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Posts Tagged ‘Ottawa cheese’

Niagara Artisan cheese worth its weight in gold

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
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This week’s summer fun cheese pick is Niagara Gold, a semi-firm, washed-rind cow’s milk cheese from Upper Canada Cheese Company, in Jordan Station, Niagara — producers who are dedicated to making high quality, handcrafted artisan cheeses. You’ll notice the beautiful, golden yellow slightly open paste (inside of the cheese showing small holes) & darker apricot/peach coloured rind. Niagara Gold is so distinct that it’s reminiscent of a solid bar of 24K gold.

This beauty has a tinge of sweetness & tastes rich, buttery, creamy & slightly nutty, due to the Guernsey cow’s milk used to make it. Guernsey cows yield richer milk, higher in butterfat and protein, than other breeds and there are less than a dozen herds in Canada. While made in Ontario – Niagara Gold can be enjoyed here in the Nation’s Capital, from coast to coast in Canada and has been requested from as far away as Shanghai. Claim to fame? Prince Charles enjoyed Niagara Gold on his visit to Niagara last year.

 

FACTBOX:
Cheese:
Niagara Gold
Producer:
Upper Canada Cheese Company
Where To Buy:
Ottawa BagelShop & Deli (Westboro)
Interesting Fact:
Guernsey cow milk is high in beta carotene, producing the extra burst of golden colour lending Niagara Gold its name.


Enjoy! – Vanessa

Curd on the Street Gets Fresh

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
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Fresh Chèvre from Clarmell Farms is the closest reflection you can get of the goat’s milk from which it’s made – in partnership between Paul and Grace Mussell (5th generation Mussell family farmers) and Glengarry Fine Cheese. An elegant chèvre – it’s truly an expression of artisan cheesemaking mastery, and as Ottawa’s most “local” cheese, well worth a farm visit down River Road to Manotick.

This soft, unripened goat’s milk cheese, with its rich, snow white, “fluffy” textured paste gives a creamy, clean, fresh, tangy, taste with mild citrus flavours that linger long after you’ve savoured the first bite. Perfect for spreading (on anything!), crumbled on seasonal salads or melted over grilled vegetables/BBQ’d kabobs as a finishing touch. Clarmell’s chèvre is best enjoyed on a patio or picnic blanket with friends and your favourite summer white wine in hand.


FACTBOX:
Cheese: Fresh Chèvre
Producer:
Clarmell Farms
Where To Buy:
The Piggy Market (Westboro), Ottawa Farmers’ Market (Lansdowne), Clarmell Farms (Manotick), Glengarry Fine Cheese (Lancaster)
Interesting Fact:
This chèvre is classified as a “fresh” cheese due to its high moisture content and the fact it is unripened (not aged).

Enjoy! – Vanessa

Finchthaler

Posted by Vanessa

Monday, May 30th, 2011
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What do you get when you cross a buffalo with a sheep? Answer: not a Shuffalo, but Finchthaler, Ottawa’s newest cheese scene addition by Canreg Station Farm & Pasture Dairy. My cheese pick this week is a welcome treat, named for the style of cheese (after famous Emmentaler, or popular North American “Swiss”) and its native home of village Finch, Ontario.

Finchthaler is a unique, raw, mixed sheep and buffalo milk cheese. A rich terracotta rind covers a deep yellow open paste completely covered in small eyes (pinholes). Enjoy sweet and fruity aromas with rich, tangy, nutty and buttery flavors that linger unexpectedly on your palate (a characteristic of raw milk cheeses). Beautifully golden and crusty when broiled, make it your next “au gratin” topping or melt it on BBQ burgers!

Finchtaler Cheese


FACTBOX:
Cheese:
Finchthaler
Producer:
Canreg Station Farm & Pasture Dairy
Where To Buy:
Ottawa Farmer’s Market (Lansdowne Park, Sundays), Main Street Farmers Market (Saint Paul University, Saturdays), Kanata Farmers’ Market (Kanata, Saturdays)

Interesting Fact:The holes or (eyes) in the cheese are created by carbon dioxide gas bubbles released during the ripening process.


Enjoy! – Vanessa

 

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