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Is there something you’ve always wanted to know about cheese? Post it as a comment here! Cheese Lady Jill Erber will get you an answer in no-time.

60 Comments

  • 12/28/12 17:11 Anne Liautaud:

    Do you still have the Rush Creek Reserve in stock? I’ve been looking for a Mont’Dor “look alike” for a while….

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    • 1/7/13 17:33 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      We do! Just call the shop and they will set some aside for you!

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  • 1/1/13 15:50 David Gordon:

    Curious– any good wine or cheese (or wine & cheese) apps on either iTunes or, more important to me, Droid? Trying Vivino for wine, with mixed results.

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    • 1/7/13 17:33 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      I am pretty app-challenged (I only just heard of Angry Birds – from my 6-year-old). I will check out Vivino and poke around for some others. Will post an update soon! Thanks, Jill

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      • 12/30/13 10:19 Bill Wides:

        In terms of Wine Apps, I’m a big fan of WineStein. It’s a sommelier app which will tell you the best wine to pair with a certain food dish, or vice versa. You just plug in what you’re eating (or drinking) and it will give you the best wines to drink with that dish (or dishes that will go with the wine you already have).

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  • 1/23/13 7:44 Samuel Duncan:

    Do you carry Adelegger cheese?

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    • 1/23/13 10:56 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Unfortunately, we don’t. Have you considered Appenzeller or Gruyere as an alternative? We have both available and would be happy to have you try them. Thanks so much! -Jill

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  • 1/24/13 9:48 The Bries Knees: 6 Tips for Proper Brie Eating:

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  • 3/17/13 10:36 David Jenkins:

    Do you carry a cheese that has wine in it? Years ago somewhere here in TN I purchased a cheese with wine and I can no longer find any. Hoping you have some.

    Thank you

    David

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    • 3/21/13 13:32 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there, David. We do carry Elderberry Wine Cheese, which is a Cheddar has reddish veining in it. We also have Drunken Goat, which is a semi-first goat cheese soaked in red wine. Just give us a call so we can make sure it’s in stock for you.

      Thanks,
      Jill

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  • 3/21/13 17:26 Rahab Moore:

    Do you carry maggot cheese?

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    • 3/22/13 8:23 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hee hee. Now there’s one I haven’t been asked in a loooooong time. No, we don’t carry maggot cheese. If you find anyone in the US who carries this, please let ME know. Just don’t tell the FDA :)

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  • 3/31/13 23:36 Joshua Hadder:

    Do you have any book recommendations on the cheese? I want to truly know more about what I truly love…cheese!

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  • 4/8/13 20:14 Zack Humbert:

    In Chicago I had a raspberry hop infused cheese and it was to die for and now that I’m out here I was trying to look for something similar. Do you carry anything like that?

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    • 4/19/13 16:25 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there, Zack. Could it be Raspberry Bellavitano? If so, we often carry that. Just give us a call… or come by and taste!

      Thanks,
      Jill

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  • 5/2/13 17:08 Maite:

    Do you carry Urgelia? It’s my favorite Spanish cheese.

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    • 5/9/13 9:54 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there! We have carried Urgelia in the past – we can order it for you if you’d like. Just give us a call…
      Thanks!
      Jill

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  • 5/9/13 2:11 pencie:

    Would you please list the ‘pungent’ cheeses you have available. I’m so tired of finding only Limburger hidden away at the high end grocery stores…I need MORE!!

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    • 5/9/13 9:56 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there! We have a list of cheeses on our website – just go to http://cheesetique.com/shop/ and click on “cheeses”. They’re sorted by country, not by style, unfortunately. But suffice it to say we have LOTS of stinky cheeses. Not just Limburger :) Come on by and taste with us!

      Thanks,
      Jill

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  • 5/18/13 15:22 Katie:

    Hi, my husband and I love grilling Halloumi, our problem is that we have not found a firm enough cheese in the Alexandria area that holds together under the heat of the grill. Would your Halloumi hold up to the grilling challenge?

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    • 5/24/13 10:06 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Indeed it will! I grill our Halloumi and also cook it in a dry pan (no oil) on the stovetop. Either way, it’s delicious!

      Enjoy…
      Jill

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  • 5/29/13 23:32 Jeffrey Silverstein,:

    I enjoy very sharp cheddar cheeses. What do you have to suggest even if it is not a cheddar but with a snap similar taste?

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    • 5/30/13 8:39 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi, Jeffrey.

      You might want to experiment with a hard-aged mixed milk cheese like Menage from Wisconsin. We also have a fantastic Italian cow’s milk cheese called Crucolo that will give you that same sharpness. Finally, raw milk cheeses are a great direction for you – they will typically offer more intensity, complexity, and tang. When you have some time, come by the shop and taste a bunch of options. Our mongers can point you in the right direction.

      Thank you!
      Jill

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  • 7/13/13 21:03 Lindsay Bowles:

    I moved to Old Town recently and was really looking forward to joining one of your Cheese 101 classes. Are you planning on hosting any classes this summer? I hope so!

    Thank you,

    Lindsay

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    • 7/15/13 6:46 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there, Lindsay.

      Yes, we should be hosting more classes this summer. Not sure on dates yet, but make sure to sign up for our newsletter to hear when they’re announced. You can sign up on our website.

      Thanks!
      Jill

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      • 7/16/13 20:23 Lindsay Bowles:

        Wonderful! Thank you!

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  • 7/20/13 11:28 Jen:

    Are your cheeses pasteurized? I want to try y’all out, but I’m pregnant and my doc says any cheeses I eat (especially soft varieties) need to be pasteurized.

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    • 7/24/13 14:55 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there, Jen.

      We have TONS of pasteurized cheeses, as well as raw milk cheeses. You should have plenty of pasteurized goodies to choose from. Hope to see you soon!

      Jill

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  • 9/3/13 17:48 Hannah:

    Hi! Is your Brie pasteurized? Specifically the Brie that is used in the fried Brie appetizer that’s offered?

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    • 9/3/13 21:08 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Yes, it is :)

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  • 9/27/13 9:36 How to Store Cheese: Advice from Jill, Del Ray’s “Cheese Lady” | DIY Del Ray:

    […] made and ages, cheese pairings, etc.), Jill welcomes questions in person at the shop or on her Ask the Cheese Lady feature on the Cheesetique […]

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  • 10/4/13 16:40 Mark:

    I am looking for a cheese making class in the DC/VA/MD area. Any chance you know of one or even better, are hosting one? Thanks!

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    • 10/14/13 14:24 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there, Mark.

      We teach classes about cheese (tasting, pairing, etc.) but currently don’t have a cheese making class. Maybe soon!

      Best,
      Jill

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  • 10/6/13 7:27 vemm:

    Hi there! Would you please direct me to the macaroni and cheese recipe that the yahoo homepage featured on Sunday 10-6-13 so that I can buy the ingredients from you and bake this side dish for my 7 children:) They LOVE mac n cheese!
    Thanks,
    Virginia

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    • 10/14/13 14:23 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      I just emailed you the recipe, Virginia. Thank you!

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  • 10/7/13 15:16 Alice Touchette:

    Hi Cheese Lady! I’m putting together French-themed party for 8 adults and wanted to serve a board of French cheeses. Any recommendations on what cheeses to get and how much of each?

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    • 10/14/13 14:18 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there, Alice.
      For appetizers for 8 adults, you would want to serve a total of 2 pounds of cheese (4 ounces total per person). There are so many wonderful French cheeses to choose from – I recommend coming into the shop and tasting a bunch so you can find something you love. Just remember to get a nice variety of cheeses so everyone has something they like.

      Thanks!
      Jill

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  • 10/9/13 13:14 Elita:

    I’m trying to cut down on industrial products. Do you have cheeses that come from cows NOT hooked up to milking machines? Thanks!

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    • 10/14/13 14:16 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there!

      Honestly, almost all milk is collected using milking machines, even milk for artisan cheese making (hand-milking is very exhausting and time-consuming). One exception would be any Amish-made cheeses, as they milk by hand. Hope this helps!

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  • 11/14/13 13:52 Jessica:

    Hi, Do you guys hold private events at your shop? I’m interested in a small event for a 30th birthday. Any information would be great! Thanks!

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    • 11/15/13 14:11 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Definitely! Just call the shop and ask for Missy. You can also email her at missy “at” cheesetique.com

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  • 12/14/13 17:10 Joanne:

    My daughter-in-law has requested a “cheese of the month” for Christmas gift
    Do you have one or have a suggestion?
    She lives I. Ohio.
    Thanks!

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    • 12/16/13 9:29 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there-

      This is a great idea for any cheese lover. Although we do not currently offer this, I believe that Zingermans (in Wisconsin) has a program that’s excellent. Check out their website for more info.

      Thank you!
      Jill

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  • 2/27/14 14:08 David Lopez:

    Hello Ms. Erber,

    I used to buy this particular French cheese in a local store. The store cut back on cheeses; and, that cheese disappeared. I don’t remember the exact name. It was something like Monte a Du. I’m spelling it phonetically. The cheese was a white, creamy cheese with a very smooth mouth-taste. I was wondering if you can figure out which cheese it is. If you can, does cheesetique carry it? Thank you very much!

    Very Sincerely,
    David Lopez:)

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    • 5/7/15 7:37 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there, David. I can’t be sure, but based on the name, it could have been Vaceherin Mont d’Or. It is very silky and runny and has a pungent flavor. I recommend you come into the shop an taste some different cheeses. I’m sure we can find one that will fit the bill, even if it’s not this exact one.
      Thanks for posting!
      Jill

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  • 8/8/14 12:14 James:

    Hi Jill,

    Do you guys carry Canadian Oka–preferably either the classique or the l’artisan? I used to buy it at Whole Foods, but they stopped carrying it some time ago–and I’m craving a fix.

    Thanks!
    James

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    • 8/11/14 14:15 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there, James. It’s not in stock now, but we should be able to get it for you. Just give us a call at the shop and let them know to order it in!

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  • 9/8/14 16:05 Tiegh:

    Hi Jill – Do you carry Scamorza (I think it is a variant of mozzarella)? If yes, what is the current price? By the way, your portrait looks great!

    Thanks

    Tiegh

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    • 4/7/15 18:07 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Sorry – I missed this question as well! Yes, we can get Scamorza, though we don’t stock it always. Just give us a call and we can order it for you! Thanks, Jill

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  • 10/14/14 7:45 dolores hagan:

    Do you carry Collier cheese?

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    • 4/7/15 18:07 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      I apologize that I initially missed this question. We do not normally carry Collier, but will happily bring it in for you. Just call our shop and they’ll hook you up! Thanks, Jill

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  • 12/9/14 18:04 Del:

    Do you guys carry cheese curds? Miss those squeaky things a lot 😀

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    • 4/7/15 18:04 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Sorry for the late response! Yes, we do carry them. Just call our Del Ray shop to make sure they’re in stock before you head over. Thanks! -Jill

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  • 1/23/15 20:48 Hel M.:

    Do you have descriptions of your cheeses anywhere on the website? I’m going to pick some up for an out of town friend before going to visit them, but all I can find is just the list of cheese names, no descriptions of them.

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    • 4/7/15 18:04 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there! Unfortunately, we don’t have descriptions online. One day I’d love to do that! Till then, please stop in the shop anytime. Thanks! -Jill

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  • 2/10/15 15:36 Lee:

    Hi, do you have a list of cheeses that do not contain animal-based rennet?

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    • 4/7/15 18:03 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there! We have lists within the shop of what we have that’s (animal) rennet-free. Since our inventory changes so frequently, we don’t have anything online. Come in anytime to taste!
      Thanks! -Jill

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  • 3/31/15 23:17 GG:

    Hi! I ordered carry-out from Cheesetique the other day and the accompaniments came with a soft cheese. I didn’t get the name of it, but it was so good! It tasted almost like a very sweet cream cheese with a little bit of a goat cheese tang. I don’t know much about cheese, so I don’t know if this is the best description, but if you have any suggestions of what this could be, I’d appreciate it!

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    • 4/7/15 18:01 Jill Erber, Cheese Lady:

      Hi there! The cheese could have been Honey Goat, which is a soft, creamy goat cheese flavored with honey. Lightly sweet and super velvety. It is one of our most popular cheeses. Come in anytime to try it and see if it matches what you’re thinking. Thanks! -Jill

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