Winter doesn't have to be all about stick-to-your-ribs dishes and earthy flavors. In fact, it's the perfect time for citrus. Brighten up your next holiday shindig with this fresh orange and greek yogurt tart, which gets a nice crunch and flavor from the homemade almond crust.
With a sharp paring knife, slice off ends of oranges. Following curve of fruit, cut away peel, removing as much white pith as possible. Slice oranges into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and remove any seeds. Just before serving, arrange orange slices on top of tart.
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The Good Food Awards, a celebration of tasty, authentic, and responsibly produced food and drink, have announced their 182 finalists in nine categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserves and spirits. This year, they've received a record number of cheese entries! Who are you rooting for?
The desire to create a taste of place was mentioned as a driving force by many of the Finalists. As Tim Young, the producer of Nature’s Harmony Farm Fortsonia Gruyere explained: “It’s critical that our cows’ diet reflects our local terroir. That means they need access to a polyculture of grasses, weeds, forbs, herbs, legumes, etc. from which to choose … this will result in subtle flavors that give the cheese a sense of time and place that cannot be replicated elsewhere. After all, if all dairies are feeding grain to their cows, and if all grain is essentially the same, then how unique can the cheeses really be?”
The results of the prestigious 2012 World Cheese Awards have been announced! Here are the top sixteen -- with four super gold cheeses hailing from the US! Congrats to all!
World Champion: Manchego DO Gran Reserva
Dehesa de los Llanos S.L.
Village Maid Cheese
Le Gruyère AOC 1655 produced by Le Crêt
Soignon Chevre de Caractere produced by Eurial
Cellars at Jasper Hill
Stärnächäs Extra Würzig
Walo von Mühlenen
Blu di Bufala
The thick and creamy texture of Greek yogurt can be made in one of two ways. Producers can add thickeners, such as powdered protein or starch, or through the traditional method of straining the liquid out. While consumers prefer their yogurt to use the traditional straining process, yogurt makers are stuck with gallons of leftover whey. So far, nobody's figured out a way to make money off it and some yogurt makers actually pay to have it trucked away.
The state of New York, which is anxious to keep this yogurt boom going, has asked researchers at Cornell University to look for a better alternative. That alternative might be building more digesters to turn whey into biogas. It might involve new methods for capturing valuable sugars and proteins from the whey.
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Perfect for a modern Hannukah (or really any day of the year), these nontraditional latkes are full of flavor from yummy root vegetables, leeks, and salty, tangy Feta cheese. Sprinkle even more Feta on top as garnish if you'd like (which we would, of course).
No, they're not my grandma's latkes. But oh my are they good. They're sweet yet earthy, studded with delicious briny and savory accents. Happy Hannukah!
Salty and sweet, this DIY condiment is the perfect accompaniment for any blue cheese, especially Point Reyes Blue. Whip up a batch, and see for yourself!
Packaged as a gift, this can be something special. Use old jam or mason jars, or gift it in a decorative bowl. It'll last well in a refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Don't forget a blue cheese to present alongside. A fresh goat cheese would be nice, too.
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Ever wondered the average cost of a slice of pizza? How about the number of pizzerias open in the US? Or what about the the number of pods of pepperoni consumed on pizzas each year? (It's 252 million pounds, by the way.) Learn these answers to these questions and more fun facts in this tasty infographic from Online College Courses.
Is there any sweeter sound than the pizza deliverer's knock on your door?
In China, the growing influence of Western diet and lifestyle is leading to a changing palate. Cheese, once eaten by few Chinese, is experiencing somewhat of a boom, and the world's biggest cheese companies are in fierce competition for a share of its growing market.
China's cheese market is booming as more diners in the nation take their first bite of this still relative newcomer to their palates, offering golden opportunities to cheese producers across the globe. The nation's cheese imports totaled $139.26 million in 2011, up from $105.45 million in the previous year, and $69.77 million in 2009, according to the Italian Trade Commission.
Food tours are a great way for travelers to experience a local culture, from cities in foreign countries, to neighborhoods close to home. With new tours popping up all over New England, locals and tourists alike are able find hidden gems (including local cheeses), and to interact directly with purveyors, chefs and artisans.
It started with a gift certificate for a North End food tour. Shopping the neighborhood delis and pastry shops of Boston’s Italian district gave Martha Mayo a taste for food travel. She later took a cooking class in Paris, followed by a hands-on demonstration of Beijing duck in China.
Homesteaders and DIYers, you've probably made yogurt before. But have you made it harnessing the power of your crockpot? This recipe is so easy, you'll wonder why you ever went all the way to the store to pick some up.
Yogurt is a staple in my house where we make it by the half gallon. But constantly dipping a spoon in to the big container turns the yogurt into a slimy, runny mess. I’m encouraging my daughter to eat more yogurt, but one look in the tub yields an instant ‘No thanks, Mom.’ Enter, the single-serving yogurt jar. I had never tried making these before without a yogurt maker, but thanks to the arrival of a crockpot in our house, now was the time.
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