I hope you have already eaten. If not, pull up a chair. Grab a napkin. You just might drool. This is the story of a fermentation dinner in celebration of two Philadelphia-area food artisans -- a cheesemaking pioneer named Sue, and a brewer savant named Jean. I want you to meet them.
With the Spring season in full swing, we began a quest for a new recipe – one for a spring salad with goat cheese specifically, because we’d been looking forward to springtime for just that reason. And as the weather grows warmer, we tend to lean away from the balsamic in our pantry and find ourselves reaching more often for its lighter cousin, red wine vinegar, and we wanted a recipe that would bring it all together.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to traffic in obscure cheese, you’ll want to add Paški Sir to your list. It looks like an aged Parm with a thick, honey-colored rind and flecks of protein crystals, but the smell and taste are nuttier and brighter, with hints of melon, spruce, and citrus.
The Basque region occupies parts of France and Spain. However, to the people who occupy this region, its neither France nor Spain...It's different...It's Basque Country (Euskadi). When driving into the region the evidence becomes very prevalent.
Red cat is perfect for those first few baby steps into the frontier of pungent cheeses. Its gritty, sawdust colored rind blends perfectly with its fudgy, creamy interior, making for a harmonious coupling of textures, aromas and tastes.
The celebration will begin at 6:00pm on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 in the Upstairs Café at Di Bruno Bros. located at 1730 Chestnut Street. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. Seating is limited, so it recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.
Most people who enter into a relationship with sheep’s cheese expect a robust, salty hunk – think of your Pecorinos from Sardinia, your Manchegos from La Mancha. These hard, earthy cheeses can be addictive, but they often require a sweet sidekick, like honey or quince paste, to offset their briny temperaments.