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Cheese of the month nominations for October 2013 to March 2014

Ridge Sep 24, 2013 10:08 PM

Hi I’m the new organizer for Cheese of the month for the next 6 months. I’m not a cheese expert but I do love cheese. I would like to encourage more people to participate. It can be really fun and we can learn a lot. Nominations for October?

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    JerkPork RE: Ridge Sep 25, 2013 10:34 AM

    I recently started browsing the Cheese boards so I don't know if it's been a COTM recently (search doesn't seem to indicate it has) but what about a Tomme. How specific does a COTM have to be since it would be impossible to find the same exact chase from region to region (and US to Canada).

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      HillJ RE: Ridge Sep 25, 2013 10:43 AM

      Thanks for taking the reins, Ridge.

      I'd like to learn more about preparing a triple cream cheese plate and a good deal more about sheep's milk cheeses.

      Neither are common in my local grocery markets; they typically require a stop at WF cheese dept or a local cheesemonger's shop to even purchase.

      So, I'd like to learn from CH's with keen buying experiences before I spend my own dough.

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        fldhkybnva RE: HillJ Sep 25, 2013 12:29 PM

        You stole my idea, HillJ. I all for the sheep's milk cheeses!

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          Melanie Wong RE: fldhkybnva Sep 25, 2013 01:03 PM

          One concern about picking the broad category of sheeps milk cheeses is that now that we've had all goat milk cheese for September's, we'll have run through a good deal of the cheese world if we repeat a similarly broad category of all sheeps milk cheeses. Perhaps as the volunteer for October, you could choose a selection that includes a particular sheep cheese that is popular and readily available and something specific that's a little more esoteric.

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            HillJ RE: Melanie Wong Sep 25, 2013 02:25 PM

            I like the broad category approach. In my case, and was my hope with Sept's goat cheese, the category got CH's thinking about and shopping for GOAT. Personal preference and pocketbook dictate what they select in goat cheese rather than a pre-determined set or set list.

            On the cheese platter approach, which I also like, specific cheeses are suggestions or one way to create a grouping that compliment.

            Just my 2 cents. I really don't want to influence any volunteer willing to make time for this COTM. There's enough cheese on the planet to satisfy us for years.

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              Veggo RE: Melanie Wong Sep 25, 2013 02:26 PM

              Good point Melanie. If we go critter by critter we'll be down to yak cheese within the first year.

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                fldhkybnva RE: Melanie Wong Sep 25, 2013 03:43 PM

                I have a few favorite sheep's milk cheeses but would that be too limited?

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                  Melanie Wong RE: fldhkybnva Sep 25, 2013 03:52 PM

                  Well, one rule of thumb for putting together a cheese plate is to have one hard, one soft, and one blue cheese. If you wanted to focus on sheeps milk, here's one example that covers the three styles:

                  • Roquefort (widely available from different producers)
                  • Pecorino (many regional types and widely available) or something hard from your favorites list
                  • esoteric soft sheeps milk from your list of favorites

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                HillJ RE: fldhkybnva Sep 25, 2013 02:22 PM

                I loved your idea (only steal from the best). So whatever you or anyone else decides is fine by me. I'm far from an experience cheese taster-I'm game for anything (as long as I can source it, I'm in!).

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              Ridge RE: Ridge Sep 25, 2013 02:08 PM

              Wanted to let people know that these nominations are not only for October but for the next 6 months.

              I nominate Gouda. There is a lot to learn about Gouda and I have tried some interesting ones like Ewephoria sheep Gouda.

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                Veggo RE: Ridge Sep 25, 2013 02:25 PM

                We did gouda in May.

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                  HillJ RE: Ridge Sep 25, 2013 02:29 PM

                  Ridge this is the recap list on what's been covered so far:


                2. fldhkybnva RE: Ridge Sep 25, 2013 03:51 PM

                  It's fall/winter so I nominate a hearty cheese -

                  Another idea -

                  Cheeses with holes

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                    ElsieDee RE: fldhkybnva Sep 25, 2013 06:15 PM

                    I was going to suggest Cheddar, too. I'd love to have the excuse to explore the varieties.

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                      Ridge RE: ElsieDee Sep 25, 2013 07:23 PM

                      Cheddar is a cheese I don't get too often but when I do I always am left thinking "why don't I get cheddar more, it's good". Love to have an excuse to dive into some.

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                        jpr54_1 RE: Ridge Sep 28, 2013 07:27 AM

                        I like the idea of cheddar and also cheese with holes

                  2. fldhkybnva RE: Ridge Sep 25, 2013 04:06 PM

                    Alpine cheeses

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                      Ridge RE: Ridge Sep 25, 2013 04:39 PM

                      Might be fun to include the following at some point during the 6 months;

                      Washed rind cheeses

                      Blue cheese

                      Parmesan/Romano style cheeses

                      Standard and Atypical mozzarella cheeses-things like burrata and goat mozzarella

                      1. fldhkybnva RE: Ridge Sep 25, 2013 06:27 PM

                        I just realized I've only had brie in one restaurant with bacon on tator tots so I'm gonna throw that into the pool

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                          Ridge RE: fldhkybnva Sep 25, 2013 07:20 PM

                          Good Brie is really amazing! There is a lot of mass produced so-so Brie around. It would be good to do Brie since there is that wide range in quality and we can focus on what qualities are in a good Brie.

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                            HillJ RE: Ridge Sep 25, 2013 07:48 PM


                            Who am I to argue with a gold medal winner.
                            Just tried this brie for the first time after reading countless articles and seeing for sale everywhere.

                            It was very good and lived up to all the press.

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                              Ridge RE: HillJ Sep 26, 2013 01:27 PM

                              I recently had an amazing Brie also. I am not sure but I think it may have been the same one.

                              The cheeseboard in Berkeley often has a goat Brie. Sometime batches are really good but other batches are too goaty.

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                                HillJ RE: Ridge Sep 26, 2013 01:35 PM

                                I've also found some Brie to be too dry (not old dry, just not enjoyable). Have you ever come across a dry Brie?

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                              Veggo RE: Ridge Sep 26, 2013 01:34 PM

                              I concur. The gap between tasteless and extraordinary brie may be wider than with any other cheese.

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                                BigWoodenSpoon RE: Veggo Sep 26, 2013 04:46 PM

                                Just found the Cheese board, hello everyone.

                                For Sheep's milk, how about Basque or Spanish cheeses like Shepard's cheese or Manchego?

                                As for Brie, there are a number of different styles and cream levels. Perhaps doing a month of double creams separate from triple creams and maybe flavored bries another month?

                                Looking forward to talking and tasting more cheese

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                                  Ruth Lafler RE: BigWoodenSpoon Oct 22, 2013 05:27 PM

                                  We did Manchego early on.

                                  It might be nice to dispel all the bad Brie experiences with some good ones.

                          2. DonShirer RE: Ridge Sep 26, 2013 08:32 PM

                            We just did goat, so I don't expect this soon, but how about a month dedicated to mixed milk cheeses. (cow+sheep+goat, sheep+goat, buffalo&whatever)

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                              Melanie Wong RE: DonShirer Jan 28, 2014 04:53 PM

                              This weekend I was looking for cheeses from Piemonte Italy for a dinner party. This area has some fine mixed milk cheeses that feature cow/sheep/goat.

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                              teezeetoo RE: Ridge Sep 28, 2013 03:46 PM

                              I'm loving the cheeses we're developing here. I nominate Jasper Hills Farm's Harbison, a wonderful complex rind cheese with great flavor. Old Chatham Creamery's sheep milk cheeses, especially Ewe's Blue would be another choice, Cowgirl Creamery's Red Hawk is another fabulous U.S. triple cream. Let's explore and support U.S. cheesemakers.

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                                fldhkybnva RE: teezeetoo Sep 28, 2013 05:39 PM

                                Well, well well aren't you timely. I just bought the Harbison and the Old Chatham. I think it was this thread and all the talk of soft cheeses.

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                                  teezeetoo RE: fldhkybnva Sep 28, 2013 05:40 PM

                                  I hope you love them as much as I do. I'm so excited by the continuing development of great American cheeses. Please tell me any favorites you have.

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                                    Ridge RE: fldhkybnva Sep 29, 2013 06:48 PM

                                    I was not sure but I think you volunteered for October?
                                    Would you like to pick the COTM for October? If you like you can pick it and I will pick the ones for the next 5 months. I am on the east coast now to visit family and will be here till Wednesday. I pretty much am limited to my iPhone till then. I have been having trouble posting on Chowhound since the big iPhone update, the page will refresh itself and I lose everything I wrote. I tried adding my e-mail to my account but was having trouble doing it with my iPhone. Will try when I get home. Why don't you send me your choice for COTM for October and I will put together the list for the next 6 months. E mail me at ridge_ridge@yahoo,com

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                                      fldhkybnva RE: Ridge Sep 29, 2013 06:58 PM

                                      No problem, I will post a new thread on Tuesday. Is that how it works? I'll send you an email tomorrow, I'm just going to sleep on it since I'm winding down for the night.

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                                    Ridge RE: teezeetoo Sep 28, 2013 10:31 PM

                                    Love the Red Hawk and jasper hill . And now that you mention it there are lots of really great American cheeses. Artisan American cheese would be a great cheese of the month.

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                                      teezeetoo RE: Ridge Sep 29, 2013 09:06 AM

                                      I would really enjoy hearing about sheep, cow and goat cheeses from around the country, maybe with links to their web sites so we can find them. It would be great to devote a month to such an endeavor.

                                  3. biondanonima RE: Ridge Sep 29, 2013 03:42 PM

                                    Not sure if this qualifies, but I enjoy making cheese (so far, just ricotta, paneer and mozzarella), so I'd be happy to focus on a cheese or two that other 'Hounds might make at home - it would be fun to share techniques and tips, as well as to compare our homemade products to store-bought. Any interest?

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                                      HillJ RE: biondanonima Sep 29, 2013 03:55 PM

                                      Count me in! Love this suggestion. CH NonnieMuss has started a few threads on making cheese that need more love.

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                                        Melanie Wong RE: biondanonima Sep 29, 2013 04:06 PM

                                        Here are some of the threads that HillJ referred to that are about making cheese. Sure would love to see your input if these are up your alley.

                                        Goat cheese recipe

                                        Homemade Camembert


                                        Frozen goat milk

                                        Book recs for beginning cheesemaking

                                      2. fldhkybnva RE: Ridge Sep 30, 2013 04:23 PM

                                        Mexican cheeses - e.g. Queso Fresco, Cotija, etc.

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                                          Veggo RE: fldhkybnva Sep 30, 2013 04:28 PM

                                          Plus Oaxacan string cheese, others. Good idea.

                                        2. fldhkybnva RE: Ridge Oct 22, 2013 10:41 AM

                                          I thought I would bump this page as we approach November.

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                                            Ridge RE: fldhkybnva Oct 22, 2013 12:04 PM

                                            Get ready. COTM for November will be what I consider the kings of cheeses. Cheeses that will assault your senses with pungent aromas and then seduce you with complex umami flavors. washed rind cheeses. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
                                            Will post more details soon.

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                                              fldhkybnva RE: Ridge Oct 22, 2013 01:19 PM

                                              Great choicr

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                                                Veggo RE: Ridge Oct 22, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                You mean King Epoisses will have to share his throne?

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                                                  Ridge RE: Veggo Oct 22, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                  With the Stinking Bishop.

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                                                Ridge RE: fldhkybnva Jan 28, 2014 03:52 PM

                                                Wanted to bump this page up to get ready for February. I believe EMbrooks is up for February.

                                              3. jpr54_1 RE: Ridge Oct 22, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                Mexican cheeses
                                                Swiss style cheeses

                                                1. Ruth Lafler RE: Ridge Oct 22, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                  For December it might be fun to do "crowd pleaser" cheeses that are big hits on cheese plates with cheeseheads and non-cheeseheads alike. We could all share our go-to cheeses!

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                                                    HillJ RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 22, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                    Sounds fun! Especially if crowd pleasers included some wine pairings and nibble suggestions for party planning. Melanie suggested we begin sharing recipes/tips for using all this glorious cheese and holiday time would be an ideal time to do that.

                                                  2. Melanie Wong RE: Ridge Jan 28, 2014 08:52 PM

                                                    Linking up the thread with nominations from the previous six month period. Many good ideas in there that we've not pursued yet.

                                                    1. jpr54_1 RE: Ridge Jan 29, 2014 12:53 PM

                                                      no cheeses with mold,etc

                                                      I am willing to try cheeses but I do not
                                                      appreciate blue/green cheeses or
                                                      strong cheeses

                                                      MEXICAN CHEESES

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                                                        Melanie Wong RE: jpr54_1 Jan 29, 2014 01:27 PM

                                                        Still need someone to sign up/volunteer for March COTM, if you'd like to do it, and you get to pick the cheese(s). That's the surest way to get what you want.

                                                        Add your name here,

                                                      2. DonShirer RE: Ridge Jan 29, 2014 05:30 PM

                                                        How about a month of "adulterated" cheeses, i.e. with infused onions, chives, peppercorns, mango, etc.

                                                        I'm not a big fan of these myself so I have not tried many (and found fewer I liked), but it might be interesting to hear of some additions that don't muck up the cheese taste.

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                                                          Ridge RE: DonShirer Jan 29, 2014 06:38 PM

                                                          Love some of the truffle cheeses and sage Derby.

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                                                            fldhkybnva RE: DonShirer Jan 29, 2014 06:46 PM

                                                            I like this category. I have a few I like/love - double Gloucester, sottocenere and I just bought a wine infused Toscano cheese from TJs.

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                                                              HillJ RE: fldhkybnva Jan 29, 2014 09:22 PM

                                                              I just bought a Vermont smoked maple raw milk cheddar from Grafton Village and the Melkbus125 studded with cardamom and nutmeg flavors (winter Gouda) that c o recommended. Enjoyed both. The smoke is very mellow on the maple flavor and the Melkbus125 melted very well for fondue.

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