Are you ready for a bunch of photographs of gorgeous cheese?
Over Memorial Day weekend, I went to an amazing food photography, food styling, and cheesemaking workshop hosted by Carey Nershi and Eva Kosmas Flores in a beautiful house on Long Pond in Plymouth, MA. It was also my 30th birthday on Sunday, and I had the best time celebrating and learning with Eva, Carey, Brandy, Jennifer, Renee, Jenn, Olga, Camaron, C.J., and Leslie. When I first thought of signing up for the workshop as a birthday present for myself, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel ringing in a new decade amongst virtual strangers, but everyone was so wonderful that by the time Sunday rolled around I felt like I was surrounded by a group of close friends.
Eva taught us how to make ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and goat cheese, and Carey taught us how to dip hard cheeses like cheddar in wax to keep them well-preserved as they age. Above you can see Eva stretching the mozzarella and then forming it into a ball, which has to be done quickly before the cheese begins to harden. We sliced up that ball of fresh mozzarella and ate it while it was still warm with a tiny sprinkling of sea salt, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.