Monday, May 27, 2013

Day 1010 : Memorial Day Cheeses

Gosh can you believe it's already the beginning of summer? Granted last week surely felt like the beginning of Spring at best. But suddenly the sun is out, grills are getting warmed up, beach chairs are being taken out and bathing suits are being put on. It's time for Fromagical's favorite season!

And what better way to kick off the summer than with a selection of three American cheeses perfect for lounging at home watching a movie, bringing to your neighborhood cookout or your friend's cocktail party or the BBQ on the beach, you name it, these three cheeses are very versatile. One hailing from the East Coast, one from the Midwest and one from the West Coast.

Where to start?

How about with one of Fromagical's absolute favorites -- Vermont Creamery's Coupole. Named after its dome like shape, this geotrichum rinded aged goat's milk cheese is pure delight. Dense and cakey yet light and milky with a classic citrusy, grassy, chalky, goaty tang, it is perfection with an early summer sparkling or a warm weather rose. Great for the Memorial Day cocktail party or BBQ -- this cheese can be dressed up or down. 

And what next?

How about Mona? One of three cheeses produced by the Wisconsin Sheep Cooperative. Crafted utilizing a mixture of pasteurized sheep and cow's milk, this firm aged mixed milk cheese is the perfect snacking cheese-- as versatile as they come! Rustic grassy notes go hand in hand here with a sweet round nutty brown butter bent. Perfect with that cold brew or a nice light glass of red wine.

And lastly of course our West Coast cheese representative, the classically fabulous Point Reyes Blue. Tangy yet spicy and piquant with a round milky creamy mouthfeel, this cheese appeals to the blue cheese lover and blue cheese novice. Hints of wind swept breezes and grassy pastures make this raw and honest American blue. Great melted over grilled veggies or a burger or enjoyed with a glass of full bodied red, Point Reyes Blue is sure to awaken your senses.

Here's to a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and a great start to the Summer!

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