Back to the World of Cheese: Triple Cream, Goat, and Farmstead

It’s been awhile, but if you remember, my sister and I attended Surdyk’s The World of Cheese and experienced seven slices of heaven. Today I’d like to describe the first 3:

  1. Delice de Bourgogne (France)
  2. Montenebro (Spain)
  3. Taleggio Pasturo (Italy)

Delice de Bourgogne is a brie-style cheese and is called a triple-creme because creme is added twice during the cheese-making process. It is a cheese VERY high in moisture and spreads almost like warm butter (A-Maz-ing!).  It is only aged 4-6 weeks, a very short time for cheese. This cheese pairs well with dried apricot or any of the sweet stone fruits, preserves, cranberries, and walnut flavors. I wasn’t supposed* to eat this cheese, being pregnant, but I *may* have snuck a small, intsy-weentsy piece. 🙂 It was DElicious.

Delice de Bourgogne- bloomy (mold) rind, tangy, buttery, triple creme

Montenebro was our token goat’s cheese.  Now, let me tell you something about goat’s cheese-if you’ve never had it, you must stop reading this immediately and go an get yourself some right now.  Goat’s cheese is what drew forth from my heart this passion to start this cheese journey. It. is. heaven.  (Heading picture of my blog- goat’s cheese platter at Muffuletta for my birthday in 2010.) And as I posted in my last blog about goat’s cheese, it is always white, not the hinted yellowish color of cow’s milk.  This is because sheep are able to digest beta carotene and cows cannot. Goat’s milk is also the leanest of the cheeses, generally. There are so many amazing things about goat’s cheese. Please do me a favor and go eat some- for me- come on, I’m pregnant. Take one for the team ;). Goat’s cheese goes great with aged meats like salami and soft preserves like grape or you can copy the cheese platter from Muffuletta above (everything drizzled in honey).

Montenebro- P. roqueforti mold rind, densely creamy, intense, lingering flavor

Taleggio Pasturo is a name-protected cheese from Italy. This cheese is not pasteurized and takes great care to make.  It goes great on burgers, with hard meats (salami, prosciutto, etc.) and with fig jam or honey. My notes say that it tasted very salty so I must have snuck a sneak of this one too- wow, shame on me! It had a washed rind which means that the cheese is covered in B. linens culture to create the rind for aging (Ever wondered why cheese can smell like feet? Check out the B. linens link- good thing it’s so tasty!).

Taleggio Pasturo- washed rind, pungent aroma, sticky texture, savory
Well that’s 3 out of 7… stay tuned for the continuing saga of The World of Cheese!

*Generally, in pregnancy you want to avoid any cheese that has not been pasteurized since unwanted microbes could be hanging out after the cheese making process and in storage.  Usually this would be the case with the softer cheeses. Check out the Mayo Clinic for their view, scroll down to “Avoid unpasteurized foods.” Since the packaging wasn’t available to peruse readily during the class, I just played it safe and stuck with the hard cheeses… mostly.


Who moved MY cheese?

Why do you think the author of Who Moved My Cheese decided on cheese?  Why wasn’t it titled Who Moved My Bread or Who Moved My Fruit? I have to confess that I’ve never read the book, so maybe he offers a real explanation, but I like to think that it’s because cheese people are (slightly) fanatical and you don’t mess with their cheese…

Anyway, in my first blog I promised to write more about recent life changes that inspired me to FINALLY start blogging. I’ve been dying to expound on that for the last several months!

Now I can :).

The first major life change was my resignation from my full-time professional job in the nonprofit world at the end of June. This was a HUGE leap of faith on both my husband and I’s part because I didn’t have another job lined up. Due to different circumstances and much counsel, we felt that it was the right move to make and that God would bless that decision. Little did we know just how He would bless it…

Shortly after my new-found-freedom, I started to notice changes in my body (of which I will not go into great detail since I assume men may read this as well!) so I pulled out a pregnancy test from the back dungeon of our under-sink medicine cabinet supplies. Unfortunately, all I had was the test, but not the key on how to interpret the test.  But I was pretty sure that you had to get a plus sign (+) to confirm pregnancy.  Well, all I saw was a line (-) in the first window. So I assumed false alarm.

Still feeling suspicious, I visited Target the next day where I found a box of tests similar to the one I had used the day before and saw this.

I literally BURST. OUT. LAUGHING in the middle of the Target aisle and then sent a text of the picture to Adam, who was at his night class (who told me to buy another box of tests 🙂 ).

So, long story- short, EVERYTHING is about to change. I’m no longer looking for full-time work and adjusting to being at home full time. Also, pregnancy puts restrictions on what one can eat, so I am limited to venturing into just the hard cheeses for the time being, not wanting to risk any type of infection/illness for baby. For that reason, I didn’t do much cheese tasting in Europe, but I did find this amazing cheese shop in Paris— A good reason to go back some day.