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6 Tasty Cheeses
Heather Paper gives us her top cheese picks.
Several years ago, when traveling in California, I discovered Cowgirl Creamery. Their Mt. Tam triple-cream is one of my faves, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.
In my book, the best blue cheese is Roaring Forties Blue from Australia’s King Island Dairy. And, no, you don’t need a passport to find it; this sweet, slightly nutty cheese is readily available on our own mainland.
Beecher’s Flagship—a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese with a uniquely robust, nutty flavor—is a must-have for any cheese board. Yummy in omelets or mac ‘n’ cheese, too.
From Black Sheep Creamery right here in Washington, take your pick. Mopsy’s Best. Black Sheep Tomme. Pecorino d’Adna. If the cheeses alone weren’t enough to grab you, wait til you see the sweet lambs on their site!
Cirrus, from Mt. Townsend Creamery is a camembert “inspired by the small, thin white clouds that hang over the Olympic Mountains, yet is rooted in the tradition of French cheese making.” My description is much shorter: Yum.
Chevres make excellent dessert cheeses and also are a really good base for appetizers due to an easy-to-spread consistency, light texture and very mild flavor. Cyprus Grove is one of the best I’ve found so far.