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.
Green Dirt Farm Fresh (Plain)
Producer: Green Dirt Farm
In the case of cheese, “fresh” has no bearing on how good the cheese is; it’s really just a way to describe a certain type of cheese. A “fresh” cheese is not aged and is meant to be eaten within a few weeks. We all know cream cheese right? So if you have had that, you have had a fresh cheese.
Green Dirt Farm’s fresh sheep’s milk cheese is great for all kinds of dishes. The fluffy cheese is spreadable and crumbly at the same time. The creamy and milky flavors present only a slight hint that it is sheep’s milk.
For an hors d’oeuvre, I like to role small balls of this cheese and place a bourbon cocktail cherry (I like Jack Rudy’s) on top. Cherry paired with sheep’s milk cheese is a classic French Basque tradition, and the flavors meld perfectly. The bourbon in the cherries is not overpowering and adds another interesting layer of flavor.
Green Dirt Farm’s fresh cheese is a favorite for restaurants around KC. The farm also produces several flavored fresh cheeses that are just as good.
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.