breast Cancer Foundation will benefit from every sale of this bright cheese:
A true Sartori original, this unique artisan cheese is crafted by hand rubbing aged BellaVitano Gold with crushed peppermint candy. The peppermint gives the cheese a light kiss of sweetness and a bright pink hue that is sure to catch the eye, creating a unique cheese with a creamy, crumbly texture that starts with a subtle fruity note and ends with a tangy bite.
Sartori is honored to announce that a portion of all the proceeds of this exciting pink cheese will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® in support of breast cancer awareness.
If this photo doesn't do it for you, than I don't know what will! Luxe Epicure was kind enough to share this recipe with the world this morning, and we're psyched about it. What do you think?
This warm recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Coulis comes to us from South City Kitchen in Atlanta. From the melted goat cheese to the zesty tomato sauce, this dish is sure to satisfy your dinner cravings.
Earlier this year dust was raised in Washington state when Bellingham, WA locals began complaining about Canadians driving over the border to buy their milk at Costco. Why? Because it was cheaper in Washington than it was north of the border. Garth Whyte at the Vancouver Sun has some thoughts he's sharing on the situation:
Our dairy industry is stuck in the '70s. The world has changed a lot since then. People are on the move and that includes crossing borders and seeing first-hand how we fare compared with others. If milk is 50-per-cent cheaper at a U.S. Costco, people will find out quickly, and that applies to pretty much every consumer good out there. Nothing will stop us from finding out how much one litre of milk, a dozen eggs, or your favourite type of cheese costs in other markets.
This past year Americans drank less milk than ever before, and Time tries to nail down the reasons in this article, proposing that perhaps the welfare of the economy has an effect on milk sales, or that other beverages are more appealing. One thing is certain, breakfast is the milk meal: