Fun holiday cheese for the Fourth of July, or really just because it's Wednesday....
On the left, Vintage Gouda -- nutty and deep in flavor, this one just shatters as you press a knife into it, and yet it's creamy on the tongue, with little sparkles of crystallized yummy throughout. I do love Gouda.
It's a cheese I first had when I visited the Netherlands years ago. We stopped in Gouda to see a windmill and stumbled upon a farmers market where we must have bought a half a dozen kinds of gouda cheese. Every one of them was fabulous, and made for the perfect train picnic on our way back to Amsterdam.
And then there's the Grise de Volcans, a wonderful hard French cheese from the Auvergne that has a layer of volcanic ash on the rind. It's earthy and absolutely delicious. Well worth seeking out.
I do love getting cheeses that I've never seen before!