Happy birthday to us! This month marks our 6th year of sharing our cheese discoveries with you, dear readers. To celebrate, Jill and I gathered our curd kids for a weekend retreat in Minneapolis (thankfully, pre-snow) and, well, ate cheese. Would you expect anything else?
We thought we’d knock off a few missing letters from our ABCs and build a cheese cake while we were at it. Pro-tip: Don’t use an uber-ripe camembert as the base of your cheese tower. But we had to include Alemar Cheese’s Bent River, a nod to our Minnesota half. As you might expect, we selected an array of bubbly-worthy cheeses — after Bent River came St. Stephen (cows milk, Four Fat Fowl, NY), Valentine (sheeps milk, Ancient Heritage Dairy, OR), Martone (cow/goat mixed milk, LaClare Farms, WI), and Smokey Mountain Round (goat milk, Goat Lady Dairy, NC). Cheeses to represent each of our home and present state/regions, and one amazing new triple-cream to tie it all together.
American Cheese Month may be over, but we’re hoping our ABCs of American Artisan Cheese (and this leaning tower of cheeses) inspire you to seek out some new cheeses — and perhaps include them on your holiday table. To make that easier, we’ve got an American Cheese Goodie Bag to give away to one lucky reader! (That’s right, it’s our birthday and we’re giving you gifts. Cheese is made for sharing, after all.)
The goodies will come inside (1) the fabulous American cheese tote bag from our friends at Brooklyn Slate. Included you’ll find (2) a copy of Tami Parr’s Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History, (3) an exclusive Raw Milk Rockstar t-shirt, and (4) a $50 gift card to EITHER your local cheese shop, or, if you don’t have a shop nearby, from our favorite mail-order source, Murray’s.
3 ways to enter the American Cheese Goodie Bag Giveaway:
(1) Leave a comment below telling us, where do you buy cheese?
(2) Leave a comment on our giveaway post on Facebook; and/or
(3) Subscribe to our monthly cheese newsletter.
Giveaway is now closed: congrats to Carolyn G.! Contest closes at 11:59pm EST next Sunday, November 30, 2014. (Winner must be a resident of the US. As mentioned above, a gift card will be provided to the cheese shop of your choosing or to Murray’s for mail order. Remember to support your local cheesemonger this holiday season!) The tote bag has been provided by Brooklyn Slate; the book by Oregon State University Press.)
Thanks for all your support over the years! And stay tuned — we have several more holiday giveaways coming up!