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Holiday Cheese

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1varielle
marraskuu 21, 2007, 12:01pm

Any plans for special cheeses this holiday season?

2darrow
marraskuu 29, 2007, 7:47am

Every Christmas I buy a mature Stilton in a nice earthenware pot. I'm not sure if the pot improves the taste but I enjoy scooping it out instead of slicing off a chunk.

3clamairy
marraskuu 29, 2007, 7:56am

Got any pix, darrow?

4varielle
lokakuu 14, 2009, 12:25pm

I just saw a jack o'lantern carved out of a wheel of cheddar.

5clamairy
lokakuu 14, 2009, 12:53pm

Cool!

6varielle
marraskuu 10, 2010, 1:13pm

Is there such a thing as Thanksgiving cheese? Just a cheesey effort here to keep this group from dormancy.

7clamairy
marraskuu 17, 2010, 9:54am

I just bought a log of goat cheese covered in cranberries a few days ago! Does that sound Thanksgivingy? LOL

8darrow
Muokkaaja: marraskuu 18, 2010, 4:58pm

I would give thanks for any kind of cheese. I had to cut down drastically after a cholesterol check. :o(

9DaynaRT
Muokkaaja: marraskuu 18, 2010, 5:06pm

>8 darrow:
Me too, darrow, me too. For kidney stone reasons.

I live eat vicariously through the Green Dragon now.

10clamairy
marraskuu 18, 2010, 5:38pm

Oh, you poor people.
:o/

11varielle
marraskuu 18, 2010, 6:45pm

If you drink wine with the cheese it neutralizes the cholesterol. :-) I just had some smoked cheddar and brother was it good. Mmm mmm.

12varielle
joulukuu 14, 2012, 2:16pm

Cheesey plans for the holidays?

13stellarexplorer
joulukuu 14, 2012, 2:49pm

Cheese is so important that every week is the holidays! I'll get back later with recent treasures....

14Nicole_VanK
joulukuu 15, 2012, 2:31am

I have vague plans to feast on a variety of blue cheeses (Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Blue Stilton, Danish Blue, etc.) They're all lovely, but I'm curious how they compare directly.

Early days yet though, so plans might change.

15kassetra
joulukuu 15, 2012, 3:04am

See, the 12 cheese of christmas is just where all life started, I'm fairly certain. I mean, would anything say no to chocolate stout cheddar?! I think not!

When I was little, my parents had one of those little window calendars for december -- and the first year they did it -- it was *ALL* cheese. Every day, a new cheese in the calendar. The calendar had come with all of the cheeses shown, so it was awesome. Subsequent years there were little chocolates... but the cheese one... that one was heaven. 31 cheeses.... a new cheese every day of december.

16clamairy
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 15, 2012, 10:08am

The other day I bought a double sized wedge of Cambozola and some goat cheese with cranberries. I already had a massive brick of Wensleydale with cranberries, which is more than half gone.





17stellarexplorer
joulukuu 15, 2012, 11:56am

I wish I were so adept at the whole picture-taking/posting technologies. Thanks for the Cheese Porn, claimary!

I have been feasting on aged cheddar, aged gouda and gruyere. But has anyone had Kunik? It is from Nettle Meadow Farm in upstate NY, a goat cheese, fairly widely available from specialty stores. I can't say enough about it. Luscious, wicked, addictive: irresistible!

18Nicole_VanK
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 15, 2012, 12:25pm

Never heard of it - possibly not even available my side of the pond. Basic "philosophy" though: always try local / regional cheese wherever you go.

Aged Gouda?! - love it (but Gouda is in my region). I slightly prefer aged Leiden - it's much like Gouda, but with cumin seeds included. And then: the older the better. Preferably you shouldn't even be able to slice it anymore - it should simply crumble.

19clamairy
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 15, 2012, 1:37pm

#17 - Oh, I Googled those images. Was feeling much too lazy to use my phone to take pics to post this morning.

Must try to find some Kunik.

#18 - Will have to look for that, too.

ETA - Try here stellar: http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=35356

20cyderry
joulukuu 15, 2012, 1:52pm

I just finished making 6 cheese balls (2 ea) - mexican, cheddar/port wine, and apple caramal cheese.

21SylviaC
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 15, 2012, 6:21pm

The only place to buy cheese in my area is the grocery store. While they do bring in more varieties at this time of year, it is mostly limited to mass produced stuff. I do find some good cheeses, but rarely anything spectacular. There are some excellent cheese makers in the province, but their products aren't available locally. It's been a while since I've had any really nice goat cheese.

One thing that my grocery store just started carrying is a cheese snack called Grok. It is little disks of grana padano baked until crispy. It is delicious, and I have to strictly ration myself so I don't do anything foolish. I grok it.

22clamairy
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 15, 2012, 7:16pm

#21 - Too bad you don't have Whole Foods nearby! And now I need to look for Grok!

23stellarexplorer
joulukuu 15, 2012, 7:50pm

I'm having a little get-together tomorrow. Just got back from the store with two fist-fulls of Delice De Bourgogne, a gooey cow's milk cheesy a bit on the obscene side. Along with a 4 year old Gouda and something I never tried before with a generic name (so that even the local BarkingMatt will not know what this is, I suspect): "Old Amsterdam", described as nutty and aged 18 months.

I'm excited to hear about aged Leiden. Never heard of it tasted it, but I'll be on the lookout!

24SylviaC
joulukuu 15, 2012, 8:12pm

>22 clamairy: If you find it, go for the Deciso kind.

25Nicole_VanK
joulukuu 16, 2012, 2:03am

I know "Old Amsterdam"; it's a Gouda type cheese and pretty good for a factory brand.

http://oldamsterdam.com/

26stellarexplorer
joulukuu 16, 2012, 2:23am

Oh! Wrong I was. Thanks BMatt. I imagine the guests will be happy with it --

27stellarexplorer
joulukuu 16, 2012, 8:52pm

Me again. So the Delice was a huge hit -- one couldn't go wrong there if you can find it! -- as was the aged Gouda. The Old Amsterdam: so-so. Not popular in comparison, and deservedly not. Not bad, reinterpreting BarkingMatt's "pretty good", but then don't place something truly good next to it. Very satisfying party overall, from a cheese point of view.

28Nicole_VanK
joulukuu 17, 2012, 1:48am

Maybe I'm used to even worse mass produced Gouda. Some of it is really quite awful :-(

29stellarexplorer
joulukuu 17, 2012, 2:16am

Maybe so. But I think your assessment was on the mark.

30SylviaC
joulukuu 22, 2012, 11:24am

I bought some Wensleydale with cranberries, similar to the one clamairy posted a picture of above, except with a cranberry coloured wax coating, and also something labelled "Spanish Goat Cheese". I've had the Wensleydale before and enjoyed it, but I have no idea what the Spanish goat cheese will be like. It only had the grocery store deli label on it, but it looks like a nice, firm, white cheese. I've rarely met a goat cheese I didn't like.

31SylviaC
joulukuu 22, 2012, 11:35am

Oh, yes. I also got some chocolate cheese fudge. I mainly got it for the novelty, since I'm not that fond of regular fudge.

32Nicole_VanK
joulukuu 22, 2012, 12:17pm

Well, anyway, either way:

"Blessed are the cheese makers"

~ Monty Python, Life of Brian

33SylviaC
joulukuu 22, 2012, 12:22pm

34SylviaC
joulukuu 26, 2013, 11:12am

I got cheese for Christmas!

35calm
joulukuu 26, 2013, 11:15am

What a wonderful present. Enjoy:)

36clamairy
joulukuu 26, 2013, 10:54pm

Oh, that's lovely!
I got a new cheese knife. I will post a piccie in the morning.

37stellarexplorer
joulukuu 26, 2013, 11:18pm

Yum! Aged Gouda for me..

38SylviaC
joulukuu 26, 2013, 11:26pm

stellarexplorer, you can have it. That's probably my least favourite in there. But I'm quite enjoying the Wensleydale with cranberries and the Irish porter cheese.

39stellarexplorer
joulukuu 27, 2013, 12:25am

Thanks Sylvia! I'll message you my address! ;)

Wensleydale sounds good too!

40.Monkey.
joulukuu 27, 2013, 4:34am

I love Gouda, but not aged cheese! (Yeah yeah I know, cheese freaks are usually all about the aged/moldy/stinky stuff, but not me! :P)

41clamairy
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 27, 2013, 9:29am

I love it all.

Here's the new blade.


42stellarexplorer
joulukuu 27, 2013, 11:35am

And aged cheddar is transplendant!

43SylviaC
joulukuu 27, 2013, 12:31pm

>41 clamairy: Maybe with one of those my Wensleydale wouldn't crumble into a tasty pile of rubble.

>42 stellarexplorer: Indubitably!

44clamairy
joulukuu 30, 2013, 9:01am

#43 - So far it's only been tested on Jarlsberg, Manchego and Havarti with dill. I don't think there is any way for Wensleydale to stay whole. (Especially if there's fruit in it.)