Two weeks ago, The Man and I took Mom to Asheville, NC to visit The Biltmore at Christmas and to see the gingerbread houses at the Grove Park Inn. Along with these two destinations, we ate at a few of the restaurants in the area… Asheville reminds me of Portland, Oregon… very hipster and cool… with great food.
To start Mom, The Man and I ordered the Pimento Cheese and Ham appetizer. I never pass up the chance to taste a new pimento cheese aka The Pate of The South. Edison’s adds a little heat to their version which we enjoyed on grilled baguette slices topped with the thinly sliced ham. The Man swooned… surprise…
Two of the four cheeses I have previously tasted and reviewed on this website: Sweet Grass Valley’s Asher Blue and Nature’s Harmony’s Cherokee Rose plus another Sweet Grass Dairy, Green Hill and Sandy Creek from North Carolina’s Goat Lady Dairy.
The accompaniments were interesting, particularly the Sweet Potato fluff… I would have never thought of putting that on a cheese plate… with the Cherokee Rose is was sublime… or as Mom would say… “Luscious”… also on the plate were Stone ground mustard, pickles, candied pecans and grilled baguette slices.
The Green Hill was a little on the young side but still delicious: lactic and creamy; it also paired well with the sweet potato fluff and adding the pecans reminiscent of a party in your mouth.
Goat Lady’s Sandy Creek added the slight tang of goat milk. This one paired nicely with the pickles and mustard.
The Asher Blue with the candied pecans was amazing. As mentioned earlier, the Cherokee Rose and the sweet potato fluff was my favorite pairing on the plate.
The Gingerbread Houses, a tradition at the Grove Park Inn amazed me and were nothing like the ones I made as a child…
Another 4 Paws Cheese Plate… Happy Holidays to all and may the New Year bring us peace and contentment.
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