The Great American Cheese Plate

The perfect cheese plate should include a mix of fresh, aged, soft and hard cheeses, arranged in the order in which they should be tasted: from the lightest and freshest to the ripest and most intense. Here, cheese expert Laura Werlin lists quintessential American cheeses by style, starting with fresh cheeses and ending with washed-rind cheeses. ~ Food + Wine

Get Laura’s absolutely fabulous guide to preparing your next cheese tray, HERE!

image source: the Dairy Reporter, article: US speciality and natural cheese market booming.

Outdoor Cookware :: the hot weather is here!

All-Clad brings its heavy-duty cookware outdoors with a collection of grilling essentials that offer the same lasting durability as its indoor cousins. Each piece is crafted of brushed stainless steel with large perforations to circulate heat and add smoky flavor to meat, vegetables and seafood. Curved sides help contain foods, so smaller items are not lost to the grill. Oversize handles enable safe, easy handling, even when wearing mitts. Use this versatile set to cook everything from whole chickens and fish to summer vegetables and seafood. ~ Williams Sonoma

Check out all your options HERE!

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Taste of Persia :: Cookbook

Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan

Naomi Duguid’s collection of more than 125 recipes from the Persian culinary region isn’t just a cookbook—it’s a flavor-packed journey that spans borders across Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran and Kurdistan. Along the way, she brings us recipes for pilafs, barbari breads, kebabs, and sweets made using the Persian larder: think pomegranate seeds, saffron threads, dried rose petals, and all the fresh herbs (we’ll never look at yogurt soup the same after Duguid’s herbed version). ~ Food52

Pick up a signed copy HERE!

How To Make a Frittata

Frittatas have saved me on more hungry weeknights than I care to count. As long as I have a few vegetables and maybe a little meat to throw in a skillet, I can have a frittata on the table in about 20 minutes. Let me tell you, there is nothing better than diving into a plate of steaming veggie-filled eggs when you’re home late and starving. ~ Emma Christensen of The Kitchn

Learn how to make a Emma’s delish Frittata …

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