Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Day 623 : SCS Version 9.0, Dispatch # 2

I wanted to take a brief moment to apologize for the blogging delays over the past few weeks, everything will fall back into a rhythm shortly....Needless to say, lets get going with yesterday and today's posts...When figuring out what sort of cheeses to discuss in this week's spotlight, I decided to settle on two fresh spreadable cheeses, the goal was to have two goat's milk cheeses but it seems that Mexico is not necessarily that well known for cheese made with goat's milk. However the cheese I chose today from Mexico is traditionally made with a mixture of cow and goat's milk.

Hailing from Kemah, Texas is CheesyGirl Cheese Company a completely vegetarian cheesemaking farm meaning that the cheese is made with completely vegetarian rennet. They craft five distinct goat's milk cheeses -- Plain Jane (a straightforward chevre); Femme Fatale (infused with their own special blend of herbs); Hottie (infused with jalapenos and cayenne and my personal favorite); Cara Mia (infused with sundried tomatoes, oregano and extra virgin olive oil); and Buff (their one aged goat's milk cheese). Each of their spreadable young goat's milk cheeses are fresh, alive, tangy, citrusy, grassy and all around fantastic -- raw and infused with the local terroir.

And what of our Mexican counterpart?

How about one of the most well known and easily accessible fresh creamy cheeses crafted in the region? Queso Fresco! Yes you see queso fresco crafted in the US as well but it does originate in Mexico. Queso Fresco is traditionally made with a mixture of cow and goat's milk and is young, milky and tangy. There is a greater roundness of mouth feel with the queso fresco than the CheesyGirl's chevres due to the cow's milk. But this simple straightforward fresh cheese is a delight on its own or is a very versatile ingredient to include in a variety of dishes.

The great thing about spreadable soft cheeses is that they can be used in an endless number of ways -- there is never a shortage of ideas when it comes to how to utilize a soft cheese that's for sure!

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