Celebrating the Holidays with Family, Friends,
and Plenty of Cheese
I started my cheese-mas celebrating on Wednesday, when my dear friend Adrienne was visiting her homeland of Chicago from Los Angeles. We broke into the holy grail of Christmas cheese, Rush Creek Reserve. This is one of those cheeses that curd nerds look forward to all year long. It’s a young cheese with a goopy texture, a fragrant orange rind, and a wreath of spruce bark that encircles the wheel. The paste is rich, silky, and tastes of freshly rendered bacon fat. We ate it with warm multigrain bread from Publican Quality Bread (my favorite baker), cornichons, and local Granny Smith apples wrapped in bacon from Butcher Larder (my favorite butcher shop). We destroyed the whole wheel in about five minutes.