Posts Tagged "cheese"

Eggplant balls with molten mozzarella centers

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 | 0 comments

Eggplant balls with molten mozzarella centers

Adapted from Marcella Hazan, Marcella Cucina Makes about 20 3 medium eggplants 2 tsp. salt 2 tbsp. olive oil 3 oz. mozzarella 2 large eggs 1 1/2 tbsp. flour 2 large eggs 1 1/2 tbsp. flour 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped 1/2 cup bread crumbs Oil for deep frying Preheat oven to 350. Cut the eggplants into even half-inch slices. Sprinkle with salt, rub with olive oil, and roast on a sheet pan for 30-40 minutes, or until tender but not yet brown. While the eggplant is roasting, thoroughly drain any liquid from the mozzarella and cut it into small cubes, about...

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Goat cheese, fig, and hazelnut terrine

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 | 0 comments

Goat cheese, fig, and hazelnut terrine

This sweet and savory dish will wow guests at your next cocktail party or wine tasting and can also be served as an appetizer or cheese course. This recipe makes either one large terrine (in a 6″ x 3″ loaf pan) or two smaller terrines. The mold can be any dish that’s longer than it is wide, though even a simple loaf pan turns out a beautiful result. It must be made at least a half day in advance, though it is even better if it can rest for two days before serving. Adapted from Jody Adams, In the Hands of a Chef ¼ lb high-quality dried figs ½ cup sweet sherry or Marsala...

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Bagolino

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 | 0 comments

Bagolino

While eating my way through the slow food Cheese Festival in Bra, I fell in love with Bagoss cheese. At the time, I didn’t know where it came from or how it was made, but I knew I wanted more. There were at least four different samples of the cheese at different levels of maturity. The youngest version of the cheese that had been aged for one year was sweet and supple with a fresh lightly floral aroma, while the oldest cheese, aged for two years, was intensely salty and crumbly, similar to aged Parmigiano Reggiano. When I got back to Parma I searched all of my favorite cheese shops for...

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I Sognatori

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 | 0 comments

I Sognatori

After sampling a variety of delicious Barbera wines at Alba’s Saturday Farmer’s Market, Marcos and I decided it was about time to find some good food to soak up all of the hearty red wine. We asked the wine vendor if she knew of a good place that served traditional fare, to which she immediately replied with enthusiasm, “I Sognatori (The Dreamers), right over there!” We walked about a block to find an unassuming pink corner restaurant with grapevines twirling around the awning. The interior decor was filled with old, slightly dusty wooden furniture and gentle natural lighting. We...

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Cheese lovers of the world, unite!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 | 0 comments

Cheese lovers of the world, unite!

Last weekend I attended the Slow Food movement’s biannual Cheese! festival–which for three days unites dairy devotees, be they farmers, cheese makers, distributers, or passionate consumers–from around the world. The festival takes place every two years in the picturesque town of Bra, hometown of the founder of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini, situated in the hills of the Northern Italian region of Piedmont, about an hour’s drive from Turin. The festival abounds with hundreds of stalls worked by passionate and animated vendors, ready to give tastes and detailed explanations of...

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