Vegetarian – Suitable Cheese
The Lady brought home a wedge of another dessert cheese created by the same cheesemakers, UK’s Long Clawson Dairy, which made the Blueberry Fayre I reviewed recently. You can read that review by clicking here.
The basis of this cheese is the white creamy and crumbly stilton that is used to make the world-renowned Stilton Blue Cheese. This white cheese is similar to a farmhouse Cheshire with a buttery texture. It is mild and with the addition of the candied lemon zest, it’s a cheese you won’t soon forget.
The Man is not known for his culinary talents and one of the downsides to him of having The Lady working in the cheese mines is he has to fix his own lunch each day. Sandwiches are a popular fare for him; but earlier this week he created his own mini-cheese platter. He cut mini-wedges of Comte, Tillamook Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar, Emmenthal, Cantalet and Lemon Zest. He and I had not had the Lemon Zest before…wow…on a 34° Degree Sesame Crispbread Cracker, this cheese will knock your socks off…what a retro thing to say…
When The Lady got home from the cheese mines, The Man went on and on about how much he liked this cheese and I added a few meows to the chorus.
Tonight The Lady made a salad and added Lemon Zest cheese. I thought The Man was going to weep. They both agreed it was one of the best salads they had had in quite a while. You can read the recipe for The Lady’s Lemon Zest Salad at our recipe sister blog.
I give Long Clawson Dairy Lemon Zest 4 Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got).
Serving Suggestions: As part of a dessert cheese plate with 34° Crackers, salted nuts and candied fruits. You can kick your salads up more than a bit with Lemon Zest. Long Clawson has several recipe suggestions on their website.
Wine Pairings: I would suggest a glass of Sophia Sparkling Wine.
Beer Pairings: Portland’s Own Widmer Hefeweizen – winner of the 2008 Gold Medal Beer Cup
Source: Pasteurized Cow’s Milk
Up next: A fan sent me a wedge of Smoked Gouda he bought at the Rogue Creamery Cheese Shop asking me to sample it and pass along my review…which I will do later today. My humble thanks for both the cheese and your trust in my response.