[cheese|photos] The Paradise Lost cheese spread
So yesterday we had cheese. I opted for a wide range of samplers rather than concentrating on more quantity of a fewer selections. In truth, I probably went overboard. This spread fed twenty people for about $450, with a fair amount left over.
The full spread, staged and arranged by mrtact and Mary Robinette Kowal
The wine selection (we also had Mexican Coke, mmm mmm)
Olives along with spiced apricot preserves to accent the cheese
Sopressata Citerio — I always like a sopressata, the spiciness works well for me
Redondo Iglesias Serrano — These Spanish hams are overtaking even some of the Italian charcuterie in my affections
Creminelli Finnochiona — A very nice salami, essentially
Proscuitto di Parma
Roasted Bison — Mostly there for anyone who didn’t care for pork
Taleggio — A good stand-by from the ‘soft and stinky’ end of the cheese case
Beemster XO — I’ve become increasingly fond of this line of Dutch cheeses, which are all buttery and flavorful
Sottocenere al Tartuffo — Still my favorite cheese in the history of ever
Oregonzola — Because these Texas cowboys needed a taste of my new home
Cowgirl Red Hawk — Hands down my favorite new-to-me-cheese of both this batch and of recent history, somewhat like my much beloved Epoisses but without the halitosis
Cheddar — Picked up this one for the traditionalists
Cowgirl Mt Tam — I’ve liked this triple creme cheese for a while, and every time I eat it, I like it more
Pierre Robert — Probably my favorite triple creme, and definitely a basic go-to when I’m putting together a cheese spread
Chimay — Another good one to have around for people who might be wary of unfamiliar cheeses
Affinois with Truffles — Had never seen this variety before, but I found the truffle flavor a bit too musky
Roquefort Papillon — A very nice, heavy blue that’s in my long-term blue cheese rotation
Humboldt Fog — A terrific California cheese
Mimolette — I like the younger one better than the aged one, but they’re both pretty nice and sharp
Affinois — Another good go-to triple creme
St. Andre — Yet another French triple creme I sometimes buy
San Simon — A new-to-me cheese I picked up because I liked the look of the pear-shaped wheel, unfortunately, it made very little impression on me
Pecorino in olive leaves — I wanted a sheep’s cheese on the table
Shropshire — Always a fun cheese because it tweaks people’s expectations
Mini Cabrie — Because what is life without a goat milk brie?
Purple Haze ‐ An herb-infused chevre that we tore through like locusts in a Kansas wheatfield
Also, various kinds of artisanal bread. It was a lovely spread. For some reason, I didn’t get a photo of the Wensleydale.
Photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.
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Posted: 6:00 am Sun April 14 2013 |
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