Piedmont Cheeses

Of the 52 Italian cheeses listed on the web site of Cambridge, Mass retailer Formaggio Kitchen (www.formaggiokitchen.com), 23 are from Piedmont. “Every town produces the most amazing cheeses,” says owner Ihsan Gurdal, who describes Piedmont cheeses as  “much more refined than any other area of Italy.” The cheeses may be …

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Grating Cheeses: Grate Expectations

grating cheese

A grating cheese isn’t one that annoys you but rather an aged, hard cheese that can be finely shredded. The quintessential grating cheese is Parmigiano-Reggiano, but there are other grate cheeses, including Grana Padano, Parmigiano’s less pricy cousin, other aged cow’s milk cheeses, such as Gouda, sheep’s milk cheeses such …

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A Dickens Christmas Dinner

Charles Dickens is often given credit for transforming Christmas into a day of celebration centered on the family, especially Christmas dinner. “Dickens remembered the dinner he had with his grandparents, a dinner that had fallen out of favor in recent years,” says Alice Ross, food historian and author of “A …

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Up With Turkey

This Thanksgiving, don’t let your turkey lay down on the job. Make it stand up and fly (er, cook) right. Yes, cook your turkey standing up. Vertical turkeys cook much faster than those lie-down birds. They’re incredibly juicy. And carving is a cinch. What’s the secret?  The Spanek vertical roaster. And if …

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High Steaks Eating

Recession or no, Americans’ taste for steak seems to remain as strong as the Goldman Sachs’ bonus program. There’s a lot of steak out there and the good stuff isn’t cheap. A USDA Prime filet mignon can cost $50 a pound; Wagyu (the breed of cattle that produces Kobe beef) …

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