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energystar Sep 7, 2012 03:23 PM

The Parmesan cheese I have been finding at Wholefoods and Central Market have been pretty tasteless. I am hoping to find a place to get flavorful Parmesan.

I live in Plano. Any suggestions of a good place to buy quality cheese?

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    CocoaNut RE: energystar Sep 7, 2012 04:08 PM

    Parmigiano-Reggiano is as full flavored as it gets - actually it's wonderfully nutty and mellow. Make certain that's what you're buying at CM. But if you are just looking for a new place to browse, you would probably enjoy the small, multi-generation Jimmy's Food Store on Fitzhugh. When I was but a young pup, my friend's mom would send her husband there for the "hard cheese".

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      energystar RE: CocoaNut Sep 7, 2012 06:44 PM

      I haven't been to Jimmy's but I notice it is mentioned a lot. Will have to check it out. Thx

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      hugh1 RE: energystar Sep 7, 2012 05:33 PM

      I have found out that if you purchase it already shredded, it is not going to taste as good as when you purchase a whole chunk and shred it yourself.

      Both Costco and Sam's have decent PR cheese for the price. Don't throw away the rind. Use it in stew, soup, etc.

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        energystar RE: hugh1 Sep 7, 2012 06:46 PM

        Good suggestion. I normally get it in whole form myself. I have never tried the PR from the Big Box stores.

      2. twinwillow RE: energystar Sep 7, 2012 06:35 PM

        Scardello on Oak Lawn has the real thing!

        Note: Jimmy's Parmesan is under $10.00 a pound BUT, it's only aged 12 months!

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          energystar RE: twinwillow Sep 7, 2012 06:47 PM

          Both sound great! Thx

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            vstock RE: energystar Sep 8, 2012 04:30 AM

            I think Scardello may be cracking a brand new whole round of Parm this weekend or soon. I think I got their last email Monday and it was featured at the bottom. Scardello really is worth the trip from Plano.

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              energystar RE: vstock Sep 8, 2012 06:37 AM

              Ok. You motivated me. Just printed out the directions to Scardello. I am looking forward to checking it out!

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                vstock RE: energystar Sep 8, 2012 12:56 PM

                What did you think?

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                  energystar RE: vstock Sep 8, 2012 02:00 PM

                  I was so happy for the suggestion to go to Scardelli's today. I was there for the "cutting" ceremony. We had a great cheese plate, good wine and came home with fantastic Parmesan. The other cheeses were wonderful too. What a fun day.

                  It's a dangerous place to know about for a cheese lover like me! I plan to go to one of upcoming wine and cheese events too.

                  Thanks for your suggestions everyone!

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                    vstock RE: energystar Sep 8, 2012 09:12 PM

                    Glad you had a good time.

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                      twinwillow RE: vstock Sep 8, 2012 09:59 PM

                      Me, too! I love Scardello's.

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            Sulan RE: twinwillow Oct 10, 2012 02:49 PM

            They may not deliver all the way up to Plano, but I've been ordering Parm from Scardello from Artizone. There are a couple other similar delivery services in the area, too.

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              energystar RE: Sulan Oct 10, 2012 04:06 PM

              Great idea. I can check around but it was kind of fun going there!

          3. Veggo RE: energystar Oct 10, 2012 03:20 PM

            The Sigel's specialty store on Inwood in Addison has incredible cheeses. Ask for Theresa, or you will hear her Irish brogue. You can sample everything, she knows them all, and she gave me all that duck fat and livers when I lived there. She is special, as are her roast ducks and frozen duck pot pies. But all that cheese.....

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              energystar RE: Veggo Oct 10, 2012 04:09 PM

              I had forgotten about Sigel's. I used to buy cheese there before I moved away. Ducks and their parts would not be a draw for me. I am a pescatarian....She can keep those for you!
              Thanks for the suggestion. When I don't have time for the drive to Scardello's I will try Sigel's again.

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                Veggo RE: energystar Oct 10, 2012 04:22 PM

                For ripened cheeses with short windows like Taleggio, Epoisses, St. Marcellin, St. Agur, and some nice sheeps' milk cheeses, it's nice to have a few options for sources.

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