The Marilyn Monroe of Mozzarella
burrata has summer lovin’ written all over her.
Simply a ball of mozzarella stuffed with cream-soaked mozzarella shreds,
she’s so voluptuous that her name means “buttered” in Italian.
January is not an ideal time to go on a diet. It’s cold AF outside,
and all I want to do is comfort myself with melted cheese and carbs.
I definitely do not want a kale salad or a quinoa stirfry.
I want some hot, gooey lasagna and I want it now.
Ain’t nothing wrong with that.
Just cause you’re trying to eat healthier doesn’t mean
you have to miss out on the sensual joys of food.
Cheese makes eating healthy so much more enjoyable.
Besides, cheese is a superfood too.
Cheesy loaded sweet potatoes are one of my favorite things to eat in the wintertime.
Blankets of melty cheese smothering hot, velvety orange flesh–it’s almost too seductive to be healthy.
You can stuff them with anything your heart desires, too.
Here are a few of my favorite flavor combinations.
I’ve found my new favorite pasta sauce.
It’s easy to make and rich with creamy goat cheese,
and sings with all the flavors of fall.
Its bright dill flavors play off of roasted acorn squash,
buttery leeks, and a squirt of lemon juice.
It’s. So. Good.
What’s My Name? Grayson
What Kind of Cheese Am I? I’m a washed-rind cheese made with raw cow’s milk
Where Am I From? Meadow Creeky Dairy in Galax, Virgina
Three Words That Describe Me: Brawny, smoldering, and persuasive
Fun Fact: I’m made with only the best spring and summer milk, so you can only get a piece of me 9 months out of the year
What Do I Look Like? I have an auburn rind and a golden paste
What Do I Smell Like? Like your feet after a hot summer day in your nastiest sneakers
What Do I Feel Like? Silky, pudgy custard with a sticky, slightly crunchy rind
What Do I Taste Like? An explosion of minestrone soup – all beef stock, onions, and a kick of malt vinegar
Favorite Foods: Worship me with juicy grapes or dried figs with mild crackers. Get me some dark bread and pickles and I’ll rock your world. But definitely try me naked first; I’m already the whole package.
Favorite Beverages: I’m always craving malty brown ales, but don’t be afraid to break out some pricey port, too. I’m worth it.
Where to Find Me: I’m available from late spring until wintertime. Ask your local cheesemonger where to find a wedge.
A cheese platter is always the perfect meal, especially in the heat of late summer.
They’re portable and make the best picnic,
you don’t have to turn on the stove or oven,
and they make a seductive little canvas for the fruits of the season.
It’s important to approach late-summer platters with finesse,
otherwise the sun and sticky humidity will turn that pretty spread into a hot mess.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your chill
when you’re cheesing in the heat.
A wedge of cheese and a cold beer is my favorite easy meal.
I love unwinding from the day with something so satisfying and simple to prepare.
Crisp, refreshing ales are choice in the summertime,
which is why I reached for the One Tun Pale Ale from Colectivo Keg Co. in Wisconsin.
Many cheeses are delicious melted over cooked vegetables,
but I’m especially into what Cantal does in this situation.
Cantal is a raw cow’s milk cheese with a firm, crumbly texture and a rich buttery flavor.
It melts into silk and its slight earthiness is a perfect match for hardy summer greens.
What’s My Name? Midnight Moon
What Kind of Cheese Am I? I’m an aged gouda made from goat’s milk and cloaked in black wax.
Where Am I From? I’m made in the Netherlands and sold by Cypress Grove in California.
Three Words That Describe Me: Mysterious, suave, voluptuous
Fun Fact: There is a portrait of a beautiful women on my surface, stylishly dressed, with ivory skin and black hair. Her name is Bella-Bella daBall.
What Do I Smell Like? Ripening fruit and sweet cream.
What Do I Feel Like? Smooth, firm, and studded with cheese crystals. Once I hit your tongue, I melt into silk.
What Do I Taste Like? Brown butter with a kiss of caramel and summer berries.
Favorite Foods: You can take me sweet or savory. I’m angelic alongside herbed olives and warm baguette; fig jam teases out my caramelized notes; I’m also a terrific melter, so bed me in warm bread and some fresh berries
Favorite Beverages: A malty Belgian beer does the dirtiest things to my fruity character – think mouthfuls of melting brown butter cake. A sparkling rosé is a beautiful pairing with my blush complexion, too. like all things bright and fresh. Try me with a wheat beer, sauvignon blanc, and young pinot noir.
Where to Find Me: Most cheese counters and specialty grocers carry me – just look for the logo.
Special thanks to Cypress Grove for sending over a sample of me to the Cheese Sex Death headquarters!
This creamy little thing might look innocent, but don’t be fooled.
She’s similar to cheesecake, but lighter on her feet with a titillating tang that’ll leave you wanting more.
She’s an easy one, too; a simple dessert with few ingredients:
two fresh cheeses whipped with lemon curd and poured into a cookie crust.
She’s an ideal canvas for summer berries and fresh herbs.
Shakshuka is a playful little dish of eggs baked in a spiced tomato sauce.
It’s a cheap, easy, and delightful skillet meal that tastes especially fantastic when showered with feta.
I added some kale to round out the meal, but it’s really all about those tender yolks.
They’re begging for a triangle of warm pita to pierce their fragile skins,
so they can swirl into the cheesy sauce like lava.