I am very new to the world of cheese and I find it fascinating. It is very much like wine and has a depth and character similar to wine in that it is deeply affected by the surrounding conditions that it comes from. The type of animal. What that animal was fed. The time of year and the time of day the animal was milked. Then there is the recipe and how that cheese was actually made. And don't get me started on the ageing process! All of it affects the quality and taste of the final product. And so many cheeses have an interesting story attached to them. People of the world have been making cheese for thousands of year. Everyone has to start somewhere...I have a lot of catching up to do. :)
My favorites in no particular order are:
3. Boursin. I like the original with Garlic and Herb. Great on crackers. Click here for the recipe I posted for Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms....incredibly good!
5. Parmesan Reggiano. There is no substitute. Well, maybe Grana Padano...that comes close. And I have really used all of those tools to crack one of those 75 pound babies open!
6. Yancey's Fancy Champage Cheddar. There are lots of other flavors I like as well. The horseradish is very good but I have to say the Champagne is one of my favorites. And what girl doesn't like Champagne?
9. Gruyere, nothing better on top of a bowl of French Onion Soup. This is the one to pick when you wanted melted wonderfulness. Do you Fondu? Emmentaler is good for Fondu as well.
10. Sage Derby has a wild marbled green look to it and an unusual but delicious taste. It is a Cheddar with sage and it is pretty to look at.