What do you get if you combine 2700 cheeses with 216 international cheese judges? Answer: Today's World Cheese Awards held at the NEC in Birmingham England. Amazingly, 75% of the cheeses represented were from overseas producers and judges were also drawn from countries as diverse as Russia, South Africa and Mexico.
For the overall winner, Ossau Iraty made by Agour of France, the win was an incredible case of deja vu since they also won the competition in 2006 - remember this was out of 2700 cheeses!
The USA should be justly proud of the many awards given to some of its best producers including Sartori who took overall third place, Beatje Farms who won a Super Gold Medal plus cleaning up several Silver and Bronze awards, Rivers Edge Chevre with a Silver for their Mayor of Nye Beach, Leelanau Cheese Co for their Aged Raclette and Fiscalini who won a Gold for their Lionza.
With Thanksgiving in just a few days and my super serious diet on hold, I thought I would post up a few alternatives to the old pumpkin pie for the holidays. I'm not much of a cook, nor can I bake, so Jennea, darling, Cottage Cheese Pie please!
First, we have the Fig Goat Cheese Pie with Basil. It's hard to go wrong with figs and goat cheese. Of course, this mini-pie recipe is perfect to prevent that holiday weight.
The Cottage Cheese Pie, my personal favorite, should definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. The chocolatey crumb crust combined with cottage cheese makes for a satisfying dessert after your endless plates of turkey.
Operating off the grid is nothing new in the Anderson valley; it’s not unheard of for residents to illuminate their homes at night with candles or who get their drinking water from a spring. The three communities that make up the valley are rural and remote. Many of the roads into the flanking mountains are unpaved, and the nearest city is a 30 minute drive away, on a twisting two-lane mountain highway. Going off the grid with a commercial-scale dairy and creamery is a bit more challenging… as in 220 solar panels challenging.
Well, it finally happened. Perhaps the most infamous cheese in the world has arrived in the US: Ornella Trattoria in New York has apparently imported the cheese, and Bradley Hawks has the story at his blog, Amuse Bouche.
Update: Original tipster Matt Spiegler notes: "I called the restaurant, and the person on the phone (I think it was the owner) was very clear about the fact that they DO NOT sell it, but rather offer it as a tasting treat for customers."
The other day, a good friend of mine presented me with a copy of Ratatouille and said I remind him of Remy, the epicurean mouse character in the film. If you can recall part one of this series, you’ll understand how much I admire the little guy and his inherent food genius. My first thought was: I must be doing something right. And then: This is a sign from the cheese deities to keep going. So, it was with straightened shoulders and a teeny bit more self-confidence that I went on to my next location:
Taylor’s Market in Sacramento, with resident cheesemonger Felicia Johnson.
Felicia is a victim of lovely circumstance.
Kate spotted this great archival video from Papillon documenting Roquefort-making back in the 20's. Great for mustache aficionados, or anyone looking to catch a glimpse into cheesemaking's past. Following the silent show, there's a modern piece so you can have a look at how Papillon does it today...
I'm on a quest to discover my inner cheesemonger. Why? Because I feel like I'm culture's version of Emile, Remy's unsophisticated brother in the Disney Pixar movie Ratatouille, and I will have it no longer. If you haven't seen the film yet, here's a short video clip to demonstrate my current state of cheese illiteracy:
I want to become Remy, the savant, the connoisseur, the little mouse who places a morsel on his tongue and colorful swirls and pops of flavor appear about his head.
Brainstormin' takes a lot of energy, and Vignola Restaurant of Portland ME is contributing by cooking us a little lunch...
Hanna White of Vignola and Adeline Druart of Vermont Butter and Cheese. Hanna and her husband Chuck prepared us lunch, while Adeline brought a selection of her creamery's amazing nibbles. Thanks, guys! Click through for more deliciousness...