Sunday, August 03, 2008

Say Cheese - Recap


It was a pleasure to see the hardcore cheese-o-philes come out and join Say Cheese - cheese mongers have been thoroughly scoured and we have a most interesting selection that spans countries and styles.

On this virtual cheese board we have:

From Nora of Life's Smorgasbord
Binnorie Dairy - Duetto


Nora has selected a cheese from a small dairy in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales here in Australia. Duetto is a blend of Gorgonzola and Mascarpone - the Gorgonzola adding a pleasant bite to the creamy cheese which is perfect for those that are just beginning to explore the world of blue cheese.

From Zita of Simplicious
Camembert Le Rustique


Zita has a love of cheese but Camembert is her favourite - the reason why can be found in her post as well as a fantastic recipe for a most delicious Camembert Pastrami Basil Stromboli.

From Joelen of Joelen's Culinary Adventures
Cypress Grove - Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese


Humboldt Fog is noted for that distinctive line of vegetable ash running down the center of this surface ripened Goat Cheese and this is Joelen's pick when choosing to satisfy those cheese urges.

From Andreea of Glorious Food and Wine


From the Champagne-Ardenne region of France, Andreea shares with us her memories of Champagne and this beautiful washed rind, cow's milk cheese. Champagne is added to the natural well at the top of the cheese and left there while the cheese matures.

From Breadchick of The Sour Dough
Maytag Blue Vein and Apricot And Ginger infused White Stilton

maytagblue_breadchick.jpg apricotgingerstilton_breadchick.jpg

After playing "spin the cheese", two cheeses remained inseparable so we get to enjoy both! An American classic, Maytag Blue uses Roqueforti cultures to produce a tangy, pungent and crumbly blue cheese while the White Stilton from England has been blended with with a mix of pureed apricots and ginger.

From Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict


Jasmine confesses that she's also part mouse a cheese addict and her objects of desire are the Stilton Family of Cheese. Having managed to procure some from her cheese dealer she generously shares White Stilton with us.

From Jude of Apple Pie, Patis and Pâté


Juustoleipä is also known as Finnish Bread Cheese and shares similar characteristics to Haloumi - it squeaks when you bite into it. It also comes packaged with a lightly charred surface.

I would like to add my own selection - it's a cheese I can't imagine ever not having in my fridge Parmigiano-Reggiano

parmigiano-reggiano© by Haalo

Besides its many culinary uses, a rough chunk served with crusty bread and perhaps a small glass of red wine will surely satisfy.

For Paalo, his choice is a blue and one I've previously featured Tarago River Shadows of Blue.

shadows of blue© by Haalo

Mildly veined using Roqueforti cultures the end product is a rich and creamy blue with an appealing tang.

Paalo's involvement doesn't end here - he has the pleasure of drawing the recipient of the "Say Cheese" photo book.

Congratulations go to

lucky pick

I'll be contacting you shortly to arrange delivery of the book.

I would like to thank you all for joining in and sharing your love of cheese and do hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. 

There will be an announcement for another "Say Cheese" in the beginning of September!


  1. Nice roundup. Thanks for hosting this event.
    That final picture with breadchick's winning stub was unexpected in a fun way :)

  2. What a great cheese platter we've got here. Well done everyone :)


  3. Wow, this post has made me crave a big piece of cheese! Such fantastic pictures.

  4. Thanks for hosting, Haalo. This round-up is whetting my appetite for some cheese even though it's 6.41am right now!

    Have a good week ahead.


  5. Good roundup! I absolutely love cheese and was drooling as I scrolled down the list with a "love that one and yep love that one too and that one...."

  6. WOW!!

    First, great round up and a great way to celebrate one of my favourite foods. I've now got three or four more cheese to ask my monger about.

    And I'm all excited about winning!!

    Thanks for hosting such a fun event.

  7. such a great event. true cheese lovers unite :)
    thanks for the round up.

  8. Thanks Jude!

    I love the selections Jasmine!

    Thanks Sara, it's a great source of inspiration.

    Thanks Nora - I'm craving some cheese too!

    Thanks Holler - I was like, oh..I'll love to taste some of that

    Thanks Breadchick and congrats!

    Thanks Andreea - anything that encourages us to eat cheese is good!


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