Cheese of the Week: Red Hawk

I think it was living in England that converted me to stinky cheese.  It’s not like I grew up eating plastic, tasteless American cheese; in fact, one of my favorite childhood snacks was toast with gjetost (a caramel-colored Norwegian goat’s milk whey cheese that I probably don’t need to tell you is pretty obscure in the States).  Nevertheless, I think Oxford was a turning point for me.  With cheese shops everywhere, France just across the channel, and the historic covered market (complete with its own special stink), it was impossible to resist for long.

Red Hawk cheese, by Cowgirl Creamery

Red Hawk cheese, image courtesy of Cowgirl Creamery

Red Hawk is just about as stinky as they come.  When Gabrielle asked me to cover the Cheese of the Week post for today, I thought of it immediately.  While many potent-smelling cheeses are imported from Europe, Red Hawk is made right here in California from locally-produced organic milk, by none other than — you guessed it! — the gals at Cowgirl Creamery.

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Cheese of the Week: Mt Tam

Mt Tam Cheese, image courtesy of Cowgirl Creamery

Mt Tam Cheese, image courtesy of Cowgirl Creamery

Two summers ago, Shay and I were invited to a friend’s birthday at Hog Island Oyster Farm in Tamales Bay. For those who have not been there, apart from being an oyster farm, it’s a picnic venue that sells quality cheese, bread, and wine, and of course, oysters to barbeque! I personally am allergic to shellfish, but cheese, wine and a beautiful setting…my kind of scene. It was there that I first tried Mt. Tam, and I was hooked from the first bite.

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Cheese of the Week: Harbison

Between preparing for Thanksgiving and wedding preparations, this week is especially busy which means that meals made at home become very simple.  During weeks like this, Shay’s vote is always for my chicken and brie sandwiches which have sliced apple, Lemonaise, brie of course,  and chicken breast cutlets sauteed with pepper flakes, oregano and a little white wine at the end. Well, this week I wanted to find something to make this sandwich a little different, and decided it was a perfect opportunity for cheese exploration.

Harbison by Jasper Hill Farm

Harbison, image courtesy of Jasper Hill Farm

Cowgirl Creamery, as most of you know, if one of my favorite spots in the city. A whole store filled with delicious cheeses and people who know much more about cheese than I do! Too good to be real, except it is.  This week at Cowgirl, I asked them for a creamy cheese like a brie and described what I was going to do with it. The cheespert (cheese expert) handed me a piece of Harbison: incredibly creamy, with a bloomy rind and distinct mustard finish. (more…)

Cheese of the Week: Truffle Tremor

Amongst the many yummy treats my mom would purchase at Market Hall was this amazing creation: Truffle Butter. I should not admit this, but as a kid I actually used to eat tiny bits of it, guiltily trying to hide behind fridge door. Thus began a lifelong love affair with all things truffle.

Truffle Tremor

Truffle Tremor, courtesy of artizone on Flickr

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