Sunday, January 20, 2008

New Northwest Ohio Cheesemaker

For a few months, I've been purchasing several of my staples direct from a farmer, Ralph Schlatter, of Canal Junction Natural Meats. I haven't yet had the chance to try their new cheeses, but after reading this message from Ralph's son Brian, I can't wait:

Hello to all,
This is Brian Schlatter. I am the cheesemaker for Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese. We are a new operation that started making cheese in November and now have some cheeses ready to be sold. We concentrate on raw milk cheeses. We have cheddar, Colby, Monterey jack, garlic & herb, jack & dill, Italian herb, pepper jack, black swamp gouda, miami erie canal Swiss, Wabash erie canal gruyere (a type of Swiss cheese), and on Wednesday I attempted a blue cheese that will be ready in 60 days. We here at the farm are all very excited about the cheese that we have already. One thing that makes these cheese wonderful is that they not only come from our own milk but that milk comes from the very mineral rich soils that we live on. It has been told to me time and time again by others that clay soil is that best soil to raise food on because that taste from it is exceptional because of the soil that it is raised on. If you have any cheese questions please ask. I will be glad to answer them. For those who like to try something different and with varying varieties when eating the two Swiss style cheese that I am making offer both ends of the spectrum and also make a great fondue. Tell all your friends and co-workers that there is a place in Northwest Ohio that makes cheese and sells it right from the farm. This is the freshest that you can get.

Stay tuned for more to come as I will be posting updates on what is happening

Master Cheesemaker

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Edible Art

Founded on the universal right to pleasure, Slow Food continues to remind us that it's important to have fun. Imagine how much fun it was for photographer Carl Warner to put together these still lifes in his kitchen!

Monday, January 14, 2008

January Soup Supper Draws A Crowd

Forty members and friends of SF Maumee Valley gathered at Flying Rhino for the first Slow Supper of 2008: an amazing variety of delicious soups plus fabulous go-withs, wines including home made fruit blends and a white wine that SF member Roger Heider brought all the way from Vietnam. Watch this blog for future slow suppers!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

January Apples

Every Saturday I come home from the market wondering "what are these apples I bought?" This week I limited myself to just three kinds: Sun Crisp, Gold Rush, and Blushing Gold.
What are your favorites?
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Thursday, January 3, 2008

What the World Eats

Do you ever think about what Americans eat? And what others around the world eat? Sometimes it's not what you expect.

Check out this story shared by Slow Food Maumee Valley founding member (and Toledo GROWs Executive Director) Michael Szuberla.

Want to see more? Here is information about Hungry Planet, the gorgeous 2005 book in which Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio present a photographic study of families from around the world, revealing what people eat during the course of one week.

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