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Curd Quips: Color me a cheesemonger

Do you remember the first time that you opened a new box of 24 crayons as a kid? Does the thought of it now bring back some happy emotions? For me, opening a box of crayons still has that moment of amazement. I am suspecting that it’s the wonder of seeing a veritable field of plenty and possibility that captivates the imagination. […]

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Curd Quips: Choose your cheese because your heart desires it

Some six or seven years ago there was debate about the most expensive cheese in the world. As I recall, there were two contenders that were up for the proverbial title. First up was Great Britain’s entry, “Stilton Gold.” This cheese was a cows milk white Stilton cheese whose curds were turned with (insert drum roll here) edible gold leaf and gold-flecked cinnamon schnapps. None (that I know of, anyway) came to the United States. Stilton can be excellent, blue or otherwise, but in this case it was the gold that added the higher value to the cheese. […]

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Curd Quips: Cheese can make the world go round

Hokey, probably unrealistic, but is there a problem that cheese cannot solve? I have been bothered by the question since I first read it. It was printed on a man’s T-shirt and seen at a cheese convention (yes, those really happen). While I did not question him directly, I thought about his confidence to wear something so seemingly unintelligent. I mean, what sort of problems can cheese solve? Quantum physics? Geometry? […]

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Curd Quips: Would you take a cow sailing?

Seems a bit obtuse of a question and one that may leave you asking why? Forget the why for a second and focus on the “would you” portion. The cow won’t ask to go sailing, so it’s up to you to answer the question. Consider that cows can see color and smell from almost six miles away, but their communication and navigation skills in a sailboat are of doubtful value. Well…that’s not fair to say, as I have not personally sailed with a cow. […]

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Cozy at the grocery stores, eggs and cheese go together well

Questioning the foundation of your illusions is not for the faint of heart. Take, for instance, why cheese, milk and eggs are often located near each other in grocery stores. Eggs clearly don’t come from sheep, goats or cows. Similarly, there is no milk (or cheese) coming from chickens. Why then the common association? […]

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CURD QUIPS: Is your cheese fresh or frozen?

When it comes to cheese, there’s a fine line to walk in the cooler. Living cheeses, meaning real cheeses, and especially raw milk cheeses are each alive. These cheeses (like people) develop traits and features as they age – usually for the better. Similarly, living cheeses have a lifespan. A lifespan that can be shortened as cheeses are exposed to prolonged heat or preserved in a cool and humid environment. Cool is good for cheese all the way down to 33 degrees. Humidity requirements vary by type/ style of cheese. […]

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Curd Quips: Cheeses compromised in electrical fire

A fire broke out in one of our shop’s cheese cases Friday night. You did not hear about it as, thankfully, the electrical fire was confined to a “chase” – a steel chamber with electrical wires running through it. Blackened, burnt and sparking, the smoldering wires stopped burning there. That’s the good news as compared to a much worse potential. […]

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CURD QUIPS: Time for that pot of gold – go with real Irish cheeses

Green grass makes orange cheese. Well, that’s mostly true. See, if you accept the idea that you are what you eat, a ruminants (lactose producing mammals such as sheep, goats and cows) diet is reflected in the quality of their milk and subsequent cheese. It makes sense that the high level of beta-carotene, like what’s found in spring’s lush green (or Ireland’s) fields, yields the naturally rich amber hues found in butters and cheeses. […]

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Pass the salt and pepper please

Humans are a funny bunch, if you make the time to watch them. “People-watching” some call it – the chance to sit and observe fashions, movements, personal habits and how humans move as a group. It’s a never-ending show that is both comfortable and as easy to do as watching television at home. […]