Rosé and Cheese All Day
This marinated cheese recipe is my favorite summer appetizer. I especially obsess over marinated goat cheese with herbs and spices, because fresh chèvre is so good this time of year. You can also revive dried out aged cheeses like Manchego with this easy marinated cheese recipe.
What’s My Name? Quadrello di Bufala
What Kind of Cheese Am I? I’m a washed-rind cheese made of water buffalo’s milk
Three Words That Describe Me: Plump, tender, and salacious
Fun Fact: Water buffalo milk has twice the fat of cow milk cheeses, so I’m basically a butterball
What Do I Look Like? I’m made in a square, with a bone-white paste and a rind mottled with orange and gray
What Do I Smell Like? fresh earth and mushrooms
What Do I Feel Like? soft, pudgy and elastic
What Do I Taste Like? sweet cream with a kiss of yeasty funk
Favorite Foods: tomatoes every which way, pesto, figs, candied nuts, olives,and ciabatta
Favorite Beverages: bright reds like Barberas, dry rieslings, and bubbly wheat beers
Where to Find Me: I’m available at cheese shops and some specialty grocers, so ask your local cheesemonger
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.
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.
When asparagus is in season, it doesn’t need a lot of foreplay: a quick dance in a garlicky sautée pan, a bed of good pasta, and the dreamiest lemon mascarpone sauce you’ve ever mouthed.