Homemade pizza is one of my favorite dishes to prepare and I love experimenting with different cheeses and toppings. This week I decided to make a three cheese pizza. I started with my two staple cheeses, Di Bruno’s handmade mozzarella and 30 month Parmigiano-Reggiano.
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.
Right outside of State College, Pennsylvania sits the much lauded and highly diversified Tait Farms. Purchase by Marian & Elton Tait in 1950, they originally raised everything from sheep to Christmas trees and gradually became one of central Pennsylvania's premier spots to pick your own fruits & vegetables.
Man loaf is not so much a meal as it is an intestinal challenge. This behemoth 3lb. meatloaf separates itself from your Mom’s dinner table by substituting some key ingredients, and adding what I call “the bacon blanket” to the top of the loaf. I start with a base of meat; instead of normal ground [...]
This delicious treat has everything I love twisted up into one gooey warm flakey dumpling. I start by pealing and slicing about 6 sour apples, anything yellow or green usually works best. Then I toss them in a pan full of bacon grease. For this dish I suggest using Benton’s Tennessee smoked bacon. Most Smoked [...]
As much as I like beer and wine, I am a cocktail person. I have a thing for fizzes and rickeys. Don’t hold it against me. If I had the choice between a gin’n tonic or a big smiley Cab, I’d go for the gin – there, now I’ve come clean. Can we move on?
Throughout the course of the day, we mongers routinely taste twenty to thirty cheeses. Opening a new wheel? Sample it. Can't recall the subtleties of that obscure cheese from the Italian Alps? Better take a reminder-nibble. Just received a batch of samples from a northwest Pennsylvania farm? You get the idea.
Few things are as romantic as sharing a cheese plate. You pour some wine, light some candles, and let the nibbling begin. For Valentine’s Day, a lot of people get hung up on symbolism, but what means more: a box of box of heart-shaped chocolates or a selection of cheeses that have been around for centuries?