The concept for this meeting was suggested by Erna Andre, and I think it sounds ideal for our club at this time. Many of us are beginning cheesemakers and have only experimented with the quick and soft cheeses such as mozzarella, chevre, fromage blanc, etc. Many of these easy to make cheeses are fantastic alone, but those of us who have done them a lot get a bit bored with them. The plan for this meeting, then, is to share ideas, recipes, and techniques on things that can be done with our easy cheeses. At The Beverage People, some of our best fun with cheese has come from our creations AFTER we make the cheese. For example, many of you got to try Robyn's mozzarella creation at the February meeting where she rolled the hot mozzarella with proscuito and basil---amazing!
The agenda for the meeting will be packed with many intereting demos. Five volunteers will participate in showing off some of their favorite creations. Here is the current agenda:
-Gabe Jackson: Holiday Spiced Cream Cheese Nut Roll/Ball
-Added 5/5/11...Robyn Rosemon: Quick Mozzarella Creations
-Added 5/6/11...Judy Pineda: Making Burrata from Mozzarella Curd, Ricotta, and Mascarpone.
-Added 5/6/11...Susan Hillier: Chevre Brownies
-Added 5/7/11...Erna Andre: Russian Syrniki's (what's that? see... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrniki )
This should be a fairly informal meeting and I aim to have a few cooking stations set up in the classroom.
We will be tasting the creations during the meeting but also please bring food and drink to share...homemade cheese, bread, butter, yogurt, beer, wine, soda, etc...all very welcome. For this meeting, things made FROM cheese would be particularly welcome. Cheers!