As a child growing up in India, Jaidesh Sethi remembers begging his mother and grandmother every day to make him lassi, a cool, refreshing yogurt drink flavored with fruit and spices.
Sleek bottles with elegant labels are claiming more and more space on the shelves of supermarket dairy sections, a response to the heightened passion for foods with healthy attributes. Many are not aware that kefir, though generally presented in thoroughly modern attire, has hundreds of years of street cred. This healthful elixir is on the lips of those seeking a nutritious beverage option.
For man of us, winter means repeatedly putting on and taking off parkas, scarves, hats and gloves as a barrier to the damp and frigid temperatures. That irksome chore, coupled with shoveling snow and other cold weather activities, can build up quite an appetite. You crave hearty fare to keep warm. Hibernating sometimes seems tempting.
Laura Downey has long been a lover of cheese. “My parents are both European. My dad was born in Greece and my mom was born in Spain. When I was a kid we lived in France and London, and real food and good cheese were always part of our table.”
The concept for Arcata,CA-based Cypress Grove Cheese’s Purple Haze fresh goat chèvre, which garnered first place at the American Cheese Society’s competition last year, came to the company’s founder Mary Keehn as she gazed out her kitchen window deep in thought about how to create a cheese with fennel pollen after a friend’s request.