Visit The Dairy With The Locals

Witness the cheese making process at the local caseificio (dairy), when you’ll have an opportunity to taste tuma (the first or “farmer’s” cheese) and ricotta, still warm, just out of the cauldron, coupled with crusty bread from the village paneficio (bread bakery). Join me for Secret Sicily: Life in a Remote Sicilian Town, from July…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | #40. Life-changing Culinary Experiences

Having an opportunity to go directly to the caseificio (dairy) when the famer is making cheese from the morning’s milking — and my favorite, ricotta (re-cooked whey from the cheese, pictured) right out of the cauldron – wow, there is nothing like it! Grab some warm, sesame-laden bread and bring your appetite because you’ll experience…

Cheese Has A Terroir Too

This is not Sicily, but upstate New York. Like fine wine, you want your cheese to come from a pristine environment. Here’s where the sheep live that make the milk that makes the ricotta that we’ll be sending to you! This weekend we’re preparing the cannoli for the artisanal Cannoli Case we’re sending from Dancing…

Cheese, Glorious Cheese: Sheep’s Milk Cheese In Sicily

Cheese, glorious cheese! Sheep’s milk cheese that is. In 2018, I wrote a nine part series about cheese making. “Let’s Talk Cheese” can be viewed starting at https://experiencesicily.com/2018/07/08/lets-talk-cheese-part-1/ Once you read Part 1, scroll to the bottom of the ExperienceSicily.com page to “Next Post” to continue. I know you never took cheese for granted before…

360 Degrees Of Etna

Live from Sicily! The villages of Etna hosted our curiosities today. We started the morning eating sheep’s milk ricotta warm out of the cauldron along with honey drizzled doughnuts. When we visited the town of Zafferano Etnea, we learned some local mythology and about what it’s like to live on Europe’s most active volcano. This…

Let’s Talk Cheese: Part 9

In the Valle del Belice in Trapani Province, Sicily, they produce a DOP (Denominazione d’Origine Protetta or Protected Designation of Origin) certified “pasta filata” (stretched/pulled) cheese called Vastedda della Valle del Belice. The name, vastedda, comes from the local Sicilian language–vasta means “gone bad.” In other words, the cheese is made from pecorino cheese that…