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Consolidated "Favorite cheeses / where to find?" thread

Old Jan 7, 08, 1:05 pm
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Old Jan 7, 08, 1:29 pm
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Fontina (from Spain) is my favorite. Available at Trader Joes, Costco, probably most places. It would (in my uneducated opinion) be a cousin to Gouda -- which I am also very fond of

And, of course, everyone loves brie (soft & creamy) -- right?
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Old Jan 7, 08, 1:42 pm
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So many cheeses...where to start? I'm a big fan of aged Gouda. A hard cheese, with a sharper flavor than unaged Gouda. Flexible- good on pizzas, grated on pasta, sliced with sourdough. I also like Roaring 40's blue (Australian, I think). It has a softer flavor than other blue cheeses.

If you like strong (or "stinky," as my children say) cheese, then I'd recommend Chimay. It's a semi-soft cheese made with Chimay beer. Good strong flavor, great with a crusty loaf of bread! Mmm.

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Following Brewgal, it seemed only appropriate to mention some of the suggestions for beer and cheese pairings (beer works much better than wine with cheese).

Here are some suggestions from cookbook author Lucy Saunders.

Here's a 2005 article in the San Francisco Chronicle on the subject.

And finally, suggestions for cheeses from Fred Eckhardt, the "dean of American beer writers".
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Old Jan 7, 08, 4:39 pm
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It of course would depend on the wine and food you are serving with it, but one of the ones I like that many people haven't tried (unless you have a room full of italians) is ricotta salata, solid ricotta.
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Old Jan 7, 08, 5:32 pm
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Originally Posted by ALadyNCal View Post
And, of course, everyone loves brie (soft & creamy) -- right?
Try Saint Andre--sort of Brie+
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Old Jan 7, 08, 5:35 pm
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Try Saint Andre--sort of Brie+
luscious with crackers and quince paste!
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Old Jan 7, 08, 6:29 pm
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Try a high end grocery store

depending where you are, if you can find a high end / gourmet grocery shop, they should have at least one cheese expert on staff who can give you recommendations based on what they have available. Dean and DeLuca, Oakville grocery, Draegers are all good in northern California, not sure what options you'll have in Texas (Whole Foods, maybe?)?

For online sources, try www.cowgirlcreamery.com . That's what I use to send cheeses to my parents, who live in a gourmet food-deprived area in Georgia (the state, not the country).

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Originally Posted by uncertaintraveler View Post
I'm looking to expand my understanding of cheese(s) beyond the usual Cheddar, Colby, Swiss, etc.

So, for an upcoming event, I'm planning on buying 10 or so different types of cheeses to try out. I don't want to buy anything I've already had before (although a Manchego may accidently get on the shopping list), but given how limited my experiences with cheese(s) are, this shouldn't be hard to accomplish. Price is not a huge concern, nor is what kind of milk the cheese is made from. However, I don't want to buy 10 types and end up hating them all.

Accordingly, I need some help. What are your favorite cheeses and can you briefly describe the flavors of each?
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Old Jan 7, 08, 6:43 pm
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One of the very best cheeses I have had is Delice du Bourgogne which I have only seen at Costco during the holidays. It is, apparently, not a traditional cheese from France, but a new invention. Very rich smooth, buttery with a wonderful flavor. You might still find some at your local Costco. Keeps for a month or so if unopened.
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I'm a fan of smoked gouda, along with dill havarti - a softer, milder cheese.
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Old Jan 7, 08, 6:55 pm
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Buy one of the cheeseboards from www.cheese-online.com , which will ship you cheese directly from France. Trust me on this, it will be the best cheese you can get. We order it frequently, and it is the most talked about and desired item at our annual law firm holiday party.

If you want recommendations for particular cheeses, feel free to PM me, or e-mail me.

But their Soiree cheeseboard (10 different cheeses) should more than satisfy for your event.

I have no affiliation with fromages.com , just a very satisfied long-time customer.
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It is, apparently, not a traditional cheese from France, but a new invention. Very rich smooth, buttery with a wonderful flavor.
It's not traditional in the rustic sense, but was likely created in the 18th century. Not an overly new invention.
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Originally Posted by ALadyNCal View Post
Fontina (from Spain) is my favorite.
Fontina is from Italy, the Aosta Valley in the Italian corner between Switzerland and France. It has a similar texture to young Gouda (semi-hard cheese).

One of my favourites... Brie de Meaux. Some claim it is the best brie. Meaux is east of Paris, west of Reims, more or less. I also like gorgonzola, parmigiano reggiano, gruyere, cheddar, stilton... I could go on.
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Old Jan 7, 08, 8:21 pm
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Originally Posted by greggwiggins View Post
Following Brewgal, it seemed only appropriate to mention some of the suggestions for beer and cheese pairings (beer works much better than wine with cheese).

Here are some suggestions from cookbook author Lucy Saunders.

Here's a 2005 article in the San Francisco Chronicle on the subject.

And finally, suggestions for cheeses from Fred Eckhardt, the "dean of American beer writers".
Mmmm, two of my favorite things... beer and cheese... "Cheese, Gromit, cheese!"

Pairing beers and cheeses can be very wonderful!
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Old Jan 7, 08, 8:29 pm
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I concur that you find a small gourmet food shop or cheese specialty shop and consult the "cheese whiz" for suggestions. They will usually let you sample and help you make an interesting selection for your cheese tasting party. One of my my favorite cheeses available at most supermarkets is Parrano Originale It has the alluring, nutty flavor of a fine aged parmesan with the versatility of a young gouda.
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