To the Moon! No Space Suit Necessary…

They say that the simple things in life are the best things in life. I’m not quite sure who ‘they’ are, but they certainly know what they’re talking about! This week, Saxelby’s pays homage to Salvatore Brooklyn yet again. We know and love their incredible ricotta, but they’ve delved into olive oil territory, and it’s a whole new ballgame…

Salvatore Bklyn Sicilian Coop Olive OilAs if their cheese wasn’t decadent enough, the Salvatore girls headed to Sicily in search of the perfect olive oil, and came back with a ringer! Salvatore Brooklyn’s Sicilian Co-op Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the best thing since sliced bread. Or maybe the best thing to pour on top of sliced bread… you be the judge. The oil is lightly peppery, grassy, and has some lingering floral and fruity aromas. Made with respect using traditional old-world methods, this olive oil is the real deal. Stop by the shop for a drizzle… we’re always happy to share a taste!

And for those of you who’ve never tried Salvatore Brooklyn ricotta, please, push yourself away from the computer immediately and come down to the shop to try some. It will send you straight to the moon… no space suit necessary. After tasting this thick, rich, milky and lemony cheese, Martha Stewart herself declared that it was her favorite ricotta. Salvatore makes both a plain and a smoked version of their signature fromage, and depending on the day, my favorite oscillates between the two. The plain is pure, sweet, milky goodness, while the smokey is a rich, toasted affair that lends heft and sweetness to just about any dish. Take a schmear o’ ricotta and drizzle with oil for a moment of devine inspiration!

Last but not least… Cutting the Curd, the most daring cheese program on internet radio (or more probably the only cheese program on internet radio) has changed days! Now you can tune in every Monday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:00 pm on the Heritage Radio Network to get the latest and greatest in cheesy news. Call the studio with questions or comments at 718-497-2128, or send us an email at! Today we’ll be talking the ‘State of Cheese’ in Minnesota with Jeff Jirik of Faribault Dairy and Benjamin Roberts, owner of France 44 Cheese Shop. Watch out Wisconsin, your neighbor to the west is cooking up some fine fromage!

‘Till next week, eat cheese and be merry!

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