Thursday, December 31, 2009
Best CheeseDreams of 2009
Everyone seems to be making a "best of 2009" list for this and that. To see what local LA cheesemonger professionals think, check out this list. Very excited to see my friend and personal cheesemonger Andrew at the top of that list. Way to go Andrew's Cheese Shop!
I had so much fun going back though the blog this afternoon to see how far I've come since my first post on July 27, 2009. While my memory is pretty great, I also wanted to remind myself of all the cheeses I've tasted since then! Back then, I was pretty convinced that I would own my own goat farm by the end of the year, successfully husbanding my herd, and milking them for their tasty milk which I would make into delicious artisinal cheeses all by myself. That brings out the LOLs now! I certainly have learned a lot since then, haven't I?
Anyway, since then, I've tasted cheese with wine, cheese with beer, cheese with tea. I've made amazing cheese toasts and fallen in love with sheep cheese in a way I wasn't expecting. I've learned about cheese from Australia, Canada, Africa and Portugal not to mention California, Washington, Vermont and Massachusetts. I've fed friends and family and gained a few pounds. I've had lots of dreams about cheese! How about you?
So, in a nutshell, here is a list of some of my favorites of 2009. If you are highly motivated, go back and revisit the posts related to these amazing cheeses. If you aren't, don't worry - there won't be a quiz!
Dalle Charentaise - 8/23/09 - A beautiful, delicate goat cheese. Like an old French cathedral, but in a good way.
Roaring 40s Blue - Many times since 8/27/09. Sweet, delicious blue from Australia
Hooligan - 10/5/09 - An incredibly complex washed rind cheese that really makes you work for it's love. STANKY on the outside, sweet and delicious on the inside.
Avonlea - 10/8/09 - Cheddar from Prince Edward Island. Beautiful "sunshiny" flavor. One of Andrew's faves as well BTW.
Marisa - 11/28/09 - Fantastic sheep's milk cheese from Wisconsin
This list is in no way exhaustive. Rogue River Blue, Birkshire Blue, Brillat Savarin, aged Gouda, Camembert, Muenster, Zamarano, Sao Jorge, LambChopper, Mt. Tam, etc. etc. etc. also hold special places in my heart. And let's not forget the cheese mites! What's so exciting is that for every cheese that I have learned about and celebrated this year, there are so many more out there to explore and discover. Hooray!!
Here's to a cheesy 2010!