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Cheese, Glorious Cheese!
cap, captain miss america

[info]lawchicky asked me for some cheese plate recommendations for Thanksgiving.

Since we don’t do a cheese plate for Thanksgiving, I don’t have photos of these cheese, but I do have many links. I tried to stick to cheese I see in normal grocery stores that have nice cheese sections, since I know that living in New York City, I can get some weird cheeses that aren’t available in many places in the US! You may not be able to get all of these, but you should be able to get some. I picked four cheeses from four categories each: soft cheese, semi-soft cheese, hard cheese, and blue cheese. If it’s not in the blue cheese category, it’s not a blue cheese! I tried to avoid ones that you’re already likely to have, like cheddar, gouda, and so forth.

Soft Cheeses
St. André.
St. Marcellin.

Semi-Soft Cheeses
Bel Paese.
Port Salut.

Hard Cheeses

Blue Cheeses

Here are also some more novelty-ish cheeses you might like, if you are into that:

Red Dragon (Y Fenni).
Winey Goat.
There are also a number of Wensleydale cheeses that are sold blended with fruits (cranberry or lemon, usually) that you might like if you like fruit and cheese.

A helpful note: Most hard cheeses are lactose-intolerant friendly. If you have a friend who is lactose-intolerant coming for Thanksgiving, make sure to include a traditionally-made hard cheddar, Asiago, Manchego, Emmental or other hard cheese on your cheese plate, as these cheeses are aged longer and contain a lot less lactose than softer cheeses. A lot of American name brand hard cheeses aren’t made this way, so check to see if the cheese has an age on it– cheeses that are aged for more than 2 years are usually good.

I hope this helps anyone who needs to do cheese shopping for Thanksgiving or upcoming winter holidays!

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

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Thank you so much!! I'll be trolling through Fairway on Thursday morning to shop for our dinner (which I hold on Saturday). I'll be sure to let you know what we wind up with :)

You're welcome! Obviously at Fairway, you'll be able to get, oh, EVERY CHEESE EVER, but I figured it was a better idea to pick cheeses that would be easier to get in places that don't have as much access.

Drunken Goat is one of my all-time favs. Gods I love cheese...

I have some in my fridge right now!

I had drunkin goat last November for the first time and loved it! Surprisingly, my kids also loved it. It will be on our table this year for sure :)

I'd only heard of five of those! o.O (Camembert, Gloucester, Gruyere, Gorgonzola, and Stilton) Funnily enough, one of my closest friends departed my place today for Caerphilly though :D

I suspect maybe the ones you can get in the US differ a bit from the UK and AUS, even if they're from, say, Spain or Italy. Different demands and all! Caerphilly I actually got for the first time in a London cheese shop when I was a teenager, though, so you should be able to get that!

I was just about to ask what sort of cheese it is when I realised DUH, scroll up. :P I used to work in a deli so I know a lot of fancy cheese, or I thought I did!

I approve this cheese list! This reminds me that I have some lovely manchego sitting in the fridge right now!

Mmmm cheese. This post makes me miss living in 'the north' where there was an ample variety of cheese available in even small supermarkets. Everything is more expensive in France. The exceptions are cheese, bread and mobile phones.

Sometimes I do order manxego sandwiches. It's often the only sandwich without meat on the menu and they're delicious.

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