About a year ago, I made an arrangement with my co-worker Kasseri. She wanted me to knit her a hat. I really don’t like to be paid to knit, so we negotiated a trade. I made the hat, Kasseri wore it lots, and promised me that she would eventually deliver her end of the bargain. I put absolutely no pressure on her and the days marched on.
Much to my benefit, not too long ago Kasseri took in a new roommate who just happens to work for Murray’s! Feeling guilty, ridiculously so I’d like to point out, Kasseri told me that she had finally harassed her flatmate into bringing home some cheeses in exchange for the trade.
And just look at these beauts! Let’s start in the upper left, that’s Tomme Crayeuse, the latter word meaning chalky, but this fromage, thankfully reminded me more of a field of mushrooms than a dusty classroom. Across from it, is the Ewephoria Sheep Milk Gouda, with a very punny name. The flavor here was almost sweet, but in a good way. Below the gouda is a crumbly hunk of Clothbound Cheddar from Cabot Creamery. (I think Kasseri said this was her favorite; she told me that her roomie insisted she sample them before passing them along to me :-))
Anyway, this is no run-of-the-mill cheddar, but one that has real bite. And finally, there’s my new favorite, and perhaps Perlagrigia’s too–she was participating in the cheese feasting with me–Malghese! Falling texture-wise somewhere between a soft Brie and a not fresh mozzarella, this washed rind formaggio is likely most reminiscent in flavor of a Taleggio. In fact, I later read of it being described as “Taleggio’s better behaved little brother”. For some reason, it’s not listed on the Murray’s site, but you can definitely get it there if you can go to one in person. I recently went by the counter and bought another giant hunk to take home with me. Delish!My thanks to Kasseri & her Murray’s employed champion of a roommate for making my day, and especially for turning me on to Mr. Malghese. Mmm! Yes, I will happily “knit for cheese” any day of the week.