by Steven Doyle
What weighs five ounces, is about an inch and half tall and is no more than five weeks old? I can only think of one thing, the MT TAM from Cowgirl Creamery. This lush heavy butter fat cheese has a soft and very edible rind, slightly oozy in the center and will make you leap like a lord. Lords do leap quite a bit, and Mt Tam may very well be the reason why.
Cowgirl Creamery’s MT TAM is arguably the finest example of a triple cream in the United States. It has a rich and buttery flavor with essence of mushrooms, and pairs ever so wonderfully with bubbles. It is a festive cheese and it clings to a festive wine. But do not fear pairing with whatever works for you.
In the past few weeks we have enjoyed the cheese with a delicious 2010 Pinot Noir from MacMurray, and more recently with a Malbec. The Malbec had an assist from particularly beautiful and plump blackberries, which were on the sour side but played well into the hands of the wine and cheese combination. The MacMurray pairs well with most anything. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
Rich Rogers, owner of Scardello Artisan Cheese, is nothing if not persistent. At the American Cheese Show last year he tasted a cheese named Salers and had an aha moment. It was God’s cheese and he had to have it. He gave the vendor an order for a wheel, price unseen. Only later, while waiting for delivery from France, did he have symptoms of buyer’s remorse at not having firmed up the price. It turned out price would be the least of his ‘Salers Problems’.
His east coast importer called to confirm that his wheel was on its way and just entering customs. It never made it out. The FDA, always protecting us from ourselves, had seized the wheel because it contained cheese mites. Cheese mites are tiny organisms that both live on certain cheeses and contribute to flavor. They have existed virtually forever. Their crime? According to the FDA, some people are allergic to them. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
It is open day this coming Sunday at Latte Da Dairy in Flower Mound. That means that you can:
Meet the goats;
See where they get milked;
See where they feed;
Buy some of their award-winning goat cheese;
Scoop your own goat compost (you provide the barrel/trash bag with a tight lid) for $5/barrel;
Check out the mini market for goat milk soaps and fresh bread (with no goat);
Location and directions here.
by Rich Rogers
Rich from Scardello, our city’s resident caseophile, sends word that his cheese has been highjacked. Listen in on his tale of woe and console him by checking out a few cheeses that made it to the shop on Oak Lawn in Dallas.
The Salers cow in the picture is not happy with the FDA, and neither am I. Is it bad to say that about a department of your government? If it is I don’t care. They have my cheese and they aren’t going to let it go. They’re only doing it to protect us, but lately they have been overly protective. Queso in point – my cheese.
The best thing I tasted at the winter Fancy Food Show was a piece of Rodolphe’s Salers. This incredible hard cow’s milk cheese was so packed with complexity and incredible flavor. (His 3 year old Mimolette was not far behind in the amazing category.) I liked the Salers so much I ordered a 50 pound wheel and didn’t ask how much it was going to cost. I didn’t care what it cost, it was THAT good! Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Fort Worth is about to get a little bit cheesier if Elizabeth Northern has anything to do with the matter. Northern is days away from opening Magnolia Cheese Company which will serve as a café and artisan cheese shop which will be located at 1251 W. Magnolia in Fort Worth.
The cut-to-order artisan cheese shop will focus on local and American Artisan selections along with a menu of sandwiches, salads, small plates and desserts that will change seasonally. Northern who has worked in the local media says that she stumbled into the cheese business about five years ago. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
To boost sales of cheese in the 1960’s, the ploughman’s lunch was promoted throughout England as a simple meal or snack. The lunch is sometimes served in sandwich form, and with a pint of beer. The meal consists of bread, pieces of cheese and pickle. The pickle mentioned may not necessarily be the American common variety such as the dill, but instead vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower or onions.
The ploughman continues to this day as a pub favorite and you might be surprised to learn that Dallas has versions of this tasty treat that is waiting to be ordered in a few pubs and not shocking – a cheese shop. Continue reading