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July 27, 2010

In the Kitchen with Sigona’s: Introducing Moo-na Lisa

Filed under: RECIPES — Tags: , , — Sigona's @ 10:53 pm

In the Kitchen with Sigona’s: Introducing Moo-na Lisa

Moo-na Lisa is a locally-made cheese developed exclusively for Sigona’s.

On sale July 27 - 31, 2010. See store for latest price.

When they say you can’t please everyone, we just did! In our search for a small, local farmer to create a cheese exclusively for Sigona’s, we discovered a true work of art that’s sure to make you smile. We call it the Moo-na Lisa.

Moo-na Lisa was the successful outcome of Sigona’s partnership with Reggie Jones of Central Coast Creamery in Paso Robles, Calif. It takes on the characteristics of a Gouda and a Gruyere in that its flavor profile starts out rich and creamy like a Gouda, followed by a long lasting nutty finish of a Gruyere.

Moo-na Lisa, an all-around great cheese, is good for cooking, melting or snacking. Pick up a wedge or two and try this recipe, developed by Kendra, one of our Redwood City cheese specialists. It won’t disappoint.

French-style Moo-na Lisa & Pear Panini

Moo-na Lisa is a cheese made exclusively for Sigona’s by a local creamery. Kendra, one of our Redwood City cheese specialists, developed this recipe specifically for this cheese as it pairs perfectly with pears. Enjoy! Serves 2.


  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 TBL stone-ground Dijon mustard
  • 1 ripe Bartlett or D’Anjou pear (firm, but ripe), thinly sliced
  • 2 oz. Sigona’s Moo-na Lisa cheese, sliced
  • 1-2 TBL Sigona’s Fresh Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions: Preheat a Panini maker or griddle over medium to medium-high heat. Brush each side of the bread with olive oil. Layer slices of pear on 2 pieces of bread and sprinkle with a bit of pepper. Top with slices of Moo-na Lisa. Place the remaining oiled slices of bread on top of the dressed slices and place in the Panini maker or on the griddle.

Grill (flipping once if using a griddle) until nicely browned on both sides and the Moo-na Lisa is melted. Serve immediately.


1 Comment »

  1. Hi all,
    Wanted to drop a line and tell ALL of you how much I appreciate your friendliness and knowledge. It is such a pleasure to come in knowing I will get the best service around! Feels a bit like family. I am always delighted when I question which peaches or pairs ( example ) to buy. Anyone I ask gives me a beautiful description and offers a taste. QUALITY service. Why would anyone shop anywhere else? The only reason I come up with is they have yet to discover what an amazing place you have.
    Thanks for all the good times I have shopping at Sigona’s. Look forward to seeing you very soon.

    Best Wishes,

    Comment by Barbara McCormick — July 28, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

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