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CG's Artisan & Farmstead Cheese Threak

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Cary Grant, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. edmorel

    edmorel Well-Known Member

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    very good, anything sharper available? that tome sounds like something up my alley
     
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    I've never found that true farmstead cheddars are as acidic/sharp as the brick cheese we have here (like Cabot or Tillamook at their sharpest. The Brit styles tend towards a bit musty-dusty and the sharpness is more "grassiness".

    For sharpness- and it may be by favorite cheddar right now, Isle of Mull. Murray's should have it.
     
  3. edmorel

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    yeah, Murray's has it ($60/lb :eek:)

    what is this "whiskey distillery draff" ?
     
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    Cary Grant Well-Known Member

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    A beautiful washed-rind, raw milk cheese from Spain. Similar to Raclette.
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    Chiriboga Blue, Bavaria
    Really, really good blue. Ultra-creamy, mild and fresh. Not salty.

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    For thise of you who enjoy Harbison. A journal on the making.
     
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    ^ Very cool.

    I think I tried a sample of the Harbison (it was definitely a Jasper Hill cheese that had been aged in wood) recently but it was sold by the wheel and I didn't need that much cheese.
     
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    Yeah- you can't break a wheel of Harbison, Vacherin, Rush Creek... if you see Rush Creek this season, definitely go for it.
     
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    The Whole Foods near me had Harbison split into quarters, don't know why. They also had Rush Creek. I don't know which I liked better, they were both delicious.
     
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    Some will do that... but breaking a wheel of soft cheese is :foo: IMO.
     
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    Alright, CG. Help me out. If you were serving cheese and no dessert after a meal consisting of wild game courses, what would your selection be?
     
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    What are the flavor profiles like? Heavy meal or a few smaller things?

    Will you be serving a dessert wine, port etc?

    I'll probably be recommending something that includes pairing with dried fruits like good figs or dates, maybe some honey... and an easy and delightful finish can be simply a great 30mo parmigiano drizzled with a balsamic reduction. Works really really old gouda as well... the dried/concentrated flavors together might best reflect the game. Or something like Rush Creek, warmed. Speaks of the harvest season and transition.

    Hard alpine cheeses are a good seasonal choice... Comte, Beaufort...

    More traditional and dessert like: fresh/ripened cheeses that are bright and acid are great and popular... same with triple creams - decadent as some expect dessert to be, you can pour a compote over or serve straight...

    If you do something like that, I'd keep it at one cheese plus nuts/dried fruits. Otherwise, keep it to 3 cheeses.
     
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    Or you could do a cheese & chocolate pairing...

    parmigiano+dark chocolate :slayer:
     
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    We got a Rush Creek and the best Gruyere I've had outside of Europe. Also some stichelton, just because. Will warm the Rush Creek.
     
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    Sounds good- go easy on warming the RC- doesn't take much at all. If it's already very ripe you might peel back the top and check for consistency.

    Those three will be very complimentary.
     
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    Head's up Londoners... Neal's Yard has announced their January class schedule. They sell out quickly.
     
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    Green Hill Asher Blue is crazy good. Need to convince people in Houston to start carrying it. Same with the new Landaff cheese, and extra aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve. I'm eating a scary amount of cheese lately.
     

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