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Why We Love Cheese

by in Why We Love, January 20, 2012
cheese
We love this stuff.

From ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwiches to fancy shmancy cheese and crackers, there are so many ways to love cheese. Worried about your waistline? We’ll tell you how you can incorporate all types of cheeses in a healthy and enjoyable way.

Cheese 101
When I was growing up, my parents owned a cheese store on Chambers Street in New York City. There were so many cheeses, I couldn’t keep them straight but it was sure fun sneaking a taste every time I sliced a piece for a customer. Luckily I learned a thing or two while working for my parents about the various cheeses.

Cheese is categorized by their texture as unripened (or fresh) and ripened. Unripened cheeses are usually slightly tangy with a mild and creamy texture. They include cream cheese, mascarpone, mozzarella and ricotta.

Ripened cheeses can be categorized as soft, semi-soft, firm or hard. Soft cheese is characterized by thin skins and creamy centers.  Brie, camembert and boursin are three of the more popular varieties. Semi-soft cheeses include many mild flavored varieties that have a smooth and easily sliceable texture. They include fontina, gorgonzola, Havarti, Roquefort and stilton.

Firm cheeses are usually either similar to the consistency of cheddar or they’re dense and holey like emmenthaler. Some other popular firm varieties are manchego, jarlsberg, monetary jack and provolone. Hard cheeses are carefully aged for a long period of time and are less moist than the other cheeses. Varieties include asiago, parmesan and pecorino romano.

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Healthy & Fast: 20-Minute Spring Meals

by in Healthy Recipes, May 17, 2010

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As a working mom of three kids, I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t in a rush. But I won’t compromise my health or that of my family and always find simple ways to create fast and healthy meals. Here are some of my favorite spring meals that can be on the table in 20-minutes or less.

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Weekly Bits: A Few Of Our Favorite Things

by in Reader Tips & Comments, May 1, 2010

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We love sharing our favorite healthy recipes and flavors — and we love hearing about your kitchen successes, too. Get a taste of new ideas and updated classics in this week’s comment round-up.

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Weekly Bits: New Tastes for a New Year

by in Reader Tips & Comments, January 9, 2010

We know how tempting it is to break those resolutions before the calendar page has even flipped again. But these great ideas from our readers make it easy to stick with your healthy-eating plan. Try out some deliciously melty takes on classic grilled cheese along with tropical fruit treats to brighten winter!

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Grilled Cheese, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, January 5, 2010

grilled cheese
Who doesn’t love the ooey-gooey goodness of a grilled cheese sandwich? We crave the comfort food year-round, but it’s almost mandatory to enjoy one during April’s National Grilled Cheese Month. But you don’t have to throw your healthy eating plan out the window — here’s how to enjoy the scrumptious bread-cheese combo without going overboard.

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