Posts Tagged ‘cheese of the month’

Castello Creamy Blue

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

 

Castello Creamy Blue

Castello Creamy Blue

Cheese of the Month

Castello Creamy Blue

Castello Creamy Blue is a great somewhat mild blue cheese.  This triple cream blue cheese is buttery with a mushroom earthiness.  The blue veins have a bit of a crystalline crunch, providing a nice textural contrast to the creamy, buttery cheese.  The blue veins also add a nice sharp taste to balance the rich creamy mushroom flavors.
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Melkbus Gouda

Thursday, August 1st, 2013
Melkbus Gouda Cheese

Melkbus Gouda Cheese

Cheese of the Month

Melkbus Gouda

The spotlight cheese at Trader Joe’s this month is Melkbus Gouda, a raw milk cheese aged 9 months.
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Il Nocciolo

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Il Nocciolo

Il Nocciolo

Cheese of the Month

Il Nocciolo

Upon looking for a new cheese in our local cheese case, the cheese monger suggested I try Il Nocciolo, from Caseificio dell’Alta Langa.  This super soft, small square package is a new offering in our store, a combination of creamy cow, sheep, and goat cheese from Italy, specifically the northern Piedmont region.
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Piave

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Piave

Piave

Cheese of the Month

Piave

I found Piave last month as Trader Joe’s cheese of the month. It’s a hard cow’s milk cheese from the Veneto region in Northern Italy, near the Piave River. The milk is not only from the area surrounding Piave, but the cheese is also made and aged in the same area.

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While this cheese is likened to Parmigiano-Reggiano, and gets similar crystalline salty bits and crunch, I did find the flavor different. The cheese is not quite as firm as Parmigiano, making it easier to cube without completely crumbling. It’s still hard, just not quite as hard as Parmigiano. I found the flavor a bit more earthy and bitter. While it has a nutty taste like Parmigiano it’s more of a walnut taste, then say a toasted hazelnut. It’s has a hint of bitterness mixed with earthy grass.

This cheese pairs well with fuller bodied reds such as Zinfandel and Sangiovese. While best shaved as a topping on salads or grated into pasta, you can also cube it for a table cheese.

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Kilaree Irish Cheddar

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Kilaree Cheddar Cheese

Kilaree Cheddar Cheese

Cheese of the Month
- Kilaree Irish Cheddar

I’ve purchased this cheese often in the past year. (more…)

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