Artisanal, the son of Artisan, husband of Organic, father of Natural and Green and cousin of Hipster, passed away this Memorial Day of unknown causes. Perhaps it was the recent attribution of his name to absolutely anything, from Dominos Pizza to Dunkin Donuts.
He was a mercurial character; vain at best, snobbish and cruel at worst. Yet he was charismatic, drawing nouns to him like moths to a handcrafted soy candle's flame. Everyone wanted a piece of him. And despite his flaws, he was generous, willing to give of himself as well.
We were deeply saddened to hear of the second earthquake earlier this week in Northern Italy, just over a week after the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that shook the region on May 20th. Our thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones, as well as with the injured and homeless, and we hope for a safe rebuilding period for the region.
The Parmigiano Reggiano industry sustained serious damage from the first earthquake, as we know, and we received this report from the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano this morning.
Information supplied by Nancy Radke, Director, U.S. Information Office Consorzio Del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano and webmaster of www.Parmesan.com
The Consorzio thanks all for helping during this disaster and demonstrating concern for the affected cheese houses. These are a few responses to questions being asked.
Take a tour of Kirkham's Dairy without leaving your seat! Whole Foods interviews Graham Kirkham on his cheesemaking process, specifically his traditional Lancashire Cheese, and how he came to be a cheesemaker.
This clothbound cheese is rubbed with butter prior to being placed in the maturation room. It's crumbly with citrus notes and a pleasant finish. We like to call it the "Proper English Cheese" and always look forward to its arrival in the US.
Once again lacking an official organizer, the Cooper Hill cheese-rolling will still be held with an unofficial host. No information has yet been published regarding the event details, but it is assumed the cheese-rolling will take place on June 4th.
Some 15,000 people turned up for the last official cheese rolling event in 2009 but Cooper's Hill, near Brockworth, is only suitable for about 5,000.
The event was cancelled in 2011 after organisers said they had been threatened with violence after plans to sell tickets costing £20 for a two-day event were announced.
If you're looking for horses, you've come to the wrong place. These tough, agile sheep race to kick off this year's Diamond Jubilee, a celebration of Queen Elizabeth II.
The farm has a corps of 20 sheep trained to speed round the track, while a loudspeaker crackles out live commentary and there's a pretend Tote where you can pick a sheep to encourage and maybe win a non-monetary prize.
Photo by Mark Passmore
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. Events across the country are occurring in her honor, including the creation of these commemorative beers.
Landlords expect to sell an extra 80 million pints of beer over the extended weekend – almost double the usual amount - as brewers offer a range of nostalgic ales with titles such as Royal Wave, Jubilation and Queen’s Tipple.
The tradition of British brewers producing special beers to mark royal events stretches back decades.
The artisanal, the small-batch, the limited edition: this is what's hot in the food world right now. The most recent generation of foodies are scarfing up anything improvised in a market, at a festival or on a truck, and consider it art.
“The food vendors are like artists,” Mr. Demby said. “You’re eating, but also meeting the people who are making these things and creating the culture. The people themselves are quite cool: they often live in your neighborhood; they quit some job or want to quit some job. You’re not talking to a celebrity.”
Summer is here and we can't wait to start cooking with her bounty! Here is a fresh, unique salad great for picnics and summer potlucks.
While lettuce-based salads turn sadder and soggier the longer they sit in dressing, the sturdier leaves of kale just get nicer. This particular combination, inspired by a salad served at Brooklyn's Diner, matches kale with juicy peaches, briny feta and corn shaved right off the cob.
The Chicago Cubs haven't won a world series in 103 years, and some believe it's thanks to the curse of the billy goat. Five guys from Arizona hope to break the curse by walking from Phoenix to Chicago with their goat Wrigley, a Craigslist purchase. They just arrived in Chicago, and so far, so good - the Cubs have won their last two games after losing 12 in a row!
Texans love their burgers. Check out this new guide to Austin's best burger joints from Culture Map:
Along the way, I learned more than just what and where the best burgers are but also what qualities and ingredients sum up their greatness. Some of these burgers win not just because of their taste, but also because of the ambiance and atmosphere that surrounds them. Others win for their historical, almost cult-like following in the city. A few sealed their place on our list for their bold move beyond the typical Texas beef, yellow mustard and sesame bun combinations.