Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Instead of Beating Them - Join Them and Make Cheese

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I love cheese. When I was growing up there were only a few choices, the ubiquitous orange, plastic-wrapped squares, maybe a slice of swiss, and grated Parmesan cheese. That was pretty much it. Thankfully, America's commercial cheese options have exploded over the last few decades, and now even modestly-sized grocery stores will have dozen of choices, including some artisan offerings.

The wine and cheese pairing video below is from a new website, sponsored by Sargento, called the Artisan Cheese Center. They just added a link to this blog, and I have used a few of their recipes for my About.com American Food site. In the bad old days, a company like Sargento would have tried to prevent small artisan cheese makers from competing with them for store space.

Today, with these handcrafted cheeses gaining a foothold in the market, Sargento has seen the wisdom of joining forces, and now features a series of what they call "Artisan Blends," produced cooperatively with these smaller cheese makers. Let's hope this trend continues!


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Photo (c) Flickr user cwbuecheler

7 comments:

Jackie said...

Oh yes, cheese has become a wonderfully versatile cooking choice with so many fantastic varieties!

Chef John said...

it's funny that cheese has flourished even during the low-fat craze.

Anonymous said...

what would u recommend the best cheese for snacking, chef?

Chef John said...

i like a nice gouda or aged cheddar

Zmajek said...

Wow, this is an amazing blog! I stubmled upon it because of a picture on tastespotting and it's already bookmarked! :) Now let's see what to cook today ... :)

Corinne said...

Even Kraft is getting into the "green/gourmet/pure" thing by not using milk from hormone-injected cows. The nasty fake, plastic wrapped cheese is going away.... FINALLY!

Anonymous said...

If there was one food group I could not live without it is cheese!!! I found a similar cheese pairing video on this site www.inyourkitchen.com. It's a cheese and wine pairing at Dean and DeLuca in Napa