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13 December, 2021
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This Tiny Portuguese Island Is Home To One Of

The Most Unique Cheeses On Earth

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BY RACHEL PASCHE in Tastintable.com

What if we told you there was a teeny island in the Atlantic ocean that's nearly constantly shrouded in fog, has twice as many cows as people, and makes a one-of-a-kind cheese? Sounds a little bit like a fairytale, the great setting for a romance novel, or maybe an Anthony Bourdain special, but it's very real, and it's every bit as magical as it sounds. 
The island of São Jorge lies 900 miles west of Portugal, a lush landscape with "towering grassy cliffs, ... rich volcanic soil," and a population that consists of mostly cows (via Cheese Connoisseur). The unique climate and abundance of bovines make for an incredibly rare cheese that is only created on the island, aptly named São Jorge cheese. The island's economy is so reliant on the product, that time "is set by when the cows need milking." The Azore island employs traditional cheesemaking methods, which gives it a distinct flavor and texture not present in other cheese.

The cow's diet and lifestyle plays a big role

Described by Cheese Connoisseur as having a "notable ... firm, crumbly texture similar to Cheddar," São Jorge cheese offers a distinct flavor that can't be found elsewhere. The outlet shares that, "as it ages, São Jorge cheese transforms from a slightly sweet, mild flavor to a certain tang and spiciness." Due to the way the curds are packed, the cheese is "buttery yellow" in appearance and "dotted with tiny, irregular eyes."
Free-range cows are welcome to graze where they please, consuming only the wild grasses and herbs on the island. This imparts the cheese with its distinct grassy aroma. Rather than using commercial cultures, whey from the previous day's batch is added to the milk. It is believed by some that this method is part of what lends the cheese its unique flavor. Variations in the herbs and grasses the cows eat are based on the growing seasons, meaning each wheel is unique and the flavors change slightly from batch to batch. 
The weather affects the cheese, too, according to Food Insider, with the best cheeses coming from the winter months due to the humidity. This is also why the cheese is aged at room temperature, often at higher elevations — to take full advantage of the island's foggy climate.

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Visit Ilha de São Jorge with António Faria

2 December, 2021
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4 easy and healthy canned tuna recipes

These recipes are quick, easy to make and most of them are healthy. These recipes are great for quick lunch or dinner, as a post workout meal (they are high protein) or even a prep meal to take to school or work. Whether you prefer something light like tuna sandwich or some tuna oatmeal patties/tuna quinoa patties to take to work or school, you will love all of these delicious recipes. 

Créditos: The Cooking Foodie 


7 June, 2021
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Alright, alright, settle down - I see you two laughing back there. Let’s come to attention, sharpen our knives, and act like adults because today we’re learning how to cut every cheese. Join Anne Saxelby, founder and co-owner of Saxelby Cheesemongers, for a crash course on how to impress your entourage with any fromage. From the firm and tangy to the creamy and salty, Anne lays out the best tools and techniques for serving nearly any cheese you could think of.

Thanks to: Epicurious

19 March, 2021
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Pairing Chutney with Cheese

The most common ingredients of chutneys are pepper, fruits and vegetables, or a mixture of these. The spices used in their preparation almost invariably includes brown sugar, salt, garlic, onion, honey, vinegar, ginger and cinnamon. Spices commonly used are coriander, cumin, etc.

Tips: Delicious with cream cheese, roasted pork, beef, in sandwiches, like a dip, etc. Wonderful in a French baguette with beef, rucola, and curry! Better Homes and Gardens

4 March, 2021
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Healthy Tuna Stuffed Avocado

This Healthy Tuna Stuffed Avocado is stuffed with a flavorful southwest mixture of tuna, bell pepper, jalapeno, and cilantro. No mayo necessary here! It’s the perfect healthy lunch. 

Thanks to: The stay at home cheff

INGREDIENTS

1 avocado, halved and pitted 1 (4.5 oz) cans tuna, drained ¼ cup diced red bell pepper 1 tablespoons minced jalapeno 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice salt and pepper (to taste)