The Wedge Report: Part Two: Willapa Hills Farmstead Cheese
October 6, 2009
The Lady and The Man brought home two slices of cheese from this small, Washington Farmstead cheesemaker and a small tub of yogurt cheese.
Located on the banks of the Chehalis River outside Doty, Washington, Willapa Hills Farmstead Cheese is making some fabulous cheeses from cow and sheep milk. There are three generations of family involved in the day-to-day cheesemaking and dairy farming.
The first cheese was Savory Herb Baw Faw Peak Yoghurt Cheese. It is soft, creamy and very spreadable on my favorite crackers, 34° Sesame Crispbread. It is made from cow milk with cultures, enzymes and natural flavors. Very yummy. The Lady suggested it might be good on pasta as well.
I give Baw Faw Peak Yoghurt Cheese 3 Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got).
Serving Suggestions: We’ve pretty much covered this; but I’d like to add this cheese spread would also be terrific with a plate of crudités.
Wine Pairing: The Lady had a glass of Hogue Late Harvest White Riesling and thought the combination was quite pleasing.
Beer Pairing: The Man enjoyed a Panzer Imperial Pilsner with this yoghurt spread.
Source: Moo juice
Next up was The Man’s favorite of the three cheeses we sampled from Willapa Hills: Little Boy Blue. This mild, semi-soft blue cheese is made from cow milk and aged over sixty days. It has a “Wild Aged” natural rind with blue and white mold. It melts on your tongue and has a nice lingering after taste. Again, we enjoyed this cheese with 34° Sesame Crispbread crackers.
I give Little Boy Blue 3 Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got).
Serving Suggestions: On a cheese plate or in a salad; but I think it would be terrific in a grilled cheese sandwich.
Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir is always a great bet with blue cheese.
Beer Pairing: Pair with a Porter for a terrific taste experience.
Source: Cow Milk.
The third cheese was The lady’s favorite: Two-Faced Blue which uses a combination of cow and sheep milk. This cheese has a stronger blue taste than Little Boy Blue and The Lady fell in love with this cheese. She has hopes to offer it at her kiosk soon along with other offerings from Willapa Hills.
The Lady was rather selfish when it came to sharing this cheese with your humble feline foodie and also with The Man.
She savored the taste; let it melt on her palate and then let us enjoy the crumbs… humans can be so annoying, even The Lady (there are those who probably say…especially the Lady… but I digress…)
Even those I only got a few measly morsels,, I give Two-Faced Blue 4 Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got).
Serving Suggestions: In addition to crackers, this cheese goes well with pears and grapes. It would be a terrific base for a pasta sauce. So many things to do with this cheese, had I had a few more morsels to enjoy.
Wine Pairing: Again, Pinot Noir or a nice Port goes well with this cheese.
Beer Pairings: Again, pair this blue with your favorite Porter or Stout.
Source: Cow and Sheep Milk.
The Lady’s parents are coming next week and one of their stops will be Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Seattle and rumor has it you can buy Willapa Hills Cheese there. The Lady has promised to bring more home for me to enjoy with a nice slice of rare Haliaeetus Leucocephalus.
Up next: Estrella Family Creamery which was featured on this blog when The Lady’s friend, Randy, spent a week working on their farm.