slate cheese board from Brooklyn Slate). I put together a fancy picnic we could all enjoy as a family and in the process discovered some new cheeses that I’m absolutely in love with…
This cheese picnic involved pick up stops at both East
Village Cheese and Murray’s Cheese, two of my favorite cheese purveyors in the
city. The prices at East Village Cheese can’t be beat (the wedge of Brie that I
bought was twice the size of what you see in the pic above and only $3!) and I
love the element of surprise. You just never know what they’ll have on sale.
Murray’s is my go-to for the super fancy stuff. I picked up some favorites
there like Cypress Grove’s dreamy Humboldt Fog, a chevre that even my
goat-cheese-loathing mother-in-law could fall for, Cashal Blue, a mild and
nutty Irish Blue and St. Marcellin, the super oozy and creamy wonder in the
little crock above.
Triple Truffle, a cavemaster reserve cheese from Murray’s that’s a
quadruple cream with truffle butter (yes, you read that right, TRUFFLE BUTTER)
in the center. Decadent and lovely, it’s hard to think of a better way to kick
off the New Year.
The Delice de Bourgogne was another huge hit with the family
(it’s the round cheese in the bottom left corner). Super buttery and creamy, it
went down easy with the French blackberry and violet jelly I picked up at East
Village Cheese—how good was this combo? Lawman-in-law doesn’t eat fruit or jam,
of any sort, and he found himself slathering both on a baguette with gusto.
Last, but not least, the Harbison from Jasper Hill Farms in
Vermont was a spruce bark lined cheese. Creamy (you can see it oozing out of
its rind in the top right corner) and a little funky, this was Little B’s
favorite (that’s my boy!).
The only trouble with cheese picnics is they make you long
for more cheese picnics. I hope another one is in my near future. What other
cheeses should I try in the New Year?