American Cheese Month with Whole Foods + GIVEAWAY!

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Happy Tuesday, Noshers!  I know, Tuesday is often a much-maligned day (definitely not the weekend, not Friday, not even the accepted-with-resignation Hump Day.  But there are indeed two reasons to be happy – 1. October is American Cheese Month and 2.  Whole Foods Market and I are helping you celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!!

American Cheese is so much more than the orange slices of youth and yore.  In celebration of this month of cheesy celebration, my friends at Whole Foods asked if I’d be open to checking out several cheeses that they carry from some American cheese makers.  Um, I’m sure you can my answer to that question.  Within the minute (okay, the hour), I rushed over to my closest Whole Foods to check out my American Cheese options.

If you want a quick indication of the variety and diversity of American cheeses, just stop by your local cheesemonger at Whole Foods.  Texture! (soft, crumbly, hard, creamy). Milk! (cow, goat, sheep). Aroma! I could go on and on.   After much discussion with the Columbus Circle location’s cheesemonger, and some generous sampling, I decided on five luscious cheeses to sample.

I began my journey around the cheese plate with an old favorite – Humboldt Fog by Cypress Grove Chevre.   If you like goat’s milk cheese, you will LOVE this extravagant version.  Tart, tangy, and featuring a layer of vegetable ash running through the center, Humboldt Fog pairs the more “traditional” texture you’re accustomed to in a goat cheese with a creamy outer texture near the rind.

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My next cheese selection was the Merlot Bellavitano by Sartori.  While I unfortunately have an alcohol allergy and must thus abstain from the good stuff, I absolutely love the flavors of wine and beer in foods.  The Merlot Bellavitano, as its name implies, is a rich and creamy cheese with a sweet and fruity hint of Merlot.  I especially enjoyed the texture (right in between hard and semi-soft) and slightly sweet flavor with walnuts – yum!

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I then moved on to the beautiful and aromatic Finger Lakes Gold by Lively Run Goat Dairy. While the Humboldt Fog is perfect for diehard goat cheese fans, the Finger Lakes Gold is fantastic for those who want to enjoy a good goat cheese with a mellower flavor.  It’s a mild, friendly cheese that I feel most people would enjoy.  Also, I read a cheese description way back when where a cheese was described as “friendly,” and I just loved that!  Finger Lakes Gold is definitely friendly.

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My penultimate cheese selection was the Rawstruck Aged Goat by Coach Farm.  What can I say, I’m a goat cheese fan!  The Rawstruck Aged Goat is a raw milk goat cheese, crated in small quantities once a month.  Much as I believe the Brillat Savarin is the epitome of a good Brie, the Rawstruck Aged Goat struck me as the epitome of a good goat cheese.  The rind was especially delicious. Yum!

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I rounded out my cheese plate with the Oma by the von Trapp Farmstead.  I’m especially partial to this cheese because I’ve always loved The Sound of Music, which was based on the story of the real von Trapp family. Even without that connection though, Oma falls into one of my favorite cheese types – washed rind soft cheeses!  Made with unpasteurized cows milk, Oma is aged for two to three months and boasts a lovely semi-soft texture and a luscious edible rind.

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So there you have it – my tour of American cheeses with Whole Foods market!  I always love learning about the wide selection of American cheeses – there are still so many I don’t know about.  I think I should keep learning and sampling more of them – do you agree??  But don’t take MY word for it – now you can sample your own cheese and create your own plate 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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48 Comments

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    Evelyn S
    October 22, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I adore soft cheeses so I’d definitely go for the Oma.

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    Denise
    October 22, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Coach Farms has excellent goat cheese. I usually get the logs and add them to salads.

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    Akua
    October 22, 2014 at 12:48 am

    The Oma.

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    Priscilla S.
    October 22, 2014 at 4:25 am

    I would most like to try the Oma by the von Trapp Farmstead.

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie
    October 22, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Oh man, the Oma cheese looks and sounds excellent! Soft cheeses are my weakness!

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    Kathy
    October 22, 2014 at 9:02 am

    ooh I love goat cheese as well, I’d have to go with one of those, probably the aged one, I don’t think I’ve had an aged goat cheese before!

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    Holley
    October 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Oh yummy, I love goat cheese SO MUCH!

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    Betsy
    October 22, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Would love to try the Humboldt Fog goat cheese.

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    manda
    October 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    They all look amazing. Humboldt Fog by Cypress Grove Chevre

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    Hollie @ Fancykins
    October 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    YUM!!! I love goat cheese a lot, but the Merlot Bellavitano sounds so intriguing

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    Jenn K
    October 22, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I’d like to try the Finger Lakes Gold. I love that it’s “friendly!”

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    Elle
    October 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    The Finger Lakes Gold cheese looks the best.

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    Kristin
    October 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Mmmmmm.. Merlot Bellavitano.. never had a cheese infused with wine, would love to try!

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    Amanda Sakovitz
    October 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    id like to try the Rawstruck Aged Goat cheese!

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    Amy
    October 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    my ears perked at both “friendly” goat cheese and “von trapp”so I’d say Finger Lakes Gold and Oma. it would make my hills feel quite alive.

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    Morgan
    October 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    This post has me drooling! I love Whole Food’s cheese selection, and there are so many more I want to try!

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    Rosie
    October 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I would love to try the Oma cheese. I like most cheese except goat, and the Merlot Bellavitano cheese I’ve tried and love, but the Oma has my interest. The cheese department is my favorite part of Whole Foods Market!

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    David
    October 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I want to try the finger lakes gold because of the more mellow flavor.

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    HS
    October 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I want to try Finger Lakes Gold .

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    katie p
    October 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    OMA all the way

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    Thomas Murphy
    October 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I want to try Rawstruck Aged Goat by Coach Farm

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    meredith
    October 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    the the Merlot Bellavitano by Sartori sounds amazing!

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    steven weber
    October 22, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I would most like to try the Oma by the von Trapp Farmstead.

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    Becca
    October 22, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    The Rawstruck Aged goat cheese looks great!

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    Calli
    October 22, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I would try the friendly cheese: Finger Lakes Gold.

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    Allicia
    October 22, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I would like to try the Oma, I’ve never even heard of it before.

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    ellen casper
    October 22, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Humboldt Fog by Cypress Grove Chevre sounds yummy!

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    Theo
    October 22, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I would love to try Oma. You got me at “lovely semi-soft texture and a luscious edible rind.”

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    Stevie
    October 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Ah I would love to try the Merlot Bellavitano! I love both wine and cheese so this seems right up my alley!

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    Tracy Robertson
    October 23, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I would most like to try the Finger Lakes Gold because it looks the yummiest to me. I love good cheese!

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    Erika W.
    October 23, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I would love to try the von Trapp Farmstead!

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    Denise L
    October 23, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I love goat cheese, but I think I would most like to try the Oma. Sounds delicious!

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    Elena
    October 23, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    The Finger Lakes Gold cheese sounds good

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    sandra
    October 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    aged goat

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    Tina M
    October 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    i want to try Finger Lakes Gold by Lively Run Goat Dairy.

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    Lindsay McCain
    October 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I would like to try the Finger Lakes Gold. Thanks!

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    Chi
    October 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Rawstruck Aged Goat!

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    Susan DeVaux
    October 23, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I would love to try the Rawstruck Aged goat cheese

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    Dianne h.
    October 24, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Oma cheese by von Trapp Farmstead sounds amazing!

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    Carolsue
    October 24, 2014 at 2:43 am

    I’d like to try the Merlot Bellavitano cheese!

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    Kristen
    October 24, 2014 at 4:14 am

    I’d like to try the Finger Lakes Gold.

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    kristen mcclary
    October 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    the goat cheese i am sure it would taste awesome on tomatoe and basil pizza!!!

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    Candace M
    October 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Merlot Bellavitano sounds wonderful!

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    Laura J
    October 24, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Oh the Rawstruck Aged Goat sounds so good! I would love to try that one first!

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    Krista
    October 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I must admit the Merlot Bellavitano by Sartori sounds right up my block! 🙂

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    Mona
    October 24, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    I would love to try the finger lakes gold

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    shaunie
    October 24, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I would love to try the Merlot Bellavitano by Sartori

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