The Best Cheese in the World Series
Did you say cheese? We're not talking Velveeta. Although, let me say that was my first non- real cheese experience. Back then, pasteurized cows milk produced thin sliced squares of something orange in color. All moms made us eat them thinking they would build strong bones. They slathered mustard and mayo between two pieces of white bread and called it a cheese sandwich. Four little squares, soft and sometimes mushy (around noon), with a carton of milk was considered a healthy lunch.
Or how about a melted cheese sandwich before we had the Panini press. Remember your first recipe that your mom taught you? Using two thick slices of Velveeta fried in a pan with plenty of butter. Back then nobody was counting their colesterol.
Well, Daisy cow, Emily goat, and Billie Barb sheep have come a long way -- from pastures to curds, some stinky, bloomy, soft, hard, wet, wine soaked and olive oil rubbed... our girls have been busy making the most delicious, (consumptuous) lactose intolerant cheeses... some are even proprietary recipes, caved aged by masters who are meticulous about the finite details of refining their cheeses.
The experience of dining on cheese with a few good friends is a totally delectable, even sensual experience. And what I love is the totally unique experience -- the experience of tasting cheese brings to the party.
Two more you will love: Blue Paradise USA Hook cheese from Wisconsin -- cave aged double cream, best served with a Sauterne, Rose, Riesling. We got plenty of Kudos for Kodos -- a delightful gouda from the Netherlands, with coconut cream -- an incredible desert cheese -- with chocolate or port. Best served with a Pinot Noir or Port
Here are the pairings Gina sent: Do not miss the Harvest Song walnuts from Armenia, and serve them with the blue cheeses. Also, the salted pistacho honey from Texas which is a signature of Venissimo.
Here are some wonderful pairings from Murray's.
Urban Oven- Classic white- Artisan baked
Boat Street French Plum Pickles
Bee-Raw- Colorado Star Thistle Honey