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Quick Bite: Cowgirl Creamery Inverness

Tiny tasty tidbits of cheese are a great way to be adventurous without making a full on commitment to the unknown. Not sure about goat’s milk cheese? Try a tiny crottin of chevre. Curious about the infamous Epoisses yet frightened by the funk? Give Trou du Cru a go without worries of funkifying the fridge. Sometimes these little morsels of cheesy goodness have no comparison. Such is the case with Cowgirl Creamery’s Inverness. Continue reading

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Quick Bite: Cypress Grove Fog Lights

Looking for a cheese that will satisfy both casual curd consumers and true turophiles? Cypress Grove Fog Lights shines a clear path to any cheeseboard.

Like its more famous brother, Humboldt Fog, Fog Lights uses a layer of carbonized vegetable ash on the rind, giving the small wheel a cake-like appearance. Beneath the surface is where this cheese takes on a life of its own. As it reaches room temperature, the outer paste becomes soft and runny while the center remains light and pillowy in texture.

The goaty flavors are light yet complex on the tongue. From the rind’s earthy mushroom overtones to the bright, grassy taste of the gooey first layer and finally the zesty, lemon tang of the middle, Fog Lights really delivers. Not too assertive for the more timid taster, yet shows great character for the more bold bite. Easily the black dress of cheeses for any occasion.

Pair with seasonal apples, a sliced baguette, and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

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Review: Lucky 13 from Bleating Heart

When I order cheese I usually ask the cheesemonger what’s new and interesting on the shelves.  Since I do most of my ordering by phone or email I have to trust my mongers and take chances. Such was the case when I ordered Bleating Heart’s Lucky 13.

I had heard of Bleating Heart’s Fat Bottom Girl from Jeanne Carpenter of  “Cheese Underground” and at the time, Seana Doughty (owner and cheese-maker of Bleating Heart) was only making the one cheese.  Sadly, it was all sold out by the time word got around so the rest of us cheese lovers were expecting to have a long wait till the next batch arrived on the scene. Continue reading

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