Benita Kasbo, owner of Kasbo's Market, came to us looking for a team who could bring her cheese to life with photography. Little did we know what a great day we had in store for us. We had so much fun during this shoot, (Benita is a hoot!) that our stomaches hurt from laughing so much! Plus, every time one of us turned around, Benita was handing us another amazing combination of flavors with all the different dishes she makes with her cheese. Needless to say, we were more stuffed by the end of that shoot than we'd been in a long time.
Never had Syrian cheese? Technically, it's called Jibneh and here's what she says about it:
What is Jibneh? Jibneh simply means cheese in Arabic. Jibneh is made from curd that is seasoned with salt and a unique spice called mahleb. Mahleb is derived from seeds of a cherry stones. Cherry stones are cracked to reveal a seed that is ground into this delicious spice. The combination of salt and mahleb create a cheese that is slightly salty, sweet, and nutty. One piece is never enough!
Did you see that?? CHERRY STONES. Who ever figured that one out?? Whoever it was, I'm happy they did. One taste and you'll feel the same. It melts better than mozzarella, you can store it in the freezer (so convenient!) and it has such a nice balance of saltiness that blends so nicely with the sweetness of an apricot jam or the crunch of a cucumber. It's so versatile. I just know it will be a success here in the States.
Check out her website, Kasbo's Market to learn more.