Cheese Whisperer: Gifts of Cheese & Cheese Accessories
Visit cheese island and the mercantile department to gather gifts for the cheese lovers on your list. The Co-op Cheese Department carries an array of tasty fig spreads, salted Marcona almonds and other goodies to accompany cheese.
Some notable curds for the holidays:
Mt. Townsend Truffle Stack – this locally made (from Port Townsend, WA) soft ripened cheese is infused with black truffles and has a velvety texture with deep, rich earthy flavor. Serve with sparkling wine and raspberries. This stellar cheese makes an elegant, gourmet gift for foodies!
Coach Farm Triple Cream Goat – an artisan specialty from New York State, Coach Farm’s triple cream goat cheese is buttery and slightly tangy. It’s a lovely option to serve with cheese condiments: Leatherwood honey, Spanish preserved pumpkin or local Willowrose Quince Jam from Guemes Island, WA.
Tumalo Farm’s Jewell – a Pacific Northwest treat, Tumalo Farm’s Jewell is made from a delicate combination of farmstead goat and organic cow’s milk. This cheese is named Jewell in honor of Margie Jewell DeCastilhos, co-founder of Tumalo Farms, who passed away from cancer in January 2010. Now she remains part of something positive and delicious at Tumalo Farms, where she is fondly remembered as a selfless, smart, and charismatic person.
Dorset Drum – a lovely mature farmstead cheddar cheese from Dorset, England, comes sealed in a black wax drum to protect flavor. Wrap it up in a basket with apples, pears and crusty bread to make a classic seasonal gift for cheddar hounds.
However you celebrate the holidays with cheese, may they be merry and bright!
Happy Season’s Eatings!