Tapenade is typically a briny mix of olives, capers, anchovies, and olive oil, loosely bound and best eaten in small bites, smeared on toast or drizzled atop warm-from-the-vine tomatoes. I've made plenty of the spread in my own kitchen, but I've never strayed from the expected ingredient list. Tenaya Darlington's recipe in Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese takes a completely different approach. She laces her tapenade with nutty and sweet Foja de Noce, an Italian sheep's milk cheese wrapped in walnut leaves.
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Limburger cheese carries with it many false assumptions and wrinkled noses. It is often avoided based on reputation alone. But Limburger fans know that if you're willing to get past its strong odor, you'll be greeted with a soft grassy cheese with background notes of funky mushrooms. Such fans will often be seen eating Limburger on sandwiches with onions or sardines, but a much better use is in Tenaya Darlington's Limburger mac and cheese from Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese.
Caprese salad is a summertime classic for good reason, but the trio of mozzarella, tomato, and basil can grow tired when it's featured on every restaurant menu in town. This twist from Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese perks up the staple with sensuous burrata and pungent garlic oil. Author Tenaya Darlington adds the requisite balsamic and basil in full force for bright sweetness and herbal bite.