Eat this Word: Burrata

burrataWHAT? Cream cheese. On the outside, burrata appears to be fresh mozzarella. But the inside holds a surprise—an unctuous mix of cream and cheese curds. Burrata originated in Apulia and Basilicata in southern Italy and is one of several pasta filata cheeses. These cheeses—mozzarella, provolone, and cacicovallo are examples—begin with the formation of curd. The curd is heated in hot water so that it becomes melted and smooth, and then stretched, which forms the characteristically smooth surface. Burrata can also be filled with butter or a butter-and-sugar paste, hence its name. Another variation is Burrata di Andria, which is wrapped in the leaves of the aromatic asphodel plant, a member of the lily family. WHERE? Philip Campanella's Summer Sunset Cruise WHEN?

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Eye Candy: Cheese Illustrated

We adored these cheese sketches (complete with accoutrements) that graced the cheese platters at Chelsea Market Sunday Supper. Diners referred to the illustrations to identify the various farmstead cheeses that were served during the meal. (JBF Award winner Anne Quatrano prepared the accompaniments.) The folks at Metromix have put together a gorgeous slideshow of the event, which you can see here.

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Recipe: Lemon Cheese

lemon cheese Tangy and tart, this spreadable lemon-scented cheese is a great topping for crackers and toast. It also pairs nicely with beets or, as chef Kirsten Dixon prefers, a tomato–basil bisque.

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Plating Cheeses Two crew members plate cheese courses for Beard House diners on August 27, 2009. The chef, John Newman of Newmans at 988 in Cannon Beach, OR, served a selection of artisanal Oregon cheeses like Three Ring Farm's Rivers Edge Chèvre and Rogue Creamery's Rogue River Blue Cheese. Check out more photos from this late-summer dinner. August 27, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Tom Kirkman)

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