Monday, April 28, 2014

Best Spring Cheese!

One of the reasons we are drawn to shop at Whole Foods Market for cheese is the selection and also the ability to try a cheese before actually handing over a chunk of change for something that may not suit our palate. I can't tell you how many times we've ventured out of our comfort zone because of samples and have simply fallen for the new cheese. I have written about creating a charcuterie board and I just find anytime we are entertaining, it's the perfect opportunity to dazzle my guests with a wonderful selection of cheese! Don't hesitate to tap into the wealth of knowledge the staff at Whole Foods Market offers, recommendations are always spot on when I simply give a basic description of our meal.

Spring Cheese recommendations:

Parmigiano Reggiano has a delightful range of flavors and textures ranging from nutty, sweet, grassy, creamy, grainy, and fruity. Great shaved on a salad (see photo).

Le Gruyere Reserve has a classic flavor profile, nutty, creamy and complex, with hints of fruit and spice.

Rogue Creamery Caveman Blue is rich and earthy, sweet and fruity with slight vanilla notes. (a fav)

Grafton Classic Reserve Cheddar is mature, creamy two-year aged cheddar with a slightly tart finish.

How to Create a Cheese Board:
Pick cheeses with contrasting textures and flavors, creamy, firm, sweet, pungent.
Old World with New World selections.
2oz cheese per person is a good rule of thumb.
Allow cheese to rest at room temperature for 30-45 minutes before serving for optimal flavor.

Disclaimer, I was compensated by Whole Foods Market as a WFM Ambassador for this post. Content is purely at my discretion.