Casu Marzu, Or “Rotten Cheese,” is the Illegal Italian Delicacy Infested With Live Maggots

Visceral disgust can be no better described than by the existence of maggots. Really though — soft-bodied legless larva writhing around in decaying matter? Gag. One way to make it all even grosser is to imagine eating these vermin. Lo and behold, people go as far as breaking the law to do just that. Meet …

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Stinking Bishop

The story of Britain’s smelliest cheese involves monks, drunks, and endangered cows. Stinking Bishop is an award-winning artisanal cheese. Among these accolades is “smelliest cheese in Britain.” Though it has a subtle, nutty flavor, the Gloucestershire specialty is most famous for its strong aroma, which has been described as putrid and evocative of a rugby …

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Cheese Ice Cream

Cheddar cheese flavors a classic frozen treat in the Philippines. Few things warrant a bare-footed trot over hot pavement like the promise of frozen treats. Around the world, kids demonstrate a Pavlovian response to the sound of an ice cream truck or the bark of a vendor calling out flavors. But not all children grow …

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A Cheese Caramel

Norwegians buy a special slicer just to eat their brunost. This “brown cheese” has a texture more like fudge than cheddar and a salty-sweet, almost tangy flavour. Brunost is essentially leftover whey from the cheesemaking process that’s been simmered into a sweet, caramelized paste, and left to harden. Diners slice into the finished product and serve it …

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Cheese – Interesting Stuff

I love cheese. There are now over 700 varieties of British cheese, almost twice as many as the French. However the French still eat twice as much cheese per head. The British cheese market is worth £1.8 billion of which 55% can be attributed to just cheddar. That’s nothing compared to the global cheese market, where …

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History of cheese

The story goes something like this: an ancient Arab sets out on a journey across the desert. In preparation, he puts a ration of milk into a handy sheep’s stomach to transport it. (Those ancient Arabs didn’t waste many animal parts.) When the sun goes down, he makes camp and discovers that, due to the …

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Grating Parmesan

Grate Parmesan cheese at room temperature. The cheese is softer, which makes it easier to grate and less likely to cause a cut on the grater. Mirko Paderno Executive Chef of Oliverio

Pasta sauce

I discovered a great kitchen shortcut the other night on the Vineyard: using the water some feta cheese comes in as the base of a cheesy sauce for pasta. You pour the water in from the container into the same pot you used to make the pasta while it’s still hot, put in little pieces …

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