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FDA restrictions keeping some great cheeses out of stores

(George Wilhelm / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles cheese counters could soon be a lot less aromatic, with several popular cheeses falling victim to a more zealous U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Roquefort — France’s top-selling blue — is in the agency’s cross hairs along with raw-milk versions of Morbier, St. Nectaire and Tomme de Savoie.

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40 Fun Free Things to Do in L.A. Every Angeleno Ought to Try at Least Once

Enjoy the list. #7 looks good to us!

“7. Perusing Grand Central Market – Even if you don’t partake in the food at Grand Central Market (and you should!), even just wondering around and admiring the vibrancy and variety will be an enjoyable experience.”

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Mozzarella arrests made after counterfeit cheese found in Italy

Franco Castano / Associated Press

Franco Castano / Associated Press

The discovery of alleged counterfeit buffalo mozzarella cheese at a factory in Italy has led to the arrests of 13 people, including two public health service veterinarians who allegedly warned the factory of future inspections, reported the Associated Press.

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Drought Dispatch: Artisan Cheesemakers Are Feeling the Pinch

 

Cowgirl Creamery’s Sue Conley, right, with co-founder Peggy Smith. Photo: Sarah Rice / The Chronicle

Cowgirl Creamery’s Sue Conley, right, with co-founder Peggy Smith. Photo: Sarah Rice / The Chronicle

Tim and Jill Pedrozo normally begin forming wheels of their Black Butte Reserve, a gouda-like cheese made from spring milk, in February. But the Pedrozo’s 20-acre farm in Orland, which they’ve been farming for 15 years, didn’t turn green with lush rye grasses until the late spring rains began that month.

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DTLA Cheese on KTLA Channel 5

DTLA Cheese on CameraL.A.’s oldest open air market, the iconic Grand Central market downtown has been undergoing a revamp over the past 12 months. Four of the newer restaurants joined us with some of their specialties. This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on April 7, 2014.

Watch the video online.

Comté Cheese Association Updates Aroma Wheel

TComte Wheelhe Comté Cheese Association has announced that an updated Comté Wheel of Aromas is now available. The Comté Wheel of Aromas illustrates the 83 terms or descriptors that correspond to the most frequently found natural aromas in Comté, grouped within six families: Lactic, Fruity, Roasted, Vegetal, Animal and Spicy. Made exclusively in the Jura Mountain region of France, Comté is an artisanal, PDO cheese. Each wheel of Comté reflects a unique terroir, a season of production, and centuries of cheesemaking and affinage traditions. Download your copy here.

10 foods that can’t be called anything else… by law

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Here are some notable examples of food and drink whose monikers you can’t throw around lightly. See the list on globalpost.com.

California’s Artisan Cheese Festival

You are invited to join us for the 8th Annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival taking place March 21-23, 2014 at the Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma. The weekend will be filled with scrumptious cheeses, chef demonstrations and pairings, educational sessions by knowledgeable, talented chefs, cheese experts, authors, cheesemakers, expert panel discussions and more.

For more information please visit Artisan Cheese Festival.com

The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean

“But what if dairy fat isn’t the dietary demon we’ve been led to believe it is? New research suggests we may want to look anew.”

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The rare art of cheese-making in DR Congo

“His workshop is a small, wooden cabin perched on the lush hills of Masisi, in the east of the DR Congo… Simply known as Goma cheese – Goma is the largest town in the area – it is like a milder version of Dutch gouda, softer in texture.”

Read the full article on BBC News Magazine