Over the years, I've written blogs about everything. Blogs on cupcakes and how to make them, methods on the best way to brine and cook a turkey, and essays on the beauty of nature. I've written novellas and short stories, poems and book reviews. The food blogs are literally countless, but I've never really examined my absolutely favorite food; CHEESE
Recently, I shared an old recipe called Scalloped Cheese goo.gl/FHQ2SL. This is a terrific dish, with a lot of history. However, I've never explored the world of artisan cheeses, which is a nearly inexhaustible subject. It's doubly tragic because some of my local friends own and run their own cheese company; Three Village Cheese Co., and every now and then, I stop by and do some work for them. A side benefit is that I get to snack on bits and ends of their wonderful aged cheeses while I work- all in a sanitary way, of course!
of Three Village Cheese work to make this batch of goat and cow's milk
cheese that was just picked up hours before!
Part of the beauty of artisan products is that no one is the same as the other. This is particularly true of batch-made cheese. Aging cheese needs bacterias and specific atmospheric conditions to produce a flavorful, enjoyable result. It can't - and won't - be rushed. Some batches take a year or more to yield roughly 15 wheels, each weighing a bit more than 10 pounds. Some take considerably less than that, but all must be handled multiple times before they're wrapped and labeled for market. In short, there's nothing hurried about cheesemaking, which makes me love it that much more.
People in our region love food- cheese or otherwise. The summer and fall months bring an eye-popping variety of cultural and food festivals. There's a garlic festival, wine and chocolate festival, Lebanese food festival, Greek festival, Bavarian Sausage Fest, and countless perogie festivals. (I know I'm guilty of leaving someone out).
This Saturday, July 8, the nearby town of Little Falls, NY will play host to the 3rd annual Cheese Festival, which 3 Village will participate in.