Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk
Type of milk: Cow
Holy cow’s milk! This is my new favorite cheese. Whole Foods is two for two in the cheese category. This delectable mound of goodness was the last one in the case. As a Mt.Tam fan, I knew that I had to give another CC cheese a try. The reddish, textured mound holds onto a pungent aroma that may scare off beginners and cheese likers. It is more on the sophisticated side and makes me pleasantly surprised of its American (San Francisco) origins.
This award-winning triple crème washed rind cheese is aged four weeks before hitting the road. The inside reveals a pale yellow paste that doesn’t taste the way it smells. It is beefy, rich and smoothly coats your tongue with a slightly sweet earthy flavor and a dash of tang. The b-linens that give it this remarkable flavor are native to the area so there’s no replicating this cheese in another location. In Florida it is a bit difficult to locate this cheese and the fact that CC makes small batches doesn’t help. Try this one with something sweet like local honey or even a sweeter apple cider. And you know how I feel about Turkish apricots… get some.