Top Five Tuesday: cheese

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Today's topic makes me smile.... CHEESE! My favorite place in KC to taste test and purchase delicious wedges of salty, creamy, nutty cheese is The Better Cheddar. It's a cheese palace, and even offers flavored soda in cute glass bottles - an unexpectedly delicious pairing with just about any cheese. But let's be real here, I don't get the same satisfaction out of those yummy bottles that I do from a good glass of Pinot Noir in my over-sized Riedel glassware. There's just something about wine and cheese...

Top 5 favorite cheeses. No crackers necessary.

1. Port Salut: Creamy and mild semi-soft cow's milk cheese. Simply divine. I'm going to have to make this quiche recipe stat.
2. Parrano: Lesser-known cousin of the popular Gouda, this cheese is harder and saltier and a major crowd-pleaser.
3. Gorgonzola Dolce: Blues aren't for everyone, but this cheese is milder and softer than a typical blue cheese. I love it spread over toasted French bread or in a cream sauce over gnocchi.
4. Gruyere: This one I came about late in the game; it is nutty, smooth and gone before I know it. My favorite is picking the melted gooey pieces off the side of my French Onion soup bowl.
5. Smoked Gouda: Smoky (obviously), semi-hard yellow cheese that most people are familiar with and enjoy.

Port Salut deliciousness


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