Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Once the coffee buzz wears off or even while it's still on, cheese is one of the other taste sensations that needs to be addressed.

When it comes to the stuff, I tend to prefer a harder cheese and I can't resist a great crumbly, blue but I will also partake in a the occasional soft cheese.

Growing up in a Greek family, one of my favorite comfort foods is something my Mom used to make. A simple pasta dish that had a healthy dose of freshly grated Greek Kaseri cheese.
The secret was:
-Put a layer of freshly grated KASERI on the plate before adding half the portion of pasta you are serving.
-Add another layer of freshly grated KASERI. a
-Add the remaining pasta and then top off with with the last sprinkling of KASERI.
-In a sauce pan heat a bit of extra virgin Greek Olive Oil (really good, high quality butter works well too) and when it's good and hot, drizzle over pasta. It melts the cheese just enough and the flavor is out of this world.

Add a good bottle of red wine, a crusty great loaf of bread and dinner is served. Followed of course by a the perfectly pulled shot of espresso (or two) and a chunk of a smokey yet sweet dark chocolate. I think I just got motivated to make dinner.

Here are some great cheese stores (they sell other tasty things as well) in the L.A. area that I spend a bit too much time at:

-angelo surmelis


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Ohhhh! You are speaking my language!! I love cheese...better than chocolate! I'll take a wonderful Fench roquefort, please! Yum!!! Or Fol Epi...have you tried that one? It's a baby Swiss. Goat cheese is good, too! I haven't heard of the recipe you gave us, but will try it! Thanks! Loved your cheesy post...Debbie

Anonymous said...

Who doesn't love a good cheese? Honestly Angelo, the pasta dish you described has my mouth watering. You are a most excellent writer.

Have you made this dish in your newly renovated beautiful kitchen on your "HOT" stove?

Hope so!

OK, now I am off to finish mundane household chores before bed.

Take care,

Anonymous said...

OH, CHEESE! Everything is better with cheese on it.

Anonymous said...

I love cheese, all sorts. I like some more than others, but I heave yet to meet one I am not fond of.

Anonymous said...

Cheesy Goodness is what I say. That pasta sounds delish. I'm on it!

leah - moxiethrift on etsy said...

*raises fists to the high heavens*

why God, whyyyyyy?
why do i have to be lactose intolerant?

in heaven i will sit atop a hill of crumbly cheese. wade through oceans of melted cheese. rest my head on soft cheese.

Anonymous said...

Why do you d this to me? I am trying to be good this year. Now I HAVE to make this pasta and eat it. HAVE TO.


The Food Hunter said...

I love the idea of putting the cheese on the pasta in layers. I'll have to try that.

nichole said...

Cheese, wine, chocolate ... sounds very much like my daily diet. ;)

LOVE your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine.

Kat said...

Oh there is nothing better! And I'm def. going to try that pasta dish, it sounds wonderful. Thanks for the tip! Kathy

amiable amy said...

one of my weakness....i love cheese and pasta so, what you have here makes me hungry so, i have to hit the kitchen now...LOL

Anonymous said...

Cheese? Hmmm, so i love it. Nice post fiend, success!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this recipe; it sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it.

You've mentioned your Greek heritage many times and it makes me wonder if you speak and read Greek? Do you ever participate in any of the Greek activities in LA? How do you feed and maintain ties to your upbringing?


(I hate coffee. It's milky-sugary mess by the time I'm done with it. Can we still be buddies? *s*)

pve design said...

did you say cheese?
I am smiling....holding my smile! :)
(for cheese!)

Anonymous said...

cheese, chocolate, wine, coffee and bread? you are speaking my language!

mrsben said...

Now you are talking my language. I LOVE it ALL!!!!

mrsben said...

P.S: SMILE, "say cheese". (Great picture!)

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