Cheese-o-pedia: F

  1. Farmer’s Cheese

    Similar to a firm cottage cheese with a rich, creamy taste and semi-soft, crumbly texture. Farmer’s cheese is ivory to creamy yellow in color and has a buttery flavor. This traditional favorite is firm enough for cubing, shredding or slicing.

    Farmer’s cheese is ideal for casseroles, dips, au gratin potatoes, macaroni and cheese, blintzes and desserts. It can also be served with pastrami on dark pumpernickel bread or sliced and served with crackers and fresh fruit for snacking.

    Pair farmer’s cheese with fruity white wine, iced tea or coffee.

  2. Farmhouse

    A term referring to artisanal cheeses handmade on farms in England and elsewhere.

  3. Fat

    Many cheeses have 8 grams of fat per ounce (1 ounce = 28 grams). Low fat and reduced fat cheeses have between 3 and 6 grams per ounce. There is little that will be saved in the way of fat and calories by eating a low-fat cheese and much to lose in flavor, texture and quality. Flavor in cheese is greatly due to its fat content.

  4. Feta

    A white, pickled cheese that has considerable salt added to prolong its keeping quality. Feta's manner of curing 4 to 6 weeks in a brine bath distinguishes it from all other cheeses. This brining process gives feta a soft, crumbly texture and a strong, salty flavor.

    The original feta was a sheep's milk cheese made in the Balkans, especially Greece. It is often made from a mixture of sheep's and goat's milk, or goat's and cow's milk and sometimes it is made from cow's milk alone. Imported feta has protected name status and can only come from Greece.

    Feta may be eaten as a table cheese. It also crumbles perfectly onto Mediterranean salads. Because it melts so beautifully, it is used in a wide variety of cooked dishes. Pair feta with Muscat or Beaujolais.

  5. Fondue

    A delicious combination of Gruyere and Emmentaler. Fondue is one of the national foods of Switzerland. It is a communal meal where all the diners use slender forks and immerse bite size portions of toasted bread into a large pot of melted cheese. Fondue is wonderful at festive holiday celebrations or intimate dinners for two. Everyone will love dipping into this luscious and creamy cheese combination!

    Serve fondue with hearty bread cubes, crackers, fresh vegetables and fruits for dipping.

    Pair fondue with Chablis, Pomerol or Chasselas.

  6. Fontina

    The original Fontina is only made in the Aosta Valley of northern Italy from unpasteurized milk. The initials CPF (Consortium of Fontina Producers) appear on each wheel certifying its origin. Fontina has a delicate, nutty, almost honeyed flavor, somewhat like Swiss Gruyere but sweeter and more buttery. It is a medium ripened cheese, with a smooth, elastic, straw-colored paste that has sparse round holes. Techniques used to make Fontina resemble those used for Swiss cheeses however a very different starter culture produces distinctive flavors and only a few tiny holes. Depending on age, Fontina is mild and milky, faintly nutty or memorably complicated in flavor.

    Fontina makes a fine eating cheese when served as an appetizer, snack or dessert. It is also very versatile in cooking.

    Pair Fontina with Gamay Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, light red and fruity white wines or bock beer.

  7. Formaggio

    The Italian word for cheese.

  8. Fromage

    The French word for cheese.