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Toma’s tang and texture make it perfect for grilled cheese sandwiches

Toma, an Italian-style cow’s cheese, has a mild flavor with a slight tang and makes a stellar grilled cheese sandwich.
Toma, an Italian-style cow’s cheese, has a mild flavor with a slight tang and makes a stellar grilled cheese sandwich.

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.

Toma

Producer: Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

Place: Point Reyes Station, Calif.

Milk: Cow

Type: Semi-hard

This Italian-style cheese is, in my opinion, is one of the greatest everyday snacking cheeses around. It has a straightforward flavor that is tangy and buttery, making it one of those cheeses that both kids and adults like. I still hold that Toma with summer tomatoes in a grilled cheese is one of my favorite things. It melts great!

Toma’s dense texture is smooth and creamy and has a lot in common with a young Asiago but with fewer holes. It’s probably not cool to say, but the lactic tang on the finish of Toma reminds me of a good longhorn colby. It is mild, but the milky and tangy flavor saves the cheese. For people just getting into cheese, Toma provides a safe space for your taste buds to try something new.

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.

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