There is currently only one refrigerator containing all three of the American Cheese Society's champion cheeses: Mike Geno's. Geno, cheese portrait extraordinaire, has been commissioned to paint the three winners, and he invited cheese enthusiast Madame Fromage over for a taste test.
Mike Geno was frying shallots in duck fat when I arrived. He cracked eggs and poured coffee while I broke out my camera and notebook, trying to appear collected. The champion cheeses — a whole wheel of Roth Kase Grand Cru Gruyere (3rd Place), half a wheel of Valley Shepherd Crema de Blue (2nd Place), and a hefty wedge of Beecher’s Flagsheep (1st place) — glowed like gold nuggets the moment I opened his fridge.
In this article Sam Anderson of The New York Times tackles the subject of buffalo mozzarella (or lack thereof) made in the United States. The elusive, seductive taste and texture of the real thing has yet to be replicated on American shores, claims Anderson, who pays a visit to a new buffalo milk cheesemaker in California as part of his research:
Next time you find yourself in Los Angeles, be sure to reference this list of the best spots to grab mac and cheese. The haunts range from BBQ to French to German, so you'll be sure to find the ultimate comfort food just the way you like it.
Macaroni and cheese is a dish synonymous with American food, specifically American Southern food. Interestingly enough, the history of cheesey pasta dates back to the medieval days. It became an American specialty thanks to President Thomas Jefferson.
Parmesan.com is hosting the Show Your Origin YouTube Video sweepstakes for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card, and a gourmet food gift basket featuring a wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
“Place of origin matters! Where you are from defines who you are as a person – and it defines Parmigiano Reggiano as a cheese,” said Nancy Radke Director of the U.S. Information Office of the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano. “Parmigiano Reggiano is only crafted in Parma Province in north central Italy, along with Reggio Emilia, Modena and portions of Mantua and Bologna. We’ve launched the Show Your Origin YouTube Video sweepstakes as a way to raise awareness of Parmesan’s local cheese making heritage.”
This classic quiche recipe from Monsieur Marcel is quick and easy, and hits all of our major food craving and health requirements with cheese and green vegetables.
Preheat oven to 300°F
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and sauté until tender. Add artichoke hearts and continue to sauté for 3-5 minutes.
Spread vegetables evenly over bottom of pie crust.
In a bowl beat together the eggs, cream and fresh goat cheese.
Pour cheese mixture over over vegetables in pie crust.
Arrange thin slices of St. Loup cheese over top of quiche.
First make the beurre manie by mixing butter and flour with your hands until well combined
In a fondue pot combine the wine, beurre manie, and all the cheese with a wire whisk. Whisk until cheese is melted, and finally add a dash of kirch.
Photo courtesy of Monsieur Marcel
The Great American Beer Festival kicks off today in Denver, hosting beer tastings, a brewery competition, and several exhibitions. We hope you grabbed your tickets early, because this big event is sold out!
The Great American Beer Festival invites industry professionals from around the world to sit together in small groups and, without knowing the brand name, taste beers in each specified style category. The ultimate goal of the Great American Beer Festival Judge Panel is to identify the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the Great American Beer Festival.
Cheese crime alert! A Florida Papa John's driver was attacked by a robber hungry for some free, cheesy pizza. Luckily, the delivery driver managed to hold his ground, refusing to give up the pies even after being hit with a stun gun!
The Daytona Beach News-Journal writes that the assailant, Christopher Dondre Collins, directed the delivery to a home that was dark upon the delivery man's arrival. Collins allegedly told the delivery man over the phone that Papa John's had gotten the address wrong and would meet him at that location. Shortly after Collins arrived, he thrust a stun gun into the belly of the delivery man instead of paying the owed $26.09 for two pizzas.
The true value of affinage is revealed for Anne Maxfield, when a disappointing cheese plate is the surprising host of one of her favorite curds.
When the waitress told us what the cheeses were, we were stunned! The not-very-interesting, kind-of-plastic cheddar was my beloved Cabot Clothbound! My friend would not believe it was the same thing. To me, this is the prime example of how affinage makes (certain) cheeses taste so much better. It's like letting wines age -- just develops their full flavor potential.
Photo by Anne Maxfield