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MSU – Artisan Cheesemaking class with Peter Dixon: Day 3

Last Day. Feels like I’m just getting to know everyone.

We started the day making mozzarella. Goat – did not turn out. Bummer. Cow – came together nicely! We pulled and formed, and Peter showed us how to braid. If we had someone in the class who could make balloon animals, we could’ve gotten really crazy.

Flavoring the Fromage Blanc and Chevre was next. Some cheesemakers brought fresh herbs, spices, fruit, honey, mint, nuts.. the combinations were nice. I especially liked a cherry walnut chevre and a fresh bluberry chevre. Fresh chive was another that turned out nice.  Actually, I can’t think of a combo that didn’t turn out nice. I opted to keep mine unflavored and bring it home.  A trip to the market is in the future, thinking fig and aged balsamic with some chevre.

The last afternoon of class we discussed more detail about brining, went in to affinage, talked about business plans and ended with sanitation.

Three days with Peter Dixon and MSU was a fantastic experience. To be able to listen and watch someone with so much experience and just inherent ability is a treat. The amount of information we covered was incredible and I’m hoping that my retention is more than less. Maybe I should put in ear plugs so it doesn’t leak out of my brain.

Great experience. Glad I went.

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Cheese tasting with hubby

So I decided to have a nice cheese tasting with the Hubby on Friday night… nice little romantic date night… and also get his impressions of the cheeses to see how they compared to mine.

Now, for anyone who knows my wonderful Jon, knows that in the lightening fastness that he actually consumes his food…. the likely hood of him actually tasting anything are usually around 50%. I explain the basics of cheese tastings… not giving him any info about the cheese first.. and wait for his first impression.

However my favorite one was this observation:

River’s Edge Chevre: Up in Smoke

Me: Ok, all I want is a visual. Tell me when you look at this, how would you describe it.

……….after several seconds of pause and contemplation

Jon: Mother Earth’s perfect little turd.

Nice! haha!  Not EXACTLY the insightful description I was looking for.

Oh Jon, I do love you!

It really is this perfect little puck wrapped in dark chocolate and auburn smoked leaves and the stark white of the fresh goat cheese is undeniably beautiful…. so although not reminicent of a turd to me.. I understood what he was trying to say, and he did say it with all seriousness and respect for the cheese.

It’s in my top 5 !

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