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I'll Take Soft-Ripened for $200, Alex (Cheese Terminology)

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So much to learn...cheese-speak!

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Cheese terminology (flash cards)!

Pheww...no wonder all these years I've pointed to the case, asked for a taste and inevitably called it all....cheese!

So much to dig your cheese loving nose into!


What's your method for keeping all the glorious cheesey information straight?

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  1. Fun, and very informative, thanks.

    1. HillJ

      Thanks for starting this thread. I love the heading! I'm off to check out the links and will return to kibitz.

      I'm hoping cheese board visitors will check it out. Getting my bearings on a new subject always has me searching for effective ways to ask questions and express myself. I recently learned that a wine that made me think "bovine" or "horsey" is properly described as "leathery." :-D

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      1. re: ItalianNana

        ItaliN, it's all about learning around here! The flash card link is one of my favorites actually because it addresses retention.

        Clearly we've quickly learned there is an endless sea to cheese culture, wine culture, food culture. That's the gift!

        I'm in no hurry...so let's enjoy this board one slice at a time!

        What cheese would a "leathery" wine pair with?

      2. Agh barnyardy is a legitimate descriptive adjective? I've said barnyardy because I could not find another way to nicely say, "it smells and tastes like licking a cow" (or so I imagine) so I feel quite validated right now!

        Thanks for sharing these links, HillJ. I am new to cheese but interested in learning more about it!

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        1. re: ohmyyum

          ohmyyum, my pleasure. this entire (cheese) board has been so much fun already!

          1. re: ohmyyum

            barnyardy is acceptable to describe the aroma of wine, as well. (Gigondas from the Rhone Valley is well-known for smelling barnyardy, but to borrow your name, oh my yum.)

            1. re: ohmyyum

              "Agh barnyardy is a legitimate descriptive adjective?"

              Absolutely! And that characteristic in cheese can remind me of a bottle of Burgundy with brett.

            2. One of my favorite sites. Get the poster if they are still offering it. Use to be free.

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              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                IND, I see a guidebook but not a poster--or, are they one and the same? The guide is free.

                1. re: HillJ

                  The guide would be far easier to use in the car.

                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                    Chowhound after my own heart.

                    I gave the app a try but it was way too timing consuming to scroll through for cheese shopping purposes.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      If you ever get up that way, I will be happy to give you my cheese shopping itinerary. One full day and over 400 miles for world beating limburger, blue, gouda, colby, and cheddar.

                      Carr Valley alone should be able to satisfy any yearning for goat and sheep cheese, as well as blends. Plus 6 or 10 year aged cheddar.

                      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                        You know a chowhound cheese shopping spree would be an incredible day out.

                        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                          IRFL, if your cheese tour includes Mineral Point I would highly recommend a stop at Hook's. They have won countless awards and their 15-year old Cheddar is one of the finest cheeses I have ever had the pleasure of eating.

                          1. re: Fowler

                            Agreed. Then I head up to the original Carr Valley creamery near Lavalle. Full of odds and ends and at a great price reduction.

                2. thanks for the links. the wisconsin cheese glossary is great. the cheesecyclopedia at that site is great, too.

                  i have a tiny quibble on the quizlet. i know that the spanish word "queso" is mispronounced on that quizlet chart. the emphasis should be on the first syllable for "queso".

                  1. holy smoked cheese, batman! the wisconsin folks also have a grilled cheese sandwich directory of recipes -- the "grilled cheese academy"! (warning: do not view if you are hungry and cannot get to some cheese and bread pretty quickly): http://grilledcheeseacademy.com

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                    1. re: alkapal

                      LOL...the lessons begin!
                      Re the quibble with quizlet, corrections are always best when you write to the site owners.

                      1. re: alkapal

                        Don't you love the voice over for the Grilled Cheese Academy!

                        1. re: HillJ

                          I love that there is a Grilled Cheese Academy and a Cheese & Burger Society! And the voiceover is a hoot - sounds like Puddy from Seinfeld.

                          1. re: EM23

                            You can d/l a free, 24 pg booklet of grilled cheese excellence!!

                            Funny, the voice over announcer I'm hearing is a sultry female.

                            eta: the Cheese & Burger Society voice is the actor who plays Puddy! It's the grilled cheese academy that's a female voice. Ha!

                            1. re: HillJ

                              Haha - he's no sultry lady.
                              Number 7 burger: The Farmer John – “it’s not for the guy who makes spreadsheets for a living."

                              What an engaging website - educational, fun, content-rich and great food photography. Did you see the collection of chef recipes?

                              1. re: EM23

                                Not yet, I'm still working my way through the sections.

                                Yeah, the "teach a woman/man to fish" method of learning something new or something more is a lot of fun. Individual cheese recommendations are awesome once you have a grasp on how the cheese world works. Why not have a ton of fun in the process!

                        1. re: ItalianNana

                          Thanks so much for posting the link...I've just ordered mine!

                        2. I mentioned in the comments section when I requested the guide that they had a terrific site and that we were using it as a reference for a fledgling COTM group. I just received a lovely e-mail wishing us luck and offering to send as many guides as we might need. I neglected to mention that we were an online group, but isn't that a nice touch?

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                          1. re: ItalianNana

                            Thank you for adding the link to that guide directly here in case anyone reading along wants to order it. Might be a tad challenging to mail guides to one online group ;) but I'm delighted the good folks @ Wisconsin Cheese took an interest.