Adjaruli (Acharuli) Khachapuri is a traditional Georgian (the country, that is), canoe-shaped bread filled with a generous amount of cheese and topped with an egg. If you like cheese (and who doesn’t like cheese?) and bread (ditto regarding bread), then you’ll be sure to love khachapuri. Really, what’s not to like (carbs and fat)? Khachapuri is … Continue Reading

Cheese is my weakness. Cupcakes don’t do it for me. Ditto for donuts. But give me a hunk of cheese and now we’re talking. One of my favorite cheeses is a raw, Basque sheep’s milk cheese, Ossau-Iraty, that I discovered at a farmers’ market in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France (before the start of my Camino de Santiago last year). … Continue Reading

I am intrigued when cooking turns into a science project. Perhaps it’s the inner scientist in me (was a biology major in college and worked in various labs shortly thereafter for a few years). Cheesemaking 101: When you add an acid (e.g., rennet [which produces a stronger curd compared to citric acid, lactic acid, lemon … Continue Reading

Flowering broccoli rabe has been abundant at the farmers’ markets as of late. It’s one of the first spring vegetables, at least here in the northeast. This flowering rabe is not nearly as bitter as the broccoli rabe I’m accustomed to; although, I don’t mind the bitterness (by the way, broccoli rabe is also known … Continue Reading

A dreary, rainy Monday here in NYC seems like as good a day as any for a grilled cheese sandwich. But not any old grilled cheese, we’re talking bacon jam grilled cheese. What’s better than bacon? Bacon jam. And what’s better than bacon jam? A grilled cheese sandwich with bacon jam, my guilty pleasure and … Continue Reading