Smashing Flavors in Fresh Cheese
Central Coast chevre and fromage blanc make outstanding foundations for building layers of flavor into fresh cheese with sweet and savory additions. The Dairy Goddess makes a great Azores mix of roasted red pepper with parsley, Portuguese-style, to blend with her cow’s milk fromage blanc. Happy Acres Family Farm chevre mixes well with sun-dried tomatoes and dried herbs.
But, don’t let the cheesemakers have all the fun in dreaming up complementary flavors to mix into these fresh cheeses. One benefit in spending time with chefs is getting inspired with fresh ways of thinking about flavor. Chef Nanette Smalley of Chef Nanette’s Feast rose to the challenge of “what else could we mix into these cheeses?” and called upon her New York-trained palate for ideas.
Black truffles, fresh pesto, and saffron took the foundational cheese and headed off in varied and disparate directions after mixing and “steeping” the spices. Fresh fig and a cumin-tumeric spice blend rounded out the options sweetly and spicely. See below for Chef Nanette’s flavored cheese recipes.
Dairy Goddess cheeses and milk are available in local cheese shops, on the shelves at Whole Foods, and at several Central Coast farmers markets.
Happy Acres Family Farm cheeses and other goats milk products can be purchased at their farm stand off Templeton Road and at local specialty markets and Central Coast farmers markets.
|Vivid color to match saffron's distinctive flavor
|Using fresh pesto ensures good flavor
|Fresh fig with a touch of local honey
|Amazing aromatics with this truffle blend
Cumin and Tumeric Spice Blend
|Experiment with spice combinations
Chef Nanette Smalley honed her skills in New York City for more than 30 years. Now living in the Central Coast, she owns Chef Nanette’s Feast providing simply delicious catering for the most special of food and wine events. Contact Chef Nanette at