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Dec 18, 2007 03:04 PM

If I like Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk, they I'll also like ???

Mmm... I really like Cowgirl Creamery's Red Hawk cheese. It's creamy, nutty, and the "off-putting" smell means it delivers on taste.

But it's darn expensive!

Any recommendations of similar cheeses that might be more friendly to my budget?


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  1. Not sure of availability in your area but I would first look for any washed rind brie style cheeses you can find and start there.

    Whole foods specialty team members will gladly cut you a half wheel if you do not want to commit to a whole of RH.

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    1. re: kare_raisu

      I'm not an expert but I believe Brie style is mold-ripened, not washed-rind. Washed-rind is ripened by bacteria, as I recall. Red Hawk is washed-rind, I believe; I love it. On the other hand, there's no cheese I don't like.
      In the same style are Italian Taleggio, or French (Alsatian) Muenster. Limburger is another choice.

      1. re: Joel

        I'd recommend Epoisses. It's also a small washed-rind cheese that gets its flavor from the brevibacterum linens mold...that mold creates the yellowish-orange rind on the cheese, and sometimes it has hints of red, hence the name Red Hawk. Or, look for any cheeses with that characteristic yellow-orange washed rind.

        1. re: maria lorraine

          I love epoisses too but I can't say that it would be much friendlier on the OP's budget. It's excellent, though.

          1. re: mollyomormon

            Yes [sigh], you're probably right. The two are about the same price where I live.

            Wonderful cheese can be expensive, dimsumfan. Keep looking and tasting.

            1. re: maria lorraine

              I will say that I've found rounds of epoisses at an LA gourmet store (Surfas for anyone from the LA board reading this) for $15 which is an awesome price.

              1. re: maria lorraine

                You may want to look around some more. I've seen Red Hawk for $28/lb. but Epoisses was 'only' $17/lb. last time I had it.

              2. re: mollyomormon

                (Real) Epoisses is also not easy to come by in the U.S. Technically, its importation is banned. And, yes, I'm not sure it's going to be less expensive than anything that Cowgirl Creamery puts out?

        2. Thanks for all of the suggestions so far. I have some tasting to do! Definitely understand good cheese sometimes comes with a price, but if I can buy Red Hawk some of the time and lower-cost ones other times, I'll be thrilled!

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          1. re: dimsumfan

            I love cheese myself (since before it was trendy). However, I don't mind spending the money for the more expensive stuff, as you're rarely buying a pound (which is when it seems prohibitively expensive). It's actually one my indulgences when I'm poor, since I can get a hunk of great cheese for $5 and that'll last me a few days.

            The Herve Mons camembert at Whole Foods? Worth every damn penny of the 10.99 it costs. and if that's cheaper than what you're paying for Red Hawk, I'd strongly advise you to try it -- once you've had really great camembert, you'll never think about the stuff the same way again.

            1. re: bebevonbernstein

              'once you've had really great camembert, you'll never think about the stuff the same way again.'

              This is very true, regretfully Mons thermalysed Camembert is definitely not a great one, decent for US imports but not a great one.

          2. Working my way through another round of CC Red Hawk. This time I'm find the cheese rather wet on the outside and creamy on the inside. I've been enjoying it with dried apple slices and a sunflower seed rye cracker. Strong funk this time, not overly nutty. But really tasty. A cheese that delivers a different experience each time you try it!

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            1. re: HillJ

              The only "similar" cheese I can think of that I usually can find at a lower price is Taleggio. If you love Red Hawk, do try the Twig Farm washed rind cheeses if you can find them. They are astonishingly good.

            2. Cowgirl Creamery's Red Hawk is a washed rind cheese, which are the stinky variety of cheeses. You should definitely try Chaumes. It has a wonderful "off-putting" smell, incredibly creamy texture and sweet, nutty flavor.

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              1. re: TripleCremeDecadence

                Washed rind true, au lait cru no, thus even America's Red Hawk is IMHO far better from the get go. Canada's St Paulin and Port Salut are if not an imitation at least very similar to Chaumes and again IMHO not close to as good as Red Hawk is.

              2. It's about the same price as Red Hawk but if you like Red Hawk try Ameribella, a washed rind from Indiana.