Food

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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