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A Swag Cheese Review

So, how fed up are you of hearing about my trip to California last week? Really fed up, you say? Great! So let me tell you a little bit more about it!

san fransisco, california, crookedest street in the world

The view from the top of Lombard Street, San Fransisco, also known as the crookedest street in the world.

Yes, even though I have the gift of hearing blog people, I tend to ignore what they’re saying.

In case you didn’t catch it the first 200 times I mentioned it, while I was in California, I had the good fortune to meet Margaret, of Nanny Goats in Panties. Margaret is the consummate blogger. She showed up with swag for everybody – even my son, Max!

little boy playing with toy cars, blond woman, picnic table, cheese and crackers

Max is considering taking up blogging as a result of receiving his first swag bag. His father is thrilled.

Now, once upon a time, I took Margaret to task for her love of toxic orange powdered chemicals Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese. I may have come down a little hard on her. Actually, I think I may have traumatized her for life!

See, in my swag bag were three lovely cheeses that were not bright orange or in powdered form. Margaret told me that two of them were cheeses she really liked but she didn’t know if that meant they were good or not.

Well, Margaret, rest assured that your fondness for “manna cheese-flavored pasta dust” has not completely decimated your ability to appreciate real cheese.

Co-blogger Mike came by yesterday and we sampled the swag cheese. (The first two are the ones that Margaret likes.)

balsamic bellavitano cheese, prize winning cheese

The Balsamic BellaVitano Cheese was crowned first place winner by the American Cheese Society.

The package of the BellaVitano cheese promises sweet, nutty, fruity flavors highlighted by a few drops of Modena balsamic vinegar. And it delivers! It is fantastic.

Irish cheese, aged cheddar, Irish cheddar

The Kerrygold Dubliner is an aged Cheddar from Ireland.

The Kerrygold is aged for 12 months and, according to its website, has elements of mature cheddar, sweet nutty tones of a Swiss and the piquant bite of aged Parmesan. This is a really delicious cheese, full of flavour. I also used it to stuff a pork tenderloin, along with some honey mustard, and it was awesome.

cypress grove chevre

Cypress Grove Chevre – Purple Haze goat’s milk cheese

I admit, I was very curious about the Purple Haze goat cheese. I mean, Purple Haze? Really? What could possibly be in this cheese? Or is it referring to the type of “grass” the goats graze on? Turns out, it’s made with lavender and wild fennel pollen. It’s very mild (the perfect foil for the other 2 stronger cheeses) and very creamy – almost like cream cheese. Fabulous!

I made some pecan bread earlier in the day to accompany the cheese.

pecan bread, nut bread, goat cheese, cheddar cheese

We loves us some freshly made bread with our cheese. Hmmmm.

So there you have it, three spectacular swag cheeses that you should run out and get. Right now.

Seriously, what are you still doing here?

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  • OMG those sound good.  Esp. the Kerrygold!!! Yum!!!

  • Yeah, those Swiss can be pretty nutty, can’t they. The phrase “elements of mature cheddar” sounds interesting. Does that mean it’s only partly grown up?

  • They all sound delish.  Now I think I should write a post about the wonderful cheeses you brought us, as well as the fantastic “steak seasoning”.  But Nicky, I just wrote a post about Zozo and Max and I have to stop dominating every aspect of my posts with my love for you, Max, and the wonderful stuff you brought us.  If I keep doing this, I have to change the name of my blog to “All Nicky All The Time or Confessions of a Nicky Lover” and that might be really great but it might bore folks too.  Heck, maybe I’ll just start a new blog.

  • Paula Wooters

    Swag cheese!  The perfect gift for you!  A wonderful remembrance of your fabulous weekend!

  • Yummy. Toxic orange powdered chemicals. Does it explode when you nuke it in the microwave? The other cheeses sound heavenly. Now, I’m seriously hungry and might go on a cheese bender.

  •  They are delicious, Cheryl. You might even be able to find them in your neck of the woods!

  • LOL! You crack me up, Dufus. I think it means it’s fully grown up but still enjoys a good pun as much as a younger cheese.

  • Well, you could review the cheeses without mentioning my name – just something a “good friend” who was recently visiting brought along. Or you could rename your blog. I personally like Confessions of a Nicky Lover. 🙂

  • It really was perfect, Paula. Margaret gives good swag 🙂

  • Actually, Lauren, I think it’s what they put in real nukes. No microwave needed. The other cheeses were heavenly and you should definitely try some if you have the chance!

  • These cheeses sound delicious, especially the first two.  I think I’d like that stuffed tenderloin – even though I’m not a honey mustard fan.  I bet I could substitute dijon or something, if any places around her carry that kind of cheese.

  • Yay! I’m so glad you liked them. And if it’s the last thing I do, I’m going to make your macaroni and cheese. Maybe I should just wait until a full year goes by and have a one-year celebration of something (with your name and the word “cheese” in it) as some sort of “first annual” tribute.

  • They were fantastic, Linda, and if you can find some, I highly recommend them! You could easily substitute Dijon for the honey mustard, or even barbeque sauce if you prefer.

  • Loved them, Margaret, thank you so much for being so thoughtful! And please don’t wait to try the recipe. I hate to think of you eating toxic orange chemical powder (TOPC) for months to come! I can always send you another recipe every year, to celebrate your “X Number of Year(s) Free of TOCP Thanks to Nicky of WWFC”  annual tribute.  😉

  • Alas, I can’t go on a cheese buying spree any more. Damn cholesterol! Low fat cheese is just not the same. I’d rather have a a little full flavoured (fat) cheese now and again than eat that excuse for cheese every day.  They sound delicious!

  • Hey Nicky! Ah yes, Lombard. I remember walking up it while sober and back down while not. I love that town! Coit Tower at sunset, walking up Twin Peaks(!), and the biggest pizza ever put in front of me. Just before getting on a ‘plane. And I have to ask – how do you feel about cheese? Hmmm? I was unclear. And just askin’. Indigo 

  • And you’re on my blogroll, along with Margaret, Jayne and Linda. 

  •  Well, thank you sir!

  • Say it ain’t so, Babs! No more cheese every day?! But… but… what does one eat if one can’t eat cheese every day?

  • Hello Indigo! A fellow SF-lover… a man after my own heart! It’s a wonderful place and I really do feel a little lost since I got home. Not so lost I can’t remember how to find the cheese, though.

  • I salute your tenacity and resolve, Nicky. Cheese is important. 

  • Hey!  What about me?   I brought Cotswold and gave you a pair of used shoes.   😉

  • You’re absolutely right! I sense another post about California coming on… I’m sure nobody will mind! 🙂

  • LOL!   

  • P.J.

    Two things… being I’ve never been part of a blogger meetup, what the heck is this about swag bags? I’ll have to remember this if I meet up with fellow bloggers, I guess!

    Second, Kerry Gold is excellent cheese. I love Dubliner!

  • At conferences, especially blog conferences, the organizers of the conference will hit up sponsors for free product or give-aways to put in the bags of the attendees. They’re called swag bags. And meeting a blogger doesn’t mean you HAVE to bring swag – but it is a lot of fun if you do! 🙂

  • I picked up some of the Dubliner today. I’ll let you know what we think. I also got some XXX sharp NY Cheddar. I love a good sharp cheese.

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  • mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm cheese!

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