I started back to work this week after summer vacation, and believe me when I say: Grrrl needed a martini. That put me in the market for an after-work cheese, something strong enough to stand up to gin. Enter Pecorino di Pienza, a Tuscan sheep’s milk cheese that loves olives, cured meats, and, oh yes, martinis.
If ever there were a “sensuous” category for cheese, Ardrahan just might rock top placement. It is, in a word, plush. Picture a round cushion of a cheese, give it a satiny gold finish and a rich texture, then meditate on this: peanuts, wild mushrooms, a whiff of pasture. It’s cheese nirvana.
Point Reyes Blue seems to pair well with warm weather. It’s sweet and fudgy with a crisp, grapey sharpness and just a little peppery tingle on the finish. My friend Tracy says, “It’s like an evening on a catamaran.” She says she can taste the Pacific.
Grana Padano, which costs a third of the price and still tastes like joy itself. Grana Padano looks a lot like Parm. It’s dry and crumbly with a fruity smell and golden color. What’s the difference? True Italian Parmigiano Reggiano is highly regulated and can only be made from the milk of cows grazing in certain provinces during the months of April through November.
Mozzarella di Bufala Salad, Steak with Aged Balsamic & Rosemary Marinade, Chocolate Dipped Parmigiano Reggiano Bites by Rebecca Brumberg & Jamie Hoffman Dads come is all shapes and sizes, all types and styles; but no matter what sort of Dad is in your family, Father’s Day is the perfect time to make him feel special, […]
The Martini is the great American cocktail. It is widely known and appreciated, yet enshrouded in mystery for many reasons, much to the credit of the character James Bond, and also to the fact that a martini order comes with many questions: shaken or stirred, dirty or dry, with olives or a twist, up or […]
I’m a really big fan of breakfast. Its definitely my favorite meal of the day, whether in the morning, for lunch, dinner, or at 3 in the morning in a diner somewhere in south Philly. Perhaps my favorite breakfast to make (and eat) is French Toast. Here is a simple and delicious recipe that involves […]
This is one of my absolute favorite recipes for just about any occasion. When entertaining, it is the perfect option because it takes little time to prepare and tastes far too impressive given the minimal skills required to make it. Another advantage is that it is easy to alter and personalize. Experiment with different spices, […]