Little Something to Refresh Your Hot, Sweaty Body
Grayson from Meadow Creek Dairy
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.
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.
These tiny little sweet peppers look just like cherry tomatoes. You’ll find them in the pickle section of the grocery store, sold in jars and preserved in vinegar or oil. They’re adorable little peppers, with a petite frame, crisp texture, and beautiful bright red color. You can slice them up for sandwiches or toss them with pasta.
Or you can stuff them full of chive goat cheese, drown them in olive oil,
and pop them one by one.
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.
Some cherries are so tart, it hurts to eat them.
While I like a little masochism here and there,
their intensity can overwhelm the delicate flavors in artisan cheese.
Gently roasting tart cherries teases out their sweetness and softens their texture.
They make soft bries and chèvres taste like cheesecake
and play off the fruity notes in aged goat goudas like Midnight Moon.
They’re also striking and luscious atop this Mascarpone Chèvre Tart.