In my travels today I came across a new cheese. It’s called Blacksticks Blue and it's a handmade cheese made by the Butler family in Lancashire, England. Imagine how fun it was for me to find it today here in not so sunny Greensboro, NC! It’s a relatively new cheese that was created in 2003 and since its creation it has won its fair share of awards. It’s a soft blue cheese that has a beautiful amber color that is hand made in small batches.
It melts in your mouth. I enjoyed my first taste with a slice of pear. Later in day I served it on a piece of Ciabatta bread that I sliced into bite size pieces with some thinly slice roast beef deli meat and Dijon mustard. I would imagine that horseradish sauce would be even better. I topped that with a thin piece of cucumber and some crumbled Blacksticks Blue Cheese. Delicious
And here is a tip about the best way to store your cheese. Cheese needs to “breathe” so as soon as I get a piece of cheese that I have purchased home, I unwrap it from the cellophane wrap from the store and then I like to re-wrap it in parchment paper. This way the cheese still gets a fair amount of air. I then sometimes slip it into a zip-loc sandwich baggie but I don’t seal the bag because again you want some air to circulate around your cheese. I am by no means an expert but this method works best for me and my cheese seems to taste better and last longer.
Keep your eyes peeled for Blacksticks Blue. It’s delicious!