Easy appetizers with local cheeses

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by Lynne Vea, PCC Natural Markets Chef

NWCN.com

Posted on December 24, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 31 at 2:41 PM

Local cheeses featured on Gardening with Ciscoe with pairing options: Find them all at your local PCC Natural Market.

Mount Townsend Creamery Seastack: A soft, complex rind ripened cheese from Port Townsend which uses the traditional method of wrapping the young cheese in a dusting of vegetable ash to draw off the whey.  This gives the cheese a slightly smokey tang and lovely mottled rind.

Mount Townsend Creamery Red Alder and Off Kilter : Both of these cheeses are hand washed during the ripening process to give them a  nutty, earthy flavor and sweet finish. The Off Kilter is washed with Pike Brewing Company's Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale.

Tieton Farm and Creamery Fresh Chevre:  a small wheel of very fresh, creamy cheese made from a blend of Nubian goat and sheep's milk. The farm is located in Tieton Washington, in the heart of the Yakima valley.

Samish Bay Cheese 2 Month Gouda:  A traditional Dutch cheese, which has a lively piquant  flavor and silky smooth texture. Samish Bay is an excellent small creamery located in the Skagit Valley.

Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue:  A delightful, creamy blue cheese from Central Point, Oregon which is cold smoked for 16 hours over hazelnut shells, giving it a touch of caramel flavor which contrasts perfectly with the sharp tang of the cheese.

Some fun pairing options: Accompany your perfect cheese platter with a few of these options:

  • Marcona almonds
  • PCC  Deli-made Spiced Pecans
  • Corazon del Sol Quince Paste
  • Dalmatia Fig and Orange Spread
  • Fresh pears
  • Olli Salumeria salami
  • Assorted olives
  • Roasted beets
  • Cornichons
  • Artisanal breads

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