My new obsession is cheese. I don't really know where this interest came from. I've always sort of liked cheese but I've never gone out of my way to buy it, eat it, or try new kinds. About 7 months ago, I found myself curious and itching to try some new kinds at our favorite local restaurant, Liberty Tavern. They have a fabulous menu which is almost completely sourced from independent farms and producers- including their cheese. After a few visits, I was able to narrow down my favorites. My top three are the Monocacy Ash (Cherry Glen, Maryland Goat), the Kunik (Nettle Meadow, New York Goat/Cow) and the Ricotto Al Tartufo (The Liberty Tavern, Virginia Cow). Anyway, if you are able to try these, definitely go for it!
The other day I went to the local Whole Foods. I love our local Giant for it's convenience and great deals on fruit, but it's not a huge store and doesn't have lots of options. So I went to the Whole Foods to get some coconut milk for tonight's dinner (post on that tomorrow). While I was there, I wandered by the cheese section "just to look". Why I thought I could just look and not actually buy anything is beyond me.
Needless to say, I walked out with a new kind of cheese. It is very similar to the Monocacy Ash I mentioned above. It's called Cypress Grove Chevre's "Humboldt Fog" and it's delicious (picture below). For a small little wedge it was about five and half dollars. For some people that might seem like a lot of money for a little chunk of cheese and my initial frugal (sometimes miserly) instinct screamed "no!". Then, I paused and realized, I don't drink (so I don't have to buy drinks), I don't smoke (so I don't have to buy smokes), I make all of my own desserts (so I don't buy them), frequently cook dinner and occasionally coupon. So, I think I deserve a little cheese!......Is that mental process a little weird? Oh well, it's what happened.
Now for the crackers- the whole purpose of this post. The truth is, I keep forgetting to buy them when I'm out! Then I walk into the kitchen and open the fridge and my cheese is sitting there whispering in an uber seductive voice "EAT ME". Ok, so it's not very subtle. I did try a few little bites, but I felt like I was letting my cheese cube down but only eating it off my fingies- plus it wasn't really the put together, sophisticated look I try to give off. This afternoon, after forgetting crackers again, I finally decided it couldn't be that hard to make crackers. After a quick google search I found a recipe here. It seemed easy enough and tasty, so I decided to give it a shot.
from the Huffington Post
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon salt (plus more from sprinkling)
2/3 cup warm water
1/3 cup olive (plus more for rolling and spreading)
|You can see my lovely cheese in the background, after a few|
nibbles, of course.