Double the holiday, double the tasty!
IT’S NATIONAL BUTTERCRUNCH DAY AND NATIONAL CHEESE LOVERS’ DAY!
First up, the buttercrunch. We searched for miles and miles to find some buttercrunch to celebrate the holiday, not even really knowing what it was. The closest we found was Brown & Haley’s Almond Roca, which claims to be “the original buttercrunch toffee with almonds.” Little did we know, Almond Buttercrunch Day happens to be June 29. So we are left to enjoy our almond roca as a tribute to buttercrunch, and we’ll find a different almond roca for its Summertime holiday!
We’d eat buttercrunch again.
But not as soon as we’d eat cheese. We love cheese. Cheese in its many forms bring great pleasure to our household. We are so unpicky with cheese that we could go for some reeeeally stinky French cheese – so long as we didn’t have to drive in a car in 60 degree weather for several hours with the cheese sitting in there with us. We salute the cheesemakers and cheesemongers of the world, bringing joy to all the cheese-loving plebeians and kings alike.
For our holiday, we picked out a few cheeses to represent different areas of cheese making:
- An extra-aged Gouda (Rembrandt). Probably was our favorite of the evening. Gouda has a kind of dry texture, and has a bit of a fun mouth feel. Nutty and pleasant.
- A ten-year Cheddar from a small, local Wisconsin cheesemaker (Hook’s). Sharp and to the point. Definitely a good addition to the platter.
- A crumbly, perfumey Italian bleu (La Casearia Carpenedo). It was a very different type of bleu than the kind that Americans combine with hot wings. Strong in its own right.
- A chevre (goat cheese) from France (Chantal Plasse). Soft and creamy. Goat cheese is phenomenal, and goes well with all sorts of dishes.
A big thank you to the wonderful cheese crafters who made tonight possible!
Tomorrow is an unexciting Granola Bar Day combined with a very exciting New England Clam Chowder Day! We won’t be able to make it to New England by tomorrow, but we’ll do our best here.