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Savoring the Taste of Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese

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As the name implies, blue cheese is a type of cheese with blue, gray, or bluish-green veins. These veins are caused by the presence of Penicillium glaucum, or Penicillium gorgonzola, or Penicillium roquefort. The bacteria from these strains create free flowing blue patterns and give the cheese a distinctive aroma. Blue cheeses have a strong flavor that goes well with several wines.

The Discovery of Blue Cheese

The highly prized blue cheese was discovered by accident when the mold developed naturally in cheeses that had been stored in caves where the bacteria were naturally present. Sometime after this happened, someone evidently decided to taste the cheese. The cheese makers found out that contrary to what they feared, the blue cheese did not ruin their product. Instead, the mold gave their cheese a unique taste and texture. The rest, as they say, is history. [Read more…]

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Skyrocketing Savory Dishes with Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions

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Aren’t we all looking for ways to give simple dishes that extra oomph to make its flavor go skyrocketing? The caramelized flavors of onions can do that to a traditional or simple meal. It can go onto a pizza, layered on a burger or sandwich and make snacking or dining a totally awesome experience. Spoon it into soups, salads or sauces to transform a regular fare into a gastronomic dish. The best thing is it is so easy to prepare. With a simple recipe and some patience you can certainly make decadent and savory spreads every day when you take the time to sweat it out in your own kitchen.

The Basic Caramelized Onions

If you have the time, turn to The Kitchn’s How To Caramelize Onions, which offers an easy, slow, step-by-step cooking recipe. The most important thing is, give it the time it needs to develop that sweet, umami flavor that lifts everything it touches.    [Read more…]

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