Friday, January 18, 2013
Shireen on the Scene: Cheese at MC Kitchen
Did you know there are more than 900 cheeses? And that the average American eats almost 30 pounds of cheese per month? Now, that's some serious lactose love. Tonight we celebrate National Cheese Day at MC Kitchen in the Design District.
WSVN -- You can pinch it. Stretch it. And stuff it.
SHIREEN SANDOVAL: "It's National Cheese Day, and it's important to know that cheese can enhance your life."
Any way you look at it, cheese is here to please.
SHIREEN SANDOVAL: "Do you like cheese?"
CHEF DENA MARINO: "I love cheese!"
SHIREEN SANDOVAL: "Who doesn't like cheese?"
DENA MARINO: "A lot of people."
SHIREEN SANDOVAL: "Really? That's so shocking!"
To celebrate National Cheese Lover's Day, we made our way to MC Kitchen, a new restaurant in the Design District.
SHIREEN SANDOVAL: "What are we going to be making today?"
DENA MARINO: "We're going to be making fresh mozzarella and fresh burrata."
Chef Dena Marino made some time for some cheese and wine. The chef really made the cheese. I mostly whined.
DENA MARINO: "You will be physically pulling the cheese yourself with your hands. You, like with these two hands."
SHIREEN SANDOVAL: "Creating! What's the secret to this? Pulling of one's cheese?"
With mozzarella, you pour hot, heavily salted boiling water over curd. That's to melt it. Lightly stir together to give it a smooth texture, then stretch it, baby!"
SHIREEN SANDOVAL: "That's impressive. Happy Cheese Day."
To finish it off, roll and pinch it.
DENA MARINO: "Just try to tuck a piece and make a ball. Is it too hot?"
DENA MARINO: "That's it! Perfect."
SHIREEN SANDOVAL: "Yours were better."
DENA MARINO: "That's perfect."
SHIREEN SANDOVAL: "I go like that?"
DENA MARINO: "Now pinch it off."
Voilà: mozzarella! Next: burrata, which is basically cheese stuffed inside mozzarella. You'll need heavy cream, which the chef secretly made herself.
DENA MARINO: "You have your cheese. You make a little pocket. This is hot, you have this. When you cut open the burrata, you see that stringy goodness. So that's burrata."
Our dish was complete: mozzarella and burrata with heirloom tomatoes, basil, basil dressing and olive oil. Cheesetastic! At MC Kitchen, the chef knows her cheese.
DENA MARINO: "Burrata, which is a huge phenom now. Everyone loves and wants it. We do a modern take on it. We stuff it with a roasted butternut squash."
In the end, yeah, I cut the cheese and called it like I tasted it: cheesy goodness. Happy Cheese Lover's Day!