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Double cream cheese from Indiana is smooth but has a pleasant tang

Dutchman’s Breeches from Tulip Tree Creamery in Indiana
Dutchman’s Breeches from Tulip Tree Creamery in Indiana

October is American Cheese Month. The American Cheese Society says, “American Cheese Month is a celebration of North America’s delicious and diverse cheeses, and the farmers, cheesemakers, retailers, cheesemongers and chefs who bring them to your table.”

So I thought I would bring a different cheese to Chow Town readers every day in October. Stay tuned to see what delicious cheeses North America has to offer! There are sure to be some classic favorites and new must-haves that will suit everyone’s tastes.

Dutchman’s Breeches

Producer: Tulip Tree Creamery

Place: Indianapolis, Ind.

Milk: Cow

Type: Soft-ripened

Many of Tulip Tree Creamery’s cheeses are named after flowers. (Check out Trillium from day 6 of American Cheese Month.) Dutchman’s Breeches is a double cream cheese that is silky smooth and creamy.

The cheesemaker starts with a mix of whole milk, cream and buttermilk they make themselves. The rind is made up of blue and white mold giving it a little more flavor than your typical soft-ripened cheese. The buttermilk adds a pleasant tangy flavor.

It’s easy for blue cheese haters to dismiss Dutchman’s Breeches but they shouldn’t. The blue flavor presents itself not as sharp or piquant but as earthy and savory. The wrinkly blue rind appears to be something akin to toad skin and not necessarily appetizing but don’t let the look fool you. I think, if you try this cheese on, you’ll find a perfectly tailored fit.

Lincoln Broadbooks loves cheese. He is one of the first cheesemongers in the United States and Canada to become an American Cheese Society certified cheese professional. He is the manager and buyer for The Better Cheddar in Prairie Village. You can find him on Twitter @LincolnBbooks and on Instagram @lincycheese.