Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fancy Food Show Favorites

We had quite a week last week, hence why I'm posting later than usual. To start off, we attended the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and by mid-week we were battling the flood in our store caused by the heavy rains. Whew. I'm tired!

But now that our back-of-house is dry again, I've had time to reflect on our trip to the food show last week. One of the items that stands out most in my mind is a cheese from Willapa Hills Farmstead Cheese called Little Boy Blue. This cow's milk, semi-soft, mild blue boasts a natural rind, and a superbly creamy texture. Aged over 60 days, and delivered in rounds weighing about 1.25 lbs, Little Boy Blue is exactly how I like my blues: a light, buttery paste with a mild to medium tang. Not over-powering, but not boring either. Just perfectly balanced.

My other favorite from this year's show is Cowgirl Creamery's new seasonal / winter cheese - Devil's Gulch. Soft, creamy, and melodious are a few words that come to mind. The rind of this Jersey cow's milk cheese is dusted with sweet and spicy peppers grown at All Star Organics Farm (one of my favorites - we carry their salts and sugars at our store). So to sum up, Devil's Gulch is the point where Cheesemaking at its highest intersects with organic farming at its finest. Not too shabby.

For those of you interested in trying either of these examples of perfection, Devil's Gulch will be on our counter by mid-week, and Little Boy Blue the week after next...

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