Friday, September 09, 2005

Cheese n' stuff

Hot damn, I've got breaking news!

Well, for a food writer.

This morning, at the Association of Food Journalists conference in San Francisco, I sampled a cheese that hasn't yet hit the market. And it's made by Cowgirl Creamery. And it's really, really good. In Northern California, that qualifies as news, man.

It's called Farallon (after the Farallon Islands), and it's a very soft, bloomy-rind cheese. Starting with fromage blanc, they
stir in some crème fraîche, form it into little patty cakes, and then innoculate the cakes with candida and some other flora I didn't manage to transcribe. They bloom and ripen for about a week and Voilà! A delicate, fresh, creamy, perfect little button. With some fresh berries, or honey and figs, this would be your new favorite cheese. Look for it in stores by the end of the month.

You heard it here first, folks.

Speaking of cheese, I also got to meet Laura Chenel today. My new hero.

3 comments:

Mona said...

How psyched are you! That's great..now you gotta find out how I cin git me some on the East Coast...your description of it is great...you must be a cheese connaisseur!

violet said...

shutup! you met laura chenel?!

god. shes one of my top heros. along with alice waters, nora poussin, jane stern... well, the list could go on.

and you tasted a new cowgirl creamery cheese?! i would be walking on air if i were you.

so excited to find an sf blog. im moving there in december and i'm secretly always hoping to find people to lunch with, as vast cities like that can be lonely for such a small person as myself.

katy said...

Oooh, I want, I want! Must check Murray's on my lunch break.