Saturday, August 22, 2009

We Love Cheese!

We are a family of cheese lovers, and one of my goals is to learn to make artisan cheese with our ewes milk. We chose the "triple purpose" Icelandic sheep because we wanted to experiment with milking. We've had such an abundance of lambs though, both twins and triples, I really hate to take that precious milk away from the growing lambs. Whenever I'm in the Chicago area, I stop at Sam's Wine. Not only to stock up our cellar with great wine deals, but because they have such an awesome selection of artisan cheeses. I love bringing home a variety of sheep milk cheese to sample and dream about. Old Chatham Sheepherding Company has some nice cheeses. Their Ewe's Milk Blue is unbelievable! Creamy, mellow, and so delicious. Now that our tomatoes are finally getting ripe, we've been eating our favorite summer treat...crusty french bread topped with colorful heirloom tomatoes, cheese and fresh basil. Heavenly!
Valbreso Feta is so much better than the typical grocery store feta. Produced in France, but available at Costco, quite reasonably priced too! Cowgirl Creamery also has a wonderful sheep's milk feta.
An Iowa cheese that is just wonderful is Maytag Blue. Not a sheep cheese, but one we enjoy, and go out of our way to stop by their facility to pick up a few pounds whenever we go through Iowa. Yes, it's the same family that started the Maytag appliance business. You can order online, but the best deal is their "broken wheels", only available in their shop.

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