Provolone is a northern Italian cheese that can be thought of as Mozzarella`s older brother. Take some Mozzarella, form it into your favorite shape, and rub it down with brine, bind it with rope and hang it from the ceiling for a few months and Voila! – you have just made Provolone. There are two varieties of Provolone. Dolce (meaning sweet) is the mild version and Piccante (meaning sharp) is its spicy, more aged counterpart. We love this Piccante version, which is rarely available in the U.S .and much more interesting than the mild Provolone most Americans have come to know. One of the great sandwich cheeses, Provolone Piccante is also an excellent melting cheese that is perfect in omelettes or atop a toasted baguette.

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    Caciocavallo cheese is shaped like a tear-drop and is similar in taste to the aged southern Italian Provolone cheese, with a hard edible rind. It has a mild, slightly salty flavor and firm, smooth texture when young (about 2 months). As it ages, the flavor becomes more pungent and the texture more granular, making it ideal for grating.

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    Caciocavallo, which means `cheese on horseback`, gets its name from the manner in which the cheese is always tied together in a rope and dangled over a wooden board to drain and age. An Italian type of pasta filata cheese made out of sheep`s or cow`s milk, it is produced throughout Southern Italy and the Balkans. Continuous exposure to humidity in the caves and aging develops sharp, spicy flavours in Caciocavallo. With persistent aging, the cheese picks up intense, earthy undertones and fruity aromas. Along the way, it turns from a milky white to a darker yellow in colour and becomes more salty. The result is a cheese with profound tasting notes and perfect accompaniment to a glass of Primitivo red wine.

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