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Cheese of the month nominations for October 2013 to March 2014

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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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    1. 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).

      1. 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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        1. re: HillJ

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

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            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.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              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.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

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

                1. re: Melanie Wong

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

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    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

                2. re: fldhkybnva

                  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!).

              2. 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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                  1. re: Ridge

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

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918011

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

                    Another idea -

                    Cheeses with holes

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                    1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                      1. re: ElsieDee

                        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.

                        1. re: Ridge

                          I like the idea of cheddar and also cheese with holes