Oh my has it been a week. And it won't be getting any better until mid-April. Apologies in advance for the lack of posts, but I'm almost done with my MBA, and after that's done, I'll be extra cheesy!
In the meantime, it is a Wednesday, and so I owe you a new cheese! La Panza Gold is a sheep's milk cheese from Rinconada Dairy north of Los Angeles in San Louis Obispo County. It is one of the few dairies that I've found in Southern California (the SoCal:NorCal ratio is heavily weighted in favor of Northern California). They have 200 sheep and a small herd of goats happily munching away on the grasses of the chaperral overlooking the Pacific. They also have a farm-stay program, where you can go for the weekend, milk goats and work on the farm. It sounds like a lot of fun to me - I just have to convince the DH to come with me!
So - La Panza Gold is a hard sheep's milk cheese, with some crystalization, kind of like pecorino romano. The rind of this cheese is washed with sheep milk whey as it ages, which gives is a really beautiful golden color. The cheese is shaped in a basket mold, which gives it a really cool look.
Sweet cheese dreams friends!