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Parmesan

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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  1. 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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    1. re: CocoaNut

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

    2. 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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      1. re: hugh1

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

      2. Scardello on Oak Lawn has the real thing!
        http://www.scardellocheese.com

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

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          1. re: energystar

            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.

            1. re: vstock

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

                1. re: vstock

                  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!

          2. re: twinwillow

            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.

            1. re: Sulan

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

          3. 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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            1. re: Veggo

              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.

              1. re: energystar

                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.