Our Cave-to-Coop special in January is Humble Pie, a pasteurized cow’s milk cheese with a lightly washed rind, from Woodcock Farm in Weston, Vermont. Cheesemakers Mark and Gari Fischer have a sheep dairy and make sheep’s milk cheese; but during the fall and winter months when the Fischers’ sheep do not produce milk, Mark makes a number of cow’s milk cheeses, sourcing milk from neighboring dairy farms. Humble Pie tastes nutty, buttery yet tart and tangy at the same time – a rich, creamy, delicious cheese for you to try this month, on sale for $14.99/lb.
Humble Pie is served best on its own; but there are a few pairings that bring out the subtleties of its distinctive flavor profile. Serving a few toasted pecans or caramelized walnuts on the side can bring out the natural nuttiness in the cheese. A drizzle of local honey emphasizes the buttery sweetness of the cheese; and fresh fruit of any kind, with its hint of acidity, provides a delicious contrast to the richness of the paste. Serving a glass of Prosecco or other sparking white wine with this cheese would not be a bad idea at all!
Also on sale in our Cheese Department in January:
Aged Red Leicester, from England. A traditional English hard cheese made from unpasteurized cow’s milk, Red Leicester is similar to Cheddar but much more moist and crumblier with a milder flavor. It matures faster than cheddar and can be sold as young as two months. A good Leicester cheese can be identified by a firm body and a close, flaky texture. Though the cheese can be consumed young, to reach it’s optimum flavor, it should be allowed to mature for six to nine months. A good cheese tastes slightly sweet with an almost caramel flavor and builds up a more robust taste as it ages. On sale for $20.99/lb.
Chiriboga Blue, from Germany. Made from raw cow’s milk, this unusual blue cheese from the Obere Muhle co-op dairy in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps is creamy, slightly sweet, and downright buttery. It’s quite mild and easy to eat, but there’s just enough pungency to make it interesting. On sale for $26.99/lb.