Goat Cheese Giveaway
This post goes out to the reluctant goat cheese lover. And the cracker doubter. And the person who doesn’t have a decent cheese board.
It’s a trifecta of good things.
I have a monster love for all of these things, which is why I agreed to receive this sample set and to create a favorite pairing with Vermont Creamery cheese. Scroll down, down, down and you can see the giveaway details.
First, let’s talk cheese.
Vermont Creamery is run by one Allison Hooper, a cheesemaker who has perfected a style of French goat cheese known for its furrowed brow (a.k.a wrinkles). I’ve written about her cheeses before, and I visited her and stayed in her “cheese blogger chalet” a few summers ago – you may remember.
Her goat cheeses are such tender cakes – balanced in flavor, with a very subtle tang. I love to accentuate their mild acidity with lemon or with blackberries and honey. A few weeks ago, I came across this Yuzu Marmalade, which has a floral backnote. It made me do back flips.
When you try Coupole, bring on the lemon curd, the lemon tea, the lemon-tinged ginger cookies. It also loves a French 75 cocktail.
Let’s talk crackers.
I like to save the packaging from Vermont Creamery cheese and turn them into cracker pens. You know I have a love-hate relationship with crackers. Most of them will do their best to overshadow delicate cheese, so I ignore them.
34 Degrees crackers are wafer thin. Thin enough to garnish an ice cream sundae. They underscore soft cheeses without competing for attention. The “plain” style and “rosemary” pair beautifully with goat cheese. Coupole told me she loves them.
Finally, let’s talk cheese boards.
Serving a nice cheese on an old banged up cutting board made out of plastic is like serving caviar from a sippy cup. Get yourself a decent cheese board if you are going to endeavor to show off your cheese love. Wooden boards are terrific, but slate photographs nicely, and you can write on it.
I use two sizes of Brooklyn slate, and I cart them hither and thither. They are durable, and I think they’re ideal for staging a theatrical cheese experience.
I believe every cheese board should be theatrical – lower the lights, break out the egg spoons and littlest knives in your cupboard, pull out some cloth napkins, raid your pantry for honey, jam, nuts, apricots. Then present the most fascinating cheeses you can find — let them relax at room temperature for 30 minutes before you serve them. When you arrange them, stagger them across the board with an array of nibbles so your guests can experiment with different flavor combinations.
For the Giveaway
To enter, drop me a comment and name 1 or 2 items in your cupboard that you’d like to try serving with these goat cheeses. It can be a jar of jam, a curious wine…anything to create an interesting pairing.
The winner will be selected at the end of this week, on December 19, 2014. If you’re selected, I’ll collect your mailing address and pass it on to Vermont Creamery so they can send you the fixings for a goat cheese board.