Cheese: What’s Parmesan, Pecorino, Asiago & Romano?

Wanna know more about Italian cheeses? I know I never can keep them straight, so I loved this article by Foodwhirl’s lovely friend Talk of Tomatoes.  It’s a very cool post detailing the differences between Parmesan, Pecorino, Asiago and Romano cheeses. Interesting and informative!

I was really tempted to categorize this post under ‘main course’ or entree. I love cheese so much, I could eat it for a meal. And being in Italy is my perfect excuse to focus on—and consume more—cheese. Really good cheese, with rich history and familial care and world-class quality.

I am learning that in Italy, food is all about region. Where did it come from ? Pay attention when you buy Italian products in the states: more often than not it is about qualified region, appellation, zones(s) and valley. There are stamps of approval, in hierarchical form (check out those really expensive balsamic vinegars). Italian vino with little pink labels around the neck will prove a bottle’s origins, stipulations and worth.

Go read the whole thing! What is the difference between: Parmesan, Pecorino, Asiago and Romano cheeses?

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Eggplant Bites with Red Sauce

Eggplant Bites with Red Sauce

I love eggplant… (Eggplant fried up nice and crispy is one my guilty pleasures!) so this take on a bite sized appetizer portion of eggplant parmasan at Talk of Tomatoes sounds pretty tasty! Bites, nibbles, crumbly blobs of Parmesan and breadcrumbs on small pieces of eggplant. …

Clever! Soup in a Jar..

Clever! Soup in a Jar..

I ran across this yesterday at Foodwhirl fave, Talk of Tomatoes, and thought it was too clever not to share…  Fish Soup in a Jar? Like Janelle, I love jars too.  Unlike Janelle, I’m not getting inspiration from a trip to Bologna!  I’m so trying this.  Read on… I do love jars…

Spotlight: Salmon in Parchment

Spotlight: Salmon in Parchment

We’ve done fish in parchment here at Foodwhirl before, and we’ve done salmon, but here is a tasty looking Salmon in Parchment recipe from Foodwhirl Friend, Talk of Tomatoes! Salmon. I grew up fishing for salmon—it brings back close-to-my-heart memories of family time on Orcas Island…

Spotlight: Pork Ragu

Spotlight: Pork Ragu

Over at Talk of Tomatoes, Janelle (she’s a contributor here too!) has a tasty looking recipe for Pork Ragu!  This looks like a wonderfully simple ‘go-to’ meal…

originally published 8/10/10

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