The other night I had a rare privilege. I taught a private class on Navigating your way thru the Cheese Island. Peggy and her cohorts allowed me to blather on for three hours about my favorite subject . . . cheese!
We started by walking the cheese island and looking at all different varieties that we carry here at Harmons. From beautiful blues to the hard Gran type cheeses of Italy.
I talked about the many different ages of Gouda cheese and how to spot a Washed Rind Cheese. (Think orange or reddish rinds). Then we went upstairs to sample. Eating cheese is always fun but Ken, our Cooking School Coordinator, put together cheese plates of contrast. We tried American Brie cheese against French Brie cheese. Bet you can’t guess which one won? Both are cheeses that you can find in a grocery store, either in France or America. For me the French Brie had better flavor and depth. Everyone was in agreement on that. The next one that we tried is the difference in a nice piece of Parmigiano Reggiano and a can of shaker Parmesan. No contest . . . Parmigiano Reggiano comes from northern Italy and is arguably the best cheese in the world. The wheel we tried was from October of 2010. Nice fruity notes with a nutty base. We also tried grating it to highlight how the taste is freshly done with a microplane.
I had so much fun with Peggy and her friends and they were very patient with me because when I start talking about cheese it is really hard to shut me up!
Keep a look out for public classes being offered in the future. If you are interested in a private class in increase your cheese knowledge, contact the Cooking School coordinator at Bangerter Crossing, City Creek, or Station Park.