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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A handy guide to creating the perfect cheese plate

I may or may not be obsessed with cheese (are you, too?), so the fact that we live down the street from Murray's Cheese, the most amazing cheese shop that ever existed, is fabulous and a little dangerous. The shop is packed with incredible cheeses, meats, chocolates, breads and ice creams, and the cheesemongers are geniuses (and give samples!). Toby and I venture over there at least twice a week, and we're both fatter and happier for it.

So, my darlings, I'm thrilled to present this handy guide to creating the perfect cheese plate! I met with Murray's head cheesemonger Sydney Willcox to discover her tried-and-true tips, and the lovely Jamie Beck took photos. Here goes...
Overall pointers for putting together a cheese plate:
* When you invite friends over, buy one ounce per person per cheese; and stick to five to six cheeses total.
* Choose a fun variety of cheeses: different textures, countries, and all three milk types (goat, sheep, cow).
* Serve all the cheeses on one big board. You want your guests to start with the mildest and work up to the strongest, so place the cheeses in "clock order"--12 o'clock being the mildest and 11 o'clock being the strongest.
* Take the cheese out of the fridge at least an hour before serving. Cheese should be eaten at room temperature, when it's at its full flavor and texture.
* Put out a few different knives. Goat and blue cheeses crumble if you use a regular knife, so cheese wires are the best thing to use--if you don't have one, you can use dental floss! Softer cheeses work best with a butter knife. Harder cheeses, like parmesan, are good with a triangle-shaped knife. Cut circular cheeses in wedges, like a pizza.
* If you have leftovers, don't store the cheese in Saran Wrap, which will make the cheese sweat and leave a plastic-y taste. Cheese is living and needs to breathe, so wrap it in parchment or wax paper, and keep it in the most humid part of the fridge (usually the vegetable drawer).
Six cheeses for the perfect basic cheese plate:
(pictured clockwise from top)

1. Cremont is a bloomy, rindy, mild cheese, which debuted last year in Vermont. (The name "cremont" is a mix of "cream" and "Vermont"!) The cheese has both cow and goat milk. Luscious, coats your tongue, fudge-y, cake-y.

2. La Tur is the little black dress of cheeses! Everyone loves it. It's a mix of goat, sheep and cow--which is is pretty unusual. Flavorwise, you get a hint of all three animals--tang from the goat, lingering buttery fat from the sheep, milky sweetness from the cow. The texture feels almost whipped, like savory ice cream! At a party, this insanely popular Italian cheese will disappear first.

3. Pyrenees Brebis. Every single person I've has ever met loves this sheep's milk cheese. It's a huge crowd-pleaser. A lot of flavor, but very harmonious. Nutty, salty, floral, semi-soft. From the southwest region of France, where there are huge herds of sheep.

4. Cabot Clothbound Cheddar. Cabot makes lots of cheddars, but this is their artisanal (read: fancy!) line. What's cool about this cheese is that it's a partnership between Cabot and the Cellars at Jasper Hill--Cabot makes the cheese, which is then aged in the Cellars at Jasper Hill. There's actually a staff of guys (football-player size!) who flip these cheeses everyday, so they'll age evenly. The cheese is wrapped in cloth, which is a more English style of making cheese. Super strong cheddar; you get little crystals. You'll taste peanuts, caramel, earthy flavors. Eat from the inside out; then take the cloth off and then eat the rind--it almost takes like dirt, but it works so well with the other flavors. (P.S. It would make the best grilled cheese you'd ever have in your life.)

5. Pleasant Ridge Reserve. Made with raw Jersey cow's milk in Wisconsin. Very fruity and smooth. The American Cheese Society just named it "Best in Show" for the third time (it's the only cheese to have been awarded Best in Show more than once!). You've gotta try it.

6. Cambozola Black Label is a very, very delicate blue cheese. Just a tinge of that mineral flavor; very buttery with a bit of a cashew flavor. A great beginning cheese for people who think they might not like blue cheeses. (Once you put it on bread and add a grape, it will mellow out, if you’re feeling timid!) Blue cheeses and chocolate also go together really well--a great balance of salty and sweet.

Pair cheeses with: Dried cherries, walnuts, marcona almonds (I love these!), fresh grapes, crackers and French bread.
Yummy! Thank you so much, Sydney and Murray's! Have you tried any of these cheeses before? Do you have a different favorite cheese that you'd recommend? I'd love to hear...

P.S. More cheese-y posts!

(Photos by Jamie Beck for Cup of Jo)

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mina said...

This is so helpful! Thank you! I stick to a few cheeses mainly because I didn't know any of this.

From Me To You said...

I'm so proud of us!!! lol That last photo made me swoon.

emily said...

cambozola is my secret to happiness. i have these lovely rosemary-flavored crispy crackers that make an amazing cheese into an event. an after-work two-bite treat whose flavor and texture melt the day's stress away.

wine suggestions?

Camila@effortless-style said...

Oh so yummy. I'm salivating seeing all of those pictures. My dad use to work near that cheese stop. I would always wonder around in there when he worked on Saturdays. His office moved and I haven't been there in a while.

Bravo to both you and Jamie!

Melanie's Randomness said...

"The little black dress of cheese". I think that's my favorite line in this post. I love cheese but now I want to try all these you mentioned. I'm starting to get into the whole dinner party feel and I'm definitely bookmarking this post for future reference. I have to get a cheese wire!! =)

Melanie's Randomness

Anonymous said...

Sydney at Murray's is the best!!!

Alejandra Ramos said...

Cambozola is one of my absolute favorite cheeses ever!

swedish in Atlanta said...

Love it! I always have problems making my cheese platters look just right. Thanks for sharing.
Petra

Kevin said...

Thanks for sending Jamie home with so much great cheese! We enjoyed the heck out of it and shared with some cheese-loving friends.

Audra said...

Thank you for sharing! If I could survive on cheese and water alone, I would probably do it. Looks awesome!

victoria / cats dreaming in keylime said...

Nom! (and you look so cute.)

lynette said...

Great post!

chanstand said...

What a wonderful post!
CHHHHEEESSSEE....
Avec in Chicago used to be my FAVORITE place for a cheese plate.
lovely photos too.

travelkate said...

This was so helpful! I too, love cheese, especially new and exotic varieties...I haven't tried any of these-I am definitely wanting to try that La Tur!

Diana Mieczan said...

Im crazy about cheese and I could eat it all the time! My all favourites are the Beaufort and Comté but I also love serving a bit of humboldt Fog from time to time...Its a great goat milk cheese:) Love this guide! Thanks, Joanna and you look so adorable! Kisses

Jess littlebunny.etsy.com said...

Such a great post. La Tur is one of my favorites! Try the Casatica di Bufala from Murray's- it's delicious!

Patricia Ann said...

And I thought I was a cheese hound! :) Thank you so much for this. I'm going to look like a cheese expert the next time I have a party and serve these. I'm now curious though, if you have any suggestions for wine that would go well with the cheese? I'm sure each cheese would react differently to a certain wine. :)

Patricia Ann
www.theshapesofthings.com

Rachael said...

My favorite recent cheese discovery is Trugole. It's a semi-soft cow's milk cheese from the Piedmont region of Italy, and it has a perfect balance of sweet/salty/nutty that seems to go with everything and is utterly addictive!

Nicole said...

Thanks Joanna! This is a timely post for my life, it took me way too long in life to get interested in cheese, but for the last few months I've been hooked! I send my husband links to menus in town that have good looking cheese plates! I'm out of control. I'm actually going to jot down your cheese selections and take it with me to Dibruno Brothers in my (Philadelphia) neighborhood this week.

Liz said...

What a wonderful post! I could eat a good cheese + cracker for every meal. This makes me want to host a cheese party!

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Clara Artschwager said...

Joanna- I'm so envious you live THAT close to Murray's. I can't imagine how dangerous that is. This post was super helpful, thanks so much for sharing!

wh said...

ohh this is so perfectly helpful!! thanks so much, jo!
love from argentina :)

Joanna Goddard said...

sydney IS the best! she's so funny and fun. she's half the reason we stop by murray's all the time :)

Fashalina aka The Hyperbalist said...

Just make sure the dental floss isn't mint-flavored, or you might end up with a funny tasting crumbly cheese! HA.

This is a great post though, if I had one food to live on for the rest of my life, t'would be cheese. The pictures are making me very very hungry.

stylelinx said...

Great post, I needed this!! Thanks!

Sarah said...

I just had cheese and fruit last night and I was thinking how I need to look into more options about how to set up a cheese platter. This post was perfect! Thanks =)

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Jesse said...

i'm having my book club tonight and will be serving a big cheese board as well. i have planned a herbed goat cheese, a manchego and a rosemary asiago. sides include dried figs, apricots and a pinot grigio salami. along with three kinds of crackers. oh and a mediterrean inspired plate of cucumbers, oil and herbed infused feta, black olives and roasted red pepper hummus. should be the making of a good night:)

Amber said...

1) This is perfect party prep! I wish I'd had this when I was 21 and clueless about cheese, yet trying to plan wine and cheese parties! and 2) I love your collaborations with Jamie! You're the perfect lifestyle inspiration team.

Chapstick Fanatic said...

this looks delicious! i love camembert and port salut. and, as of recently, i have just gotten into blue cheeses.

http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

Alexis said...

Such a delicious post! I'll be linking to it on my blog this week.
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LatteLove said...

these all look amazing. Thanks for sharing what you learned, Joanna!

Joanna Goddard said...

good point, fashalina!!

Jessica McLeod said...

Goodness me, I LOVE Murray's Cheese. Discovered it on a food tour in Greenwich several years back and I day dream about it often. Recommended Cheese? Havarti, for sure!! I have some every morning for breakfast. Nom. Nom.

Lillian (Unstitched.) said...

Oh wow, THANK YOU, Joanna! :) This is exactly the sort of guide I needed...I adore cheese too, so having a guide to throw a wine + cheese party just makes me so happy! :) Can't wait to do it now - thank you, thank you! :)

lark + linen said...

aaand now i'm hungry.
Thanks for the awesome post though! Yum.

Ashleigh said...

Ah my mouth is watering now! If I ever have to choose a last meal it will definitely be cheese & wine. Thanks for the tip about storage - need to get on that, I've been a ziplock girl 'till now!

Hilary Grace said...

That's so helpful! I love pear with goat cheese, so I'd probably put that on the fancy platter, too. :)

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vanillasugar said...

oh the fromage! love this post. i am the person you see hanging around the cheese section at whole foods daydreaming away about what concoction i can create with the overpriced tiny block of cheese. lol

jlee said...

what a great guide! thanks for this. I really love doing this sort of thing at home versus eating out all the time. That and you really get to know your cheeses.

Grace said...

So great!, Cheese plates have been number one on my tastey lists lately. Thank you!

dreamday said...

what a great guide, a definite must save!!! i love cheese, mmm. thanks joanna :)

Trina said...

I love La Tur--was introduced to it at a party, in fact! Brillat-Savarin is still my favorite cheese, but I am a friend to all triple-crèmes.

Erin said...

Delightful! Thanks for posting :) (and I love your striped top!! where is it from?)

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Amanda said...

Thank you for this post!! Today is my dad's birthday, and he loves gourmet cheeses and cheese plates. I just ordered a gift box that should be delivered in time for his birthday dinner on Friday! Thanks again.

Cara {An Urban Cottage} said...

Um, amazing post! I heart cheese ... I seriously want to eat the whole board right now!

Cara
www.anurbancottageblog.blogspot.com

Stephanie and Such said...

Wow, I have not even eaten breakfast yet and all I want is cheese please!!

xoxo
Stephanie&Such

Sara Szatmary said...

mm cheese is my fav desert!

PS: you look gorgeous!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

a perfect follow-up to the paris post.

Robyn said...

ohh-so good and totally inspiring! I was going to have a tea party next week but I think I'll have wine and cheese night instead! Thanks!

dmwweb said...

Joanna, you have to try the 15-year aged cheddar from Hook's Cheese Company in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. It's only available in small batches at certain points in the year (and sells for $50/pound), but it is crumbly, crystallized heaven. Their other cheese are phenomenal as well, and available at Murray's.

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

This is so great! And I love your top, btw :-) Now the REAL question - to serve cheese as a appetizer before dinner or with dessert? I'd choose both.

Paper Heart Girl said...

I love your cheese board tips! I will certainly be eating cheese at room temp from now on! In fact, I am very much in the mood for some good cheese now! xxxxxxxx

Hannah Joy said...

Love it!! Thanks so much! I am cheese obsessed. All my friends count on me for the inside scoop, so I can't wait to try the new ones you suggested!

Anonymous said...

i love Marcona almonds, too! (I buy them at Costco.) You have made me really eager to try Pleasant ridge Reserve! And I love Cabot cheddar. yum.

Anonymous said...

i also love Saint Albray. Very smelly, but delicious!

2Anchor said...

I could eat that whole board it looks so delicious...I love cheese a bit to much:) This is a very handy post! I'm going to use it as a guide for my next get together.

http://2anchor.blogspot.com

Dancing Branflake said...

This is incredible! Definitely bookmarking it for a reference. You are so gorgeous I feel like I am reading Martha Stewart or something. Another stellar post!

Laura J said...

I love this! What a great idea for a post!
xo
lj
http://jonesyloves.blogspot.com/

Dianne said...

I too had cheese and fruit for dinner last night -- how timely your post is! I enjoy quince paste and fig jam with my cheeses as well. My fav cheeses are irish cheddars, goat cheese gouda (drunken goat is quite good), and amsterdam gouda.

Molliee said...

mmmm cheese! OK you sold me I need to throw a party just so I can do a cheese plate like this:)

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Kezia Monet said...

Wow! I love this! I could eat fancy cheese for the rest of my life :) When I studied abroad in France, I swear I spent my whole budget on cheese and wine. Thanks for sharing!

diamondinthereef.blogspot.com

Tournesol said...

Great post, very helpful!

Damla said...

Dear Joanna, I'll be in Paris in a couple of days,
I have always been a bit shy about cheese types. I am a beginner who wants to improve her taste and start experimenting.
so far, i've tried and liked roblechon and tomme.
which types would you recommend me?
best,
Damla

Anonymous said...

I've never come across a cheese article that was so helpful...esp the part about using different knives for the different cheeses. No one has ever mentioned that little detail.

Thank you for this post and looking forward to my first cheese/wine party...:)

Kim Dale said...

OMG I love cheese Thank you!!!

Mandy said...

WoW! Thanks for sharing Joanna! I looove cheese, great post!

x Mandy

Annabelle said...

I just love Roquefort...and I can't have a good day without it !!!

gemma said...

love love love!

17 Perth said...

This is fantastic. I am a huge cheese fan. Favorite food by far---and the stronger the better. BUT-I love the idea of the clock--mildest to strongest. Awesome suggestions!

A.Kelley said...

yum! what an awesome & helpful post! will have to try them all!

Marissa said...

What a great post. Even though it's only 9 in the morning, now all I want to do it eat stinky cheese.

Kayla Poole said...

Wowee! Thank you so much to both you and Jamie for such a delectable post.

Jane Bond said...

My boyfriend and I live down the street from Murray's too! It takes some serious self control not to pop in nightly on my way home from work! We discovered La Tur about a year ago and it continues to be my favorite cheese. It really is the ice cream of cheese!

Thank you for the the guide! I never knew to place cheeses around the plate in order from mildest to strongest. Are there rules on how stinky the cheese can be that you set out for guests? I love Epoisses but get nervous putting it out when people come over because it's a real stinker.

Thanks again!

nicole said...

Great post! The cheese plate looks so yummy, and you look sooo pretty! Well done. xo.

Marta said...

My family from Belgium always offer manchego cheese + nuts + grapes. I think it's a wonderful mix for an appetiser (I could just eat that, I don't need a main course!)

My favourite cheese is Manchego curado. I also like cheese from Mahon (Balearic Islands, Spain) and of course marcona almonds, they're delicious.

Thanks for the tips!

Suziee said...

Wow! This was so insightful! I definitely need to explore a bit more with my cheeses. =]

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Nicole G. said...

Great post! My cheese plate always includes Comté (with some sort of compote or jam), and pretty much any goat cheese from this local cheesery: http://www.saltspringcheese.com/
YUM!!!

Amanda said...

This is fantastic! I love cheese!

hedonista said...

I'm bookmarking this post ASAP. I am a total cheese nerd. I actually take and save notes from cheese classes! LOVE this.

Kayla said...

Obsessed with this post. We just got a new grocery store with a cheese counter - this is a huge feat in our small town and I have been dying to have a cheese and wine party. Printing these tips and taking them with me!

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Sunshine said...

I love cheese, especially grilled cheese. Mmmmmm.... Thanks for the post! I have to try Murrays..

e said...

this is one of my favorite posts of yours! i am in love with cheese <3

Sally Honeycutt said...

YUM!! We used to live down the street from Murray's, too - I miss the West Village! And now I'm off to buy some cheese... :)

Joanna Goddard said...

jane, haha, good question!!! i say the stinkier, the better; people will get immune to the smell once they're in your apartment for ten minutes! :)

Sarah said...

I just moved to Quebec and it is the land of cheese. I can't wait to try your perfect cheese plate and have a cheese party!

Jackie B. said...

i can't wait to host a gathering just to have a cheese plate! thanks for all the tips kendi.

http://madewithlovebyjackieb.blogspot.com/

Hollie said...

I looove cheese. Lately I've been addicted to Manchego with a sliced green apple. So good. Great photos!

Anonymous said...

You should try Norwegian Brown Cheese (Brunost) - it is sweet and goes amazingly well on homemade waffles or crepes :)

PoetessWug said...

I haven't tried any of these cheeses specificaly, but I love sharp sharp cheddar, bleu cheese, and Cabot brand...anything so far! Also Cracker Barrel...just saying! :-))} The La Tur intrigues me. I'm gonna have to find me some of that and try it. You didn't mention the price ranges on any of these though. Do they cost as expensive as they sound?!

margaux said...

yum! i want that entire plate for lunch.

somer said...

stilton and sliced green apples!

Maria @ Scandi Foodie said...

I love cheese! Finnish bread cheese with cloudberries is my favourite, unfortunately not available here in Australia though. Your cheese platter looks mouth-watering!

Jessie said...

we just had a cheese plate for dinner last night - our fav dinner! good tips and your plate looks yummy!

cara. said...

beat. of. my. heart.

we do this every sunday night at my house.

Car said...

I love this post! mostly because of how much I love anything related to cheese ;) But I've just recently grown into a time in my life where I enjoy entertaining and preparing fun things like the perfect cheese plate are on the top of the list of things I'd love to have knowledge of.

I've recently fallen in love with Fontain cheese. But really anything will do.

The Iconic Blog said...

I love a fab cheese plate!xx

Melanie
www.theiconicblog.com

Kiera said...

awesome awesome awesome post. i love cheese. I LOVE CHEESE!!!!!!

irati_e said...

Interesting!
May I recommend the Idiazabal cheese, made in my homeland (Basque Country)

http://www.murrayscheese.com/prodinfo.asp?number=20140000000

Elle Vee said...

Ossau Iraty (sp?) is from the Pyrenees and is sublime. I think it's my favorite. I also love Manchego as an everyday cheese, and a peccorino balsamico with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of coarse salt for dessert!!!

Suite Henry said...

I met my husband when he worked at a cheese shop.
We ran into each other on the subway one day after he was off work. He said "sorry if I smell like cheese" and I'm pretty sure I said "I have absolutely no problem with that!"

Love this feature!
Faves are Stilton, niagara gold, sauvegine (not sure if I'm spelling that right) a nice pecorino and an old cheddar

Courtney said...

This post seriously makes me so happy! My husband and I are taking a weekend trip to NYC next week, and I have just added this place to our agenda. Drool!

Sarah Bradley said...

This is so helpful! Thanks for the tips! You've totally inspired me to throw a cheese party.

Margaret said...

THANK YOU! I heart cheese but am always wondering what "the deal" is with putting out for a group.

Perri said...

This is so great! Have you tried Barely Buzzed? It's from Beehive Cheese Co and the outside is rubbed with espresso and lavender. It's seasonal but I'm pretty sure Murray's carries it, so keep a look out!

Robin said...

Yum! Looks amazing. I totally agree with you about marcona almonds and I am dying to taste all of those cheeses.
2 of my favorites are humbolt fog and drunken goat.
xo
R

Alexandra @ Becoming Audrey said...

These tips are great! My sisters and I ate so much cheese growing up. In fact, one time we were out in the Redland forest in CA and my sister, about 3 at the time, picked a wild poisonous spore and ate it. Because my mom had just given her a huge hunk of cheese to snack on, the spore was absorbed and she was totally fine. Time spent in the emergency room for no reason... haha

Judi said...

I just want to say love your new tutorials! I've read your blog for a while, and this is a really fun and original feature! Jamie Beck's photography is wonderful too :)

I'm off to eat cheese now.

sumslay said...

WONDERFUL post! Very informative! I also love cheese. If there's anyone in the Dallas area drooling right now, I highly recommend Scardello at Oak Lawn and Lemmon. :)

Tbadee said...

Joanna! This was painful it looks so good! I can't wait to go home and have cheese and crackers for dinner now. My new favorite cheese is Cambozola, which they sell at Trader Joes. It's delish.

Maud said...

I also live a couple of blocks from Murrays and, having grown up with two French parents, could happily eat cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and often do). I think this weekend I will have to make a trip over to Murrays for their cheese straws. Joanna if you haven't tried them I highly reccommend you do!

Andrea said...

My best friend/neighbor used to work at one of the best cheese shops in our city. She was how I learned about cheese. Whenever I don't know what to bring to a dinner party, I offer to bring the cheese. I love offering dried fruits, especially mango, and roasted nuts. A drizzle of honey on blue cheese, or some quince paste is also yum.

Bethany said...

Wonderful! My friend and I are already planning a cheese party because of this post! So excited!

Christine said...

Cute guide! I'll have to try that Cremont cheese soon, I'd never heard of it.

Lucy said...

maud, yes! cheese straws!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

YAY for cheese parties!! and suite henry, that is so cute :)

catherine sprunt said...

I LOVE cheese oh my goodness! I'm working my way through a humungous block of gouda. what a beautiful board! xo

Victoria said...

you rock! what a perfectly lovely post:)

the gracious gaze said...

Thank you! I can't wait to try this out.

Anonymous said...

This was such a helpful post and right up my alley as I am a lifetime cheese fanatic.

Pawling Print Studio said...

ahh! that cheese and your shirt = perfection!

tc said...

ooo this is perfect! oh of my favourite cheese platters ever was at the stillwater bar & grill in brooklyn when i visited new york last february. they had an amazing apricot preserve and also included pears! yummy... but this looks equally delicious!

Audrey said...

such a great post! thanks!!

JWK said...

This is so perfect! I always want to know these things before putting together a cheese spread. Now I'm having a serious craving for cheese!! Loving your posts with Jamie Beck p.s.

anna and molly said...

you gotta have some Gouda in there!!

Kristina L said...

I grew up in the "Cheese Curd Capital" (Ellsworth, WI) and am a little biased; my absolute favorite cheese is warm, squeaky cheese curds fresh from the creamery. Not quite as gourmet as the cheeses listed here, but still worth a try!

Thanks to your fun post, though, I'm feeling inspired to head to the local cheese counter and be a little more adventurous.

Fulya said...

Wonderful tutorial for cheeselovers. Many thanks Joanna. The pics look great, too.

Alice said...

This is actually the GREATEST POST EVER!!!!
Just a Silhouette

Sara B. said...

This post makes me so happy! Not only do I love cheese, I remember going to Murray's with my Mom when she took me on a trip to NYC when I was 16. I've never been the same. ;)

Leighton said...

Thank you for this post Joanna! I'm only sixteen but when I'm 23 or so I'd love to start having parties for cheese tasting :)

anotherfishinthesea said...

mmmm mmmm i loved this post, it made me want to have my friends over to eat cheese and chat right now. (or i could just have a cheese plate all to myself :) )

Anonymous said...

AWESOME!!!!!!! I love cheese and will try them all.

Sierra said...

oh goodness...I'm restricting my cheese intake this week and now all I can think of is having cheese for dinner...yum!

I love that you pointed out to display cheese clockwise from mildest to strongest...excellent suggestion!

alli/hooray said...

love the presentation of this!

Anonymous said...

Bonjour, Cup of Jo

I'm french and I'm leaving in Paris in the 10th arrondissement. I just wanted to share some addresses:

Chez FLO ( is a bistro in the 10 th)

"Bourgeoise bohème" food at JULHÈS store.
Le 10éme arrondissement est pas mal aussi.
54, rue du Faubourg Saint Denis 75010 Paris.

you will find the best croissant of Paris in the boulangerie in front of Julhès. ;)

Should also visite, Le passage Brady.

Bonne balade.

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

Excellent post Joanna! Can never get enough cheese. My. favorite. food. ever :) xo

Ashley said...

I love a good cheese plate. Thanks for the tips!

http://turquoiseandteale.blogspot.com/

Stephanie said...

About the quantity: is that one ounce per cheese per person for an appetizer? to have out when people are conversing (with no dinner to follow? for dinner? For example, with six cheeses, six ounces per person would make me pretty full before dinner. What do you think?

Rachel said...

holy crumbs!!!! i know sydney! we went to college together in ohio. she's a trip :-) god, she's got the best job...

Kelly said...

La Tur! I wish I knew where to find it here in Boston. I've only ever had it in NYC, but it is soooo delicious. Thanks for this handy guide!

Cath said...

A food dum dum like me needs a lesson in good cheeses (What? No cheez whiz?! Kidding... Kidding!). Thanks so much to you and Murray's for sharing this with us.

Ashley Harper said...

Great guide, thanks!

Really want to try Pyrenees Brebis and La Tur soon.

Jen said...

Wow, thank you for sharing all of this info! I had a wine and cheese party in my early twenties and had no idea what I was doing! I just asked everyone to bring a bottle of wine and cheese to compliment it. It was cheesy chaos! I'm now inspired to try it again :)

Melanie Marshall said...

i love cheese!

www.cheeseyesplease.com

Darcie said...

Awesome post! I appreciate that you did research on this. I haven't heard of many of these cheese, except for the Cabot. The pictures make everything look so sophisticated too!

Jocelyn said...

I love this post! I'm a huge cheese fan. Everyone always picks on me because the minute ANYONE stops by I always put out cheese and crackers. So this post is actually extremely helpful (and so pleasing just to look at!)

Jex said...

Look for Humboldt Fog: a most delicious combination of blue, goat and brie. A fave on the West Coast...drooling!

erin said...

yum! first fell in love with brebis when i lived in toulouse. brebis with saffron...amazing.

Lisa said...

What a fun, informative post! I'm a "poor college student," but my dad, who is from Wisconsin, always jokes that I have an unlimited cheese budget :) A springtime wine and cheese party sounds perfect right now! I will be referring back to this post for advice!
Lisa

Gillian said...

JO! Wow a cheese post. I love cheese. When my sisters-in-law and I stayed at your place we loved the sidewalk in front of Murray's...the glass panel showing all the cheeses aging underground. Stellar!!! I posted about you somewhat and your lovely livingroom...it features a little in my latest post if you wish to have a look. http://gilliandasilva.com
Do you remember when your fireplace was styled like that?
xoxo much love!

lizelle said...

Excellent list of pointers. If you don't mind, I'll have to post in my kitchen. Thank you! And, I love your cheese selection. Our last cheese bliss was a while back called Obscure Cheeses http://bit.ly/gxEp9m Now I'm just dreaming.

Mandy said...

oh yum.
i'm seriously craving cheese now!
my favourite is an australian club port cheddar.
and brie.
love brie.

Rosemarie said...

love, love, love...cheese - and this post. Thank you. I'm going to have Annie's mac & cheese now - it's the only cheese I have in the house at the moment. :( End of the month and all...

Eileen said...

Excellent Post! I am hungry all of the sudden too!

Caddy said...

A great post! I love cheese!! Just had some with my last meal!

abby said...

i am a crazy cheese head and these tips are awesome! thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

you are funny with your cheese obsession.
i'm swiss and we have other sorts of cheese here, but when i last was in the us, i discovered some delicious sort of local cheeses coming from massachusset.

Sarah said...

i admit i too have a love affair with cheese. i like to serve it at parties for an appetizer or dessert. if i can't make it to a speciality cheese shop, trader joe's has a good selection, my favs their are port salut and brie.

Suzan said...

This post is so great! I love cheese and the plate looks really good:)Fun Fun!!
xx

irati_e said...

I forgot to say that I share the name with a wonderful cheese (what a priviledge, right?), that somebody mentioned above, Ossau Iraty, yum!

marissa from the boot said...

joanna this is genius and such a great way to feed guests! i never gave much thought to cheese before, just got nice one and stuck it with some grapes, but now i'm converted! i can't wait to try that cremont!

Katya said...

Ah! Best post ever! Murray's introduced me to Podda Classico, and my life's never been the same... It's a good thing I'm all the way in Ohio, haha! Love your blog, Jo!

lauren said...

This is SO helpful! I always stand at the cheese section for at least 30 minutes with a confused look on my face. Thank you!!
xoxo Lauren
 http://happylifeinnyc.blogspot.com/

JoL said...

oh! oh! oh! CHEESE! my life would not be complete w/o my cheese! quite often hubs & I will just have cheeses, fruits & a baguette for dinner

thanks for putting this together so we can share w our friends!

my current to die for fav that we found on one of these nights - Il Forteto Boschetto Tartufo w truffles (no, I'm not a cheese snob - I put it in my phone so I would not forget it - YES! that good!)

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for all these fun comments!! stephanie, the one ounce per cheese per person, and 5-6 cheeses total, is when you're hosting a cheese tasting night, and you wouldn't be ordering dinner. you're totally right -- you'd really fill up on that!

Melissa said...

Great idea lady! I also love cheese and find myself overwhelmed by all the yumminess when I'm making a cheese plate, so this is so helpful.

Claudia Cifuentes said...

what an awesome post! i'm obsessed with cheeses too, especially Spanish ones like Iberico + tetilla. I've always been a little confused as to which cheese goes where on the board so this will definitely come in handy! thank you!

Sarah Morgan said...

Fabulous! I have bookmarked and will be retuning to this post many times. Thank you for sharing!

Alicia said...

Yum! Great tips! My husband and I are huge cheese fanatics (born and raised in Wisconsin and Vermont respectively so it's really no surprise :)) I can't wait to try some of your suggestions.

Zoë said...

This makes me want to have people over! I love your cutting board, as well.

Apt. #34 said...

i am such a sucker for la tur. Gorgeous work my dear - and so much fun to work with Jamie! You've done some gorgeous series with her - thank you for sharing!

milk tooth's rain said...

the globe in the last picture is beautiful! is it second hand?

Miriam said...

Hi!!
I would highly recommend some Spanish cheese.
Torta del casar; Mahón cheese or cabrales (so hard this one). I don't know if you can find them in USA but if you have some Spanish friend maybe smuggling some.

Stephanie said...

I don't eat cheese, but wanted to say that you are beautiful and always look so chic! :) I love your striped boatneck top!

Liz said...

I love marcona almonds too. I like how they're softer than other almonds, easier on the ol' chompers.

mosey said...

Ohhhh, a post after my own heart. Thank you for this - I can't wait to try some new cheeses. One of my favourites right now is local to me (in Northern California) - Cowgirl Creamery. Their Mt. Tam ranks up there with some of the best cheese I've ever had.
They inspire me so much, I took photos. :)
cheese1
cheese2

Mark - Big City Eater said...

This looks great, a good guideline to follow. This is more or less what I do, but it's always good to have a handy reminder like this. Thanks.

Michelle said...

Yum!

I'll have to keep this in mind for my next get together.

Love serving it straight on the cutting board...so simple and rustic, and easy clean up!

Jayne said...

Love this post! I get very excited about cheeses, I wish it was acceptable to eat just cheese for dinner. I agree with other comments...a wine and cheese pairing guide would be another great post!

the purcells said...

some of my favorite evenings are spent eating cheese and drinking wine - love la tur!!

Nicole LeLacheur said...

Very helpful. You should consider doing a dessert platter, my Mom is an awful baker and is always looking for something to put together for holidays.

WineDIneDIvas said...

What a delicious post. Perfect for a wine tasting Party!
Thank you,
Cheers:)

*B* said...

I LOVE cheese. Thank you for posting this. Happy Weekend =)

Aimee said...

I recently discovered Brillat-Savarin. It takes cheese to a whole new level!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brillat-Savarin_cheese

margie said...

Beemster X-O. Gouda, and oh is it good. This never lasts long at our house, and my 21 month old son loves to eat little pieces of it plain for a snack.

little j @ whisk it good! said...

Great tips!! Looks so GOOD :)

LEAH said...

Can't wait to try it next time I have a party!

Connie said...

Love this post! I recently put together some cheeses for a picnic & I wish I had your recs to try some new ones out: http://www.daydreamincolor.com/?p=487

Exfoliating Gloves said...

That's so helpful! I love pear with goat cheese, so I'd probably put that on the fancy platter, too. :)

Mandy said...

Love love love this post. If I could eat cheese for every meal for the rest of my life, I would be a fat and happy little girl. One of my favorites is Humboldt Fog cheese from Cypress Grove Chevre. It just melts in your mouth!

Anonymous said...

I love the cheese serving papers at cakevintage.com!

Joanna Goddard said...

mosey, those are beautiful! and a dessert platter is a great idea. and anonymous, thanks for the tip about cakevintage! xoxo

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

Joanna, I have used the "I like to sit still and eat cheese" line so many times with my sporty family and friends! I love Tomme and Ossau Iraty and ok, well all cheese really. Ooh Monte Enebro with honey as well..

Ali said...

Love that first cheese platter! I never know how much cheese to get when entertaining and always overbuy, so this post is super helpful... thanks!

Amy said...

It's not exactly cheese board friendly, but Burrata is one of my favorites. Another crowd pleaser is Cotswald Cheddar, which I've found at Trader Joe's.

Great guide, I love broadening my cheese horizons :)

Alex said...

Not cheese related, but is your top from Madewell? I have that same top and it's one of my favorites. I'm kicking myself for not buying two of them.

mandy said...

what a fabulous post! I have been known to devour an entire wheel of camembert on my own, though, so i guess i'll have to share!

Holly said...

You look so proud gazing down at your cheese board. And rightly so--it's a beaut! I loooooove cheese and have enjoyed many a wedge of luscious La Tur and wonderfully nutty Pleasant Ridge Reserve. One of my all time favorites is Winnimere- a winter/spring seasonal cheese by Jasper Hill Farm in Vermont. This insanely good semi-soft raw cow's milk cheese is washed in lambic ale and wrapped in spruce bark prior to aging. It's a little stinky but milky-sweet and just an incredible little cheese. Run, don't walk, to Murray's and snag some before it's all gone!

P.S. What a fun cheese post!

Shalyn said...

I *am* obsessed with cheese, too!

I always say that I have no particular desire to become a wine connoisseur or anything like that, but if I could become a the equivalent with cheese (whatever that would be called) I would.

I've been dreaming of having a great big cheese party for a while now and this is a great guide! Perhaps I can have a weird cheese themed birthday this year.

compulsively compiled said...

Love this post! I was just telling my sister that we need to live closer so we can share a cheese of the month membership. We've decided instead of a move, to make a monthly date to get together and share our love of cheese and conversation!

Abbey said...

Just seeing this - randomly a recent cheese plate I made actually had two of those listed cheeses on it!

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