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All I Want for Christmas is … Cheese!

With a week until Christmas to go, my cheese pick this week, Madawaska, is the perfect gift for the hardcore cheese lover on your list.  Back Forty Artisan cheeses are all made from raw sheep’s milk & hand-crafted in the kitchen of owner James Keith who refers to cheesemaking as “magic alchemy”.  Find his cheeses at select gourmet deli & fine food shops in Ottawa while they last (Murray Market, Serious Cheese or The Piggy Market).  Don’t forget a small slice for Santa to guarantee an extra checkmark beside your name on the “nice” list this year.

Madawaska is a little slice of heaven.  Rich and luxurious, it reminds of a dense, beautiful piece of cheesecake in both appearance & texture.  The triple cream of sheep’s milk cheeses, Madawaska is a semi-soft, surface-ripened raw ewe’s milk cheese.  With its thick, white, almost crust-like bloomy (fuzzy) rind, and creamy, dense, slightly open paste you’ll find mushroomy aromas and full, sweet, tangy, milky flavors linger nibble after nibble.

 

FACTBOX:
Cheese:
  Madawaska
Producer:
 Back Forty Artisan Cheese
Interesting Fact:
 Triple cream cheeses are soft-surface ripened cheeses that have cream added, giving them a longer shelf life, more solid texture, and higher fat content.

 
Enjoy! – Vanessa

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