American Cheese Month with Whole Foods! + a GIVEAWAY!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

For your chance to win, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.  This 52 second video provides a tutorial on how to enter a giveaway for Rafflecopter newbies! There are 4 methods of entry, with the first method (commenting on this blog post) being mandatory and the rest just extra cheesiness!

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Good luck! 🙂

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28 Comments

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    Jill
    October 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

    The bonne bouche looks so good! I’m a sucker for packaging, as well. 🙂

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    christine hanah
    October 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I would try to the mt. tam by cowgirl. =) i may be lactose intolerant but who doesn’t love cheese! yum!!!

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    Kate
    October 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I’d love to try the Mt. Tam!

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    Rosie
    October 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I’ve tried Mt. Tam and Bonne Bouche (and I ADORE them!!), so I would like to try Gran Queso because I’m an aged Gouda fan! I’ve been to a couple of cheese classes at Whole Foods and it was great!!

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    Karen @sugarspicelivin
    October 16, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Well, call me a spoiled Northern California Girl- but Mt. Tam and Humboldt Blue are totally on my go to cheese- omg I must have all the time list. That Vermont cheese sounds new and yummy!!

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    Amy
    October 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Mt tam bc I like my triple creams! (And I don’t like goat cheeses, sorry) lol.

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    MacchaMe
    October 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    the Gran Queso by EMMI Roth USA because the cinnamon and paprika sounds interesting!

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    Elena
    October 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I want to try the Gran Queso. Thank you!

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    Yin
    October 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Gran Queso sounds delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Melodie
    October 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I would love anything goat cheese!

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    Catalina
    October 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I’d try The Gran Queso one!

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    D Schmidt
    October 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I would most like to try Bonne Bouche by Vermont Butter and Creamery

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    wendy wallach
    October 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Vermont Butter and Creamery’s Bonne Bouche

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    Jenn K.
    October 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I’d like to try the Gran Queso.

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    Jessie C.
    October 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I would like Bonne Bouche

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    Jenn
    October 16, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I’d love to try the Vermont butter and Creamery first.

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    Elena Vo
    October 16, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Mt. Tam sounds amazing, just reading your description made me think up of having a picnic featuring this cheese!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie
    October 16, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Mt. Tam sounds SO good!

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    Wild Orchid
    October 17, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Gran Queso by EMMI Roth USA

    Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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    Melisa
    October 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I want the Gran Queso!!!

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    meredith
    October 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    The Humboldt Fog by Cypress Grove Chevre looks amazing!

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    Jill
    October 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I’d love to try the Humboldt Fog!

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    Josie
    October 17, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I love goat cheese so I’d love to try the Cypress Grove Chevre

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    Catherine
    October 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I think the Mt. Tam sounds delicious.

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    Alicia
    October 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    They all sound yummy especially Gran Queso! 😀

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    alisa
    October 17, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    the Mt. Tam by Cowgirl Creamery or the Gran Queso one! or BOTH! lol

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    Becca F
    October 18, 2013 at 12:55 am

    That’s a hard one! They all sound so delicious. Probably the Mt. Tam by Cowgirl Creamery

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    Danielle
    October 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    The Gran Queso seems interesting- I love spices!

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