Tis’ the season for Stilton! Stilton is a huge favorite during the holidays in the UK and of course one of my favorites too! A traditional blue cheese best known for it’s strong smell and taste. Dating back all the way to 1725, Stilton’s distinctive blue veins are created by piercing the crust of the cheese allowing air into the core. Doing this allows bacteria and other microbes to act on the curds and transform them into the final product…Blue cheese. The aging process takes approximately twelve weeks but depending on the dairy they can be aged much longer. Protected under law currently only nine dairies are licensed to make Stilton in the UK.
I was craving cheese. Yep, it does happen. Although I’m surrounded by cheese for work, It happens more than you would think! Delicious salty goodness, how could I not? I’m sure by now I have rennet in my DNA. So with cheese on mind plus a upcoming tasting event, it made for an easy excuse a stop at my local cheese shop. I picked out a few for tasting notes, aged cheddar, a washed rind, a blue…the usual suspects..but I wanted something a little special for me. After a quick glance around the store, I saw the La Tur and knew it was coming home with me. It’s one of those cheeses you really can’t stop eating, gone the next day. It’s soft, gooey natural wrinkled rind and creamy cake-like paste makes me weak in the knees. Produced in the Piedmont region of Italy by Caseificio Dell Alta Langa. Sourcing milk from local farmers, the creamery specializes in soft, mixed milk and robiola style Italian cheeses. La Tur is made from cow, sheep and goats milk and aged for only 10 days. It’s flavors are light and delicate, creme fraiche yet this wonderful mushroom, grassy, zesty zing. I let mine sit out for about 30 minutes before I dived in. Knife in one hand and a chunk of crusty bread in the other. It was all that I hoped it would be. La Tur is delicious by itself but best enjoyed with a friend and a glass of wine. Would pair wonderfully with fresh figs, dates or marmalade.
Amber has a problem making up her mind. It’s kind of interesting yet completely stupid the more I think about it. I will use my current adventure in phone shopping as an example. My cell phone is on it’s last leg. My plain is up for a renewal, fantastic! Tons of new phones coming out, great! My first impulse is I want the new Iphone, but it’s pricey and I don’t have money to toss around. So I look into other phones, I research for days and slightly obsess about it for a minute or two until ultimately I go back to what I originally wanted. Of course I don’t want to be a impulse buyer, I want a good bang for my buck but sometimes it doesn’t matter what it is or the price. Something simple as Dinner- Let’s say I want pizza, 30 minutes later I think “well maybe I want Thai, do I really want Thai?” Sure enough I always go back to the first thought and if I didn’t have that I wish I had. I find that the things I really want to do..being creative, expressing myself, I start to second guess myself and It feels like I’m holding myself back. So why do I play this game when I should just trust myself from the beginning and go for what I really wanted from the start. This over analogizing has to go. Note to self: Chill out, go with your gut.