Say Cheese!

Published September 13th, 2018

Sweet dreams are made of cheese! Let’s face it, there’s almost nothing a little cheese and a glass of wine can’t fix.

Looking for a new cheese to melt your heart? Visit the Fresh Thyme Farmers Market cheese island for a wide selection of top-quality, affordable cheeses. Try something new the next time you shop (check out our suggestions here), and follow our tips for building the perfect cheese board.

Party Time!

Putting together a cheese board for a party? Offer four or five different cheeses of varying shapes, flavors, and textures. Bring the cheeses to room temperature for an hour before guests arrive. Provide a different knife for each cheese. Add grapes, berries, and/or sliced apples to enjoy with the cheeses. Place crackers or bread in a separate basket or tray.

Cheese Knowledge

Goat
This tangy, creamy cheese, also known as chèvre (which is French for “goat”), is made from goat’s milk. It is packaged as crumbles or in logs, which can be rolled in fresh herbs, nuts, and/or dried fruit. Crumble on salad, top a pizza, and stuff it in olives.

Havarti
A semisoft cow’s-milk cheese, Havarti has a buttery flavor and smooth texture. It is packaged in blocks and available in flavored varieties such as dill. Havarti melts well, making it a velvety addition to sauces and sandwiches. Cut into cubes and thread with fruit onto skewers.

Muenster
This soft processed cow’s-milk cheese is pale yellow with an orange rind. Muenster has a mild flavor that becomes more pungent with age. It pairs well with beer and melts easily for mac and cheese.

Brie
This double-crème Brie is a soft-ripened cow’s-milk cheese. It has a tangy, mild flavor with a delicate white edible rind. An ideal dessert cheese, Brie is best served at room temperature drizzled with honey or baked in puffed pastry.

Emmentaler
This firm cow’s-milk Swiss cheese has a nutty, sweet flavor and a pale yellow color. The signature holes in this cheese are called eyes; the larger the eyes, the more prominent the flavor. It is great on sandwiches and melted in fondue.

Manchego
A semisoft sheep’s- milk cheese from Spain, this has a sweet, nutty and tangy flavor with a pale yellow color. The waxed rind has a herringbone pattern and is inedible. This cheese pairs with fruits and works well on an antipasto platter.

Parmigiano-Reggiano
Referred to as Parmesan in English, this hard cow’s-milk Italian cheese is straw color and has a sharp fruity, nutty flavor. Serve grated in risotto, sprinkled on pizza, or sliced as a snack.

Camembert
A soft-ripened cow’s-milk cheese, it is pale yellow with a soft center (softer than Brie) and a rich buttery flavor. Like Brie, this cheese has a delicate white edible rind. Bake and serve with a sliced baguette or add to a panini.

Gorgonzola
This crumbly soft blue-veined cow’s-milk cheese is just one of several blue cheeses. Available in wedges or crumbles, it has a sharp, yet mild flavor. Crumble gorgonzola over salads or add it to creamy salad dressings and dips.

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