Yes, dear fan base of 2, I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve written on my creative foodie space. But, I’m back! The air is turning crisp and there’s a whole Fall and Winter of foodie adventures on the horizon.
Let’s start with one of my favorite foods: cheese.
Yesterday, on what promised to be just a regular Saturday stroll through Wegman’s, what to my wondering eyes should appear but Max, one-half of the two brother team at First Light Farms in Genesee County in upstate NY. And there he was, handing out samples of the brothers’ incredibly delicious cheese.
“I’m doing demos for the next couple of days,” Max admitted. “My older brother, Trystan, is at the farm, elbow deep making cheese!”
Chris (on the right in the photo above) and I happily dug in to all the great flavors.
The soft goat cheeses are perfect for spreading on a cracker, bagel or cutting small slices and adding it to a spinach salad with toasted walnuts, Craisins™ and a lovely, light shallot citrus vinaigrette. The flavors included Chipotle Honey, Pumpkin Spice and Maple Bourbon.
When asked how they come up with the flavors, Max grinned broadly and wryly noted, “Well, my brother and I both have these great ideas for flavors. Sometimes we have the same idea, but more often than not we have to argue about which idea we’re going to actually craft into cheese. You know big brothers, they think they’re right all the time. I let him think that.”
Then there’s Moonshot — a firmer, goat’s milk cheese brined in Cabernet Franc from Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery. The cheese has a lovely, earthiness from the creamy goat’s milk and pairs beautifully with pears or apples of the season.
Lastly, we sampled Twilight — a cow’s milk cheese that resembles a lovely, decadent edam . The wince is also brined in Cab Franc. Made from certified organic, Jersey cows’ milk, the cheese transports that beautiful butteriness to the palate where all the taste buds dance their little ecstatic, “This is fine cheese!” dance. FYI, the cows live happily on a neighboring farm and clearly thrive on great grass. Just watch the video.
So, head out to one of the places to buy First Light Farm’s cheeses and enjoy as the weather changes to the coolness of autumn.