Monday, September 3, 2007

Cheese Tasting: Bellweather Farms Crescenza

Crescenza is an Italian style rindless soft cow cheese from Bellweather Farms in Petaluma, California. Bellweather makes a variety of cow and sheep cheeses but this is the first one I've had (though I have enjoyed their creme friche).

Like an uncut wheel, Crescenza ages as you keep it. At its youngest, it is smooth and light with a bit of tartness. As it ages, the tartness increases and it develops a briny tang. At room temperature, it is nearly liquid, and I like to empty the little liquidy pouch into a bowl and dip crackers or bread in it.

All in all, it's a good cheese, but not one I go ga-ga over.

A small packet of it will run you about $6.00 at The Cheese Store of Silverlake.

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