Three Cheeses for National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day
Broward Palm Beach Times Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Sometimes, there are some things you just can't make up. Take for example "National Cheese Purchase Sacrifice Day." Aside from other websites that are equally as baffled by its origin as we are, the mysterious National Cheese Purchase Sacrifice Day seemingly aims to do a combination of the following things: relieve you of otherwise much-needed monies, rid your home of furry vermin, and continue the proliferation of ridiculous "holidays" that keep the greeting card industry zipping along at a racecar's pace.
Oh well, before we share our findings, we'd sure be a bunch of dicks if we didn't ask you to first consider volunteering and/or donating to Feeding South Florida and Hands On Broward before spending your dosh and wasting a perfectly good bit of food. It certainly is the right thing to do. Plus if you do have mice in your home, use peanut butter in your trap. It works better than cheese.
From the United Kingdom, we tried the Red Dragon cheese. It is a Y Fenni Welsh cheese made in the cheddar style with ale and mustard seeds. Coated in a bright-red wax casing, this cheese was slightly softer than cheddar and benefited greatly from the vibrant snap of the spicy mustard seeds. It's currently available at your local Whole Foods and retails for $16.99 a pound.
The first American blue that we tried was Emmi Roth's Moody Blue. This Wisconsin blue was brittle under our touch and had good, deep veins that went from dark green to off-gray. The flavor was rich and not-too-strong in the nose with a warming touch of smokiness reminiscent of smoked Gouda. Also available at Whole Foods and currently retailing at $15.99 a pound, our cheapest sacrifice in this session.
Rounding out this trio of cheeses was Rogue Creamery's Caveman Blue. This little devil is going to replace any of the Danish blue varieties on my board at home once my raise here at CPC kicks in. Deliciously heady without imposing, this cheese is soft on the way down and leaves a good orbit of aromas and tastes in the throat like the thick tail of a primed Cabernet. Maybe it won't be replacing other blues on my table that soon, since that raise is mostly a figment of my imagination and this baby retails for $29.99 a pound.
All three cheeses were delicious in their own right and a pleasure to consume. Go ahead and try them out, abstain from wasting them on a mousetrap, and contact the fine folks we linked above. Just because this food holiday has a ridiculous connotation doesn't mean we can't use it for some good in our communities.