Archive for the 'Culture' Category

Vlaskaas – A Delicious Dutch Treat!

November 5, 2012

Beemster’s Vlaskaas was originally made to celebrate the flax harvest, but today’s cheese lovers can celebrate that it is available year round! Sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy, this cheese is a welcome addition to any cheese board!

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CurdyGirl Loves Smokey Blue!

March 28, 2012

Smokey Blue is one heck of an addictive cheese from the legendary Rogue Creamery from Oregon, USA. Originally starts out as Oregon Blue, and is then smoked over hazelnut shells for 16 hours to become this tasty treat. I enjoy it for snacking, burgers, and as a key ingredient in mac & cheese with cauliflower, with pancetta in the topping. Highly recommended.

I noticed that my on the fly explanation of how blue cheese becomes blue might be open to mis-interpretation. To clarify, in cheesemaking, the milk is inoculated with appropriate cultures, then once formed into a wheel of cheese, pierced to allow air to penetrate, and that is how the blue is activated if you will. This is not always the case, in some cases, then cheese is hand ladled, and the blue veining will come about with more time.

Rennet: how does it work, where does it come from?

January 17, 2012

Here is an excellent article from the latest issue of Culture Magazine where they examine rennet’s role in cheesemaking.

http://culturecheesemag.com/cheese_iq/winter_2011/rennets_role

Check it out!

Dragon’s Breath Blue, a Nova Scotia treat!

January 11, 2012

This unique surface ripened blue cheese enrobed in black wax by That Dutchman’s Farm is pretty special, and worth getting your hands on.

Cashel Irish Blue – Perfect St Patrick’s Day Cheese!

March 17, 2011
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