Thursday, July 18, 2013

New Cheese Samples

About 7 or 8 times a year, we are afforded the opportunity to change the selection available on our artisanal cheese sampler. We have a great line of cheeses available to us through our import house. We certainly don't make the selections on our own, as they have a representative that knows anything and everything about all of these cheeses. With their guidance, we put together an excellent selection of artisan cheeses.

Last week when our new selections arrived, it almost felt like we were getting a gift from someone, albeit a gift we purchased for ourselves. There is just something fun about cutting into the package and digging into the wrappers to find out what's inside and how they all taste. Each cheese within the package offers such a different texture and flavor profile. Some we really like, and some we think are just okay... but at least 2 or 3 of the cheeses get a few oooh's and aaaah's. It really is a fun and educational experience.

Allow yourself to be educated while having a little fun trying the newest additions to our artisanal cheese sampler. Enjoy them with a summer cocktail or bottle of wine, inside or out, at a table or at the bar. Whatever your choice, you are sure to enjoy the variety available with one of our nicest menu selections.

Corsendonk Brugge
This is a cow's milk cheese from Belgium that is semi-matured over a period of four months. It is similar to a gouda cheese and has a creamy, smooth taste and low salt content.  In addition to this delicious cheese, Corsendonk is also famous for their abbey style beer.

Tronchon Madurado
This is a sheep's milk cheese from Spain. It has a semihard consistency and yellowish paste. The other interesting thing about this cheese is that it is gluten free.

Cambozola Brie with Blue Cheese
This is a cow's milk cheese from Germany. Cambozola is a typical style brie cheese, but this has spots of blue cheese that run through the thick brie-like texture making the overall texture an interesting mix of semi-hard and creamy. It is my favorite of the new cheeses - the flavor of the brie and blue contrast each other to perfection. A must try!

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