She then composes herself as she sees the Fed-Ex man slowly backing away, the desperate look of a trapped animal in his eyes. The cold, harsh hand of reality grabs her by the arms and shakes her. Or maybe it's her husband. Either way, back to being 37 years old.
Her brain carefully starts doing what any mature, sane brain would do. It formulates a plan to pair those glorious cheeses with food and adult beverages. She decides to use every day items foods, not specialty items that will cost a lot of money. Menus and recipes and visions of table settings vie for a front row seat until everything comes together just right. She invites over a few friends to join in the fruit of her labors. She enjoys herself thoroughly.
She decides to stop referring to herself in the third person and tell you all about it.
Course Onecheese selection: Castello Classic - firm texture, smooth dry consistency, slightly smoky aroma with hints of spicy mountain herbs. I found Castello Classic to taste very grassy and musky, similar to the flavor of raw milk.
food pairings: Slow-Roasted Tomatoes, thinly sliced Prosciutto, freshly baked bread
beverage pairing: Michelob Amber Boch (or another dark lager)
notes: I wanted to cry when I bit into the combination of these items, they were perfection...especially when accompanied by the dark lager. I can't really elaborate, because perfection doesn't need further explanation.
Course Twocheese selection: Castello Weissbier - very soft and creamy with a smooth buttery consistency, a hint of nuttiness with an almost sweet finish, and a whisper of beer at the end.
food pairings: Two sandwich options...
1. Grilled Veggies: Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Eggplant, Red Bell Pepper, and Red Onion with a thick slice of creamy Weissbier on a Sourdough Roll.
2. Smoked Ham, creamy Weissbier, and a thick, ripe, juicy tomato slice seasoned with sea salt and black pepper on a Sourdough Roll.
beverage pairing: Barefoot Riesling, chilled (or another Riesling or Gewurztraminer)
notes: Though I served Castello Weissbier on room temperature sandwiches, I think that its creaminess would lend perfectly to a melty, grilled sandwich. Weissbier is very understated, so I think simple, delicious ingredients like the grilled veggies (simply brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper before grilling), as well as a basic ham and tomato were just right. The crisp, sweet Riesling on a hot summer's evening washed the whole thing down like an old friend (comfortably).
Course Threecheese selection: Castello Hirten - crumbly texture that reaveals beautiful crystals when shaved, sweet overtones with hints of caramel and pine, rich and strong.
food pairings: Hershey's Symphony Milk Chocolate Bar, Cadbury Fruit & Nut Bar, thinly sliced pear.
beverage pairing: 10 Year Old Laphroaig Scotch Whisky (or choose your favorite "good & peaty" Scotch)
notes: While I usually opt for a bit of dark chocolate, especially after dinner or as a snack, I really recommend trying a good, creamy milk chocolate with Hirten. The creaminess is the perfect foil for the rich salty shards. Hirten reminds me a bit of Parmesan in its texture and flavor. Thin shavings atop a warm apple pie would be bliss.
My second favorite is the "Hirten". Sure, you could eat it with any meal, but I tend to lean towards desserts with this style of cheese. I love challenging its richness with a bold Scotch, but you could easily pair it with a bold red wine. Also, try it with bolder savory ingredients like raw onions or chiles!
Rounding it out at number three is the "Weissbier". Don't get me wrong, I loved ALL THREE of the varieties...so last place doesn't equal a lose here. I can't wait to make some melty grilled cheese sammies with it this week. Oh, and mac and cheese is in my very near future, as well.
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