Rush Creek Reserve is in da House! Raw Milk Rules!

Hold onto your hats, cheese lovers. We just received our shipment of Rush Creek Reserve from award-winning Uplands Cheese Company in Wisconsin. Modeled after the impossible-to-find-in-America Vacherin Mont d’Or, this is a RAW MILK, spruce-wrapped bundle of joy. Silky and rich, with the perfect amount of washed-rind attitude.

If you are into super-special cheeses, this is the one for you. It’s pricey, but remember this is a cheese for sharing… with those whom you really like.

Simple instructions to eat:

  1. Unwrap and let sit out for at least an hour. A few hours would be great. Do not remove the wood “belt” from the outside.
  2. Cut/peel off the top of the cheese.
  3. Scoop it right into your mouth. Use a cracker if you must.

Weighing in at a hefty 3/4 lb., Rush Creek Reserve is $34.99 per piece.

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Blessed indeed…

In this morning's Food Section, you will notice an unconventional covergirl. Her name is Sister Barbara Smickel and she makes Gouda right here in Virginia. If you want to read something inspirational, take a moment to check out this story. I love seeing folks who are truly passionate about what they do – and am reminded how lucky it is that work exposes me to people like this so often. Case in point: when Sister Barbara describes the hand-test of her cheese curd: "It is very prayerful … Like a communion with the Lord and what is becoming cheese under my fingers."

Thank you, Washington Post, for sharing Sister Barbara's passion with us. What a great way to start the day!

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Well, would you want to milk a moose?

We just stumbled upon a farm in Sweden that makes moose cheese… for $500 per pound! Considering moose are massive (or should I say "moosive") and really testy, I can't say I'm surprised. Apparently, it takes two death-defying hours to milk a moose and all you get is one gallon – and maybe a broken bone or two. The funniest thing about this farm is that they also point out the other attractions for visitors – fishing and golf. As if watching some poor fool try to milk an 1,100-pound moose isn't enough of a diversion. Those Swedes are just so cooky…

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