A good, bountiful cheese counter at a store like Fairway can sometimes produce cheese-choosing rigamortis, as there are just too many cheeses to choose from. So it's easy to end up with cheeses you know and love. Lately I've been bringing cheese to friends who invite us to their houses for the weekend, and I feel compelled to bring cheeses they haven't tried before.
Tucked away in the near right-hand corner of the Fairway cheese counter I discovered Lancaster County Bouche, which is a fantastic English-style cheddar from Pennsylvania.
Here's what Mr. Cheese himself, Steve Jenkins, says about the cheese on the computer-generated label: "Made from raw cow's milk, artisan, European style, cave-ripened cheddar type, from Wakefield Dairy in Pennsylvania. Outstanding flavor, butter, an American winner. Cheesemaker: Henry Lapp."
This is a great cheese to have for lunch with a Balthazar or Le Pain Quotidien baguette, or melted and grilled between two slices of a good Pullman loaf.
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