Sunday, August 3, 2008

$20 bill cheese

Mabel found a $20 bill on the street last Tuesday!

She was on the way to work early in the morning, and it was on the sidewalk at the corner of 6th and Houston. No way!

She wanted to get something special with it. So I suggested that we buy cheese. She loved the idea. That is why we're married.

I told the cheesemonger at Murray's our story and that we decided to buy some cheese that we normally wouldn't given the cost. We ended up buying these cheeses.

Here are Murray's descriptions:
Cato Carner, Hooligan
Hooligan is a delightfully stinky washed rind cheese from Colchester Connecticut. Similar to an Alsatian Munster, these little babies are creamy, sweet, and show off the best of what raw Jersey milk is all about. Made by a mother and son dairy dynamic duo, with Liz milking the cows and Mark making the cheese.

Ossau-Iraty Vieille
Pressed, uncooked cheese made from raw sheep’s milk. It comes from the Pyrenees, between the Basque country and the Bearn lies the Ossau Valley. Small scale artisan production. It has a thick rind going from yellow/orange to gray. White or ivory paste, slightly grainy, firm but very smooth. Often best in the summer and autumn as the cheese produced from the spring and summer milk are more floral. Try with a full bodied red, with a bit of fruit and spice like a Madiran, or a sweet with like Jurancon.

The Ossau-Iraty Vieille is very much like the Pyrenees Brebis move in cheese. If someone asked me what is my favorite kind of cheese, I'd have to say sheep's milk cheeses from the Pyrenees. I just noticed that we served this cheese to friends 2 years ago.

The Hooligan cheese was pretty stinky, and finished strong. It was so strong that it was almost bitter, but it wasn't exactly bitter. It was as if one of my taste buds went off scale and registered as something I can't properly describe. It wasn't as strong as Stinking Bishop, but it was in the same neighborhood. Mabel loved it. I was a bit ambivalent. It was nice that I had my sheep's milk cheese to eat.

Except that the next day the sheep's milk cheese started smelling like the Hooligan. It was because it touched it. The Hooligan is contagious!

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