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How Punk Rock and Burrata Changed History

July 30, 2008

Once upon a time, before the proliferation of commercial industrial agriculture and hybrid growing, tomatoes were punk rock. They had individuality and spunk, they came in forty shades of crimson, yellows, oranges, pinks, and greens, and the “uglier” they were the more beautiful they tasted. They grew oblong and round, fat and thin, ridged and smooth, and no matter what their shape or size, you could bite into their plump flesh, slurp up their sweet juicy goodness, and involuntarily want to strum out power chords. Families celebrated their unique varieties and passed down seeds from generation to generation, creating edible heirlooms for posterity.

Also of note, in 1920, as the world began its first great experiment in global unity, The League of Nations, some enterprising Italian cheesemaker changed the course of human history with the introduction of a new cheese. Little did he know at the time, but his Burrata creation would so overwhelm the taste buds of nation states, it would spark a global conflagration that would ultimately destroy world unity and plunge mankind into another world war. The simple truth was everyone was so overwhelmed by the taste and texture nirvana produced by his cheese, no one wanted to share.

Now if you haven’t had Burrata, get thee to a nunnery, as our old pal Hamlet would say, or, get your fanny over to a cheese shop pronto! Similar to its cousin Mozzarella, Burrata takes milk to new heights. It has a firm fleshy outer shell, but when you slice into the center, you release a thick, sweet, silky, buttery, creamy panna that will have you hear angels singing.

In 1945, the world decided to have another go at global unity, and the United Nations was born. Some historians point to the marriage of heirloom tomatoes and burrata as the single most significant moment in history that facilitated the world’s second chance at a unified governing body. Crunchy rustic bread, chiffonade of basil, heirloom tomatoes, coarse salt, fresh cracked pepper, and virgin olive oil are now on the menu at the UN cafeteria and everybody can share!

Punk Rock Burrata

Note to reader: This was written after consuming a bottle of Chianti, so the editor cannot fully attest to its historical veracity.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2008 4:45 am

    Hey la stomach! It’s Kayte – I work with the wife. She showed me your blog and I’ve been digging it! I made my own grocery-store version of Risotto a la Lisa tonight – it was delicious! Thanks for the inspiration, and please, keep it coming!

  2. Robert and Barbara permalink
    July 30, 2008 7:44 pm

    Wow !
    We are delighted that Milt and Judi gave us the blog heads up.
    It is a delight to read and a great source of ideas.
    Keep up the great work.
    See you soon.


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