Beekman 1802 Ghoast Cheese & Maker Scary Good for Halloween

Beekman 1802 Ghoast Cheese & Maker

Beekman 1802 Ghoast Cheese & Maker

The Beekman’s have a Halloween treat for us all, appropriately named Ghoast.  Starting out with raw goats milk collected directly from the Beekman farm’s own goats, the small ghostly white wheels are then aged for ninety days. During this aging process, the raw-milk wheels begin to develop the greyish-blue cape of a rind around the pale interior. The final result is a semi-firm cheese with distinct spicy, nutty, and grassy tones that are well balanced and very approachable, despite the scary name. The outer rind can be removed for those who have aversions to eating rinds, however I would encourage those who devour this devilishly delectable fromage to leave it on. The extra pepper and tang in the rind is just too tasty to miss. Continue reading

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The House Mouse Heads to Paris for French Cheese

Pixar's Ratatouille

Disney’s Pixar Ratatouille

That’s right! The House Mouse is heading to Paris to taste the delectable fromage of France (and see the sights, of course.) I’ve packed my copy of “The Whole Fromage” by Kathe Lison and my list of suggested cheese shops, courtesy of Susan Sturman,  Director Anglophone Programs for Academie Opus Caseus (the cheese industry’s unique hands-on center for professional development), I almost feel ready to go.

Charles de Gaulle is famously rumored to have said “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?”, yet according to The Cheese Times, there are upwards of 629 different cheese types in France. There is no way this little mouse will be able to nibble through even a fraction of those fromages in just a few days. While I love a good Banon, Brie and Camembert, I think it would be wise to seek out the cheeses which are unavailable to us Americans; especially some raw milk selections.

Stay tuned for photos from Paris and feel free to send along any suggestions of French cheese for The Mouse to seek out!

Au Revoir for now and Restez au Fromage!


 

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Hanging out with Whole Foods for Grilled Cheese Night and Gift Card Giveaway!

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The House Mouse Whole Foods Gift Card Giveaway

Hanging out at Whole Foods is always fun, but this past Tuesday night at the Ann Arbor-Cranbrook location was extra fun thanks to cheesemonger Carrie and her mad grilled cheese skills.

Cheesemonger Carrie Whole Foods-Ann Arbor-Cranbrook

Cheesemonger Carrie Whole Foods-Ann Arbor-Cranbrook

On the grilled cheese menu were three tasty options:

Le Gruyère Reserve from Emmi Roth – a nutty, spicy cheese which melts great and is commonly used in fondue. This was grilled in a mini raclette and paired with sweet, tart Bartlett pears.

Halloumi from Cyprus from G. & I. Keses – a combination of goat and sheep’s milk that takes the shape of the baskets in which it is made, this intense cheese actually does not melt at all! The salty cheese retains it’s shape and has a squeaky texture, but served with a drizzle of honey and it really pleased even the most discerning palate.

Berliner Der Käse from Emmi Roth – a Whole Foods exclusive with a creamy texture and nutty taste grilled up nicely onto some baguettes.

Carrie and happy customers

Carrie and happy customers

Carrie and the cheese were both big crowd-pleasers. So do you have a favorite fall cheese for grilling? We wanna know about it and it could get you a $50 Whole Foods Gift Card!

Post a comment with your favorite Fall Cheese (Heck, you could even post a picture if you’d like!) by September 30th. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on October 6th. Thanks to Whole Foods in Ann Arbor for having me, Carrie putting up with me all evening, and good luck everyone!

Stay Cheesy!

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Free Cheese Nights at Whole Foods and Gift Card Giveaway!

Free Cheese Nights: Grilled Cheese [Whole Foods]

Cheese Nights: Grilled Cheese [Whole Foods]

There’s no better comfort food on a cold Fall day than a toasty, tasty, gooey grilled cheese sandwich paired with a mug of hot apple cider. Whole Foods Market agrees and this Tuesday, September 16th for their quarterly Cheese Nights event, their knowledgeable cheesemongers will be passing their skills along for creating the perfect grilled cheese on a cold Autumn night.  Continue reading

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No Rush Creek Reserve for 2014 due to FDA “cheesemaker beware” threat

Rush Creek Reserve and Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Uplands Cheese

Rush Creek Reserve and Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Uplands Cheese

The rumors are true. Start looking for alternatives for the holiday cheeseboard this year since Uplands Cheese will no longer be producing wheels of fromage favorite, Rush Creek Reserve. Cheesemaker Andy Hatch confirmed today that, due to the FDA’s recent regulations regarding wood-board storage and threat of unknown future interference with raw-milk cheese production, it was too high a risk to produce the wonderful wheels only to chance them being pulled from the market. Hatch, as most in the cheese world knows, is a perfectionist at his craft, and to dedicate so much care, attention, and love to a product only to have it go to waste was not an option, so the decision was made to not even begin the process. Uplands Cheese will still have Pleasant Ridge Reserve available for us turophiles to enjoy and Hatch is working on a new cheese, yet it is still in the creative stages. Let’s all hope, pray, keep our fingers crossed, maybe even make a wish to the cheese gods/goddesses that this FDA crisis will pass and we will all be able to enjoy the beefy, buttery, heaven of Rush Creek Reserve for the 2015 season. Until then, let’s support Uplands Cheese and have a wedge of Pleasant Ridge on our boards this holiday. I know I will.

Stay cheesy everyone.

Andy Hatch with Pleasant Ridge Reserve

Andy Hatch with Pleasant Ridge Reserve

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Popular Art History Teacher and YouTube Guru Takes European Sabbatical to Learn the Art of Cheese

While most middle school kids take naps, send tweets, or just space out during art history, the students in Mr. James Earle’s classroom are not just learning the differences between Baroque and Renaissance art, but how to create art themselves through video production. Amor Sciendi (roughly translated to mean love knowing or love knowledge?)  began in 2010 as lesson plans, collaboratively created with Kate and Gavin Nelson as well as students through Curious.comto make art history accessible and fun for kids. Formerly with the Ross School in East Hampton, New York and now with the AltSchool in San Francisco, California, Earle’s quirky delivery and straight-talk approach seems to be working and even the folks at YouTube have taken notice, naming Earle YouTube’s 2012 EDU Guru.

Already having a degree in Renaissance History from the University of London, Earle’s thirst for knowledge was still unquenched. This past year, Earle took a break from teaching to study and earn an MS in Gastronomical Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy with an apparent focus on the art of cheese. His adventures are being documented for Amor Sciendi in a three-part series, the first being Cheese and Terrior (meaning soil,  land or country the cheese is made). Be sure to subscribe to the channel to see all three videos, the next being Cheese and Love ending with Cheese and Death.

Stay Cheesy, Mr. Earle!

 

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“It’s Okay to be Smart” about Cheese Science with Joe Hanson

 

Ever wonder how cheese came to be cheese? A happy accident of science (plus an extended camel trek), of course!

Seven Styles of Cheese from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

Joe Hanson, host of the PBS Digital Studio web series and popular blog “It’s Okay to be Smart”, wanted to learn more about the Cheesy Science of fromage so he stopped by for a visit at Antonelli’s Cheese in Austin, TX.  Cheesemonger, Kara Chadbourne was a good sport to put up with the cheese puns as she schooled Hanson on the chemistry of enzymes and molds which help turn milk into cheese. Check out the video above and to learn more fun science facts, be sure to subscribe to “It’s Okay to be Smart” on YouTube and Hanson’s blog here.

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