Goat cheese newbie question: is "Chavrie" to goat cheese what Kraft is to cheddar?
I just discovered goat cheese as my new favorite omelet ingredient and bought a brand called Chavrie because it was the only kind on my rural grocer's shelf. (Comes in a pyramid-like plastic container with pictures of cute little goats on it.) It's very tasty, but it says on the container that it's mild.
I don't know enough about goat cheese to know mild from sharp but I do know that my favorite cheddar isn't even close to mild nor does it have pictures of cows on it. So, as someone who enjoys "a pungent, ghastly, stinky piece of cheese" (props to the gnome), is there a brand that I should look for that will make my tastebuds do cartwheels?
Most grocery store brands are mild chevre and honestly not bad in my opinion, just not transcendent. I am very fortunate to have a local farmers market where a vendor sells nothing but goat cheeses. If you want to try a wonderful picant chevre, order the Allegheny Chevre from Firefly Farm.......or go to your local market or cheesemonger.
I personally like Laura Chenel Chevre. It is a little tangy, but not strong. They even sell it in my local Sam's Club. IGourmet.com is also a good source for cheese. I believe they may even offer a goat chese assortment.
if you're in a truly cheese-deficient area of the country, you may want to consider having some good stuff shipped to you -- to experience the real thing. artisan in nyc and formaggio kitchen in boston both have heavenly selections and will overnight anything to you.
There's a goat cheese available in some supermarkets that is different. Look for "Yetoste" (sp?) It's sharp, tangy and almost a tiny bit sweet-don't ask me how, it also reminds many of peanut butter--probably because it's that color. Very good. We use to have it growing up at the holidays (we're half Norwegeian and it's a Norwegian brand, I beliee).
Anyway-I'd describe the packaging for you to recognize but my sister's the one who usually buys it--I just recognize it when I see it.
Good luck. How great to be exploring goat cheese!!