Skip to main content

Some of the Best Kept Italian Cooking Secrets: A Gourmet Guide to Cheese

Wine, chocolate, and cheese are some of the most delicious foods around the world, and it takes a certain amount of knowledge to be able to speak intelligently about all of them. The best way to gain that knowledge is through tasting, determining what you like, and then learning the process for how that chocolate, wine, or cheese is made.

The wonderful thing about Italian food is that all its flavor, diversity, and richness can be traced back to the ingredients and the method by which it’s prepared. Food preparation combines both science and art, which you can luckily learn how to master during your stay in Italy. Cooking tours in Italy will educate you on what you need to know and reveal some best-kept Italian cooking secrets along the way. Specifically, here are a few interesting facts about Italian cheese. 

The cheeses we all know and love
Cheese is the fabric of many wonderful Italian dishes, and we are all familiar with the two most popular: Parmesan and Ricotta. We all know the Parmesan is delicious grated over pasta dishes, pizza, or asparagus – there’s a reason it’s known as the King of Cheese. This reliable staple takes on new life when flakes are added to a zesty spinach salad, or it’s sprinkled atop baked pears.

You can definitely also teach an old cheese new tricks and Ricotta is no exception. This staple cheese isn’t just for lasagna anymore. It’s the perfect topping for crusty bread, drizzled with olive oil and topped with chopped tomatoes or even figs.

Gorgonzola, your new BFF
Gorgonzola has two varieties: soft and aged. The soft cheese resembles brie in texture but hardens and crumbles as it ages. It has a sharp flavor, full of garlic and pepper but with the creamy, lush texture of cheese. Gorgonzola is best paired with sweet fruits like pears and figs and can make a decadent dessert. It’s also a great salad cheese.

Mozzarella: don’t put baby in a corner
Mozzarella is another one of those well-known cheeses that will never diminish in popularity. Unlike most cheeses, mozzarella is best-served baby-fresh, and many people don’t realize that it’s fairly easy to make. Fresh mozzarella is really the only kind to eat, and if you don’t have time to make it yourself, purchase it a grocery store in the butcher section. It usually is in a round ball. Mozzarella is delicious when combined simple ingredients, such as basil and tomatoes for a Caprese salad, or with anchovies on crusty bread. Bon appetite!

Disclaimer: This is a paid sponsor post, I did not write this post and all opinions are not mine!  I do have to admit that I love CHEESE and Italian food!   I hope this post is one that will inspire your cooking and kitchen times. 


Popular posts from this blog

Top Tips for Moms Taking Online Degrees

  Online degrees can often be the best option for moms who want to get back into education due to their flexibility and the wide range of subjects that there are available for them to study. However, online degrees are not always plain sailing, and to make sure that you can get the grade that you deserve, read on for some top tips for moms interested in taking online degrees.  Choose the Right Degree Choosing the right online degree is vital to your success. Picking a subject that you are passionate about and that you have a natural talent for will ensure that you can breeze through your course and ensure that you have the motivation to continue even when you do struggle. If you are looking for an online degree that is perfect for moms, a Bank Street Early Childhood Leadership certificate can help you to advance your career in teaching, build upon your previous qualifications, and allow you to get a career that can be easily juggled with the commitments of parenting.  Balance Family a

Liquid Chalk spray! Chalk Idea #7

Last week we tried out the fizzing sidewalk chalk- click here to read that review. This week it is liquid chalk spray.  They are a bit similar but yet different.  Here is how to make it: Supplies: 1 tsp. washable tempura paint 1 cup of hot water 1/2 cup of cornstarch squirt of dishwashing liquid 1 squirt bottle- I found them at the dollar store 1.  Add cornstarch to one cup of hot water whisking to mix so that there are no clumps. 2.  Add one teaspoon of washable tempura paint and a quirt of dishwashing liquid.  Mix well. 3.  Pour it into your squirt bottles and shake well. 4.  Go have fun!!!   This kept my daughters attention much longer the the fizzy chalk last week.  I also think this was easier to work with and just more fun in general.  I love seeing the chalk wet but then to see it dry.  I think it dried darker so it was fun to see the changes.  :)  Ready, Set, Go!  Have some fun! She is my little model... she kept saying "take my picture mom." She is like her

Toddler Rainbow Craft for St. Patricks Day

St. Patrick's day is March 17th so its approaching quickly.  I have a few ideas on art and food projects that i want to do with the kiddos.  Hopefully I will have enough time to complete them and share them with you.   This was a super easy one for those little hands.  I cut the stripes of colored paper but if you are working with a preschooler or school aged child then they can practice cutting.  The two toddler boys here only had to glue the pieces on their piece of paper.  EASY, but they enjoyed it!  :)  It sure has brightened my kitchen with them hanging on the fridge!  :)   I also talked more about the Promise God gave us with the rainbow since I know that history a whole lot better then the history of the Irish Holiday!