Archive for the 'hand made' Category

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival

June 2, 2012

I am currently enjoying the Great Canadian Cheese Festival in Picton, Ontario. I had planned to film videos, and I might just yet, but my voice is still quite hoarse and a little hard to hear. I’ve tasted some great “new to me” cheeses, met some lovely cheesemakers, wine makers, beer brewers, and Bob Blumer. There are some pics from the day on https://www.facebook.com/CurdyGirl so check it out (“Like” the page while you are at it, thanks!) the festival which is in Picton continues tomorrow, so get yourself out here if you can.

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Little Prince all grown up

May 23, 2012

Little Prince is a goat cheese named after the youngest son of the owner of Monforte Dairy. It is a lovely, creamy, and I dare say elegant, ash-ripened chevre when young, and lusciously lickable when ripe, such as the specimen in this video. Cheese tastes and textures can vary wildly based on the age of the cheese, and so experimentation with this can yield interesting taste sensations.

Humboldt Fog, an icon in American artisan cheese

February 11, 2012

Humboldt Fog from Cypress Grove Chevre in California is one of the most iconic cheeses of the American atisan cheese movement. This highly celebrated cheese is quite well known for its unique appearance, given the line of ash through the middle and bloomy frosting-like rind. It’s just beautiful, like the best layer cake of cheese, and the taste is simply divine – lactic, creamy, goat milk goodness with a nice tang. This multiple award winning cheese is a true American original.

Introducing: Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese

February 1, 2012

I’m excited to introduce you to one of Ontario’s newest cheesemakers, Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese from Woodstock, Ontario. Shep Ysselstein is the owner and cheesemaker, he’s a young guy, not even 30, and is making excellent quality Swiss-style washed rind cheeses. The hard cheese is similar to a Gruyere, the semi hard is more like a Gouda (he is Dutch after all), and he also makes a soft cheese, which I did not get to try yet. Shep has been making cheese at his dairy only since August 2011 (it’s February 1, 2012 now), and the results are most impressive. This is certainly one cheesemaker to watch!

The Best Baa Experience

January 18, 2012

First off, my thanks to Elisabeth Bzikot for taking the time to speak to me early on a Saturday market morning. She is an incredible cheesemaker, and a lovely person all around.

Secondly, apologies for my ridiculous case of bed head, it was rather early.

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