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12 Days of Cheesemas–Day 1

(photo from Formaggio Kitchen)

Well, it’s that time of year again, kiddies.Cheesemas.

The first in our list is Landaff Creamery‘s Kinsman Ridge, a raw cow’s milk washed rind aged in The Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm in Vermont. Kinsman Ridge is one of two cheeses produced at Landaff Creamery, in New Hampshire, the other being their name sake, Landaff. While it ages in the caves of Jasper Hill, it is a true farmstead cheese and, like the Landaff, is truly unique.

The paste is extremely pliable, though it never never gets runny like many washed rinds. This is more akin to Taleggio in it’s texture. The flavor, however is much more mild. It has notes of grass, chives and even a bit of brown butter with the rind. I would serve this in matchsticks with almonds. No bread, it takes up too much cheese room.