I am on a quest. My mission is to change the minds of those who don't like goat cheese.
More often than not when people come into the shop they're not quite sure what they want. I ask them what kind of cheese they like and then I'm sure to ask them which cheeses they don't. That's just as important in the fragile cheesemonger/cheese buyer relationship.
"I don't like goat cheese"
It is after hearing this declarative that I find I have to remind myself that "he didn't like goat cheese" is not a valid defense in a trial. At least not yet.
Upon inquiry I find that what they mean is that they don't like fresh goat cheese. Now that I can work with. I love all kinds of goat cheese, but the fresh goat cheese market has some good quality stuff, and some cheese that could turn me off from all things cheesy if I let it. While I love it, fresh goat cheese is not the end all be all to what goats' milk can become.
You can find goat cheese in every part of the cheese world. You can make bloomy rind cheese, cheddar, gouda, aged cheeses, washed rind stinkers and blues. Snow White Goat Cheddar from Carr Valley Cheese Company won first place at the ACS competition last year. They also make one of my favorite blue cheeses, Billy Blue. Humbolt Fog, the cheese that started my love affair with cheese is a goaty delicacy.
Try the triple creme from Coach Farm in upstate NY and then try to tell me you don't love goat cheese. Oh, you're still not convinced? Fine, how about some lovely Mad River Roll from Cypress Grove? No? You're still determined to not let happiness into your soul and goodness into your mouth? How about some Elk Mountain from Pholia Farm? Still no? I am determined. I will find that cheese. cue the dramatic music I will convert you and then you'll never go hungry for a lack of goat cheese again.
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