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The Italian Cheese

Jul 2nd 2010 at 1:13 AM

The Italian Tuscan cheese in the world.

Pecorino Toscano

This cheese is made from pure sheeps milk and seasoned with wine. In Tuscany, an ancient harmony is recognized between the flavor of Pecorino and the bouquet of wine. This harmony is played out beautifully in Brillo Pecorino DiVino. Pecorino is one of the most ancient cheeses in the world and can be traced back nearly 2,000 years to a time when shepherding was still the principle means of livelihood for the people of Italy. Wine is history is even longer, so bringing these two culinary ancients together was a natural combination. The burgundy-colored crust of Brillo is edible, but the wine treatment lends a distinctive flavor to the interior as well. This cheese is good in Tuscan salads with pears. Wine suggested, Chianti, sangiovese, Morellino.

The most popular dishes made with this cheese the Fava Beans

Buffalo Mozzarella

The history of Mozzarella is linked to that of the water buffalo. Nobody really knows exactly when the first water buffaloes came to Italy, but one account claims that it was in the year 596 AD when they were brought across the Mediterranean. This oft-copied but never duplicated gem is a fresh, drawn-curd cheese made from whole buffalo's milk. Most people don't know what water buffalo milk tastes like, but upon one's first bite it is unmistakable that this legendary cheese is made from an unfamiliar milk. It is porcelain-white in color, spherical in shape with a very thin glossy edible rind. Mozzarella di Bufala has a springy texture and a pleasantly sourish taste with a faint mossy smell, reminiscent of the humid grazing fields of Southern Italy. Each ball comes vacuum-packed in its own brine filled carton. If you've never had the real Mozzarella before, it's definitely time you tasted this sublime delicacy.Served with vine ripe tomatoes or the Heirloom Summer tomatoes and you can have the "Caprese" Famous iternational Italian dish.

Gorgonzola Dolce.

From Italy's Lombardy region comes the most imitated blue cheese in the world. Many cheeses falsely claim to be gorgonzola, but they always leave you singing the blues. Authentic Italian Gorgonzola comes in two varieties; Dolce - meaning sweet, and Mountain - the sharper and firmer version. Dating back to ancient times, this member of the stracchino family is one of the world's classic cheeses. Almost spreadable, Gorgonzola Dolce is supple and luxurious with an unmistakable tangy creaminess. Its pale white interior is laced with streaks of blue, giving Gorgonzola Dolce a striking appearance to match its piquant flavor. Enjoy Gorgonzola Dolce as a table cheese, spread thickly on a piece of crusty baguette, or as an ingredient in your favorite salad dressing.Made from pasteurized cow's milk. The best wine to result the flavor of the Gorgonzola Dolce is Prosecco.

Mascarpone.

This Italian cream cheese is a native of the Lombardy region of Italy, which is also home to the fashion center of Milan and the town of Gorgonzola, or blue cheese city, as we like to call it. The best-known use of this ultra-rich dairy product is in tiramisu, which means pick me up and is a delicate dessert made with mascarpone, liqueur and ladyfingers. It is also delicious straight, topped with fresh berries, or in a savory spread when mixed with anchovies, mustard, and herbs. The distinction 'cream cheese' is only half correct regarding mascarpone. It is made from the cream of cow's milk, but no cheese starter or rennet is used in its production. Rather than being churned like butter, mascarpone is made by draining the moisture from heavy cream using a small amount of citric acid and finely woven cloth. The result is an extremely smooth, slightly sweet fresh cheese that is similar to Devon Cream or Clotted Cream.

Grana Padano

Stravecchio Oro del Tempo is a superior, 22-month aged Grana Padano produced by Agriform near Venice. This masterpiece compares beautifully with its better-known cousin Parmigiano Reggiano. The flavor of Stravecchio is intense and complex, with fruity overtones that evoke pineapple or strawberry, depending on the season. Like all precious things, every Stravecchio cheese is one of a kind, and each wheel is branded with a unique serial number. Agriform tests the quality of each wheel of Stravecchio every week until the twentieth month of aging. The end result of this rigorous testing process is that only the cheeses that deserve to become prime Grana Padano Stravecchio are stamped with the certificate of origin and guarantee.

Asiago

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Northwest of Venice, tucked beneath the Dolomite Mountains, artisan cheesemakers produce Asiago using traditional methods. You'll find no computer-controlled machinery or temperature-controlled rooms there, just cows and grass, men and women, and lots of Asiago. A light beige cheese peppered with small holes, Asiago d'Allevo has a slightly fruity flavor and an engaging aroma. Aged for up to five months, it is firm enough to shave or shred, and thus is often used in cooking and in salads. We however, just love to enjoy it straight! Made from raw cow's milk, aged over 90 days.

Robiola

The Robiola

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The Alta Langa is an agricultural region located in the southern part of Piedmont, Italy. This region is famous for Barolo, Barbaresco and Asti wines and also produces a wide variety of wonderful cheeses. Bosina is a small town in the center of the Alta Langa, where this cheese of the same name is produced by hand from milk of the region's lush, green pastures. Bosina (the cheese) is produced from an old recipe using modern equipment. Only 100% natural ingredients are used, without adding preservatives, food dyes, or any artificial additives. Bosina is typically Piedmontese with a scent of the countryside. One bite of this cheese takes you right back to its homeland. It is straw-colored with a white exterior, offering delicate and harmonious flavors and rich fragrances. It is important to eat this cheese at room temperature to experience its full potential.

Castelmagno

Refered to as the most important Piedmontese cheese, Castelmagno takes its name from the town of Castelmagno, where it has been produced since ancient times. Castelmagno is made of pasteurized, partially-skimmed cow's milk blended with a small amount of sheep's and goat's milk. It has a peculiar flavor that derives from a particular kind of grass (called "evax") that is native to the pastures of Cuneo, the sole province of its production. Castelmagno has a hard, brown rind cloaking a medium-hard interior of pearly white colour. Often times, edible blue-green veins can be found in the cheese, giving those sections a sharper flavor. Overall, the flavor is quite savory with a mouth-watering, gentle saltiness. A rare cheese indeed - only 4,000 wheels are produced each year and perhaps less than 200 of those are exported to the USA.

Stracchino

iconCrescenza is a rich, creamy, fresh cheese that is also known as Stracchino. It is produced in the northern Italian provinces of Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto. Crescenza's texture and flavor are similiar to that of a mild cream cheese, and it becomes very soft and spreadable at room temperature. Made from cow's milk, we fly this cheese in every week to assure that you get the freshest possible product (it doesn't age well so eat it quickly!)

Now the you know a little more about Italian Cheese you can serve better them and taste better too.

 

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Aug 12th 2010 at 2:00 AM by granolo
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Aug 11th 2010 at 8:43 AM by Siamak
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