The Marilyn Monroe of Mozzarella
burrata has summer lovin’ written all over her.
Simply a ball of mozzarella stuffed with cream-soaked mozzarella shreds,
she’s so voluptuous that her name means “buttered” in Italian.
Having the necessities to whip up a platter at any time is essential to the cheese slut lifestyle.
Whether for an impromptu gathering or just to treat yourself to dinner,
you’ll be prepared if you keep stocked with something from each category below.
These are the four cheese board essentials I always have on hand.
You’re going to fall in love with this macaroni and cheese for three reasons:
it’s infused with sage and nutmeg, it’s made with “butter cheese,”
and it only requires 1 pot and 30 minutes to make.
There’s no better time to eat carbs coated in cheese than in the dead of winter.
This recipe is really no more difficult or tedious than boxed mac,
but it’s a way bigger upgrade.
Let’s talk about easy, cheesy skillet meals you can make in under an hour.
The kind that rewards you with cheesy, stick-to-the-ribs comfort.
The kind of dish you don’t have to babysit.
This cheesy skillet potato gratin is all that.
It’s one of the best things I’ve ever made;
just sliced potatoes, bubbling with butter and cream, and
crowned with Truffle Tremor from Cypress Grove.
Yeah, it’s all about this truffled cheese.
I would like it explained to me in writing
what’s so great about apple butter.
– Tina Fey, Bossypants
I’ve been searching for the answer to this ever since
I first read Tina’s memoire, Bossypants.
Surely, it’s not as good as real butter. Nothing is.
It’s basically just grown up apple sauce. What’s the point?
It wasn’t until I first smeared a small chunk of cheddar
with the stuff that I discovered the answer.
So here you go, Tina: apple butter, which is result of boiling
the souls of many apples with harvest spices, is fantastic with cheese.
The soft, velvety texture cloaks your palate in sweet, spicy autumnal flavors,
cradling all hunks of cheese from creamy and funky to salty and crumbly.
A good apple butter will truly enhance nearly any cheese,
like the accoutrement version of a sexy halloween costume.
I recommend making it yourself. It’s pretty easy and you can choose your own spices.
Here are a couple of my favorite pairings
to tease you before you go play yourself.
I’ve found my new favorite pasta sauce.
It’s easy to make and rich with creamy goat cheese,
and sings with all the flavors of fall.
Its bright dill flavors play off of roasted acorn squash,
buttery leeks, and a squirt of lemon juice.
It’s. So. Good.
What’s My Name? Grayson
What Kind of Cheese Am I? I’m a washed-rind cheese made with raw cow’s milk
Where Am I From? Meadow Creeky Dairy in Galax, Virgina
Three Words That Describe Me: Brawny, smoldering, and persuasive
Fun Fact: I’m made with only the best spring and summer milk, so you can only get a piece of me 9 months out of the year
What Do I Look Like? I have an auburn rind and a golden paste
What Do I Smell Like? Like your feet after a hot summer day in your nastiest sneakers
What Do I Feel Like? Silky, pudgy custard with a sticky, slightly crunchy rind
What Do I Taste Like? An explosion of minestrone soup – all beef stock, onions, and a kick of malt vinegar
Favorite Foods: Worship me with juicy grapes or dried figs with mild crackers. Get me some dark bread and pickles and I’ll rock your world. But definitely try me naked first; I’m already the whole package.
Favorite Beverages: I’m always craving malty brown ales, but don’t be afraid to break out some pricey port, too. I’m worth it.
Where to Find Me: I’m available from late spring until wintertime. Ask your local cheesemonger where to find a wedge.
A cheese platter is always the perfect meal, especially in the heat of late summer.
They’re portable and make the best picnic,
you don’t have to turn on the stove or oven,
and they make a seductive little canvas for the fruits of the season.
It’s important to approach late-summer platters with finesse,
otherwise the sun and sticky humidity will turn that pretty spread into a hot mess.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your chill
when you’re cheesing in the heat.
These tiny little sweet peppers look just like cherry tomatoes.
You’ll find them in the pickle section of the grocery store, sold in jars and preserved in vinegar or oil.
They’re adorable little peppers, with a petite frame, crisp texture, and beautiful bright red color.
You can slice them up for sandwiches or toss them with pasta.
Or you can stuff them full of chive goat cheese,
drown them in olive oil, and
pop them one by one.
A wedge of cheese and a cold beer is my favorite easy meal.
I love unwinding from the day with something so satisfying and simple to prepare.
Crisp, refreshing ales are choice in the summertime,
which is why I reached for the One Tun Pale Ale from Colectivo Keg Co. in Wisconsin.