Cheese and Champagne's American Cheese Month Kick-Off
October is American Cheese Month and Jill at Cheese and Champagne decided to to devote the first week of the month to southern cheeses. Check out the blog post to read about their cheeseventure and for Jill's review of Eden, the fig leaf-wrapped ACS award-winning cheese from Brazos Valley Cheese in central Texas.
Eden is a curiosity. It’s not that leaf-wrapped cheeses are hard to find, but most often they are blues or goat cheeses. The addition of vegetable ash isn’t all that unusual, either, but again, you’re more likely to find it in or coating a goat cheese. Eden combines those elements with a pure, silky raw cow’s-milk base that is creamy and buttery enough to stand on its own, but cheesemakers Marc Kuehl and Rebeccah Durkin decided to kick it up a notch with that vegetable ash layer, which adds a rich, spicy flavor to the squishy, scrumptious paste.