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Why the Cheese Curler (aka Girolle) Makes Parties So Great

Credit: Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriotr

Credit: Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriotr

Like all American children not raised by wolves, I was taught this at an early age. The French were not taught the same thing. And so it was during a trip to Normandy four years ago that I first laid eyes on what appeared to be a toy for cheese—a sort of spinning knife with a big wheel of dairy beneath it. The French call it a girolle; the rest of us call it a cheese curler.

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Mozzarella arrests made after counterfeit cheese found in Italy

Franco Castano / Associated Press

Franco Castano / Associated Press

The discovery of alleged counterfeit buffalo mozzarella cheese at a factory in Italy has led to the arrests of 13 people, including two public health service veterinarians who allegedly warned the factory of future inspections, reported the Associated Press.

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Drought Dispatch: Artisan Cheesemakers Are Feeling the Pinch

 

Cowgirl Creamery’s Sue Conley, right, with co-founder Peggy Smith. Photo: Sarah Rice / The Chronicle

Cowgirl Creamery’s Sue Conley, right, with co-founder Peggy Smith. Photo: Sarah Rice / The Chronicle

Tim and Jill Pedrozo normally begin forming wheels of their Black Butte Reserve, a gouda-like cheese made from spring milk, in February. But the Pedrozo’s 20-acre farm in Orland, which they’ve been farming for 15 years, didn’t turn green with lush rye grasses until the late spring rains began that month.

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Comté Cheese Association Updates Aroma Wheel

TComte Wheelhe Comté Cheese Association has announced that an updated Comté Wheel of Aromas is now available. The Comté Wheel of Aromas illustrates the 83 terms or descriptors that correspond to the most frequently found natural aromas in Comté, grouped within six families: Lactic, Fruity, Roasted, Vegetal, Animal and Spicy. Made exclusively in the Jura Mountain region of France, Comté is an artisanal, PDO cheese. Each wheel of Comté reflects a unique terroir, a season of production, and centuries of cheesemaking and affinage traditions. Download your copy here.

California’s Artisan Cheese Festival

You are invited to join us for the 8th Annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival taking place March 21-23, 2014 at the Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma. The weekend will be filled with scrumptious cheeses, chef demonstrations and pairings, educational sessions by knowledgeable, talented chefs, cheese experts, authors, cheesemakers, expert panel discussions and more.

For more information please visit Artisan Cheese Festival.com