Burrata: The Better Mozzarella

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Let’s talk cheese.  If you like mozzarella and good food in general, you’ll love burrata.  Trust me. It’s creamy and fresh, texturally unique compared to other cheese, and so versatile.  If you want to learn more about the process behind making fresh cheese, check it out here!  Or you can read about it here.

Burrata is traditionally from the Apulia region in Italy and is made with water buffalo’s milk or cow’s milk.  It is a thin shell of mozzarella holding in a creamy mixture called stracciatella, which is basically cream and strings of mozzarella curd.  I first had burrata when I was in Italy and we visited a mozzarella factory.  The burrata in Italy tastes different, mostly because the cream they use is the naturally separated cream from the milk, and in the U.S., cream that is mechanically separated is normally used.  The flavor difference also comes from the type of milk used.  The burrata that you can get most commonly in America is made from cow’s milk.

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Here in the midwest, it can be difficult to track down this cheese.  My go-to place is called Martha’s Vineyard.  They usually have burrata in stock and if they don’t, they are pretty good about letting you know when they will have it next.  If you aren’t in Grand Rapids, you should be able to find it at any local specialty wine or cheese shop.

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The brand that I used for this cheese plate (let’s be real….. I ate this for lunch) is called Liuzzi Cheese,  The flavor is really great and it lends itself well to a lot of different dishes and flavors.  It is made in Conneticut, but it is owned by two Italian borthers.  My favorite thing to do is pair it with really great heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, balsamic reduction, good extra virgin olive oil, and toasted crostinis.  Oh and lots and lots of freshly cracked black pepper.

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I’ve also melted this on sourdough bread with pesto or chipotle aioli and thick cut tomatoes in a grilled cheese.  Or you can melt it on top of a seared chicken breast or top a risotto.  Either way, give it a try and I’m sure you’ll love it!

Want to read more about burrata? Check out these links below.

Bon Appetit

Fine Dining Lovers

Culture Cheese Magazine

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Enjoy!

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:I am Malala: by Malala Yousafzai

You guys.  I just finished this book, like less than 3 hours ago and I just couldn’t wait to post about it.  I don’t even have a picture for this post because I read it so fast.  This is one of those books that really makes you think and changes your perspective on the world.

If you’ve never heard the name Malala Yousafzai, then let me give you a quick run down of her amazing story.  She grew up in Pakistan and experienced the terror of the Taliban first hand, all while she was only 11 years old.  She fought for her right to attend school and advocated for the right to education for every child.  Because of how outspoken she was, she was targeted and shot point blank by a member of the Taliban.

This well written autobiography captures Malala’s strength, spirit, and tenacity while thoughtfully telling her story.  Her innocence shows in the early chapters when she herself was still young and trying to figure out her world.  She has accomplished so much in her life, and she is truly an inspiration to determined women and girls everywhere.  It’s no surprise that she’s the youngest person ever to be awarded the Noble Peace Prize.

Malala opened my eyes to the struggles that face women and girls all over the world.  While the #metoo movement is still in the forefront of the media, there’s a need to bring the issue of education of all individuals back into the spotlight.  We need to fight for all of women’s right so that every human can have the same rights.  Education for all could solve a lot of the issues around the world.

Seriously, use the freedom you have to read and educate yourself and buy/borrow this book.  Here’s even a link!

 

Happy Reading!

What I’m reading

Do you ever find yourself wishing that you had that friend that was always reading something current and interesting, possibly a book that will transport you within its pages or change the way you see the world?

Same.

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I’ve tried to follow other public book clubs like Reese Witherspoon’s and Oprah’s picks, but it can be hard to sync up your reading pace with theirs.  I really like the Book of the Month subscription box, especially because you can read a synopsis and a judge’s review of the books. They also do a lot of pre-releases for popular books.

I’m very fortunate that my beautiful mother used to be an English teacher and is still an avid reader to this day.  My sister, my mom and I actually do a book club several times a year.  Every time my mom comes to visit me, she brings me at least one new book.  I should mention that she only lives and hour and a half away.  So it’s no surprise that I have a stack of books patiently waiting to be opened.

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With our recent week-long trip to Costa Rica, I was able to have time to read finally.  And I didn’t waste any time at all!  I read a YA novel by Sara Evans, Nourished by Lia Huber, The Fault in Our Stars (I know, I’m late to the party on this one), and I started I am Malala.  It was awesome to get back into reading again!

I love to share books that I find interesting or life-changing with my coworkers and friends so I thought that I’d start to share them here.  Feel free to leave comments, book suggestions, grammar corrections, or any other concerns.

Oh, and Happy Reading!