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Cheese Facts to Remember During the Holiday Entertaining

CheeseWith the holidays fast rushing in, all you can think about is fun. Hosting parties and entertaining will all be a part of a merry season. If you care about making each of these a memorable one for your family, guests and yourself, having a delicious spread is a must. Not every entertaining need to be elaborate. With an array of cheese to grace your holiday table, preparing will be a breeze and the fun almost guaranteed.

So, how can you make your cheese plates more crowd-pleasing?  MartinJ of Serious Eats offers some great ideas in this blog The Best Cheeses for Holiday Entertaining. For a great start, MartinJ says: [Read more…]

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A Few Quick Lessons about Molds on Food that Can Save You

MoldsYou were taught early not to waste food; it’s a lesson you imbibed for life. It is the same lesson you teach to your children. The principle often gets tested when you “unearth” some food stuff deeply buried in your refrigerator that has been sitting there for some time… forgotten, until you rediscover it. An excellent, expensive cheese is something you would not want to throw away; you are once again nagged by your “don’t-waste-food” principle. But you are also worried it can harm you and your family, what do you do?

It’s a Fact of Life

Molds and moldy foods are “facts of life.”  Molds are microscopic fungi. There are about 300,000 species and most reproduce by spores. Generally, they have “thread-like” root structures (mycelia) that can grow deep into the substrate like food. You don’t see them, but chances are, they’re there, particularly if the molds have been growing in them for a few days already. The colors you see are the spores that are connected to the mycelia by  “stalks.” [Read more…]

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