Yesterday, I went on a cheese tour with the owner of The Frenchman’s Cellar. I am taking over the running of their cheese counter (part time, it’ll be a secondary business to my Personal Cheffing), and we wanted to go talk with our supplier. We also wanted to see some other cheese-related businesses, and sample some things we hope to bring into our shop.
I came home with these:
The white ball wrapped in leaves is burratta, a mozzarella cheese I’ve wanted to sample for literally years. I cut into it today, and it’s beautifully soft. The yellow, somewhat cake-textured wedge next to that is baked lemon ricotta. Technically, this isn’t a cheese–it’s a cheese with Stuff (the stuff being eggs, lemon, and a couple other items). Frankly, who cares?! It’s amazing. We topped it with some macerated strawberries and ate it like cheesecake. I’m going to push for this as a summer item, mostly because I want to be able to buy it all myself. The red-waxed wedge in the back is Red Dragon, a domestic cheese made with vegetable rennet and studded with spicy mustard seeds. It’s a sharp, bold taste that both UC and I immediately decided is going to become a staple in the house. Forget the mustard, just slice some of this onto your sandwich.
The weird and wonderful part about all of this is that I got paid to do this. Really, is there a better life?
There’ll be some changes in the store soon: we’re doing some new things with the cheese counter itself, and putting up some more in-depth signage. Come in and visit, and taste some cheese.