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Dec 31, 2013 04:42 PM

Just like my Uncle I used to hate all types of Cheese except for that which was on Pizza.

Several Months back though, despite hating Cheese I just went for it. Even though everyone honestly has many good reasons for disliking it though, I just did it, damn it! I just decided to go out & buy some without telling those who already knew that I hated it for so long. I'll just call this my 2014 "New Year's Resolution" as I try to dig deeper into my research though, ya know?

Overall though, like most, I absolutely despise Processed Foods including American Cheese Singles so that hasn't quite worked out well, but others aren't so bad once you get used to them. I've decided to try more of the Semi-Hard, Hard, Sharp, Extra-Sharp & somewhat unique types lately just to give it a go. As I do this, why don't some of you also be brave & try some things that you think and/or remember that you don't like such as Squid, Liver, Onions, Pierogies, Spinach, Octopus, Latkes, Broccoli or whatever your "threat" might be right now, alright?

A few that I've knowingly bought & may or may not try again are New York Sharp Cheddar, Italian Asiago, Romano, Swiss (Emmental?), PepperJack, American, & Norwegian Jarlsberg.

Sharp Cheddar(s) & Norwegian Jarlsberg are my favorites right now. I also have Appenzeller, Beemster, Cantal, Cheshire, Comte, Gloucester, Gouda, Greve, Kalari, Muenster & Parmigiano-Reggiano as my pics for the future. Some are more hard to find than others when it comes to Grocery Stores though unfortunately. :(

Please share any other recommendations & thoughts about these Cheeses & others. How did these Cheeses taste to you & what similarities/differences have you found in them?

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  1. Check out our fairly new cheese board - tons of reviews and good information. Many cheese lovers here, and we have been doing a cheese of the month thread since last March.

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    1. re: Veggo

      I've noticed a few "Cheese Of The Month" threads, yet haven't quite gotten to them yet. Too bad we can't all just get together for real tasting & discussion somewhere, right? Imagine the possibilities.

        1. re: ShowUsYourRack

          People in geographic areas get together for "Chowdowns." Never seen one for cheese but why not?

          1. re: c oliver

            I always hear about people frequently going to Cheese & Wine tastings, so it's not like nobody does it. That would be cool if we had a place to meet, get in & share/taste unique, top notch Cheeses together. Only we'd be allowed, there would be a bouncer at the door & you'd need to provide them with your password to get in, right? On top of that, you'd have to have been a partner of this Forum for at least 2 weeks so nobody "sneaks" in at the last Oh, what a life.

            1. re: ShowUsYourRack

              Er, it's more like finding other CHs in Cleveland and getting together for lunch :)

              1. re: c oliver

                If anybody in here is near Cleveland (or even in the state of Ohio), just check out the Westside Market some time. It's a wonderful, not to mention quite tasty place to be.

                1. re: ShowUsYourRack

                  You need to post that on your regional board.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    I think I mentioned Cleveland's Westside Market in one of those threads. I was just recommending it here as well.

              2. re: ShowUsYourRack

                It appears you are from Ohio but are familiar with the southern gulf of Florida. There are 2 very good cheese shops in Sarasota if you get up that way - Mortons Gourmet and Artisan Cheese.

                1. re: Veggo

                  Yes, I'm certainly from "The Heart Of It All" & love it here. I was born in Ohio, I grew up there & it's also my primary residence despite the fact that I also share a place down in the 10,000 Islands with my Dad. I took a big trip up to Tampa earlier this Month & watched a Ball Game in their Stadium. I often catch Blue Crabs in the 10,000 Islands too & you can't get any more fresh than that.

                2. re: ShowUsYourRack

                  Sounds like fun, but you yourself wouldn't be able to post under the rules you propose, SUYR, since you've been on CH less than two weeks.

                  1. re: grayelf

                    I'd imagine that I'd choose to converse here for at least a little while longer.

                    1. re: ShowUsYourRack

                      I think greyelf was referring to your imaginary forum.

                      1. re: c oliver

                        "Imagine" all the possibilities there joker…lol!


            This is the March to Sept recap of CH's Cheese of the Month threads. You might find some new ideas in cheese buying and tasting. I sure did!

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            1. re: HillJ

              Thanks for the tip. I'll keep this in mind.

            2. Aged Gouda...completely different and great

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              1. re: sal_acid

                I'm sure I'd prefer it Aged. Hell, that's how I feel about most Cheeses so far. I always like the Sharp, Aged Cheese more.