For my birthday, I received a gift certificate for Fromagination. On Saturday, I stopped by Cheese Heaven (as I like to call it) and sampled some delicious cheeses. It was sublime.
I walked out of the store with 5 - count 'em, 5 - blocks of cheese. Here are some pictures and descriptions.
This is an amazing hard cheese - I had some tonight with fettucini and brown butter.
Bella Vitano Merlot-soaked Parmesan
I have tried this cheese before - in a specialty foods store in Door County. The cheese is infused with a delicious essence of wine. To top that off, the rind is a beautifully rich plum color.
Bohemian Blue Hidden Springs
Calli and I tested about four of the store's blues, but finally settled on this one. It was much stronger than the other candidates, and I look forward to just enjoying it with crackers and wine.
Carr Valley Black Sheep Truffle
This is a semi-firm Italian-style cheese with little flecks of black truffle in it. I hate to keep referring to the cheeses as delicious, but seriously. Go to this store. You will believe me.
I used about a third of this block in scrambled eggs this morning, and they were superb.
Cesar's Quesadilla Cheese
To wrap up the day, I got a block of quesadilla cheese. Lately I've been on quite a quesadilla kick, and this can only help, right?
Here are my cheeses all hanging out together: