I will admit that until a few weeks ago I had never heard of burrata. This dreamy sphere of fresh mozzarella stuffed with a decadent creamy filling originated in Puglia, Italy. The story goes that cheese makers needed a way to use up small bits of mozzarella and began making burrata in the 1920’s. Continue reading
Last Saturday I drove out to Cabot, Vermont to see the Cabot Creamery. It has been many years since I’ve been there…33 to be exact. The last time I went to Cabot was in 1981 when my then-boyfriend had come to Vermont to meet my family. We bought an old fashioned wheel of special Cabot cheddar cheese to take back to California, and shared it on the day we announced our engagement to his family.
If you are ever in central Vermont, plan to take the beautiful drive through the greenest fields and forests that you’ll ever see. Enjoy the old farmsteads with manicured lawns, magnificent flower gardens, picturesque villages, forests, streams…and the bluish purple mountains that layer themselves in the changing light from early morning to late evening. Drive up into the hillside village of Cabot, Vermont to find the historic creamery Continue reading
Sometimes we just need a taste of home. For me, it’s when I’m under the weather. As a child, I could stay home from school when I didn’t feel good and watch daytime television. Shows like Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show and The Andy Griffith show kept me company. I would make myself a gooey grilled cheese sandwich and hunker down to watch Art Linkletter or Perry Mason. Even when I was sick, life was good.
Nowadays it takes a lot to make me stop, cancel work and activities, see a doctor and lie down to get well. A small consolation is that I can watch Food Network or Cooking Channel all day. When I’m not dozing I can play Scrabble on the computer. If I’m hungry, I treat myself to a childhood favorite: Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Cabot Cheddar. I bring several 3 lb. boxes of the Seriously Sharp Cheddar home with me every time I travel to Vermont…and there’s an open box in our refrigerator at all times.
Cabot cheddar cheese brings back memories. I remember eating those delicious grilled white cheddar cheese sandwiches at the “Ice Cream Place” in my hometown…a cafe that was known for serving real ice cream from a local dairy. My dad loved to have the white cheddar from Cabot with his apple pie, especially if the cheese was flavored with sage. My husband and I visited Cabot creamery on our trip home to Vermont to meet my family…and we returned to California with an old fashioned wheel of Cabot cheddar (in our suitcase) to share with the California relatives when we announced our engagement.
As you probably know by now, my husband is an avocado farmer. We live in the middle of thousands of avocado trees. There are always plenty of avocados ripening on the kitchen counter. Now when I make my beloved sandwich with the special Vermont cheddar cheese from Cabot Creamery, I have to include avocado too. No tomato. Nothing but cheese and avocado from our own trees. Ummmmm.
It’s a good idea to get the cheese slices and the avocado ready while the butter melts in the pan.
I like to let the bread get browned and crunchy in the butter while the cheese begins to melt.
When the cheese begins to get gooey, I put the sandwich together and flip it over to let the cheese melt all the way through.
Since I don’t want the avocado to actually cook or get warm, I just pull the sandwich apart when the cheese is all gooey and add the avocado slices with a little pepper. No need for salt, as the cheese and the bread have enough salt already.
Just seeing that sandwich makes me feel better! Trouble is, the delicious smell of the browned butter and the melting cheese brings the rest of the family into the kitchen to see what’s up. Don’t ever make just one sandwich in our household!