Happy Hump Day, Noshers! Today, I’m super excited to write about one of my favorite foods ever – cheese! And to make this post even more awesome (because let’s face it, a post is already at a baseline level of awesomeness when the topic is cheese), keep reading for an awesome GIVEAWAY! Woohoo!
As you might have guessed from the title of this post, October is American Cheese Month. In celebration, the folks at Whole Foods asked if I’d be open to checking out several cheeses that they carry from some American cheesemakers. I’m sure you can guess what my answer to that question was! So, with a cheese-destined gift card in my hot little hands, I rushed over to my closest Whole Foods to check out my American Cheese options.
A quick perusal of the Whole Foods American cheese section revealed that this was definitely not the American cheese of my youth. There were soft cheeses, stinky cheeses, washed rinds, goat cheeses, sheeps milk cheeses – the possibilities for my American Cheese plate were endless! After much deliberation, I decided on four luscious cheeses to sample.
Mt. Tam by Cowgirl Creamery (bottom left of first photo) is a smooth, buttery triple cream cheese. Mt. Tam is a rich, luxurious cheese plate selection – if you’re a fan of bloomy rind cheeses like Brie, you should give Mt. Tam a try!
The first thing I noticed about Gran Queso by EMMI Roth USA (top left of first photo) was a hint of sweetness right near the rind. It turns out this cheese is rubbed with a cinnamon and paprika spice blend – that explains it! Gran Queso is tangy, with a crystalline texture. If you are an aged Gouda fan, I think you’ll love Gran Queso.
I admit I was first attracted to Bonne Bouche by Vermont Butter and Creamery (top right of first photo) for its cute little box – what can I say; I’m a sucker for packaging! I’m thankful for my superficial preferences in this particular instance, because I dare say this was my favorite cheese of the bunch (but I love all of you, yummy cheeses!!). Bonne Bouche is a goats’ milk cheese, but without that strong goats’ milk aroma. This cheese becomes wonderfully runny at room temperature, and is held together with a delicate, ash-rubbed rind. If you’re a fan of runny cheeses like Epoisses, I’d definitely recommend Bonne Bouche for you.
I rounded out my cheese plate with Humboldt Fog by Cypress Grove Chevre(bottom right of first photo). This goats’ milk cheeses is a deliciously extravagant option for goats’ milk cheese aficionados. Tart and tangy, this cheese features a fine layer of vegetable ash running right through the center. I thought the Humboldt Fog went especially well with quince paste. Yum!
I completed my cheese plate with quince paste, figs, and Raincoast Crisp crackers – a delicious blend of flavors and textures to complement my variety of cheeses.
I’m so glad I took the time to sample these American-made cheeses – I admit that I often end up buying European cheeses, so it’s great to explore the delicious domestic options! And now you can too, with a $50 Whole Foods Gift Card to build the cheese plate of your dreams!
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