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Cheeses...a recipe or 2 and news
Was watching "Good Eats" last night and wanted to share what I learned about cheeses and a couple of recipes. :o)
Always store cheese on the top shelf of the refrigerator. Wrap hard cheese in waxed paper and secure with a rubber band and crumbled cheeses in a plastic container with either a wet paper towel or a quartered piece of apple. Cheese likes moisture.
Always serve at room Temp. as the fat in it hardens and makes it difficult to cut or spread and you don't get the full flavor of each cheese.
Always serve with 3 similar types and always use a seperate knife for each..You don't want to mix up the flavores. Use fruits to enhance the treat and good wine that goes well with them...the cheese and the wine..Plan on about 1oz. of each cheese per person.
As we all usually have left over cheeses in our refrigerator and don't want to throw them away here is His advise (and I loved it)...Any combo is ok.
Take all the hard outsides off and then cut or grate into small chunks. Use a combination though that is not too salty
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 tblsp. un-salted butter softened
2 tblsp. freash parsley leaves
1 small clove garlic
Place ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth, around 2 minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate for an hour for a firmer consistency.Can be stored for up to a week ( if it lasts that long ) Serve with crackers, celery, breads or fingers ???? :o)
Ok here is another one that sounded fun as well as good. :o)
3 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano
Freshly ground black pepper, smoked paprika, or cayenne (optional)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
Grate cheese on the small hole side of a 4-sided box grater into a small bowl. Using a tablespoon measure, place cheese in mounds into a non-stick silicone pad or greased parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. flatten out mounds with the back of the spoon making sure mounds are at least 4-inches apart. Season with pepper, paprika, or cayenne, if desired. Bake in the middle rack of the oven for 5 - 6 minutes or till golden
After they are done you can quickley put them over the bottom of a glass, to make a bowl shape, or over a square bottom , to make a square shape and allow to cool. Then you can put salad in them or a meatball or use you imagination here. Flat can be served with mashed potatoes or just eat 'em...yum G-Ma :o) hugs