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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Where Do Fish Come From?

Fish Farm

More of the fish you eat were farm-raised, and a sea change is afoot Joe Lasprograta, purchasing director for Samuels & Sons, a large Philadelphia seafood wholesaler, walks me through his company’s new facility, stopping at a large section stacked 20 feet high with seafood, all of which has been …

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A Big Apple Christmas

There is no better place to spend the holidays than New York City. The holiday spirit abounds. So much to do and see, much of it free, such as the decorations at stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Henri Bendel, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the tree inside the …

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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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Thanksgiving Wine Picks

In the last newsletter, I highlighted some favorites from Winebow’s fall portfolio tasting. This time, some gems from Weygandt Selections, based in Rhinecliff, NY. (845-516-4175; Looking for some good wines for Thanksgiving dinner? You can’t get much better than Gruner Veltliner and Riesling. Kurt Angerer. This producer makes five …

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