ChefSofi Cheeseboard and Knife Set
Create a stunning charcuterie tray in minutes using ChefSofi’s excellently thought-out cheeseboard. Complete with four ceramic bowls, four cheese knives and a two-layer swiveling acacia wood board, this German-made board has space for all the crackers, hard and soft cheeses, olives, meats, spreads and nuts that you’ve been dreaming of. We appreciate that the swiveling board reveals a storage compartment to keep all four knives safe, which is just as handy as the four ceramic bowls that are removable if extra space is needed to add more goodies. Take your entertaining to the next level or gift this board to the host/hostess in your life.
Cheese Grotto Classico
Inspired by the caves used for centuries by cheesemakers to store their wheels and wares, this cheese grotto is aptly designed to preserve the food’s freshness, aroma and taste using natural materials and careful climate control. It’s handmade from breathable bamboo wood to prevent premature molding and contains a clay brick humidifier on the bottom that, when soaked in water regularly, regulates moisture (no more crumbly cheese!). A vaulted ceiling makes for ideal airflow and condensation control, while an adjustable back panel promotes extra breathability. Plus, you won’t waste any more plastic wrap on cheese that’ll only make it slimy. The Grotto Classico is the most similar to a cheese cave out of the grotto collection; it can hold up to 8 pounds of cheese and will fit well in a medium-large-sized refrigerator. Its two removable shelves help to accommodate wheels and wedges of all sizes, while the plexiglass windows and pull-down door let you easily access and keep an eye on your cheese. And for budding cheese makers, this grotto can also be used to age homemade cheeses thanks to its air channels. Includes a 2oz bottle of mineral oil to help care for the wood.
Milk Street Digital Class: Homemade Mozzarella with Louella Hill
Forget that “30-minute miracle” recipe that never seems to make anything other than a big mess. Let’s make the real deal: a semi-cultured mozzarella that can be eaten as curd, stretched into mozzarella forms such as braids or balls or even stuffed into Burrata. Guest chef Louella Hill is the fearless leader of this pre-recorded Zoom cooking class, which will leave you feeling calm and confident as you make homemade mozzarella cheese. Louella’s recipe takes some time – a bit more than 30 minutes – but is consistent, flavorful and so much fun to play with. Note that this recipe has some time sensitivities (it can’t be easily paused) and also works best using fresh, raw, whole cow milk.
Koy Pantry Figs in Syrup
Tender and sweet, preserved in a warmly spiced syrup, Koy Pantry’s Figs in Syrup are unlike most other fig products on the market. Made with whole young Turkish figs, the fruit is quick-pickled, then cooked down and preserved in a glossy, pourable syrup spiked with cloves. Unlike fig jams and preserves where the fruit falls apart, Koy Pantry’s figs remain firm with a satisfying chew—so you can serve them whole on a cheese board or chop them up to add to pizza. Sweet and earthy with a slight tartness, they pair well with both strong and mild cheese and salty cured meats; can be added to desserts, cakes and crumbles or stirred into tangy yogurt. Or use just the syrup—it’s delicious drizzled on a panini, stirred into a cocktail or swirled into oatmeal.