Friday, March 6, 2009

New Cheese Sighting

So, today is Friday and a new crop of blogs will be posted on the Finest Food Friday section of the Foodie BlogRoll. Thanks so much to The Leftover Queen for mentioning me, and thanks to all the new readers that have found my little blog and think it's neat.

Ok, time to get back to the good stuff. Cheese. Once again we are going to washed rind land. I've been a little washed rind oriented lately, and today is no different. Today's cheese comes to us from Cato Corner in Colchester Connecticut. I love saying that out loud. Her name is Fromage d'O'Cow. Yup, their washed rind cow's milk cheese is called "cow cheese". They also have a washed rind cheese called "Hooligan". They are a bit cheeky and we love them for that.

In my family as I've mentioned we use words like "foot" and "hoof" to describe a stinky cheese. Well, I know have a new word. Stampede. Let's say that Red Hawk has a little foot and Winnimere has a hoof. Fromage d'O'Cow is a full on elephant stampede.

This cheese STINKS! Oh sweet mother of all that is good and true in this world this cheese is FUNKY! It smells a bit's undefinable. I have never smelled anything like this before. The day this cheese was delivered thank you UPS man we are forever in your debt. I smelled it from outside the store and one shop away. This is not the cheese for the novice or the faint of heart. This is the cheese for the true cheese lover.

The taste is also big. Huge flavors here at first, beefy, earthiness. After letting it sit out for a while the cheese becomes rather complex. The earthiness starts developing into moss and grass. The saltiness gets a bit bigger as well. Excellent.

Now I am a big pro rind eating girl. The rind is part of the cheese people. Eat it. At least try it. If you don't like it, fine. That being said, if I see one more person not eat the bloomy fluffy rind on a Brie, and scoop the paste out I might get get crabby. Back on topic. I couldn't finish the rind. It was just too much. All the moist, tacky funkatude is in that rind, and Wednesday just wasn't my day. I ate most of it. I swear.

For a moment I thought this cheese might defeat me. That in fact it might kick my butt up and down Lakeshore Drive. But it is I who am victorious! Take that you pungent disk of creamy goodness!

I tried the cheese again yesterday and was able to do the whole cheese, rind and all.

What a handsome cheese!



Lo said...

Totally with you on the rind eating... isn't it like the skin on chicken? the best part?? :)

So, tell me, is this strictly an "eating" cheese? What would it be good with?

Big K said...

The very small amount of this cheese that I put in my fridge yesterday has by this afternoon infected the kitchen. FROM WITHIN THE FRIDGE! Fromage d'O'Cow is great!

Cheesewench said...

I would NOT heat this cheese. At least not in my sister-in-law's house. She already warned me.

I think it would melt nicely though, a few pieces diced up in a mac n' cheese? I think that would be a great idea.

If you're talking about libations, I would go the beer route. Nothing too hoppy, maybe an ale.

I haven't gotten to the bottom of this cheese yet. Any pairing suggestions?

Ursula said...

Dear Cheesewench, I've heard you're sick. Get well soon! Drink lots of juice!

Cheesewench said...

It's true. I have been sick. I have a case of the "don't go into work for a few days so as not to spread your ick to everyone and instead stay home and watch the original Star Wars triology and LOTR extended edition-itis".

Thanks for your concern. I should be back to my wenchy duties soon, but for now, it's back to the Empire Strikes Back.

I am such a dork.