Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Green Dirt Farm "Dirt Lover" Sheep's Milk Cheese
We discovered GREEN DIRT FARM in the beautiful and bountiful Bluestem, The Cookbook. This is a small farm that raises all grass-fed sheep and produces amazing sheep’s milk cheeses. It’s a favorite source for The Garrelts, owners of Kansas City’s vaunted Bluestem Restaurant. Now, it’s also a favorite source for us.
The “Dirt Lover” cheese is reminiscent of French Farmhouse cheeses. “It has an edible, white bloomy rind that reveals the underlying layer of vegetable ash.” It’s a dense cheese that seems to melt in your mouth; the flavor is fresh with a hint of nuttiness.
The Garrelts serve it at their restaurant with their Sweet Onion Marmalade (p. 40 in the cookbook.) We love it with fresh fruit, apple slices, pear - so good! And, of course it’s perfect on a cheese tray.
We also love their “Wooly Rind,” a Camembert style cheese. More about that later.
Find the cheeses and lamb at www.greendirtfarm.com
- Gail Cooke