I love, love, love the spring in Northern California. The weather's almost perfect, everything looks fresh and clean, and there's a general feeling of excitement in the air. And although I can find something good to say about every season since I'm basically a positive person, when spring rolls around I'm almost jumping out of my skin with joy! I've been told I have spring fever, so I decided to Google it to see if maybe there's some truth to that diagnosis. Wikipedia defines spring fever as "a term applied to several sets of physical and psychological symptoms associated with the arrival of spring. In general it refers to an increase in energy, vitality and particularly sexual appetite..." Yep. I definitely have spring fever.
What does this have to do with cheese? Well, I'll tell you. When I'm feeling this freakin' good, I want to celebrate the world and all its beauty. To me, one of the most beautiful things in the universe is a great piece of cheese. This might sound crazy to some, but I'm guessing that if you're reading this blog, you know what I'm talking about! So what cheeses are my picks for rejoicing in the splendor that is spring time in Northern Cali? Here they are in no particular order:
1. Coolea: A smooth, caramelly, aged Gouda style cheese (cow's milk), made in County Cork. This unique cheese blends Dutch tradition with Irish terroir beautifully which is why it's one of the few imported cheeses in our store. (Pictured above)
2. Sunset Bay: Edible vegetable ash on its rind, and a line of Spanish Pimeton Paprika through its center merge to give this creamy, bloomy-rind goat's milk cheese a flavor that's out of this world!
3. St. Pat: The stinging nettle leaves wrapped around the rind of this soft-ripened Jersey cow's milk cheese not only give it its deliciously earthy, smoky flavor, but also commemorate the arrival of spring in Marin county. Perfection.
With the weather warming up, the flowers blooming, and all this beautiful cheese to eat it's no wonder I'm feverish! Life Is Good!