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National Cheese Lovers' Day!
Whether you've celebrated this national holiday before today is irrelevant, it's never too late to join in a celebration! So let’s focus on this cheesy and delicious holiday by breaking down some fromage. Arguably, cheese is the most versatile, indulgent ingredient to compliment any kitchen, but it's often limited to pepperjack, colby or munster. These limits are a real shame, because cheese can bring so much more to any table and impress even the most temperamental guests. In honor of National Cheese Lovers' Day, let’s delve into new variations of cheese.
5 cheeses for the festivities:
A common selection at dinner parties, this variety is an easy crowd-pleaser. It’s simple, delicious and soft for easy spreading onto your favorite cracker. Our key ingredient, Milk, is a big player in this cheese and quality breeds large taste dividends, so invest a little extra.
The elegant French blue stands above other classic blue cheeses with tradition. This is the oldest, recorded, blue cheese in European history. It comes from Sheep’s milk and brings sweet, gamey notes to the pungent blue cheese. This moldy cheese is one of the most flavorful and rewarding.
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar
This is not your momma’s cheddar. Cabot Clothbound Cheddar is a firm, grassy, cow’s milk cheese that brings you a lovely balance of sharpness and sweetness. It’s carefully wrapped in layers of cloth and aged in a cave, developing a rich, buttery English-style flavor with notes of caramel.
Constant Bliss (by Jasper Hill Farm)
While the name is busy pinpointing my overall feelings towards cheese consumption, the flavor and texture deliver perfection. It’s semi-soft with a nutty, mushroomy taste that exhibit bits of salt throughout. It’s an American Artisan cheese that’s evolved from an Old World recipe and it’s bliss.
Pleasant Ridge Reserve
A popular variation of gruyere cheese, this variation brings the full flavor of creamy butter. A great option is to serve this with your favorite preserves, nuts or crackers. This is also a common American product.
However, my secret to finding the best cheese is to find the best cheese shop, wander the aisles and gently poke the plastic coverings shielding the cheese. The softest, gooiest cheese under $6 wins.
*Bonus points for a good wine-pairing. Check out the amazing Northland wine cellars.