Cheese

Point Reyes Bay Blue

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 0 comments

Point Reyes Bay Blue

There’s really only one problem with being neurotically obsessed with everything – and that’s being neurotically obsessed with everything.  Thus, when I tell people ‘Oh my holy crappity crap I am beyond in love with this cheese,’ nobody really gives a good God damn because, well, for one, people tend to not really care about other people’s eating habits and, two, they’ve heard it all before.     And before that, too.  As it seems almost every cheese is my favorite.  But, for real you guys, this Point Reyes Farmstead Bay Blue cheese is actually my most favorite cheese ever.     At least for...

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Westcombe Cheddar

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 1 comment

Westcombe Cheddar

When’s the last time I talked about cheese, you guys?  It’s been approximately almost forever, am I right?  Sorry bout that.  As I stated in a previous blog I’ve undergone a few changes lately and my desire to create dimmed for a bit due to a few growing pains, the least of which had to do with my cat shitting in my kitchen cupboard because she couldn’t figure out how to operate the baby gate I nailed to the wall to keep my dog from using the litter box as a buffet. Gross.  I know.  But, for real.  My.  Kitchen.  Cupboard.  Sigh. But, as I also stated previously, I feel like talking food again.  Thank God.  I was starting to feel...

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Artisan Cheese Company

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat, Go, Restaurants, Sarasota | 3 comments

Artisan Cheese Company

Why am I always talking about cheese, some of you have asked. Well, apart from my unwavering love of dairy (try as I might, I just can’t tear myself away) and the only slightly disgusting, but embarrassingly true, fact that I want to dive into a vat of luscious, buttery Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill and swim around in it the way Scrooge McDuck swims around in his gold coins …I happen to work at a cheese shop.     Artisan Cheese Company stole my heart from day one. As a customer, I would come and talk to Louise for hours. No joke. I would let others place their orders and then sidle up to the counter to talk about tastes and scents and the beautiful...

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Comte

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 2 comments

Comte

As far as France is concerned, Comté is a pretty big effing deal.     Personally, I think of France and I think of a magical few weeks I spent there in my youth, touring the country from Paris all the way down to Aix-En-Provence.  Hours spent wandering through the expansive, overwhelming amount of masterful artistry at The Louvre, eating freshly churned ice cream while strolling through old world Parisian neighborhoods, the view forever etched into my memory from the Eiffel Tower, fields on fields on fields of sunflowers in the countryside, wild horses in The Camargue, sitting in Van Gogh’s Cafe La Nuit in Arles, and a soup from the small seaside town...

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Bellwether Farms – San Andreas

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 0 comments

Bellwether Farms – San Andreas

“Once upon a time, Cindy Callahan needed a way to keep our pasture grasses under control, so she bought sheep,” explains Cindy’s son, Liam.  ”That one innocent act triggered a series of events that placed our family at the forefront of the American revival in artisan cheese making.”     Liam Callahan and his wife, Diana, now run Bellwether Farms, located about an hour north of San Francisco in the beautiful hillsides of Sonoma County.  It would be fair to say that everything relating to this farm is beautiful, from the family’s mission of creating a perfect American Pecorino to the care of their flock of 200 East Friesian...

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Sweet Grass Dairy: Green Hill

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 2 comments

Sweet Grass Dairy: Green Hill

Not terribly far from the Florida Georgia border, a sustainable family-owned farm (farms really, but more on that later) is churning out some of the creamiest, gooey-ist, buttery-ist double creme this side of the sea.  I picked up a wheel of Sweet Grass Dairy‘s award winning Green Hill Double Creme Camembert some time ago when I was merely a customer at Artisan Cheese Company and instantly fell in love as I slathered thick smears of it on freshly warmed baguette while standing at my kitchen counter.  Now that I’m behind the cheese counter, Louise has to regularly check my purse to make sure I’m not stealing the inventory.  It’s that good.  I...

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You Caveman Me Jane

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 0 comments

You Caveman Me Jane

There is something decidedly special about a box. There is. Just ask a cat. (Don’t own a cat? Probably don’t know what I’m talking about then, eh? Go buy a cat and a box.) Although, where felines prefer an empty box, one they will mightily try to squeeze their haunches in, no matter the size, we usually opt for one containing something we desire… gift, a good, a ring, a thing. Thus, when this beautiful little box shows up at the shop, I get more excited than if I watched Santa himself crawl down my stove hood fan bearing a whole bag full of boxes with my name on the labels. Hey, it’s the closest thing I’ve got to a chimney,...

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Alpha Tolman

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 0 comments

Alpha Tolman

“Burly? This cheese is burly? What does that mean?,” ask our customers who have heard us use a multitude of adjectives when describing our beautiful wheels, everything from delicate to funky, but burly? Never burly. But, Jasper Hill Farm‘s Alpha Tolman, named after a turn of the century Greensboro, VT dairy farmer, is indeed robust and meaty.     Before you go on thinking that this cheese comes with a plaid shirt and a blue ox, you should also note that this raw cow’s milk wheel is an Alpine style cheese, meaning it’s rich and nutty, but this beauty imparts bit more butter and caramelized onion flavor – a combo welcomed in...

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Barely Buzzed

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 0 comments

Barely Buzzed

Little hints of espresso crumbs line the wooden counter at the shop, letting me know that I am not alone in my love of Beehive Cheese Co.’s ’Barely Buzzed’ Lavender Espresso Cheddar.     I know, I know …lavender!?!  And espresso?  With cheddar?  Just trust me.  It works.  These flavors, when combined, not only work but play exceptionally well together.  Like The Bee Gees, The Police and my youth’s beloved Wilson Phillips, this trio is a huge hit.     Tim Welsh and Pat Ford, the genius brothers behind Beehive Cheese Co., spend their days tucked in the valleys of mountainous Northern Utah, crafting phenomenally...

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Flagsheep Or Bust

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 0 comments

Flagsheep Or Bust

If Steve Harvey asked his Family Feud contestants to name a type of cheese, no doubt “cheddar” would be the first word off their lips and, for sure, the number one answer on the board.  In fact, they may be hard-pressed to name any other.  ”Brie” or “Blue” maybe, but “cheddar” would certainly come without a moment of hesitation.     But, for yours truly, cheddar has always been an ‘eh’ kind of cheese.  As with most things, I blame my mother.  Most of my childhood was spent thinking ‘cheddar’ was a bright orange rectangular brick of ‘Cracker Barrel’ cheese she always had in...

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