I finally had a chance yesterday to take all of the pictures from the last month off of my camera so that I could start sorting/sharing them. I thought that a fun place to start would be with one of my recent (delicious) hobbies which is tasting/leaning about different cheeses…
A few weeks ago as part of our birthday celebrations we decided to go to a class at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge (which is one of my favorite stores!!). The class was called “The Perfect Pair” in honor of Valentine’s Day and was all about pairings of wine/beer with cheeses as well as some other accompaniments. It was fun and I learned some things about pairing, the most important of which was to experiment and see what you like together. Since we had decided not to go out for our birthday because Valentine’s Day can be a bit crazy at restaurants, we went back to Formaggio the day after the class and purchased some cheeses and wine for our birthday dinner at home…
Stichelton - This was one of the cheeses that we tasted during the class. It is a cow’s milk blue cheese made in England and it has a strong flavor. I enjoyed the combination of the Stichelton and a piece of crusty baguette.
Selles sur Cher - This was a fresh goat cheese from the Loire region of France. It is ash covered and has a delicious creamy texture and fresh flavor. I used it in a beet & orange salad the next day and it was the perfect complement to the citrus.
Mil Ovejas - This was another cheese which we had tried at the class. It is a sheep’s milk from spain and I was very intrigued by its texture. Initially it seems like a hard cheese, but it turns smooth and creamy as you chew it.
Reypenaer V.S.O.P. - This is an aged Gouda from The Netherlands and is probably one of my favorite cheeses ever. It is a firm cheese with a fruity, caramel flavor and calcifications throughout. I actually prefer to eat this cheese by itself as opposed to with a slice of baguette because I enjoy the smooth flavor so much.
To finish off our plate we had crusty baguette slices, Serrano Ham (Jamon Serrano, hand-boned – sliced), and some balsamic vinegar. We purchased a sparkling wine, Tissot Cremant du Jura, to accompany our dinner and I found that it was a bit dry which was a nice contrast to the many different flavors on our plate. Also, it was a beautiful pink color which I couldn’t resist!!
If you live in the Boston/Cambridge area and have never been to Formaggio Kitchen, it is definitely worth the trip! I could spend hours there browsing all of the amazing artisan products that they have collected from around the world. I have such a long list of items that I want to try!!