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where to find calabro ricotta in DFW (Tarrant county if possible)

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I was wondering if anyone has seen calabro brand ricotta in any shops in Tarrant county or other places in DFW? Calabro does distribute to Texas according to their website but I haven't seen it around (central market doesn't have it last time I checked). If not are there any good places to find fresh-made ricotta in Tarrant county? I'm making calzones next week :)

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  1. You could ask the cheesemonger at CM for the Mozzarella Co Fresh Ricotta if they have it. Mozz Co is based in Deep Ellum in Dallas. Paula Lambert makes a great smoked scamorza and excellent fresh mozz. I know there is plenty in Dallas county.

    If you have requests for high quality cheese it would be good to know Rich Rogers, Lance Lynn and Ali Morgan at Scardello in Dallas at Oak Lawn @ Lemmon. You can tell them Shane sent you.

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    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

      LH to the rescue again! Thanks! :) :)

      I'm headed to CM this wednesday, and I'll speak to the cheesemonger. I think I'll double up on the ricotta and make an Italian cheesecake too :) And thank you for letting me know about Scardello. I'll have to check it out along with Jimmy's. I'm also on the lookout for ricotta impastata :)

      I was also considering having a go at making ricotta at home, I heard it's easy but I haven't attempted it yet.

      1. re: alkonost

        Alkonost,

        Since you seem like a person who is in search of high quality ingredients and specifically cheese here are some local producers and to look out for (just about all available at Scardello). I will give a brief story of which specific cheeses are great to excellent at each:

        Eagle Mountain Cheese out in Grandbury

        http://www.eaglemountaincheese.com/

        Latte Da Dairy in Flower Mound (the non-city beautiful part of Flower Mound

        )

        http://www.lattedadairy.com/

        Veldhuizen Cheese in

        http://www.veldhuizencheese.com/

        Mozzarella Company in Deep Ellum - Dallas

        http://www.mozzco.com/

        Lucky Layla in Plano

        http://luckylayla.com/

        Full Quiver Farms in Kemp

        http://fullquiverfarmtx.com/

        Brazos Valley Cheese Company in Waco

        http://www.brazosvalleycheese.com/pro...

        Pure Luck Dairy in Dripping Springs
        http://www.purelucktexas.com/

        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

          Thanks! I've enjoyed Lucky Layla's drinkable yogurt I also like Three Happy Cows) and always pick some up whenever I'm at CM. I'll keep an eye out for the other producers you've recommended. I eat a LOT of cheese and dairy so your list is very helpful for me.

          I also noticed MC offers cheesemaking classes- something I've been meaning to try for a long time.

          1. re: alkonost

            If you can afford the expense and about 3 days time it would be wise to hold off an take your cheese class with Dave Eagle at Eagle Mountain Cheese. It will be a very in depth course and you might not want to go back to your day job!

            1. re: alkonost

              Have been meaning to note ... I've been to that and not sure you could really call it a class. You get a t-shirt (which may not fit--I seem to recall they made me trade with a guy--I wanted to measure his chest to prove I should get the L) and a cheese knife ... it's more to make you a customer than a competitor. If you want to become a better-informed fan, it's the right event. If you want to learn to make cheese, maybe not.

              1. re: foiegras

                I was wondering about the details since I didn't see any info about the class on their website. Thanks for letting me know, I'd fall under the category "wanting to learn how". I'm not motivated to go all out and set up a cheese cave in my garage (too warm anyhow), but learning how to make easy and quick cheeses at home would be great (ricotta, string cheese, mozz, etc)...

        2. re: LewisvilleHounder

          I went to CM and spoke with the cheesemongers. They were all out of Mozzarella Co's ricotta, they even checked the cheese storage fridge for me just to make sure. But it turns out they did have Calabro, it just wasn't in the place I expected to find it on the shelves, so I probably walked right by it when I was looking for it the last time. Paula's ricotta seems to fly off the shelves, with luck maybe it will be in stock next time I go to CM but I was relieved that they had Calabro for "plan b" in the meantime.

          1. re: alkonost

            I thought I'd seen it there. You should make your own--I've heard it is very easy. (More than a little ricotta disagrees with me, so I have not tried ...)

            1. re: foiegras

              I'm really considering taking a stab at making ricotta, my spouse found a link with some simple directions, so I might give it a go:

              http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

              and

              http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/02/ho...

        3. Glad you found the Calabro. I was almost sure CM had it. You're right that it's confusing to have it in the milk products section instead of the cheese section.

          I'm also a ricotta cheese perfectionist and some other brands just don't cut it. I recently tried Mozzarella Company's Ricotta (sold in a bag) and fell in love. I found it at Whole Foods (the Plano location usually has a good supply of it).

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          1. re: Christnp

            Yes it's very difficult to go back to supermarket brands once you've tried good-quality ricotta. Not too long ago (just before I relocated) I made a calzone for my in-laws at their house, but I couldn't get quality ricotta at their grocery store- I think the brand I had to settle for was "sorrento" or "sargento"? And to put it mildly it tasted like wax and I was so disappointed because a calzone is nothing without good ricotta cheese.

            Once I've used up my container of Calabro I'll definitely try MC's ricotta. I love the stuff and sometimes just dig into the container with a spoon.