20 Cheeses We Can’t Live Without!

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Our Cheese Shop Sale (on now through June 4th!) is all about the 20 cheeses we can’t live without. They are:

Widmer’s 6 Year Cheddar- 13.59/lb

Our sharpest cheddar comes from our neighbors in Wisconsin. Widmer’s 6 Year Cheddar has been aged the perfect amount to achieve maximum sharpness. This dry and intense cheddar is an awesome pairing with a local favorite cider, Sociable Cider Werks’ Spoke Wrench Stout Apple Cider.

Bleu Mont Bandaged Cheddar- 18.39/lb

One of the best artisanal cheeses being made in America right now is Bleu Mont Bandaged Cheddar in Mounds, Wisconsin. This traditional style cheddar is incredibly earthy and has a delicious mineral kick coming from the aging process where it is bound in cloth. Try this tour de force with Fuller’s ESB which is smooth and full bodied while still having subtle fruitiness throughout.

Cabot Clothbound Cheddar- 19.19/lb

Cabot Clothbound Cheddar is a traditional style cheese from Vermont. While it is one of our favorites to simply snack on, it can be awesome in recipes like Cheddar Gougeres from Food and Wine –  http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cheddar-gougeres

Parmigiano Reggiano- 15.19/lb

If there was one cheese we truly could not live without, it would be pantry staple Parmigiano Reggiano. Good with everything and good for everything. Try this Arugula Pesto from Epicurious and see what we mean! http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/arugula-pesto-51116200

Spanish Garrotxa- 13.59/lb

If you only think of Manchego when you think of Spanish cheese, you are missing out. This crisp, cakey, and peppery goat is incredible for snacking but also works well for cooking like this Pan con Tomate from Food and Wine:  http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/pan-con-tomate-with-garrotxa-cheese

Donnay Chevre- 10.39/lb

Kate’s Pick- “I love how rich, tangy, and fresh Chevre from Donnay is. It’s so versatile and can be used to enhance basically any dish. One of my favorite uses is a rich dessert of chevre topped with fresh berries, balsamic, and a dash of honey.”

Ossau Iraty- 16.79/lb

Grassy, nutty, and sweet, Ossau Iraty is one of the easiest cheeses for pairing. It goes with everything from a crisp white to a tawny port to a dry cider to a Saison. One of our favorites is Four Graces Pinot Noir with its rich fruits and slight spice.

Delice de Bourgogne- 12.79/lb

Our most requested Triple Crème has everything you could want. It’s incredibly buttery, salty, creamy, and all around decadent. Not all cheese goes with bubbly, but this cheese is a great match. Try the Lacourte Godbillon for a wonderful pop of flavor.

Challerhocker- 18.39/lb

Challerhocker is one of our favorite cheeses to recommend because it has something for everyone. Its creamy texture is broken with small bursts of crunch and the cheese is nutty, grassy, sweet, and biting all at one time. This complex cheese deserves a complex beer like Celebrator Doppelbock. Balanced flavors include roasted malts, some hops, and a sweet, caramel component.

Marieke Aged Gouda- 15.99/lb

Marieke Farms makes some of the best cheese in the Midwest and their Aged Gouda is the crown jewel. This cheese is sweet, nutty, and very firm making it the perfect companion for some crackers, fig spread, and a front porch.

Cave Aged Gruyere- 15.19/lb

We can’t live without Mac and Cheese and no cheese is better with ooey-gooey macaroni noodles than our Caved Aged Gruyere. Rich and nutty, our gruyere has a slight bite for the perfectly balanced Mac. Try Ina Garten’s recipe and use Widmer’s 6 Year (also on sale) for your cheddar! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/mac-and-cheese-recipe2.html

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