We hope you had a very merry Cheesemas, happy Hanukkurd &/or just a cheese-filled winter solstice! I did in fact find cheese under the Christmas tree — a slice of truffled cheese my sister-in-law brought with her from New York. And there was cheese savored on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, too. And as we take a little breather between Christmas and New Years, we’d like to offer our own gift to one lucky reader.
Our gift to you. Cheese and Champagne marked our third blogiversary in November, and we wanted to celebrate with something truly special. If you haven’t yet seen it, the winter issue of Culture features our cheese-of-the-moment Rush Creek in a photo that has us envisioning wearing the cheese, a la Nigella‘s salted caramel fetish shot. (I kid, we wouldn’t waste good cheese like that!) Seriously, I pick up the magazine once a day to admire the cover art. We suspect there are a few of you fellow cheese geeks out there who similarly find yourself giddy over each issue’s centerfold cheese. Thanks to our friends at Culture, we’re thrilled to have a copy autographed by the photographer, Culture’s editor and publisher, and cheesemaker Andy Hatch. This one-of-a-kind collector’s item is the perfect treat for yourself to enjoy long after this year’s batch of Rush Creek has been devoured.
And, our prize pack has two more items: An autographed copy of the also-full-of-eye-candy The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin, a book by friends-of-the-blog James Norton and Becca Dilley. (Just look at that sleek copper vat — and Bruce Workman, Edelweiss Creamery, on the cover.) PLUS a trio of mini preserves from Wisconsin’s Quince & Apple. After you’ve read up on Wisconsin’s finest cheeses in the magazine and book, you’ll be ready to craft the perfect pairings with these little gems.
To enter, simply leave a comment below sharing one cheese you’ve enjoyed this holiday season. Comment before 11:59pm EST, Jan. 2 Jan. 3, when we’ll pick the lucky recipient. Anyone can comment, but you must live in the continental US to win.
And don’t forget — there are just two days left to enter the Cheese and Champagne 2011 Cheese Ball Invitational. Post, link &/or email your best cheeseball recipe to us by December 31 for fame and glory. We’ll feature our favorite entries next week.