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Old 05-27-2009, 11:59 PM   #11
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I don't know if this is a "gourmet cheese" but recently someone introduced me to Raclette. It's a variety of swiss cheese that comes with it's own machine that melts the raclette really slowly and you scrape the melted cheese onto various veggies and dried meats. We eat it melted over toast and it is out of this world.

You should be able to find it at a well stocked cheese shop. Also my cheese lady introduced me to Cotswald last year. It looks and tastes a bit like cheddar cheese but has green onions and chives all through it. SO good. I make mac and cheese out of. The DH goes to our cheese shop specifically for their ginger and mango Stiltons. It's like cheescake without the crust!

Happy cheesing!

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Old 05-28-2009, 01:31 AM   #12
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Trader Joe's has some very nice cheeses. Give me roquefort, French triple cream brie, great crackers like the Breton original, good sweet melon, Belgian white beer and am in my own little corner of heaven.

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Old 05-28-2009, 06:49 AM   #13
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By "dead," I assume you mean pasteurized.

There is actually a great deal of unpasteurized cheese made and sold in the US.

The FDA's has 60-day aging requirement for imported raw-milk cheeses. Because of this, some foreign cheese producers are pasteurizing their milk so they can sell young cheese here.
I believe that aging requirement applies to both foreign and domestic cheeses.

Raw Milk Cheeses

The FDA allows the manufacture and interstate sale of raw milk cheeses that are aged for at least 60 days at a temperature not less than 35 degrees Fahrenheit. "However, recent research calls into question the effectiveness of 60-day aging as a means of pathogen reduction," says Sheehan.
The FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is currently examining the safety of raw milk cheeses and plans to develop a risk profile for these cheeses. This information will help FDA risk managers make future decisions regarding the regulation of these products to protect public health.

source: Got Milk? Make Sure It's Pasteurized
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:04 AM   #14
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here's a good cheese site:
Churchmouse Cheeses. Finest local, British & Continental cheeses. Buy cheese online | churchmousecheeses.com

I'm not sure how many of these you can buy abroad because the US has tight regulations..but if you're ever over here
this is my favourite one:
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:10 PM   #15
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Once a year I drive the 250 miles from Chicago to buy cheese from these folks...

Carr Valley Cheese Company, Inc., La Valle, Wisconsin

I usually buy $200 worth and then crave it for the last 4 months before my next trip ;-)
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:38 PM   #16
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Aaaah cheese! I must have been a mouse in a previous life, because I could live on cheese.
You might also be interested in reading some of the "experts" on cheese.

Clark Wolf has a wonderful new book out on American Farmstead cheeses.

Paula Lambert, of Mozzarella Company in Dallas, TX has two great books out on cheese: "The Cheeselovers Cookbook" and Guide, and "Cheese, Glorious Cheese."

and of course, there's Steven Jenkins' "The Cheese Primer," and Laura Werlin's several wonderful books on the subject.

My personal favorite is the cheese I'm eating at the time. However, there ARE preferences. My all-time single most favorite cheese is the St. Marcellin (a raw, soft cows' milk cheese from France) made and aged by Renee Richard, the famed affineur in Lyon. I realize that is pretty specific, but....

I also love Comte (the French version of Gruyere), and pretty much any really good "Swiss" cheese; Roquefort, Point Reyes Blue, Reblochon, Aged Cheddar, Paula Lambert's goat cheese wrapped in Hoja Santa leaves, Fontina Val d'Aosta, Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana Padano, well, there really are too many to list!
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:02 PM   #17
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stop ur killin' me!! death by cheese what a way to go!!
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:50 PM   #18
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I drive an hour into Phily's Italian Market for the really fine cheeses and charcuterie. DIBruno Brothers is the place! OMG heaven!
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:20 AM   #19
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we are going on a road trip and i am taking cheese, meats (baby salami and pepperoni), crackers, and fruits with us for a road side stop and for the hotel room the first day/night and maybe beakfast. i am also taking cold cuts, tomato, lettuce, french bread and my homemade dressing along for heros. seeds (sunflower), nuts, fruit newtons and goldfish (the crackers ) for snacks.
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:01 AM   #20
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Do they carry any fresh mozzarella made from Buffalo's milk? MAN - if you ever get to travel to central/southern Italy you've got to try it, it is by far my favorite EVER. It really puts any other kind of mozzarella to shame.

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