Monday, February 8, 2010
Super Bowl Snacking!
Who dat? Oh yeah baby. I speak football. I don't watch a lot of football, but when I do, I get kind of involved. And, I tend to eat a lot of crap while I watch the game - chips, spinach dip (my favorite!!), nuts, more chips - nothing fancy. I used to eat chili until the chili-maker retired from the business. Since I'm now the cheese lady, I figured I could make this Super Bowl even more exciting with some great cheese. The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills was actually a Super Bowl sale - 10% off if you said "Who Dat" when ordering cheese. They were also closing early so they could get home, put their feed up, and root on the Saints while munching on some tasty cheese. One of the owners is from New Orleans, so you can appreciate their enthusiasm. I just love having another opportunity to bring cheese to a party and look like a rock star.
So, off I went to the game, cheese board cheese knives and cheeses in tow ready to share the cheese love and possibly to distract people from the game for a few minutes. I think I succeeded, thanks in no small part to the good people at Andrew's Cheese Shop and Noord Hollander four-year old Gouda (top left with a rich orange color). This Gouda tastes so sweet, I could chunk it up and put it in a candy bowl. It has the crunchy texture of Parmesean thanks to the crystalization that happens during aging, and has a distinctive butterscotch flavor.
This Super Bowl is also brought to you by Marisa (top right). This award winning sheep's milk cheese comes from Wisconsin and has a perfect sweet/salty balance. The high butterfat content gives it a beautiful creaminess. It is the perfect snacking cheese.
Finally, this Super Bowl is brought to you by La Serena (bottom left). This was the "challenging" cheese, but even the 11 year-olds liked it! This semi-soft sheep's milk cheese from Spain spreads great on a cracker when properly warmed up to room temperature. It has a sharpness and an earthiness that makes it really interesting - one of those cheeses that make you stop and go "Huh. What was that?" I will need to spend more time on this one, as its backstory deserves its own post. If you can't wait, please check out Angela's Food Love blog here for a great description. I don't think it was as stinky as she thought, but we agree on the exciting flavor.
I think the only one disappointed by the cheese was my sweet friend Tessa (right). Look how well she begs! But none for her! Sorry Tessa! After the trophy was presented, all the La Serena was gone, and there was just enough Gouda and Marisa left for some good snacks this week. Hooray!
No matter which team you rooted for on Sunday (or if you just don't care), I hope you had a happy, cheesy weekend!