The Complete Book of Cheese
Robert Carlton Brown
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The Complete Book of Cheese
Gramercy Publishing Company
New York 1955
Robert Carlton Brown is also the Author of
THE WINE COOK BOOK, AMERICA COOKS, 10,000 SNACKS, SALADS AND HERBS, THE SOUTH AMERICAN COOK BOOK
SOUPS, SAUCES AND GRAVIES, THE VEGETABLE COOK BOOK, THE EUROPEAN COOK BOOK, OUTDOOR COOKING,
THE WINING AND DINING QUIZ, MOST FOR YOUR MONEY, LOOK BEFORE YOU COOK!, FISH AND SEAFOOD COOK BOOK
and THE COUNTRY COOK BOOK
Co-author of Food and Drink Books by The Browns
LET THERE BE BEER!
TO PHIL ALPERT
Turophile Extraordinary (a connoisseur of cheese)
APPENDIX—The A-B-Z of Cheese
INDEX OF RECIPES
Cheese market day in a town in the north of Holland. All the cheese-fanciers are out, thumping the cannon-ball Edams and the millstone Goudas with their bare red knuckles, plugging in with a hollow steel tool for samples. In Holland the business of judging a crumb of cheese has been taken with great seriousness for centuries. The abracadabra is comparable to that of the wine-taster or tea-taster. These Edamers have the trained ear of music-masters and, merely by knuckle-rapping, can tell down to an air pocket left by a gas bubble just how mature the interior is.
The connoisseurs use gingerbread as a mouth-freshener; and I, too, that sunny day among the Edams, kept my gingerbread handy and made my way from one fine cheese to another, trying out generous plugs from the heaped cannon balls that looked like the ammunition dump at Antietam.
I remember another market day, this time in Lucerne. All morning I stocked up on good Schweizerkaese and better Gruyere. For lunch I had cheese salad. All around me the farmers were rolling two-hundred-pound Emmentalers, bigger than oxcart wheels. I sat in a little cafe, absorbing cheese and cheese lore in equal quantities. I learned that a prize cheese must be chock-full of equal-sized eyes, the gas holes produced during fermentation. They must glisten like polished bar glass. The cheese itself must be of a light, lemonish yellow. Its flavor must be nutlike. (Nuts and Swiss cheese complement each other as subtly as Gorgonzola and a ripe banana.) There are, I learned, “blind" Swiss cheeses as well, but the million-eyed ones are better.
But I don't have to hark back to Switzerland and Holland for cheese memories. Here at home we have increasingly taken over the cheeses of all nations, first importing them, then imitating them, from Swiss Engadine to what we call Genuine Sprinz. We've naturalized Scandinavian Blues and smoked browns and baptized our own Saaland Pfarr in native whiskey. Of fifty popular Italian types we duplicate more than half, some fairly well, others badly.
We have our own legitimate offspring too, beginning with the Pineapple, supposed to have been first made about 1845 in Litchfield County, Connecticut. We have our own creamy Neufchatel, New York Coon, Vermont Sage, the delicious Liederkranz, California Jack, Nuworld, and dozens of others, not all quite so original.
And, true to the American way, we've organized cheese-eating. There's an annual cheese week, and a cheese month (October). We even boast a mail-order Cheese-of-the-Month Club. We haven't yet reached the point of sophistication, however, attained by a Paris cheese club that meets regularly. To qualify for membership you have to identify two hundred basic cheeses, and you have to do it blindfolded.
This is a test I'd prefer not to submit to, but in my amateur way I have during the past year or two been sharpening my cheese perception with whatever varieties I could encounter around New York. I've run into briny Caucasian Cossack, Corsican Gricotta, and exotics like Rarush Durmar, Travnik, and Karaghi La-la. Cheese-hunting is one of the greatest—and least competitively crowded—of sports. I hope this book may lead others to give it a try.
Chapter Two. The Big Cheese
One of the world's first outsize cheeses officially weighed in at four tons in a fair at Toronto, Canada, seventy years ago. Another monstrous Cheddar tipped the scales at six tons in the New York State Fair at Syracuse in 1937.
Before this, a one-thousand-pounder was fetched all the way from New Zealand to London to star in the Wembley Exposition of 1924. But, compared to the outsize Syracusan, it looked like a Baby Gouda. As a matter of fact, neither England nor any of her great dairying colonies have gone in for mammoth jobs, except Canada, with that four-tonner shown at Toronto.
We should mention two historic king-size Chesters. You can find out all about them in Cheddar Gorge, edited by Sir John Squire. The first of them weighed 149 pounds, and was the largest made, up to the year 1825. It was proudly presented to H.R.H. the Duke of York. (Its heft almost tied the 147-pound Green County wheel of Wisconsin Swiss presented by the makers to President Coolidge in 1928 in appreciation of his raising the protective tariff against genuine Swiss to 50 percent.) While the cheese itself weighed a mite under 150, His Royal Highness, ruff, belly, knee breeches, doffed high hat and all, was a hundred-weight heavier, and thus almost dwarfed it.
It was almost a century later that the second record-breaking Chester weighed in, at only 200 pounds. Yet it won a Gold Medal and a Challenge Cup and was presented to the King, who graciously accepted it. This was more than Queen Victoria had done with a bridal gift cheese that tipped the scales at 1,100 pounds. It took a whole day's yield from 780 contented cows, and stood a foot and eight inches high, measuring nine feet, four inches around the middle. The assembled donors of the cheese were so proud of it that they asked royal permission to exhibit it on a round of country fairs. The Queen assented to this ambitious request, perhaps prompted by the exhibition-minded Albert. The publicity-seeking cheesemongers assured Her Majesty that the gift would be returned to her just as soon as it had been exhibited. But the Queen didn't want it back after it was show-worn. The donors began to quarrel among themselves about what to do with the remains, until finally it got into Chancery where so many lost causes end their days. The cheese was never heard of again.
While it is generally true that the bigger the cheese the better, (much the same as a magnum bottle of champagne is better than a pint), there is a limit to the obesity of a block, ball or brick of almost any kinds of cheese. When they pass a certain limit, they lack homogeneity and are not nearly so good as the smaller ones. Today a good magnum size for an exhibition Cheddar is 560 pounds; for a prize Provolone, 280 pounds; while a Swiss wheel of only 210 will draw crowds to any food-shop window.
Yet by and large it's the monsters that get into the Cheese Hall of Fame and come down to us in song and story. For example, that four-ton Toronto affair inspired a cheese poet, James McIntyre, who doubled as the local undertaker.
We have thee, mammoth cheese,
All gaily dressed soon you'll go
May you not receive a scar as
Of the youth beware of these,
An ode to a one hundred percent American mammoth was inspired by “The Ultra-Democratic, Anti-Federalist Cheese of Cheshire.” This was in the summer of 1801 when the patriotic people of Cheshire, Massachusetts, turned out en masse to concoct a mammoth cheese on the village green for presentation to their beloved President Jefferson. The unique demonstration occurred spontaneously in jubilant commemoration of the greatest political triumph of a new country in a new century—the victory of the Democrats over the Federalists. Its collective making was heralded in Boston's Mercury and New England Palladium, September 8, 1801:
The Mammoth Cheese
AN EPICO-LYRICO BALLAD
From meadows rich, with clover red,
In shining pans the snowy flood
The quivering curd, in panniers stowed,
As Cairo's slaves, to bondage bred,
So here full many a sturdy swain
The widow, with her dripping mite
The circling throng an opening drew
Then Elder J. with lifted eyes
Now mellow strokes the yielding pile
Then sextonlike, the patriot troop,
Next girding screws the ponderous beam,
This spirited achievement of early democracy is commemorated today by a sign set up at the ancient and honorable town of Cheshire, located between Pittsfield and North Adams, on Route 8.
Jefferson's speech of thanks to the democratic people of Cheshire rings out in history: “I look upon this cheese as a token of fidelity from the very heart of the people of this land to the great cause of equal rights to all men.”
This popular presentation started a tradition. When Van Buren succeeded to the Presidency, he received a similar mammoth cheese in token of the high esteem in which he was held. A monstrous one, bigger than the Jeffersonian, was made by New Englanders to show their loyalty to President Jackson. For weeks this stood in state in the hall of the White House. At last the floor was a foot deep in the fragments remaining after the enthusiastic Democrats had eaten their fill.
Ode to Cheese
God of the country, bless today Thy cheese,
FROM JETHRO BITHELL'S TRANSLATION
Symphonie des Fromages
A giant Cantal, seeming to have been chopped open with an ax,
In 1953 the United States Department of Agriculture published Handbook No. 54, entitled Cheese Varieties and Descriptions, with this comment: “There probably are only about eighteen distinct types or kinds of natural cheese.” All the rest (more than 400 names) are of local origin, usually named after towns or communities. A list of the best-known names applied to each of these distinct varieties or groups is given:
Brick Gouda Romano
May we nominate another dozen to form our own Cheese Hall of Fame? We begin our list with a partial roll call of the big Blues family and end it with members of the monastic order of Port-Salut Trappist that includes Canadian Oka and our own Kentucky thoroughbred.
The Blues that Are Green
Stilton, Roquefort and Gorgonzola form the triumvirate that rules a world of lesser Blues. They are actually green, as green as the mythical cheese the moon is made of.
In almost every, land where cheese is made you can sample a handful of lesser Blues and imitations of the invincible three and try to classify them, until you're blue in the face. The best we can do in this slight summary is to mention a few of the most notable, aside from our own Blues of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon and other states that major in cheese.
Danish Blues are popular and splendidly made, such as “Flower of Denmark.” The Argentine competes with a pampas-grass Blue all its own. But France and England are the leaders in this line, France first with a sort of triple triumvirate within a triumvirate—Septmoncel, Gex, and Sassenage, all three made with three milks mixed together: cow, goat and sheep. Septmoncel is the leader of these, made in the Jura mountains and considered by many French caseophiles to outrank Roquefort.
This class of Blue or marbled cheese is called fromage persille, as well as fromage bleu and pate bleue. Similar mountain cheeses are made in Auvergne and Aubrac and have distinct qualities that have brought them fame, such as Cantal, bleu d'Auvergne Guiole or Laguiole, bleu de Salers, and St. Flour. Olivet and Queville come within the color scheme, and sundry others such as Champoleon, Journiac, Queyras and Sarraz.
Of English Blues there are several celebrities beside Stilton and Cheshire Stilton. Wensleydale was one in the early days, and still is, together with Blue Dorset, the deepest green of them all, and esoteric Blue Vinny, a choosey cheese not liked by everybody, the favorite of Thomas Hardy.
Sheila Hibben once wrote in The New Yorker:
I can't imagine any difference of opinion about Brie's being the queen of all cheeses, and if there is any such difference, I shall certainly ignore it. The very shape of Brie—so uncheese-like and so charmingly fragile—is exciting. Nine times out of ten a Brie will let you down—will be all caked into layers, which shows it is too young, or at the over-runny stage, which means it is too old—but when you come on the tenth Brie, coulant to just the right, delicate creaminess, and the color of fresh, sweet butter, no other cheese can compare with it.
The season of Brie, like that of oysters, is simple to remember: only months with an “R,” beginning with September, which is the best, bar none.
From Bulgaria to Turkey the Italian “horse cheese,” as Caciocavallo translates, is as universally popular as it is at home and in all the Little Italics throughout the rest of the world. Flattering imitations are made and named after it, as follows:
GREECE: Kashcavallo and Caskcaval
RUMANIA: Pentele and Kascaval
TRANSYLVANIA: Kascaval (as in Rumania)
TURKEY: Cascaval Penir
A horse's head printed on the cheese gave rise to its popular name and to the myth that it is made of mare's milk. It is, however, curded from cow's milk, whole or partly skimmed, and sometimes from water buffalo; hard, yellow and so buttery that the best of it, which comes from Sorrento, is called Cacio burro, butter cheese. Slightly salty, with a spicy tang, it is eaten sliced when young and mild and used for grating and seasoning when old, not only on the usual Italian pastes but on sweets.
Different from the many grating cheeses made from little balls of curd called grana, Caciocavallo is a pasta fileta, or drawn-curd product. Because of this it is sometimes drawn out in long thick threads and braided. It is a cheese for skilled artists to make sculptures with, sometimes horses' heads, again bunches of grapes and other fruits, even as Provolone is shaped like apples and pears and often worked into elaborate bas-relief designs. But ordinarily the horse's head is a plain tenpin in shape or a squat bottle with a knob on the side by which it has been tied up, two cheeses at a time, on opposite sides of a rafter, while being smoked lightly golden and rubbed with olive oil and butter to make it all the more buttery.
In Calabria and Sicily it is very popular, and although the best comes from Sorrento, there is keen competition from Abruzzi, Apulian Province and Molise. It keeps well and doesn't spoil when shipped overseas.
In his Little Book of Cheese Osbert Burdett recommends the high, horsy strength of this smoked Cacio over tobacco smoke after dinner:
Only monsters smoke at meals, but a monster assured me that
Camembert is called “mold-matured” and all that is genuine is labeled Syndicat du Vrai Camembert. The name in full is Syndicat des Fabricants du Veritable Camembert de Normandie and we agree that this is “a most useful association for the defense of one of the best cheeses of France.” Its extremely delicate piquance cannot be matched, except perhaps by Brie.
Napoleon is said to have named it and to have kissed the waitress who first served it to him in the tiny town of Camembert. And there a statue stands today in the market place to honor Marie Harel who made the first Camembert.
Camembert is equally good on thin slices of apple, pineapple, pear, French “flute” or pumpernickel. As-with Brie and with oysters, Camembert should be eaten only in the “R” months, and of these September is the best.
Since Camembert rhymes with beware, if you can't get the veritable don't fall for a domestic imitation or any West German abomination such as one dressed like a valentine in a heart-shaped box and labeled “Camembert—Cheese Exquisite.” They are equally tasteless, chalky with youth, or choking with ammoniacal gas when old and decrepit.
The English Encyclopedia of Practical Cookery says:
Cheddar cheese is one of the kings of cheese; it is pale
Named for a village near Bristol where farmer Joseph Harding first manufactured it, the best is still called Farmhouse Cheddar, but in America we have practically none of this. Farmhouse Cheddar must be ripened at least nine months to a mellowness, and little of our American cheese gets as much as that. Back in 1695 John Houghton wrote that it “contended in goodness (if kept from two to five years, according to magnitude) with any cheese in England.”
Today it is called “England's second-best cheese,” second after Stilton, of course.
In early days a large cheese sufficed for a year or two of family feeding, according to this old note: “A big Cheddar can be kept for two years in excellent condition if kept in a cool room and turned over every other day.”
But in old England some were harder to preserve: “In Bath... I asked one lady of the larder how she kept Cheddar cheese. Her eyes twinkled: 'We don't keep cheese; we eats it.'“
A Cheshireman sailed into Spain To trade for merchandise; When he arrived from the main A Spaniard him espies. Who said, “You English rogue, look here! What fruits and spices fine Our land produces twice a year. Thou has not such in thine.”
The Cheshireman ran to his hold And fetched a Cheshire cheese, And said, “Look here, you dog, behold! We have such fruits as these. Your fruits are ripe but twice a year, As you yourself do say, But such as I present you here Our land brings twice a day.”
Let us pass on to cheese. We have some glorious cheeses, and
T. Earle Welby,
IN “THE DINNER KNELL”
Cheshire is not only the most literary cheese in England, but the oldest. It was already manufactured when Caesar conquered Britain, and tradition is that the Romans built the walled city of Chester to control the district where the precious cheese was made. Chester on the River Dee was a stronghold against the Roman invasion.
It came to fame with The Old Cheshire Cheese in Elizabethan times and waxed great with Samuel Johnson presiding at the Fleet Street Inn where White Cheshire was served “with radishes or watercress or celery when in season,” and Red Cheshire was served toasted or stewed in a sort of Welsh Rabbit. (See Chapter 5.)
The Blue variety is called Cheshire-Stilton, and Vyvyan Holland, in Cheddar Gorge suggests that “it was no doubt a cheese of this sort, discovered and filched from the larder of the Queen of Hearts, that accounted for the contented grin on the face of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.”
All very English, as recorded in Victor Meusy's couplet:
Dans le Chester sec et rose
In the Chester dry and pink
Edam and Gouda
There also coming into the river two Dutchmen, we sent a couple of men on board and brought three Holland cheeses, cost 4d. a piece, excellent cheeses.
Pepys' Diary, March 2,1663
Commodore Coe, of the Montevidian Navy, defeated Admiral Brown
The Harbinger (Vermont), December 11, 1847
The crimson cannon balls of Holland have been heard around the world. Known as “red balls” in England and katzenkopf, “cat's head,” in Germany, they differ from Gouda chiefly in the shape, Gouda being round but flattish and now chiefly imported as one-pound Baby Goudas.
Edam when it is good is very, very good, but when it is bad it is horrid. Sophisticated ones are sent over already scalloped for the ultimate consumer to add port, and there are crocks of Holland cheese potted with sauterne. Both Edam and Gouda should be well aged to develop full-bodied quality, two years being the accepted standard for Edam.
The best Edams result from a perfect combination of Breed (black-and-white Dutch Friesian) and Feed (the rich pasturage of Friesland and Noord Holland).
The Goudas, shaped like English Derby and Belgian Delft and Leyden, come from South Holland. Some are specially made for the Jewish trade and called Kosher Gouda. Both Edam and Gouda are eaten at mealtimes thrice daily in Holland. A Dutch breakfast without one or the other on black bread with butter and black coffee would be unthinkable. They're also boon companions to plum bread and Dutch cocoa.
“Eclair Edams” are those with soft insides.
Emmentaler, Gruyere and Swiss
When the working woman
Whether an Emmentaler is eminently Schweizerkaese, grand Gruyere from France, or lesser Swiss of the United States, the shape, size and glisten of the eyes indicate the stage of ripeness, skill of making and quality of flavor. They must be uniform, roundish, about the size of a big cherry and, most important of all, must glisten like the eye of a lass in love, dry but with the suggestion of a tear.
Gruyere does not see eye to eye with the big-holed Swiss Saanen cartwheel or American imitation. It has tiny holes, and many of them; let us say it is freckled with pinholes, rather than pock-marked. This variety is technically called a niszler, while one without any holes at all is “blind.” Eyes or holes are also called vesicles.
Gruyere Trauben (Grape Gruyere) is aged in Neuchatel wine in Switzerland, although most Gruyere has been made in France since its introduction there in 1722. The most famous is made in the Jura, and another is called Comte from its origin in Franche-Comte.
A blind Emmentaler was made in Switzerland for export to Italy where it was hardened in caves to become a grating cheese called Raper, and now it is largely imitated there. Emmentaler, in fact, because of its piquant pecan-nut flavor and inimitable quality, is simulated everywhere, even in Switzerland.
Besides phonies from Argentina and countries as far off as Finland, we get a flood of imported and domestic Swisses of all sad sorts, with all possible faults—from too many holes, that make a flabby, wobbly cheese, to too few—cracked, dried-up, collapsed or utterly ruined by molding inside. So it will pay you to buy only the kind already marked genuine in Switzerland. For there cheese such as Saanen takes six years to ripen, improves with age, and keeps forever.
Cartwheels well over a hundred years old are still kept in cheese cellars (as common in Switzerland as wine cellars are in France), and it is said that the rank of a family is determined by the age and quality of the cheese in its larder.
Feta and Casere
The Greeks have a name for it—Feta. Their neighbors call it Greek cheese. Feta is to cheese what Hymettus is to honey. The two together make ambrosial manna. Feta is soft and as blinding white as a plate of fresh Ricotta smothered with sour cream. The whiteness is preserved by shipping the cheese all the way from Greece in kegs sloshing full of milk, the milk being renewed from time to time. Having been cured in brine, this great sheep-milk curd is slightly salty and somewhat sharp, but superbly spicy.
When first we tasted it fresh from the keg with salty milk dripping through our fingers, we gave it full marks. This was at the Staikos Brothers Greek-import store on West 23rd Street in Manhattan. We then compared Feta with thin wisps of its grown-up brother, Casere. This gray and greasy, hard and brittle palate-tickler of sheep's milk made us bleat for more Feta.
Gorgonzola, least pretentious of the Blues triumvirate (including Roquefort and Stilton) is nonetheless by common consent monarch of all other Blues from Argentina to Denmark. In England, indeed, many epicures consider Gorgonzola greater than Stilton, which is the highest praise any cheese can get there. Like all great cheeses it has been widely imitated, but never equaled. Imported Gorgonzola, when fruity ripe, is still firm but creamy and golden inside with rich green veins running through. Very pungent and highly flavored, it is eaten sliced or crumbled to flavor salad dressings, like Roquefort.
Hable Creme Chantilly
The name Hable Creme Chantilly sounds French, but the cheese is Swedish and actually lives up to the blurb in the imported package: “The overall characteristic is indescribable and delightful freshness.”
This exclusive product of the Walk Gaerd Creamery was hailed by Sheila Hibben in The New Yorker of May 6, 1950, as enthusiastically as Brillat-Savarin would have greeted a new dish, or the Planetarium a new star:
Endeavoring to be as restrained as I can, I shall merely
Miss Hibben goes on to say that only a fromage a la creme made in Quebec had come anywhere near her impression of the new Swedish triumph. She quotes the last word from the makers themselves: “This is a very special product that has never been made on this earth before,” and speaks of “the elusive flavor of mushrooms” before summing up, “the exquisitely textured curd and the unexpectedly fresh flavor combine to make it one of the most subtly enjoyable foods that have come my way in a long time.”
And so say we—all of us.
Hand cheese has this niche in our Cheese Hall of Fame not because we consider it great, but because it is usually included among the eighteen varieties on which the hundreds of others are based. It is named from having been molded into its final shape by hand. Universally popular with Germanic races, it is too strong for the others. To our mind, Hand cheese never had anything that Allgaeuer or Limburger hasn't improved upon.
It is the only cheese that is commonly melted into steins of beer and drunk instead of eaten. It is usually studded with caraway seeds, the most natural spice for curds.
Limburger has always been popular in America, ever since it was brought over by German-American immigrants; but England never took to it. This is eloquently expressed in the following entry in the English Encyclopedia of Practical Cookery:
Limburger cheese is chiefly famous for its pungently offensive
But this is libel. Butter-soft and sapid, Limburger has brought gustatory pleasure to millions of hardy gastronomes since it came to light in the province of Luettich in Belgium. It has been Americanized for almost a century and is by now one of the very few cheeses successfully imitated here, chiefly in New York and Wisconsin.
A half-pound package of American made Limburger. Photo by Billertl.
Early Wisconsiners will never forget the Limburger Rebellion in Green County, when the people rose in protest against the Limburger caravan that was accustomed to park in the little town of Monroe where it was marketed. They threatened to stage a modern Boston Tea Party and dump the odoriferous bricks in the river, when five or six wagonloads were left ripening in the sun in front of the town bank. The Limburger was finally stored safely underground.
Livarot has been described as decadent, “The very Verlaine of them all,” and Victor Meusy personifies it in a poem dedicated to all the great French cheeses, of which we give a free translation:
In the dog days
At the diplomatic banquet
You annoy the Russians
Like Limburger, this male cheese, often caraway-flavored, does not fare well in England. Although over here we consider Muenster far milder than Limburger, the English writer Eric Weir in When Madame Cooks will have none of it:
I cannot think why this cheese was not thrown from the aeroplanes during the war to spread panic amongst enemy troops. It would have proved far more efficacious than those nasty deadly gases that kill people permanently.
If the cream cheese be white
Arthur Hugh Clough
Although originally from Normandy, Neufchatel, like Limburger, was so long ago welcomed to America and made so splendidly at home here that we may consider it our very own. All we have against it is that it has served as the model for too many processed abominations.
Parmesan, Romano, Pecorino, Pecorino Romano
Parmesan when young, soft and slightly crumbly is eaten on bread. But when well aged, let us say up to a century, it becomes Rock of Gibraltar of cheeses and really suited for grating. It is easy to believe that the so-called “Spanish cheese” used as a barricade by Americans in Nicaragua almost a century ago was none other than the almost indestructible Grana, as Parmesan is called in Italy.
The association between cheese and battling began in B.C. days with the Jews and Romans, who fed cheese to their soldiers not only for its energy value but as a convenient form of rations, since every army travels on its stomach and can't go faster than its impedimenta. The last notable mention of cheese in war was the name of the Monitor : “A cheese box on a raft.”
Romano is not as expensive as Parmesan, although it is as friable, sharp and tangy for flavoring, especially for soups such as onion and minestrone. It is brittle and just off-white when well aged.
Although made of sheep's milk, Pecorino is classed with both Parmesan and Romano. All three are excellently imitated in Argentina. Romano and Pecorino Romano are interchangeable names for the strong, medium-sharp and piquant Parmesan types that sell for considerably less. Most of it is now shipped from Sardinia. There are several different kinds: Pecorino Dolce (sweet), Sardo Tuscano, and Pecorino Romano Cacio, which relates it to Caciocavallo.
Kibitzers complain that some of the cheaper types of Pecorino are soapy, but fans give it high praise. Gillian F., in her “Letter from Italy” in Osbert Burdett's delectable Little Book of Cheese, writes:
Out in the orchard, my companion, I don't remember how, had
This semisoft, medium-strong, golden-tinted French classic made since the thirteenth century, is definitely a dessert cheese whose excellence is brought out best by a sound claret or tawny port.
Port-Salut (See Trappist)
Within recent years Provolone has taken America by storm, as Camembert, Roquefort, Swiss, Limburger, Neufchatel and such great ones did long before. But it has not been successfully imitated here because the original is made of rich water-buffalo milk unattainable in the Americas.
With Caciocavallo, this mellow, smoky flavorsome delight is put up in all sorts of artistic forms, red-cellophaned apples, pears, bells, a regular zoo of animals, and in all sorts of sizes, up to a monumental hundred-pound bas-relief imported for exhibition purposes by Phil Alpert.
Homage to this fromage! Long hailed as le roi Roquefort, it has filled books and booklets beyond count. By the miracle of Penicillium Roqueforti a new cheese was made. It is placed historically back around the eighth century when Charlemagne was found picking out the green spots of Persille with the point of his knife, thinking them decay. But the monks of Saint-Gall, who were his hosts, recorded in their annals that when they regaled him with Roquefort (because it was Friday and they had no fish) they also made bold to tell him he was wasting the best part of the cheese. So he tasted again, found the advice excellent and liked it so well he ordered two caisses of it sent every year to his palace at Aix-la-Chapelle. He also suggested that it be cut in half first, to make sure it was well veined with blue, and then bound up with a wooden fastening.
Perhaps he hoped the wood would protect the cheeses from mice and rats, for the good monks of Saint-Gall couldn't be expected to send an escort of cats from their chalky caves to guard them—even for Charlemagne. There is no telling how many cats were mustered out in the caves, in those early days, but a recent census put the number at five hundred. We can readily imagine the head handler in the caves leading a night inspection with a candle, followed by his chief taster and a regiment of cats. While the Dutch and other makers of cheese also employ cats to patrol their storage caves, Roquefort holds the record for number. An interesting point in this connection is that as rats and mice pick only the prime cheeses, a gnawed one is not thrown away but greatly prized.
Sapsago, Schabziger or Swiss Green Cheese
The name Sapsago is a corruption of Schabziger, German for whey cheese. It's a hay cheese, flavored heavily with melilot, a kind of clover that's also grown for hay. It comes from Switzerland in a hard, truncated cone wrapped in a piece of paper that says:
To be used grated only
To the housewives! Do you want a change in your meals? Try the
We put this wrapper among our papers, sealed it tight in an envelope, and to this day, six months later, the scent of Sapsago clings 'round it still.
Honor for Cheeses
Literary and munching circles in London are putting quite a lot
One side, led by Sir John, is all for a monument.
This, presumably, would not be a replica of Stilton itself,
The monument-boosters plan a figure of Mrs. Paulet, who first
T.S. Eliot does not think that anyone would look at a monument,
Mr. J.A. Symonds, who is secretary of the committee, agrees
“I should like,” he says, “something irrelevant—gargoyles,
I think that Mr. Symonds has hit on something there.
I would suggest, if we Americans can pitch into this great
If the memorial could be devised so as to take on an
We might be allowed to furnish the money, however, while
There is a very good precedent for such a bargain between the
Robert Benchley, in After 1903—What?
When all seems lost in England there is still Stilton, an endless after-dinner conversation piece to which England points with pride. For a sound appreciation of this cheese see Clifton Fadiman's introduction to this book.
Taleggio and Bel Paese
When the great Italian cheese-maker, Galbini, first exported Bel Paese some years ago, it was an eloquent ambassador to America. But as the years went on and imitations were made in many lands, Galbini deemed it wise to set up his own factory in our beautiful country. However, the domestic Bel Paese and a minute one-pounder called Bel Paesino just didn't have that old Alpine zest. They were no better than the German copy called Schoenland, after the original, or the French Fleur des Alpes.
Mel Fino was a blend of Bel Paese and Gorgonzola. It perked up the market for a full, fruity cheese with snap. Then Galbini hit the jackpot with his Taleggio that fills the need for the sharpest, most sophisticated pungence of them all.
Trappist, Port-Salut, or Port du Salut, and Oka
In spite of its name Trappist is no rat-trap commoner. Always of the elect, and better known as Port-Salut or Port du Salut from the original home of the Trappist monks in their chief French abbey, it is also set apart from the ordinary Canadians under the name of Oka, from the Trappist monastery there. It is made by Trappist monks all over the world, according to the original secret formula, and by Trappist Cistercian monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani Trappist in Kentucky.
This is a soft cheese, creamy and of superb flavor. You can't go wrong if you look for the monastery name stamped on, such as Harze in Belgium, Mont-des-Cats in Flanders, Sainte Anne d'Auray in Brittany, and so forth.
Last but not least, a commercial Port-Salut entirely without benefit of clergy or monastery is made in Milwaukee under the Lion Brand. It is one of the finest American cheeses in which we have ever sunk a fang.
The first American Cheddar was made soon after 1620 around Plymouth by Pilgrim fathers who brought along not only cheese from the homeland but a live cow to continue the supply. Proof of our ability to manufacture Cheddar of our own lies in the fact that by 1790 we were exporting it back to England.
It was called Cheddar after the English original named for the village of Cheddar near Bristol. More than a century ago it made a new name for itself, Herkimer County cheese, from the section of New York State where it was first made best. Herkimer still equals its several distinguished competitors, Coon, Colorado Blackie, California Jack, Pineapple, Sage, Vermont Colby and Wisconsin Longhorn.
The English called our imitation Yankee, or American, Cheddar, while here at home it was popularly known as yellow or store cheese from its prominent position in every country store; also apple-pie cheese because of its affinity for the all-American dessert.
The first Cheddar factory was founded by Jesse Williams in Rome, New York, just over a century ago and, with Herkimer County Cheddar already widely known, this established “New York” as the preferred “store-boughten” cheese.
An account of New York's cheese business in the pioneer Wooden Nutmeg Era is found in Ernest Elmo Calkins' interesting book, They Broke the Prairies. A Yankee named Silvanus Ferris, “the most successful dairyman of Herkimer County,” in the first decades of the 1800's teamed up with Robert Nesbit, “the old Quaker Cheese Buyer.” They bought from farmers in the region and sold in New York City. And “according to the business ethics of the times,” Nesbit went ahead to cheapen the cheese offered by deprecating its quality, hinting at a bad market and departing without buying. Later when Ferris arrived in a more optimistic mood, offering a slightly better price, the seller, unaware they were partners, and ignorant of the market price, snapped up the offer.
Similar sharp-trade tactics put too much green cheese on the market, so those honestly aged from a minimum of eight months up to two years fetched higher prices. They were called “old,” such as Old Herkimer, Old Wisconsin Longhorn, and Old California Jack.
Although the established Cheddar ages are three, fresh, medium-cured, and cured or aged, commercially they are divided into two and described as mild and sharp. The most popular are named for their states: Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin. Two New York Staters are called and named separately, Coon and Herkimer County. Tillamook goes by its own name with no mention of Oregon. Pineapple, Monterey Jack and Sage are seldom listed as Cheddars at all, although they are basically that.
Brick is the one and only cheese for which the whole world gives America credit. Runners-up are Liederkranz, which rivals say is too close to Limburger, and Pineapple, which is only a Cheddar under its crisscrossed, painted and flavored rind. Yet Brick is no more distinguished than either of the hundred percent Americans, and in our opinion is less worth bragging about.
It is a medium-firm, mild-to-strong slicing cheese for sandwiches and melting in hot dishes. Its texture is elastic but not rubbery, its taste sweetish, and it is full of little round holes or eyes. All this has inspired enthusiasts to liken it to Emmentaler. The most appropriate name for it has long been “married man's Limburger.” To make up for the mildness caraway seed is sometimes added.
About Civil War time, John Jossi, a dairyman of Dodge County, Wisconsin, came up with this novelty, a rennet cheese made of whole cow's milk. The curd is cut like Cheddar, heated, stirred and cooked firm to put in a brick-shaped box without a bottom and with slits in the sides to drain. When this is set on the draining table a couple of bricks are also laid on the cooked curd for pressure. It is this double use of bricks, for shaping and for pressing, that has led to the confusion about which came first in originating the name.
The formed “bricks” of cheese are rubbed with salt for three days and they ripen slowly, taking up to two months.
We eat several million pounds a year and 95 percent of that comes from Wisconsin, with a trickle from New York.
Colorado Blackie Cheese
A subtly different American Cheddar is putting Colorado on our cheese map. It is called Blackie from the black-waxed rind and it resembles Vermont State cheese, although it is flatter. This is a proud new American product, proving that although Papa Cheddar was born in England his American kinfolk have developed independent and valuable characters all on their own.
Coon cheese is full of flavor from being aged on shelves at a higher temperature than cold storage. Its rind is darker from the growth of mold and this shade is sometimes painted on more ordinary Cheddars to make them look like Coon, which always brings a 10 percent premium above the general run.
Made at Lowville, New York, it has received high praise from a host of admirers, among them the French cook, Clementine, in Phineas Beck's Kitchen, who raised it to the par of French immortals by calling it Fromage de Coon. Clementine used it “with scintillating success in countless French recipes which ended with the words gratiner au four et servir tres chaud. She made baguettes of it by soaking sticks three-eights-inch square and one and a half inches long in lukewarm milk, rolling them in flour, beaten egg and bread crumbs and browning them instantaneously in boiling oil.”
Herkimer County Cheese
The standard method for making American Cheddar was established in Herkimer County, New York, in 1841 and has been rigidly maintained down to this day. Made with rennet and a bacterial “starter,” the curd is cut and pressed to squeeze out all of the whey and then aged in cylindrical forms for a year or more.
Herkimer leads the whole breed by being flaky, brittle, sharp and nutty, with a crumb that will crumble, and a soft, mouth-watering pale orange color when it is properly aged.
Isigny is a native American cheese that came a cropper. It seems to be extinct now, and perhaps that is all to the good, for it never meant to be anything more than another Camembert, of which we have plenty of imitation.
Not long after the Civil War the attempt was made to perfect Isigny. The curd was carefully prepared according to an original formula, washed and rubbed and set aside to come of age. But when it did, alas, it was more like Limburger than Camembert, and since good domestic Limburger was then a dime a pound, obviously it wouldn't pay off. Yet in shape the newborn resembled Camembert, although it was much larger. So they cut it down and named it after the delicate French Creme d'lsigny.
Jack, California Jack and Monterey Jack
Jack was first known as Monterey cheese from the California county where it originated. Then it was called Jack for short, and only now takes its full name after sixty years of popularity on the West Coast. Because it is little known in the East and has to be shipped so far, it commands the top Cheddar price.
Monterey Jack is a stirred curd Cheddar without any annatto coloring. It is sweeter than most and milder when young, but it gets sharper with age and more expensive because of storage costs.
No native American cheese has been so widely ballyhooed, and so deservedly, as Liederkranz, which translates “Wreath of Song.”
Back in the gay, inventive nineties, Emil Frey, a young delicatessen keeper in New York, tried to please some bereft customers by making an imitation of Bismarck Schlosskaese. This was imperative because the imported German cheese didn't stand up during the long sea trip and Emil's customers, mostly members of the famous Liederkranz singing society, didn't feel like singing without it. But Emil's attempts at imitation only added indigestion to their dejection, until one day— fabelhaft! One of those cheese dream castles in Spain came true. He turned out a tawny, altogether golden, tangy and mellow little marvel that actually was an improvement on Bismarck's old Schlosskaese. Better than Brick, it was a deodorized Limburger, both a man's cheese and one that cheese-conscious women adored.
Emil named it “Wreath of Song” for the Liederkranz customers. It soon became as internationally known as tabasco from Texas or Parisian Camembert which it slightly resembles. Borden's bought out Frey in 1929 and they enjoy telling the story of a G.I. who, to celebrate V-E Day in Paris, sent to his family in Indiana, only a few miles from the factory at Van Wert, Ohio, a whole case of what he had learned was “the finest cheese France could make.” And when the family opened it, there was Liederkranz.
Another deserved distinction is that of being sandwiched in between two foreign immortals in the following recipe:
1 ripe Camembert cheese 1 Liederkranz 1/8 pound imported Roquefort 1/4 pound butter 1 tablespoon flour 1 cup cream 1/2 cup finely chopped olives 1/4 cup canned pimiento A sprinkling of cayenne
Depending on whether or not you like the edible rind of
Stir in the cream and keep stirring until you have a smooth,
The name Schnitzelbank comes from “school bench,” a game. This snappy-sweet pot is specially suited to a beer party and stein songs. It is also the affinity-spread with rye and pumpernickel, and may be served in small sandwiches or on crackers, celery and such, to make appetizing tidbits for cocktails, tea, or cider.
Like the trinity of cheeses that make it, the mixture is eaten best at room temperature, when its flavor is fullest. If kept in the refrigerator, it should be taken out a couple of hours before serving. Since it is a natural cheese mixture, which has gone through no process or doping with preservative, it will not keep more than two weeks. This mellow-sharp mix is the sort of ideal the factory processors shoot at with their olive-pimiento abominations. Once you've potted your own, you'll find it gives the same thrill as garnishing your own Liptauer.
The discovery of sandstone caves in the bluffs along the Mississippi, in and near the Twin Cities of Minnesota, has established a distinctive type of Blue cheese named for the state. Although the Roquefort process of France is followed and the cheese is inoculated in the same way by mold from bread, it can never equal the genuine imported, marked with its red-sheep brand, because the milk used in Minnesota Blue is cow's milk, and the caves are sandstone instead of limestone. Yet this is an excellent, Blue cheese in its own right.
Pineapple cheese is named after its shape rather than its flavor, although there are rumors that some pineapple flavor is noticeable near the oiled rind. This flavor does not penetrate through to the Cheddar center. Many makers of processed cheese have tampered with the original, so today you can't be sure of anything except getting a smaller size every year or two, at a higher price. Originally six pounds, the Pineapple has shrunk to nearly six ounces. The proper bright-orange, oiled and shellacked surface is more apt to be a sickly lemon.
Always an ornamental cheese, it once stood in state on the side-board under a silver bell also made to represent a pineapple. You cut a top slice off the cheese, just as you would off the fruit, and there was a rose-colored, fine-tasting, mellow-hard cheese to spoon out with a special silver cheese spoon or scoop. Between meals the silver top was put on the silver holder and the oiled and shellacked rind kept the cheese moist. Even when the Pineapple was eaten down to the rind the shell served as a dunking bowl to fill with some salubrious cold Fondue or salad.
Made in the same manner as Cheddar with the curd cooked harder, Pineapple's distinction lies in being hung in a net that makes diamond-shaped corrugations on the surface, simulating the sections of the fruit. It is a pioneer American product with almost a century and a half of service since Lewis M. Norton conceived it in 1808 in Litchfield County, Connecticut. There in 1845 he built a factory and made a deserved fortune out of his decorative ingenuity with what before had been plain, unromantic yellow or store cheese.
Perhaps his inspiration came from cone-shaped Cheshire in old England, also called Pineapple cheese, combined with the hanging up of Provolones in Italy that leaves the looser pattern of the four sustaining strings.
Sage, Vermont Sage and Vermont State
The story of Sage cheese, or green cheese as it was called originally, shows the several phases most cheeses have gone through, from their simple, honest beginnings to commercialization, and sometimes back to the real thing.
The English Encyclopedia of Practical Cookery has an early Sage recipe:
This is a species of cream cheese made by adding sage leaves
Fancy Cheese in America, lay Charles A. Publow, records the commercialization of the cheese mentioned above, a century or two later, in 1910:
Sage cheese is another modified form of the Cheddar variety.
A very satisfactory Sage cheese is made at the New York State
A modern cheese authority reported on the current (1953) method:
Instead of sage leaves, or tea prepared from them, at present
In scouting around for a possible maker of the real thing today, we wrote to Vrest Orton of Vermont, and got this reply:
Sage cheese is one of the really indigenous and best native
On this hangs a tale. Some years ago I couldn't get enough sage
So I said to hell with that and the next time I saw George
“Then what do you use, George?” I inquired.
“We use real sage.”
“Well, because it's cheaper than that synthetic stuff.”
The genuine Vermont Sage arrived. Here are our notes on it:
Oh, wilderness were Paradise enow! My taste buds come to full
Old-Fashioned Vermont State Store Cheese
We received from savant Vrest Orton another letter, together with some Vermont store cheese and some crackers.
This cheese is our regular old-fashioned store cheese—it's
Did you know that during the last part of the nineteenth
The crackers are the old-time store cracker—every Vermonter
It takes two pocket-sized, but thick, yellow volumes to record the story of Oregon's great Tillamook. The Cheddar Box, by Dean Collins, comes neatly boxed and bound in golden cloth stamped with a purple title, like the rind of a real Tillamook. Volume I is entitled Cheese Cheddar, and Volume II is a two-pound Cheddar cheese labeled Tillamook and molded to fit inside its book jacket. We borrowed Volume I from a noted litterateur, and never could get him to come across with Volume II. We guessed its fate, however, from a note on the flyleaf of the only tome available: “This is an excellent cheese, full cream and medium sharp, and a unique set of books in which Volume II suggests Bacon's: 'Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.'“
Since we began this chapter with all-American Cheddars, it is only fitting to end with Wisconsin Longhorn, a sort of national standard, even though it's not nearly so fancy or high-priced as some of the regional natives that can't approach its enormous output. It's one of those all-purpose round cheeses that even taste round in your mouth. We are specially partial to it.
Most Cheddars are named after their states. Yet, putting all of these thirty-seven states together, they produce only about half as much as Wisconsin alone.
Besides Longhorn, in Wisconsin there are a dozen regional competitors ranging from White Twin Cheddar, to which no annatto coloring has been added, through Green Bay cheese to Wisconsin Redskin and Martha Washington Aged, proudly set forth by P.H. Kasper of Bear Creek, who is said to have “won more prizes in forty years than any ten cheesemakers put together.”
To help guarantee a market for all this excellent apple-pie cheese, the Wisconsin State Legislature made a law about it, recognizing the truth of Eugene Field's jingle:
Apple pie without cheese
Small matter in the Badger State when the affinity is made legal and the couple lawfully wedded in Statute No. 160,065. It's still in force:
Butter and cheese to be served. Every person, firm or
Besides Longhorn, Wisconsin leads in Limburger. It produces so much Swiss that the state is sometimes called Swissconsin.
That nice little smoky room at the “Salutation,” which is even
Charles Lamb, IN A LETTER TO COLERIDGE
Unlike the beginning of the classical Jugged Hare recipe: “First catch your hare!” we modern Rabbit-hunters start off with “First catch your Cheddar!” And some of us go so far as to smuggle in formerly forbidden fromages such as Gruyere, Neufchatel, Parmesan, and mixtures thereof. We run the gamut of personal preferences in selecting the Rabbit cheese itself, from old-time American, yellow or store cheese, to Coon and Canadian-smoked, though all of it is still Cheddar, no matter how you slice it.
Then, too, guests are made to run the gauntlet of all-American trimmings from pin-money pickles to peanut butter, succotash and maybe marshmallows; we add mustard, chill, curry, tabasco and sundry bottled red devils from the grocery store, to add pep and piquance to the traditional cayenne and black pepper. This results in Rabbits that are out of focus, out of order and out of this world.
Among modern sins of omission, the Worcestershire sauce is left out by braggarts who aver that they can take it or leave it. And, in these degenerate days, when it comes to substitutions for the original beer or stale pale ale, we find the gratings of great Cheddars wet down with mere California sherry or even ginger ale—yet so far, thank goodness, no Cokes. And there's tomato juice out of a can into the Rum Turn Tiddy, and sometimes celery soup in place of milk or cream.
In view of all this, we can only look to the standard cookbooks for salvation. These are mostly compiled by women, our thoughtful mothers, wives and sweethearts who have saved the twin Basic Rabbits for us. If it weren't for these Fanny Farmers, the making of a real aboriginal Welsh Rabbit would be a lost art—lost in sporting male attempts to improve upon the original.
The girls are still polite about the whole thing and protectively pervert the original spelling of “Rabbit” to “Rarebit” in their culinary guides. We have heard that once a club of ladies in high society tried to high-pressure the publishers of Mr. Webster's dictionary to change the old spelling in their favor. Yet there is a lot to be said for this more genteel and appetizing rendering of the word, for the Welsh masterpiece is, after all, a very rare bit of cheesemongery, male or female.
Yet in dealing with “Rarebits” the distaff side seldom sets down more than the basic Adam and Eve in a whole Paradise of Rabbits: No. 1, the wild male type made with beer, and No. 2, the mild female made with milk. Yet now that the chafing dish has come back to stay, there's a flurry in the Rabbit warren and the new cooking encyclopedias give up to a dozen variants. Actually there are easily half a gross of valid ones in current esteem.
The two basic recipes are differentiated by the liquid ingredient, but both the beer and the milk are used only one way—warm, or anyway at room temperature. And again for the two, there is but one traditional cheese—Cheddar, ripe, old or merely aged from six months onward. This is also called American, store, sharp, Rabbit, yellow, beer, Wisconsin Longhorn, mouse, and even rat.
The seasoned, sapid Cheddar-type, so indispensable, includes dozens of varieties under different names, regional or commercial. These are easily identified as sisters-under-the-rinds by all five senses:
sight: Golden yellow and mellow to the eye. It's one of those
hearing: By thumping, a cheese-fancier, like a melon-picker,
smell: A scent as fresh as that of the daisies and herbs the
touch: Crumbly—a caress to the fingers.
taste: The quintessence of this fivefold test. Just cuddle a
Beyond all this (and in spite of the school that plumps for the No. 2 temperance alternative) we must point out that beer has a special affinity for Cheddar. The French have clearly established this in their names for Welsh Rabbit, Fromage Fondue a la Biere and Fondue a l'Anglaise.
To prepare such a cheese for the pan, each Rabbit hound may have a preference all his own, for here the question comes up of how it melts best. Do you shave, slice, dice, shred, mince, chop, cut, scrape or crumble it in the fingers? This will vary according to one's temperament and the condition of the cheese. Generally, for best results it is coarsely grated. When it comes to making all this into a rare bit of Rabbit there is:
The One and Only Method
Use a double boiler, or preferably a chafing dish, avoiding aluminum and other soft metals. Heat the upper pan by simmering water in the lower one, but don't let the water boil up or touch the top pan.
Most, but not all, Rabbits are begun by heating a bit of butter or margarine in the pan in which one cup of roughly grated cheese, usually sharp Cheddar, is melted and mixed with one-half cup of liquid, added gradually. (The butter isn't necessary for a cheese that should melt by itself.)
The two principal ingredients are melted smoothly together and kept from curdling by stirring steadily in one direction only, over an even heat. The spoon used should be of hard wood, sterling silver or porcelain. Never use tin, aluminum or soft metal—the taste may come off to taint the job.
Be sure the liquid is at room temperature, or warmer, and add it gradually, without interrupting the stirring. Do not let it come to the bubbling point, and never let it boil.
Add seasonings only when the cheese is melted, which will take two or three minutes. Then continue to stir in the same direction without an instant's letup, for maybe ten minutes or more, until the Rabbit is smooth. The consistency and velvety smoothness depend a good deal on whether or not an egg, or a beaten yolk, is added.
The hotter the Rabbit is served, the better. You can sizzle the top with a salamander or other branding iron, but in any case set it forth as nearly sizzling as possible, on toast hellishly hot, whether it's browned or buttered on one side or both.
Give a thought to the sad case of the “little dog whose name was Rover, and when he was dead he was dead all over.” Something very similar happens with a Rabbit that's allowed to cool down—when it's cold it's cold all over, and you can't resuscitate it by heating.
BASIC WELSH RABBIT
No. 1 (with beer)
2 tablespoons butter 3 cups grated old Cheddar 1/2 teaspoon English dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt A dash of cayenne 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten with 1/2 cup light beer or ale 4 slices hot buttered toast
Over boiling water melt butter and cheese together, stirring
It may take many minutes of constant stirring to achieve the
Keep it piping hot but don't let it bubble, for a boiled Rabbit
Usually crusts are cut off the bread before toasting, and some aesthetes toast one side only, spreading the toasted side with cold butter for taste contrast. Lay the toast on the hot plate, buttered side down, and pour the Rabbit over the porous untoasted side so it can soak in. (This is recommended in Lady Llanover's recipe, which appears on page 52 of this book.)
Although the original bread for Rabbit toast was white, there is now no limit in choice among whole wheat, graham, rolls, muffins, buns, croutons and crackers, to infinity.
No. 2 (with milk)
For a rich milk Rabbit use 1/2 cup thin cream, evaporated milk, whole milk or buttermilk, instead of beer as in No. 1. Then, to keep everything bland, cut down the mustard by half or leave it out, and use paprika in place of cayenne. As in No. 1, the use of Worcestershire sauce is optional, although our feeling is that any spirited Rabbit would resent its being left out.
Either of these basic recipes can be made without eggs, and more cheaply, although the beaten egg is a guarantee against stringiness. When the egg is missing, we are sad to record that a teaspoon or so of cornstarch generally takes its place.
Rabbiteers are of two minds about fast and slow heating and stirring, so you'll have to adjust that to your own experience and rhythm. As a rule, the heat is reduced when the cheese is almost melted, and speed of stirring slows when the eggs and last ingredients go in.
Many moderns who have found that monosodium glutamate steps up the flavor of natural cheese, put it in at the start, using one-half teaspoon for each cup of grated Cheddar. When it comes to pepper you are fancy-free. As both black and white pepper are now held in almost equal esteem, you might equip your hutch with twin hand-mills to do the grinding fresh, for this is always worth the trouble. Tabasco sauce is little used and needs a cautious hand, but some addicts can't leave it out any more than they can swear off the Worcestershire.
The school that plumps for malty Rabbits and the other that goes for milky ones are equally emphatic in their choice. So let us consider the compromise of our old friend Frederick Philip Stieff, the Baltimore homme de bouche, as he set it forth for us years ago in 10,000 Snacks: “The idea of cooking a Rabbit with beer is an exploded and dangerous theory. Tap your keg or open your case of ale or beer and serve with, not in your Rabbit.”
The Stieff Recipe BASIC MILK RABBIT (completely surrounded by a lake of malt beverages)
2 cups grated sharp cheese 3 heaping tablespoons butter 1-1/2 cups milk 4 eggs 1 heaping tablespoon mustard 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce Pepper, salt and paprika to taste—then add more of each.
Grease well with butter the interior of your double boiler so
Put cheese, well-grated, into the double boiler and add butter
Prepare a mixture of Worcestershire sauce, mustard, pepper,
This is sufficient for six gourmets or four gourmands.
Nota bene: A Welsh Rabbit, to be a success, should never be of the consistency whereby it may be used to tie up bundles, nor yet should it bounce if inadvertently dropped on the kitchen floor.
Lady Llanover's Toasted Welsh Rabbit
Cut a slice of the real Welsh cheese made of sheep's and cow's
From this original toasting of the cheese many Englishmen still call Welsh Rabbit “Toasted Cheese,” but Lady Llanover goes on to point out that the Toasted Rabbit of her Wales and the Melted or Stewed Buck Rabbit of England (which has become our American standard) are as different in the making as the regional cheeses used in them, and she says that while doctors prescribed the toasted Welsh as salubrious for invalids, the stewed cheese of Olde England was “only adapted to strong digestions.”
English literature rings with praise for the toasted cheese of Wales and England. There is Christopher North's eloquent “threads of unbeaten gold, shining like gossamer filaments (that may be pulled from its tough and tenacious substance).”
Yet not all of the references are complimentary.
Thus Shakespeare in King Lear:
Look, look a mouse!
And Sydney Smith's:
Old friendships are destroyed by toasted cheese, and hard
But Khys Davis in My Wales makes up for such rudenesses:
The Welsh Enter Heaven
The Lord had been complaining to St. Peter of the dearth of
St. Peter said, “They are the Welsh. They refuse to come in;
The Lord said, “I wish them to come in here to sing Bach and
St. Peter went to the Welsh and gave them the commands of the
St. David said, “Try toasted cheese. Build a fire just inside
And, lest we forget, the wonderful drink that made Alice grow and grow to the ceiling of Wonderland contained not only strawberry jam but toasted cheese.
Then there's the frightening nursery rhyme:
The Irishman loved usquebaugh,
The Irishman was drowned in usquebaugh,
And, perhaps worst of all, Shakespeare, no cheese-lover, this tune in Merry Wives of Windsor:
'Tis time I were choked by a bit of toasted cheese.
An elaboration of the simple Welsh original went English with Dr. William Maginn, the London journalist whose facile pen enlivened the Blackwoods Magazine era with Ten Tales:
Dr. Maginn's Rabbit
Much is to be said in favor of toasted cheese for supper. It is
The popularity of this has come down to us in the succinct summing-up, “Toasted cheese hath no master.”
The Welsh original became simple after Dr. Maginn's supper sandwich was served, a century and a half ago; for it was served as a savory to sum up and help digest a dinner, in this form:
Remove all crusts from bread slices, toast on both sides and
While toasted cheese undoubtedly was the Number One dairy dish of Anglo-Saxons, stewed cheese came along to rival it in Elizabethan London. This sophisticated, big-city dish, also called a Buck Rabbit, was the making of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street, where Dr. Johnson later presided. And it must have been the pick of the town back in the days when barrooms still had sawdust on the floor, for the learned Doctor endorsed old Omar Khayyam's love of the pub with: “There is nothing which has been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.” Yet he was no gourmet, as may be judged by his likening of a succulent, golden-fried oyster to “a baby's ear dropped in sawdust.”
Perhaps it is just as well that no description of the world's first Golden Buck has come down from him. But we don't have to look far for on-the-spot pen pictures by other men of letters at “The Cheese,” as it was affectionately called. To a man they sang praises for that piping hot dish of preserved and beatified milk.
Inspired by stewed cheese, Mark Lemon, the leading rhymester of Punch, wrote the following poem and dedicated it to the memory of Lovelace:
Champagne will not a dinner make,
All that's necessary is an old-time “cheese stewer” or a reasonable substitute. The base of this is what was once quaintly called a “hot-water bath.” This was a sort of miniature wash boiler just big enough to fit in snugly half a dozen individual tins, made squarish and standing high enough above the bath water to keep any of it from getting into the stew. In these tins the cheese is melted. But since such a tinsmith's contraption is hard to come by in these days of fireproof cooking glass, we suggest muffin tins, ramekins or even small cups to crowd into the bottom of your double boiler or chafing dish. But beyond this we plump for a revival of the “cheese stewer” in stainless steel, silver or glass.
In the ritual at “The Cheese,” these dishes, brimming over, “bubbling and blistering with the stew,” followed a pudding that's still famous. Although down the centuries the recipe has been kept secret, the identifiable ingredients have been itemized as follows: “Tender steak, savory oyster, seductive kidney, fascinating lark, rich gravy, ardent pepper and delicate paste”—not to mention mushrooms. And after the second or third helping of pudding, with a pint of stout, bitter, or the mildest and mellowest brown October Ale in a dented pewter pot, “the stewed Cheshire cheese.”
Cheese was the one and only other course prescribed by tradition and appetite from the time when Charles II aled and regaled Nell Gwyn at “The Cheese,” where Shakespeare is said to have sampled this “kind of a glorified Welsh Rarebit, served piping hot in the square shallow tins in which it is cooked and garnished with sippets of delicately colored toast.”
Among early records is this report of Addison's in The Spectator of September 25,1711:
They yawn for a Cheshire cheese, and begin about midnight, when
Only a short time later, in 1725, the proprietor of Simpson's in the Strand inaugurated a daily guessing contest that drew crowds to his fashionable eating and drinking place. He would set forth a huge portion of cheese and wager champagne and cigars for the house that no one present could correctly estimate the weight, height and girth of it.
As late as 1795, when Boswell was accompanying Dr. Johnson to “The Cheese,” records of St. Dunstan's Club, which also met there, showed that the current price of a Buck Rabbit was tuppence, and that this was also the amount of the usual tip.
Ye Original Recipe
1-1/2 ounces butter 1 cup cream 1-1/2 cups grated Cheshire cheese (more pungent, snappier, richer, and more brightly colored than its first cousin, Cheddar)
Heat butter and cream together, then stir in the cheese and let
You dunk fingers of toast directly into your individual tin, or
The salamander is worth modernizing, too, so you can brand your
It is notable that there is no beer or ale in this recipe, but not lamentable, since all aboriginal cheese toasts were washed down in tossing seas of ale, beer, porter, stout, and 'arf and 'arf.
This creamy Stewed Buck, on which the literary greats of Johnson's time supped while they smoked their church wardens, received its highest praise from an American newspaper woman who rhapsodized in 1891: “Then came stewed cheese, on the thin shaving of crisp, golden toast in hot silver saucers—so hot that the cheese was the substance of thick cream, the flavor of purple pansies and red raspberries commingled.”
This may seem a bit flowery, but in truth many fine cheeses hold a trace of the bouquet of the flowers that have enriched the milk. Alpine blooms and herbs haunt the Gruyere, Parmesan wafts the scent of Parma violets, the Flower Cheese of England is perfumed with the petals of rose, violet, marigold and jasmine.
Oven Rabbit (FROM AN OLD RECIPE)
Chop small 1/2 pound of cooking cheese. Put it, with a piece of
When softened add 2 yolks of eggs, 1/2 teacupful of ale, a
Yorkshire Rabbit (originally called Gherkin Buck, from a pioneer recipe)
Put into a saucepan 1/2 pound of cheese, sprinkle with pepper
In 2 more minutes it should be done. (10 minutes altogether is
A Golden Buck is simply the Basic Welsh Rabbit with beer (No.
Golden Buck II
This is only a Golden Buck with the addition of bacon strips.
The Venerable Yorkshire Buck
Spread 1/2-inch slices of bread with mustard and brown in hot
Bacon is the thing that identifies any Yorkshire Rabbit.
Yale College Welsh Rabbit (MORIARTY'S)
1 jigger of beer 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon mustard 1-1/2 cups grated or shaved cheese More beer
Pour the jigger of beer into “a low saucepan,” dash on the
When creamy, pour over buttered toast (2 slices for this
There are two schools of postgraduate Rabbit-hunters: Yale, as above, with beer both in the Rabbit and with it; and the other featured in the Stieff Recipe, which prefers leaving it out of the Rabbit, but taps a keg to drink with it.
The ancient age of Moriarty's campus classic is registered by the use of pioneer black pepper in place of white, which is often used today and is thought more sophisticated by some than the red cayenne of Rector's Naughty Nineties Chafing Dish Rabbit, which is precisely the same as our Basic Recipe No. 1.
Border-hopping Bunny, or Frijole Rabbit
1-1/2 tablespoons butter 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped onion 2 tablespoons chopped pepper, green or red, or both 1-1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 small can kidney beans, drained 1-1/2 tablespoons catsup 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Salt 2 cups grated cheese
Cook onion and pepper lightly in butter with chili powder; add
Serve this beany Bunny peppery hot on tortillas or crackers,
In the whole hutch of kitchen Rabbitry the most popular modern ones are made with tomato, a little or lots. They hop in from everywhere, from Mexico to South Africa, and call for all kinds of quirks, down to mixing in some dried beef, and there is even a skimpy Tomato Rabbit for reducers, made with farmer cheese and skimmed milk.
Although the quaintly named Rum Tum Tiddy was doubtless the great-grandpappy of all Tomato Rabbits, a richer, more buttery and more eggy one has taken its place as the standard today. The following is a typical recipe for this, tried and true, since it has had a successful run through a score of the best modern cookbooks, with only slight personal changes to keep its juice a-flowing blood-red.
2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 3/4 cup thin cream or evaporated milk 3/4 cup canned tomato pulp, rubbed through a sieve to remove seeds A pinch of soda 3 cups grated cheese Pinches of dry mustard, salt and cayenne 2 eggs, lightly beaten
Blend flour in melted butter, add cream slowly, and when this
Instead of soda, some antiquated recipes call for “a tablespoon of bicarbonate of potash.”
South African Tomato Rabbit
This is the same as above, except that 1/2 teaspoon of sugar is
Rum Tum Tiddy, Rink Tum Ditty, etc. (OLD BOSTON STYLE)
1 tablespoon butter 1 onion, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1 big pinch of pepper 2 cups cooked tomatoes 1 tablespoon sugar 3 cups grated store cheese 1 egg, lightly beaten
Slowly fry onion bright golden in butter, season and add
Tomato Soup Rabbit
1 can condensed tomato soup 2 cups grated cheese 1/4 teaspoon English mustard 1 egg, lightly beaten Salt and pepper
Heat soup, stir in cheese until melted, add mustard and egg
This is a quickie Rum Tum Tiddy, without any onion, a poor, housebroken version of the original. It can be called a Celery Rabbit if you use a can of celery soup in place of the tomato.
Onion Rum Tum Tiddy
Prepare as in Rum Tum Tiddy, but use only 1-1/2 cups cooked
Sherry Rum Tum Tiddy
1 tablespoon butter 1 small onion, minced 1 small green pepper, minced 1 can tomato soup 3/4 cup milk 3 cups grated cheese 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 jigger sherry Crackers
Prepare as in Rum Tum Tiddy. Stir in sherry last to retain its
This is a sister-under-the-skin to the old-fashioned Rum Tum
Blushing Bunny is one of those playful English names for dishes, like Pink Poodle, Scotch Woodcock (given below), Bubble and Squeak (Bubblum Squeakum), and Toad in the Hole.
Another variant of Rum Tum Tiddy. Make your Rum Tum Tiddy, but
1-1/2 cups tomato puree 2 cups grated cheese 1 egg, lightly beaten Cayenne 1 tablespoon brown sugar Salt and pepper
Heat the tomato and stir in the cheese. When partly melted stir
No doubt this all-American Tomato Rabbit with brown sugar was named after the native woodchuck, in playful imitation of the Scotch Woodcock above. It's the only Rabbit we know that's sweetened with brown sugar.
Running Rabbit (as served at the Waldorf-Astoria, First Annual Cheeselers Field Day, November 12,1937)
Cut finest old American cheese in very small pieces and melt in
This running cony can be poured over toast like any other Rabbit, or over crushed crackers in a hot tureen, as in Sherry Rum Tum Tiddy, or served like Fondue, in the original cooking bowl or pan, with the spoon kept moving in it in one direction only and the Rabbit following the spoon, like a greyhound following the stuffed rabbit at the dog races.
1 tablespoon butter 3 tablespoons chopped green pepper 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped onion 1 cup chopped and drained canned tomatoes, without seeds 2-1/2 cups grated cheese 3/4 teaspoon salt Dash of cayenne 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons canned tomato juice Water cress
Cook pepper and onion lightly in butter, add tomato pulp and
Serve on toast and dress with water cress.
This popular modern Rabbit seems to be a twin to Rum Tum Tiddy in spite of the centuries' difference in age.
Fluffy, Eggy Rabbit
Stir up a Chilaly as above, but use 2 well-beaten eggs to make
Grilled Tomato Rabbit
Slice big, red, juicy tomatoes 1/2-inch thick, season with
Heat in moderate oven, and when almost cooked, remove and broil
Slices of crisp bacon on top of the tomato slices and a touch
Grilled Tomato and Onion Rabbit
Slice 1/4-inch thick an equal number of tomato and onion rings.
On hot plates lay first the onion rings, top with the tomato
For another onion-flavored Rabbit see Celery and Onion Rabbit.
The Devil's Own (a fresh tomato variant)
2 tablespoons butter 1 large peeled tomato in 4 thick slices 2-1/2 cups grated cheese 1/4 teaspoon English mustard A pinch of cayenne A dash of tabasco sauce 2 tablespoons chili sauce 1/2 cup ale or beer 1 egg, lightly beaten
Saute tomato slices lightly on both sides in 1 tablespoon
Dried Beef or Chipped Beef Rabbit
1 tablespoon butter 1 cup canned tomato, drained, chopped and de-seeded 1/4 pound dried beef, shredded 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 cups grated cheese
Heat tomato in butter, add beef and eggs, stir until mixed
No salt is needed on this jerked steer meat that is called both dried beef and chipped beef on this side of the border, tasajo on the other side, and xarque when you get all the way down to Brazil.
Kansas Jack Rabbit
1 cup milk 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 2 cups grated cheese 1 cup cream-style corn Salt and pepper
Make a white sauce of milk, butter and flour and stir in cheese
Kansas has plenty of the makings for this, yet the dish must have been easier to make on Baron Muenchhausen's “Island of Cheese,” where the cornstalks produced loaves of bread, ready-made, instead of ears, and were no doubt crossed with long-eared jacks to produce Corn Rabbits quite as miraculous.
After tomatoes, in popularity, come onions and then green peppers or canned pimientos as vegetable ingredients in modern, Americanized Rabbits. And after that, corn, as in the following recipe which appeals to all Latin-Americans from Mexico to Chile because it has everything.
Latin-American Corn Rabbit
2 tablespoons butter 1 green pepper, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 1/2 cup condensed tomato soup 3 cups grated cheese 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 cup canned corn 1 egg, lightly beaten
Fry pepper and onion 5 minutes in butter; add soup, cover and
In one pan commence frying in butter 1 cup of sliced fresh
Celery and Onion Rabbit
1/2 cup chopped hearts of celery 1 small onion, chopped 1 tablespoon butter 1-1/2 cups grated sharp cheese Salt and pepper
In a separate pan boil celery and onion until tender.
Pour over buttered toast and brown with a salamander or under
Make as above, substituting a cupful of tender sliced asparagus
2 dozen oysters and their liquor 1 teaspoon butter 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 large pinch of salt 1 small pinch of cayenne 3 cups grated cheese
Heat oysters until edges curl and put aside to keep warm while
(crab, lobster, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, abalone,
Shred, flake or mince a cupful of any freshly cooked or canned
Instead of using only one kind of sea food, try several, mixed
“Bouquet of the Sea” Rabbit
The seafaring Portuguese set the style for this lush bouquet of
Other Fish Rabbit, Fresh or Dried
Any cooked fresh fish, flaked or shredded, from the alewife to
Grilled Sardine Rabbit
Make a Basic Rabbit and pour it over sardines, skinned, boned,
Similarly cooked fillets of any small fish will make as
Slice cooked roe of shad or toothsome eggs of other fish, grill
Plain Sardine Rabbit
Make Basic Rabbit with only 2 cups of cheese, and in place of
Make Basic Rabbit, add 1 tablespoon of imported East Indian
Smoked sturgeon, whiting, eel, smoked salmon, and the like
Lay cold slices or flakes of any fine smoked fish (and all of
The best combination we ever tasted is made by laying a thin
Smoked Cheddar Rabbit
With or without smoked fish, Rabbit-hunters whose palates crave
And just in case you are fishing around for something extra
Or go Oriental by accompanying this with cups of smoky Lapsang
1 tablespoon butter 2 cups grated cheese 1 cup stale bread crumbs
Melt cheese in butter, stir in the soaked crumbs and
Some Rabbiteers monkey with this, lacing it with half a cup of
There is a cult for Crumby Rabbits variations on which extend
Crumby Tomato Rabbit
2 teaspoons butter 2 cups grated cheese 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs 1 cup tomato soup Salt and pepper 1 egg, lightly beaten
Melt cheese in butter, moisten bread crumbs with the tomato
Gherkin or Irish Rabbit
2 tablespoons butter 2 cups grated cheese 1/2 cup milk (or beer) A dash of vinegar 1/2 teaspoon mustard Salt and pepper 1/2 cup chopped gherkin pickles
Melt cheese in butter, steadily stir in liquid and seasonings.
This may have been called Irish after the green of the pickle.
Melt thin slices of any good cooking cheese in a heavy skillet
Have ready some slices of toast soaked in hot beer or ale and
The temperance version of this substitutes milk for beer and
Proof that there is no Anglo-Saxon influence here lies in the use of prepared mustard. The English, who still do a lot of things the hard way, mix their biting dry mustard fresh with water before every meal, while the Germans and French bottle theirs, as we do.
This German deviation is made exactly the same as the Dutch
Since beer is a kind of liquid bread, it is natural for the two to commingle in Rabbits whether they are blond Dutch or black pumpernickel. And since cheese is only solid milk, and the Cheddar is noted for its beery smell, there is further affinity here. An old English proverb sums it up neatly: “Bread and cheese are the two targets against death.”
By the way, the word pumpernickel is said to have been coined when Napoleon tasted his first black bread in Germany. Contemptuously he spat it out with: “This would be good for my horse, Nicole.” “Bon pour Nicole” in French.
Gruyere Welsh Rabbit au gratin
Cut crusts from a half-dozen slices of bread. Toast them
To our American ears anything au gratin suggests “with cheese,” so this Rabbit au gratin may sound redundant. To a Frenchman, however, it means a dish covered with bread crumbs.
Swiss Cheese Rabbit
1/2 cup white wine, preferably Neufchatel 1/2 cup grated Gruyere 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 saltspoon paprika 2 egg yolks
Stir wine and seasonings together with the cheese until it
3 cups grated cheese 1/2 cup cream or evaporated milk 1/2 cup sherry 1/4 teaspoon English mustard 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce A dash of paprika
Heat cheese over hot water, with or without a bit of butter,
Spanish Sherry Rabbit
3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 1 bouillon cube, mashed 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1-1/2 cups milk 1-1/2 cups grated cheese 1 jigger sherry
Make a smooth paste of butter, flour, bouillon cube and
2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon chopped onion 1 tablespoon flour 1 jigger California claret 1 cup cream of tomato soup A pinch of soda 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika A dash of powdered cloves 3 cups grated cheese 1 egg, lightly beaten
Cook onion in butter until light golden, then blend in flour,
Although wine Rabbits, red or white, are as unusual as Swiss ones with Gruyere in place of Cheddar, wine is commonly drunk with anything from a Golden Buck to a Blushing Bunny. But for most of us, a deep draught of beer or ale goes best with an even deeper draught of the mellow scent of a Cheddar golden-yellow.
Savory Eggy Dry Rabbit
1/8 pound butter 2 cups grated Gruyere 4 eggs, well-beaten Salt Pepper Mustard
Melt butter and cheese together with the beaten eggs, stirring
This “dry” Rabbit, in which the volume of the eggs makes up for any lacking liquid, is still served as a savory after the sweets to finish a fine meal in some old-fashioned English homes and hostelries.
Cream Cheese Rabbit
This Rabbit, made with a package of cream cheese, is more
Reducing Rarebit (Tomato Rarebit)[A]
YIELD: 2 servings. 235 calories per serving.
1/2 pound farmer cheese 2 eggs 1 level tablespoon powdered milk 1 level teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon gelatin or agar powder 4 egg tomatoes, quartered, or 2 tomatoes, quartered 1 teaspoon caraway seeds 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon parsley flakes 1/2 head lettuce and/or 1 cucumber 1/4 cup wine vinegar Salt and pepper to taste
[Footnote A: (from The Low-Calory Cookbook by Bernard Koten, published by Random House)]
Fill bottom of double boiler with water to 3/4 mark. Sprinkle
1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 cups milk 2-1/2 cups grated cheese 1 tablespoon minced chives 2 green onions, minced 2 shallots, minced 1/4 teaspoon imported curry powder 1 tablespoon chutney sauce
Dissolve cornstarch in a little of the milk and scald the rest
People who can't let well enough alone put cornstarch in Rabbits, just as they add soda to spoil the cooking of vegetables.
Ginger Ale Rabbit
Simply substitute ginger ale for the real thing in the No. 1
Substitute buttermilk for plain milk in the No. 2 Rabbit. To be
2 tablespoons sweet butter 2 cups grated mellow Cheddar 1-1/3 cups eggnog Dashes of spice to taste.
After melting the cheese in butter, stir in the eggnog and keep
Ever since the innovation of bottled eggnogs fresh from the milkman in holiday season, such supremely creamy and flavorful Rabbits have been multiplying as fast as guinea pigs.
All-American Succotash Rabbit
1 cup milk 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 3 cups grated cheese 1 cup creamed succotash, strained Salt and pepper
Make a white sauce of milk, butter and flour and stir in the
Serve on toasted, buttered corn bread.
1 quart warm milk 2 cups grated cheese
Stir together to boiling point and pour over piping-hot toast
As in all Rabbits, more or less cheese may be used, to taste.
Easy English Rabbit
Soak bread slices in hot beer. Melt thin slices of cheese with
There is a conspiracy among the dictionary makers to take the heart out of the Fondue. Webster makes it seem no better than a collapsed souffle, with his definition:
Fondue. Also, erroneously, fondu. A dish made of melted
Thorndike-Barnhart further demotes this dish, that for centuries has been one of the world's greatest, to “a combination of melted cheese, eggs and butter” and explains that the name comes from the French fondre, meaning melt. The latest snub is delivered by the up-to-date Cook's Quiz compiled by TV culinary experts:
A baked dish with eggs, cheese, butter, milk and bread crumbs.
A baked dish, indeed! Yet the Fondue has added to the gaiety and inebriety of nations, if not of dictionaries. It has commanded the respect of the culinary great. Savarin, Boulestin, Andre Simon, all have hailed its heavenly consistency, all have been regaled with its creamy, nay velvety, smoothness.
A touch of garlic, a dash of kirsch, fresh ground black pepper, nutmeg, black pearl truffles of Bugey, red cayenne pepper, the luscious gravy of roast turkey—such little matters help to make an authentic dunking Fondue, not a baked Fondue, mind you. Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin a century and a half ago brought the original “receipt" with him and spread it around with characteristic generosity during the two years of his exile in New York after the French Revolution. In his monumental Physiologie du Gout he records an incident that occurred in 1795:
Whilst passing through Boston ... I taught the
As the great French gourmet, Savarin was born on the Swiss border (at Belley, in the fertile Province of Bugey, where Gertrude Stein later had a summer home), he no doubt ate Gruyere three times a day, as is the custom in Switzerland and adjacent parts. He sets down the recipe just as he got it from its Swiss source, the papers of Monsieur Trolliet, in the neighboring Canton of Berne:
Take as many eggs as you wish to use, according to the number
Break and beat the eggs well in a flat pan, then add the butter
Place the pan on a good fire and stir with a wooden spoon until
Let it be placed on the table in a hot dish, and if some of the
This has long been quoted as the proper way to make the national dish of Switzerland. Savarin tells of hearing oldsters in his district laugh over the Bishop of Belley eating his Fondue with a spoon instead of the traditional fork, in the first decade of the 1700's. He tells, too, of a Fondue party he threw for a couple of his septuagenarian cousins in Paris “about the year 1801.”
The party was the result of much friendly taunting of the master: “By Jove, Jean, you have been bragging for such a long time about your Fondues, you have continually made our mouths water. It is high time to put a stop to all this. We will come and breakfast with you some day and see what sort of thing this dish is.”
Savarin invited them for ten o'clock next day, started them off with the table laid on a “snow white cloth, and in each one's place two dozen oysters with a bright golden lemon. At each end of the table stood a bottle of sauterne, carefully wiped, excepting the cork, which showed distinctly that it had been in the cellar for a long while.... After the oysters, which were quite fresh, came some broiled kidneys, a terrine of foie gras, a pie with truffles, and finally the Fondue. The different ingredients had all been assembled in a stewpan, which was placed on the table over a chafing dish, heated with spirits of wine.
“Then,” Savarin is quoted, “I commenced operations on the field of battle, and my cousins did not lose a single one of my movements. They were loud in the praise of this preparation, and asked me to let them have the receipt, which I promised them....”
This Fondue breakfast party that gave the nineteenth century such a good start was polished off with “fruits in season and sweets, a cup of genuine mocha, ... and finally two sorts of liqueurs, one a spirit for cleansing, and the other an oil for softening.”
This primitive Swiss Cheese Fondue is now prepared more elaborately in what is called:
2-1/2 cups grated imported Swiss 1-1/2 tablespoons flour 1 clove of
garlic 1 cup dry white wine Crusty French “flute” or hard rolls cut
into big mouthfuls, handy
The cheese should be shredded or grated coarsely and mixed well
The dunkers stab the hunks of crusty French bread through the soft part to secure a firm hold in the crust, for if your bread comes off in dunking you pay a forfeit, often a bottle of wine.
The dunking is done as rhythmically as the stirring, guests taking regular turns at twirling the fork to keep the cheese swirling. When this “chafing dish cheese custard,” as it has been called in England, is ready for eating, each in turn thrusts in his fork, sops up a mouthful with the bread for a sponge and gives the Fondue a final stir, to keep it always moving in the same direction. All the while the heat beneath the dish keeps it gently bubbling.
Such a Neufchatel party was a favorite of King Edward VII, especially when he was stepping out as the Prince of Wales. He was as fond of Fondue as most of the great gourmets of his day and preferred it to Welsh Rabbit, perhaps because of the wine and kirsch that went into it.
At such a party a little heated wine is added if the Fondue gets too thick. When finally it has cooked down to a crust in the bottom of the dish, this is forked out by the host and divided among the guests as a very special dividend.
Any dry white wine will serve in a pinch, and the Switzerland Cheese Association, in broadcasting this classical recipe, points out that any dry rum, slivovitz, or brandy, including applejack, will be a valid substitute for the kirsch. To us, applejack seems specially suited, when we stop to consider our native taste that has married apple pie to cheese since pioneer times.
In culinary usage fondue means “melting to an edible consistency" and this, of course, doesn't refer to cheese alone, although we use it chiefly for that.
In France Fondue is also the common name for a simple dish of eggs scrambled with grated cheese and butter and served very hot on toasted bread, or filled into fancy paper cases, quickly browned on top and served at once. The reason for this is that all baked Fondues fall as easily and as far as Souffles, although the latter are more noted for this failing. There is a similarity in the soft fluffiness of both, although the Fondues are always more moist. For there is a stiff, stuffed-shirt buildup around any Souffle, suggesting a dressy dinner, while Fondue started as a self-service dunking bowl.
Our modern tendency is to try to make over the original French Fondue on the Welsh Rabbit model—to turn it into a sort of French Rabbit. Although we know that both Gruyere and Emmentaler are what we call Swiss and that it is impossible in America to duplicate the rich Alpine flavor given by the mountain herbs, we are inclined to try all sorts of domestic cheeses and mixtures thereof. But it's best to stick to Savarin's “lump of Gruyere” just as the neighboring French and Italians do. It is interesting to note that this Swiss Alpine cooking has become so international that it is credited to Italy in the following description we reprint from When Madame Cooks, by an Englishman, Eric Weir:
Fondue a l'Italienne
This is one of those egg dishes that makes one feel really
First of all, make a very stiff white sauce with butter, flour
Off the fire, add yolks of eggs and 4 ounces of grated Gruyere
Take a large saucepan and fill half full of water. Bring to a
Test with a knife, as for a cake, to see if it is cooked. When
Sprinkle with some finely chopped ham and serve hot.
The imported Swiss sometimes is cubed instead of grated, then marinated for four or five hours in dry white wine, before being melted and liquored with the schnapps. This can be pleasantly adopted here in:
1 pound imported Swiss cheese, cubed 3/4 cup scuppernong or other American white wine 1-1/2 jiggers applejack
After marinating the Swiss cubes in the wine, simply melt
Of course, this can be treated as a mere vinous Welsh Rabbit
We say French instead of Swiss because the French took over the dish so eagerly, together with the great Gruyere that makes it distinctive. They internationalized it, sent it around the world with bouillabaisse and onion soup, that celestial soupe a l'oignon on which snowy showers of grated Gruyere descend.
To put the Welsh Rabbit in its place they called it Fondue a l'Anglaise, which also points up the twinlike relationship of the world's two favorite dishes of melted cheese. But to differentiate and show they are not identical twins, the No. 1 dish remained Fromage Fondue while the second was baptized Fromage Fondue a la Biere.
Beginning with Savarin the French whisked up more rapturous, rhapsodic writing about Gruyere and its offspring, the Fondue, together with the puffed Souffle, than about any other imported cheese except Parmesan.
Parmesan and Gruyere were praised as the two greatest culinary cheeses. A variant Fondue was made of the Italian cheese.
3 tablespoons butter 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 4 eggs, lightly beaten Salt Pepper
Over boiling water melt butter and cheese slowly, stir in the
Pour over fingers of buttered toast. Or spoon it up, as the
Sapsago Swiss Fondue
2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups milk 2-1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese 2-1/2 tablespoons grated Sapsago 1/2 cup dry white wine Pepper, black and red, freshly ground Fingers of toast
Over boiling water stir the first four ingredients into a
This is also nice when served bubbling in individual, preheated pastry shells, casseroles or ramekins, although this way most of the fun of the dunking party is left out. To make up for it, however, cooked slices of mushrooms are sometimes added.
At the Cheese Cellar in the New York World's Fair Swiss Pavilion, where a continual dunking party was in progress, thousands of amateurs learned such basic things as not to overcook the Fondue lest it become stringy, and the protocol of dunking in turn and keeping the mass in continual motion until the next on the Fondue line dips in his cube of bread. The success of the dish depends on making it quickly, keeping it gently a-bubble and never letting it stand still for a split second.
The Swiss, who consume three or four times as much cheese per capita as we, and almost twice as much as the French, are willing to share Fondue honors with the French Alpine province of Savoy, a natural cheese cellar with almost two dozen distinctive types of its very own, such as Fat cheese, also called Death's Head; La Grande Bornand, a luscious half-dried sheep's milker; Chevrotins, small, dry goat milk cheeses; and Le Vacherin. The latter, made in both Savoy and Switzerland, boasts two interesting variants:
1. Vacherin Fondue or Spiced Fondue: Made about the same
2. Vacherin a la Main: This is a curiosity in cheeses,
Here is a good assortment of Fondues:
2 tablespoons butter 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 cups shredded Vacherin cheese 2 tablespoons hot water
This authentic quickie is started by cooking the garlic in
La Fondue Comtois
This regional specialty of Franche-Comte is made with white
3 cups grated Swiss cheese 3 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons butter 1 garlic clove, crushed 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives 1 cup dry white wine Salt Freshly ground pepper A pinch of nutmeg 1/4 cup kirsch
Mix cheese and flour. Melt butter in chafing-dish blazer rubbed
When everything is stirred smooth and bubbling, toss in the
Large, crisp, hot potato chips make a pleasant change for
2 tomatoes, skinned, seeded and chopped 1/2 teaspoon dried sweet basil 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese Paprika
Mix basil with chopped tomatoes. Rub chafing dish with garlic,
Serve on hot toast, like Welsh Rabbit.
Here the two most popular melted-cheese dishes tangle, but they're held together with the common ingredient, tomato.
Fondue also appears as a sauce to pour over baked tomatoes. Stale bread crumbs are soaked in tomato juice to make:
Tomato Baked Fondue
1 cup tomato juice 1 cup stale bread crumbs 1 cup grated sharp American cheese 1 tablespoon melted butter Salt 4 eggs, separated and well beaten
Soak crumbs in tomato juice, stir cheese in butter until
Although Savarin's dunking Fondue was first to make a sensation on these shores and is still in highest esteem among epicures, the Fondue America took to its bosom was baked. The original recipe came from the super-caseous province of Savoy under the explicit title, La Fondue au Fromage.
La Fondue au Fromage
Make the usual creamy mixture of butter, flour, milk, yolks of
We adapted this to our national taste which had already based the whole business of melted cheese on the Welsh Rabbit with stale ale or milk instead of white wine and Worcestershire, mustard and hot peppers. Today we have come up with this:
100% American Fondue
2 cups scalded milk 2 cups stale bread crumbs 1/2 teaspoon dry English mustard Salt Dash of nutmeg Dash of pepper 2 cups American cheese (Cheddar) 2 egg yolks, well beaten 2 egg whites, beaten stiff
Soak crumbs in milk, season and stir in the cheese until
This is more of a baked cheese job than a true Fondue, to our way of thinking, and the scalded milk doesn't exactly take the place of the wine or kirsch. It is characteristic of our bland cookery.
OTHER FONDUES PLAIN AND FANCY, BAKED AND NOT
Quickie Catsup Tummy Fondiddy
3/4 pound sharp cheese, diced 1 can condensed tomato soup 1/2 cup catsup 1/2 teaspoon mustard 1 egg, lightly beaten
In double boiler melt cheese in soup. Blend thoroughly by
This might be suggested as a novel midnight snack, with a cup of cocoa, for a change.
Cheese and Rice Fondue
1 cup cooked rice 2 cups milk 4 eggs, separated and well beaten 1/2 cup grated cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt Cayenne, Worcestershire sauce or tabasco sauce, or all three
Heat rice (instead of bread crumbs) in milk, stir in cheese
Corn and Cheese Fondue
1 cup bread crumbs 1 large can creamed corn 1 small onion, chopped 1/2 green pepper, chopped 2 cups cottage cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs, well beaten
Mix all ingredients together and bake in buttered casserole set
1 cup grated Cheddar 1/2 cup crumbled Roquefort 1 cup pimento cheese 3 tablespoons cream 3 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
Stir everything together over hot water until smooth and
Serve on Melba toast, or assorted thin toasted crackers.
1/2 cup butter 2 cups grated Brick cheese 1/2 cup warm milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 eggs
Melt butter and cheese together, use wire whisk to whip in the
Serve over hot toast or crackers.
Cheddar Dunk Bowl
3/4 pound sharp Cheddar cheese 3 tablespoons cream 2/3 teaspoon dry mustard 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire
Grate the cheese powdery fine and mash it together with the
All kinds of crackers and colorful dips can be used, from
There isn't much difference between Cheese Souffles, Puffs and Ramekins. The English Encyclopedia of Practical Cookery, the oldest, biggest and best of such works in English, lumps Cheese Puffs and Ramekins together, giving the same recipes for both, although it treats each extensively under its own name when not made with cheese.
Cheese was the basis of the original French Ramequin, cheese and bread crumbs or puff paste, baked in a mold, (with puff again the principal factor in Souffle, from the French souffler, puff up).
3 tablespoons butter or margarine 4 tablespoons flour 1-1/4 cups hot milk, scalded 1 teaspoon salt A dash of cayenne 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese, sharp 2 egg yolks, beaten lemon-yellow 2 egg whites, beaten stiff
Melt butter, stir in flour and milk gradually until thick and
To perk up the seasonings, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, nutmeg and even garlic are often used to taste, especially in England.
While Cheddar is the preferred cheese, Parmesan runs it a close second. Then comes Swiss. You may use any two or all three of these together. Sometimes Roquefort is added, as in the Ramekin recipes below.
Make the same as Basic Souffle, with these small modifications
1 full cup of grated Parmesan 1 extra egg in place of the 1/2 cup of Cheddar cheese A little more butter Black pepper, not cayenne
Make the same as Basic Souffle, with these slight changes:
1-1/4 cups grated Swiss cheese instead of the Cheddar cheese Nutmeg in place of the cayenne
Make the same as Basic Souffle, with these little differences:
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese, and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan in place of the Cheddar cheese 1/4 teaspoon each of sugar and black pepper for seasoning.
Any of these makes a light, lovely luncheon or a proper climax to a grand dinner.
Make as Basic Souffle, substituting for the scalded milk 1 cup
Saute 1-1/2 cups of finely chopped, drained spinach in butter
Substitute hot tomato juice for the scalded milk.
Add 1-1/2 cups finely chopped or ground lobster, crab, shrimp,
1-1/2 cups grated sharp Cheddar 1 cup cream of mushroom soup Paprika, to taste Salt 2 egg yolks, well beaten 2 egg whites, beaten stiff 2 tablespoons chopped, cooked bacon 2 tablespoons sliced, blanched almonds
Heat cheese with soup and paprika, adding the cheese gradually
Cheese-Potato Souffle (Potato Puff)
6 potatoes 2 onions 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 1 cup hot milk 3/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon salt A dash of pepper 2 egg yolks, well beaten 2 egg whites, beaten stiff 1/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese
Cook potatoes and onions together until tender and put through
Variations of this popular Souffle leave out the onion and
The English, in concocting such a Potato Puff or Souffle, are inclined to make it extra peppery, as they do most of their Cheese Souffles, with not only “a dust of black pepper” but “as much cayenne as may be stood on the face of a sixpence.”
Cheese Fritter Souffles
These combine ham with Parmesan cheese and are even more
1 cup grated Swiss 1 cup grated Parmesan 1 cup cream cheese 5 eggs, lightly beaten salt and pepper
Mix the cheeses into one mass moistened with the beaten eggs,
Such miniature Souffles serve as liaison officers for this entire section, since they are baked in ramekins, or ramequins, from the French word for the small baking dish that holds only one portion. These may be paper boxes, usually round, earthenware, china, Pyrex, of any attractive shape in which to bake or serve the Puffs.
More commonly, in America at least, Puffs are made without ramekin dishes, as follows:
2 egg whites, beaten stiff 1/2 cup grated cheese 1 tablespoon flour Salt Paprika
Into the stiff egg whites fold the cheese, flour and
1/8 pound genuine French Roquefort 1 egg white, beaten stiff 8 crackers or 2-inch bread rounds
Cream the Roquefort, fold in the egg white, pile on crackers
The constant repetition of “beaten stiff” in these recipes may give the impression that the whites are badly beaten up, but such is not the case. They are simply whipped to peaks and left moist and glistening as a teardrop, with a slight sad droop to them that shows there is still room for the air to expand and puff things up in cooking.
Make a spread of mayonnaise or other salad dressing with equal
Use only the best Parmesan, imported from Italy; or, second
1 cup flour 1 cup milk 1/4 cup finely grated cheese 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix all together to a smooth, light batter and fill ramekins or
Danish Fondue Puffs
1 stale roll 1/2 cup boiling hot milk Salt Pepper 2 cups freshly grated Cheddar cheese 4 egg yolks, beaten lemon-yellow 4 egg whites, beaten stiff
Soak roll in boiling milk and beat to a paste. Mix with cheese
New England Cheese Puffs
1 cup sifted flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian paprika 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard 2 egg yolks, beaten lemon-yellow 1/2 cup milk 1 cup freshly grated Cheddar cheese 2 egg whites, beaten stiff but not dry
Sift dry ingredients together, mix yolks with milk and stir in.
Caraway seeds are sometimes added. Poppy seeds are also used,
A few drops of tabasco give this an extra tang.
Cream Cheese Puffs
1/2 pound cream cheese 1 cup milk 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Soften cheese by heating over hot water. Remove from heat and
RAMEKINS OR RAMEQUINS
Some Ramekin dishes are made so exquisitely that they may be collected like snuff bottles.
Ramekins are utterly French, both the cooked Puffs and the individual dishes in which they are baked. Essentially a Cheese Puff, this is also au gratin when topped with both cheese and browned bread crumbs. By a sort of poetic cook's license the name is also applied to any kind of cake containing cheese and cooked in the identifying one-portion ramekin. It is used chiefly in the plural, however, together with the name of the chief ingredient, such as “Chicken Ramekins” and:
Cheese Ramekins I
2 eggs 2 tablespoons flour 1/8 pound butter, melted 1/8 pound grated cheese
Mix well and bake in individual molds for 15 minutes.
Cheese Ramekins II
3 tablespoons melted butter 1/2 teaspoon each, salt and pepper 3/4 cup bread crumbs 1/2 cup grated cheese 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1-1/2 cups milk
Mix the first four dry ingredients together, stir eggs into the
TWO ANCIENT ENGLISH RECIPES, STILL GOING STRONG
Cheese Ramekins III
Grate 1/2 pound of any dry, rich cheese. Butter a dozen small
The most popular cheese for Ramekins has always been, and still is, Gruyere. But because the early English also adopted Italian Parmesan, that followed as a close second, and remains there today.
Sharp Cheddar makes tangy Ramekins, as will be seen in this second oldster; for though it prescribes Gloucester and Cheshire “'arf-and-'arf,” both are essentially Cheddars. Gloucester has been called “a glorified Cheshire” and the latter has long been known as a peculiarly rich and colorful elder brother of Cheddar, described in Kenelme Digby's Closet Open'd as a “quick, fat, rich, well-tasted cheese.”
Cheese Ramekins IV
Scrape fine 1/4 pound of Gloucester cheese and 1/4 pound of
Since both Gloucester cheese and Cheshire cheese are not easily come by even in London today, it would be hard to reproduce this in the States. So the best we can suggest is to use half-and-half of two of our own great Cheddars, say half-Coon and half-Wisconsin Longhorn, or half-Tillamook and half-Herkimer County. For there's no doubt about it, contrasting cheeses tickle the taste buds, and as many as three different kinds put together make Puffs all the more perfect.
Ramequins a la Parisienne
2 cups milk 1 cup cream 1 ounce salt butter 1 tablespoon flour 1/2 cup grated Gruyere Coarsely ground pepper An atom of nutmeg A soupcon of garlic A light touch of powdered sugar 8 eggs, separated
Boil milk and cream together. Melt butter, mix in the flour and
Le Ramequin Morezien
This celebrated specialty of Franche-Comte is described as “a
Several French provinces are known for distinctive individual Puffs usually served in the dainty fluted forms they are cooked in. In Jeanne d'Arc's Lorraine, for instance, there are the simply named Les Ramequins, made of flour, Gruyere and eggs.
1/4 pound Swiss cheese 1/4 pound Roquefort cheese 1/2 pound butter 8 eggs, separated 4 breakfast rolls, crusts removed 1/2 cup cream
The batter is made in the usual way, with the soft insides of
Puff Paste Ramekins
Puff or other pastry is rolled out fiat and sprinkled with fine
Fold paste into 3 layers, roll out again and dust with more
Frying Pan Ramekins
Melt 2 ounces of butter, let it cool a little and then mix with
There are two schools of salamandering among turophiles. One holds that it toughens the cheese and makes it less digestible; the other that it's simply swell. Some of the latter addicts have special cheese-branding irons made with their monograms, to identify their creations, whether they be burned on the skins of Welsh Rabbits or Frying Pan Ramekins. Salamandering with an iron that has a gay, carnivalesque design can make a sort of harlequin Ramekin.
Here is the Americanization of a French original: In a deep
No matter how big or hungry your family, you can always appease them with pizza.
Pizza—The Tomato Pie of Sicily
1 package yeast, dissolved in warm water 2 cups sifted flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons olive oil
Make dough of this. Knead 12 to 20 minutes. Pat into a ball,
3 tablespoons olive oil 2 large onions, sliced thin 1 can Italian tomato paste 8 to 10 anchovy filets, cut small 1/2 teaspoon oregano Salt Crushed chili pepper 2-1/2 cups water
In the oil fry onion tender but not too brown, stir in tomato
1/2 cup grated Italian, Parmesan, Romano or Pecorino, depending on your pocketbook
Procure a low, wide and handsome tin pizza pan, or reasonable
The proper pans come all tin and a yard wide, down to regular apple-pie size, but twelve-inch pans are the most popular.
Miniature pizzas are split English muffins rubbed with garlic
1 pound paper-thin veal cutlets 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup grated Swiss and Parmesan, mixed 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten with water Butter Salt Paprika
Moisten veal with egg and roll in flour mixed with cheese,
Neapolitan Baked Lasagne, or Stuffed Noodles
1 pound lasagne, or other wide noodles 1-1/2 cups cooked thick tomato sauce with meat 1/2 pound Ricotta or cottage cheese 1 pound Mozzarella or American Cheddar 1/4 pound grated Parmesan, Romano or Pecorino Salt Pepper, preferably crushed red pods A shaker filled with grated Parmesan, or reasonable substitute
Cook wide or broad noodles 15 to 20 minutes in rapidly boiling
Little Hats, Cappelletti
Freshly made and still moist Cappelletti, little hats,
Brown slices of chicken and ham separately, in butter. Mince
With these meat mixtures you can make four different-flavored
Ham and Mozzarella Chicken and Mozzarella Ham and Ricotta
Fill the little hats alternately, so you'll have the same
Since these Cappelletti are only a pleasing form and shape of
This French variant of the famous Italian pockets of pastry
1/4 cup flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 pound fresh Ricotta 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Rind of 1/2 lemon, grated 3 tablespoons brandy Salt
Stir and mix well together in the order given and let stand 1
Shape batter like walnuts and hold one at a time in the bowl of
To make fascinating cheese croquettes, mix several contrasting
Italian Asparagus and Cheese
This gives great scope for contrasting cheeses in one and the
Garlic on Cheese
For one sandwich prepare 30 or 40 garlic cloves by removing
Spaniards call garlic cloves teeth, Englishmen call them toes. It was cheese and garlic together that inspired Shakespeare to Hotspur's declaration in King Henry IV:
I had rather live
Some people can take a mere soupcon of the stuff, while others can down it by the soup spoon, so we feel it necessary in reprinting our recipe to point to the warning of another early English writer: “Garlic is very dangerous to young children, fine women and hot young men.”
This snow white member of the crepes suzette sorority is the
2 eggs 1 cup water 1 cup sifted flour Salt Cooking oil 1/2 pound cottage cheese 2 tablespoons butter 2 cups sour cream
Beat 1 egg light and make a batter with the water, flour and
Russia seems to have been the cradle of all sorts of blinis and
Cottage Cheese Pancakes
1 cup prepared pancake 4 tablespoons top milk or light cream 1 teaspoon salt 4 eggs, well beaten 1 tablespoon sugar 2 cups cottage cheese, put through ricer
Mix batter and stir in cheese last until smooth.
2 cups prepared waffle flour 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten 1/4 cup melted butter 3/4 cup grated sharp Cheddar 3 egg whites, beaten stiff
Stir up a smooth waffle batter of the first 4 ingredients and
Today you can get imported canned Holland cheese waffles to heat quickly and serve.
1 pound cottage cheese 1/8 pound butter, softened 3 eggs, beaten 3/4 cup Farina 1/2 teaspoon salt Cinnamon and brown sugar
Mix together all ingredients (except the cinnamon and sugar) to
BUTTER AND CHEESE
Where fish is scant
Thomas Tusser in
Butter and cheese are mixed together in equal parts for cheese butter. Serbia has a cheese called Butter that more or less matches Turkey's Durak, of which butter is an indispensable ingredient, and French Cancoillote is based on sour milk simmered with butter.
The English have a cheese called Margarine, made with the butter substitute. In Westphalia there are no two schools of thought about whether 'tis better to eat butter with cheese or not, for in Westphalia sour-milk cheese, butter is mixed in as part of the process of making. The Arabs press curds and butter together to store in vats, and the Scots have Crowdie or Cruddy Butter.
The value of buttermilk is stressed in an extravagant old Hindu proverb: “A man may live without bread, but without buttermilk he dies.”
Cheese was made before butter, being the earliest form of dairy manufacturing, so buttermilk cheese came well after plain milk cheese, even after whey cheese. It is very tasty, and a natural with potato salad. The curd is salted after draining and sold in small parchment packages.
German “leather” cheese has buttermilk mixed with the plain. The Danes make their Appetitost with sour buttermilk. Ricotta Romano, for a novelty, is made of sheep buttermilk.
In America cottage cheese is also called pot, Dutch and smearcase. It is the easiest and quickest to make of all cheeses, by simply letting milk sour, or adding buttermilk to curdle it, then stand a while on the back of the kitchen stove, since it is homemade as a rule. It is drained in a bag of cheesecloth and may be eaten the same day, usually salted.
The Pilgrims brought along the following two tried and true recipes from olde England, and both are still in use and good repute:
Cottage Cheese No. 1
Let milk sour until clotted. Pour boiling water over and it will immediately curd. Stir well and pour into a colander. Pour a little cold water on the curd, salt it and break it up attractively for serving.
Cottage Cheese No. 2
A very rich and tasty variety is made of equal parts whole milk and buttermilk heated together to just under the boiling point. Pour into a linen bag and let drain until next day. Then remove, salt to taste and add a bit of butter or cream to make a smooth, creamy consistency, and pat into balls the size of a Seville orange.
In England there are three distinct manners of making cream cheese:
1. Fresh milk strained and lightly drained. 2. Scalded cream dried and drained dry, like Devonshire. 3. Rennet curd ripened, with thin, edible rind, or none, packaged in small blocks or miniature bricks by dairy companies, as in the U.S. Philadelphia Cream cheese.
American cream cheeses follow the English pattern, being named from then: region or established brands owned by Breakstone, Borden, Kraft, Shefford, etc.
Cream cheese such as the first listed above is easier to make than cottage cheese or any other. Technically, in fact, it is not a cheese but the dried curd of milk and is often called virginal. Fresh milk is simply strained through muslin in a perforated box through which the whey and extra moisture drains away for three or four days, leaving a residue as firm as fresh butter.
In America, where we mix cream cheese with everything, a popular assortment of twelve sold in New York bears these ingredients and names: Chives, Cherry, Garden, Caviar, Lachs, Pimiento, Olive and Pimiento, Pineapple, Relish, Scallion, Strawberry, and Triple Decker of Relish, Pimiento and Cream in layers.
In Italy there is Stracchino Cream, in Sweden Chantilly. Finally, to come to France, la Foncee or Fromage de Pau, a cream also known around the world as Creme d'Isigny, Double Creme, Fromage a la Creme de Gien, Pots de Creme St. Gervais, etc. etc.
The French go even farther by eating thick fresh cream with Chevretons du Beaujolais and Fromage Blanc in the style that adds a la creme to their already glorified names.
The English came along with Snow Cream Cheese that is more of a dessert, similar to Italian Cream Cheese.
We'd like to have a cheese ice cream to contrast with too sweet ones. Attempts at this have been made, both here and in England; Scottish Caledonian cream came closest. We have frozen cheese with fruit, to be sure, but no true cheese ice cream as yet, though some cream cheeses seem especially suitable.
The farmer's daughter hath soft brown hair
In this parody by Calverly, “The Farmer's Daughter,” the ingredients suggest cheese cake, dating back to 1381 In England. From that year Kettner in his Book of the Table quotes this recipe:
Take cream of almonds or of cow milk and beat them well
This primitive “receipt” grew up into Richmond maids of honor that caused Kettner to wax poetic with:
At Richmond we are permitted to touch with our lips a countless
Coronation Cheese Cake
The Oxford Dictionary defines cheese cake as a “tartlet filled with sweet curds, etc.” This shows that the cheese is the main thing, and the and-so-forth just a matter of taste. We are delighted to record that the Lord Mayor of London picked traditional cheese tarts, the maids of honor mentioned earlier in this section, as the Coronation dessert with which to regale the second Queen Elizabeth at the city luncheon in Guildhall This is most fitting, since these tarts were named after the maids of honor at the court of the first Queen Elizabeth. The original recipe is said to have sold for a thousand pounds. These Richmond maids of honor had the usual cheese cake ingredients: butter and eggs and pounds of cheese, but what made the subtle flavor: nutmeg, brandy, lemon, orange-flower water, or all four?
More than 2,000 years before this land of Coronation cheese cake, the Greeks had a word for it—several in fact: Apician Cheese Cake, Aristoxenean, and Philoxenean among them. Then the Romans took it over and we read from an epistle of the period:
Thirty times in this one year, Charinus, while you have been
Plato mentioned cheese cake, and a town near Thebes was named for it before Christ was born, at a time when cheese cakes were widely known as “dainty food for mortal man.”
Today cheese cakes come in a half dozen popular styles, of which the ones flavored with fresh pineapple are the most popular in New York. But buyers delight in every sort, including the one hundred percent American type called cheese pies.
Indeed, there seems to be no dividing line between cheese cakes and cheese pies. While most of them are sweet, some are made piquant with pimientos and olives. We offer a favorite of ours made from popcorn-style pot cheese put through a sieve:
Pineapple Cheese Cake
2-1/2 pounds sieved pot cheese 1-inch piece vanilla bean 1/4 pound sweet butter, melted 1/2 small box graham crackers, crushed fine 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 small can crushed pineapple, drained 2 cups milk 1/3 cup flour
In a big bowl mix everything except the graham crackers and
Because of the time and labor involved maybe you had better buy your cheese cakes, even though some of the truly fine ones cost a dime a bite, especially the pedigreed Jewish-American ones in Manhattan. Reuben's and Lindy's are two leaders at about five dollars a cake. Some are fruited with cherries or strawberries.
4 eggs, slightly beaten 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk A dash of pepper or paprika 3 tablespoons melted butter A few drops of onion juice, if desired 4 tablespoons grated Swiss (imported)
Mix all together, set in molds in pan of hot water, and bake
Open-faced Cheese Pie
3 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 pounds soft smearcase
Whip everything together and fill two pie crusts. Bake without
The Apple-pie Affinity
Hot apple pie was always accompanied with cheese in New England, even as every slice of apple pie in Wisconsin has cheese for a sidekick, according to law. Pioneer hot pies were baked in brick ovens and flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon and rose geranium. The cheese was Cheddar, but today all sorts of pie and cheese combinations are common, such as banana pie and Gorgonzola, mince with Danish Blue, pumpkin with cream cheese, peach pie with Hable, and even a green dusting of Sapsago over raisin pie.
Apple pie au gratin, thickly grated over with Parmesan, Caciocavallo or Sapsago, is something special when served with black coffee. Cider, too, or applejack, is a natural accompaniment to any dessert of apple with its cheese.
Apple Pie Adorned
Apple pie is adorned with cream and cheese by pressing cream
Apple Pie a la Cheese
Lay a slice of melting cheese on top of apple (or any fruit or
Cheese-crusty Apple Pie
In making an apple pie, roll out the top crust and sprinkle
Flan au Fromage
To make this Franche-Comte tart of crisp paste, simply mix
For any cheese pastry or fruit and custard pie crusts, work in
Christmas Cake Sandwiches
A traditional Christmas carol begs for:
A little bit of spice cake
For a festive handout cut the spice cake or fruit cake in
To maintain traditional Christmas cheer for the elders, serve
1 ripe Camembert, imported 1 cup Anjou dry white wine 1/2 pound sweet butter, softened 2 tablespoons finely grated toast crumbs
Lightly scrape all crusty skin from the Camembert and when its
When ready to serve drain off and discard any wine left, dry
Such a delicate dessert is a favorite with the ladies, since some of them find a prime Camembert a bit too strong if taken straight.
Although A. W. Fulton's observation in For Men Only is going out of date, it is none the less amusing:
In the course of a somewhat varied career I have only met one
Another writer has said that “only gourmets among women seem to like cheese, except farm women and foreigners.” The association between gourmets and farm women is borne out by the following urgent plea from early Italian landowners:
Ai contadini non far sapere
Having found out for ourselves, we suggest a golden slice of Taleggio, Stracchino, or pale gold Bel Paese to polish off a good dinner, with a juicy Lombardy pear or its American equivalent, a Bartlett, let us say.
This celestial association of cheese and pears is further accented by the French:
Entre la poire et le fromage
This places the cheese after the fruit, as the last course, in accordance with early English usage set down by John Clarke in his Paroemiologia:
After cheese comes nothing.
But in his Epigrams Ben Jonson serves them together.
Digestive cheese, and fruit there sure will be.
That brings us back to cheese and pippins:
I will make an end of my dinner; there's
Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor
When should the cheese be served? In England it is served before or after the fruit, with or without the port.
Following The Book of Keruynge in modern spelling we note when it was published in 1431 the proper thing “after meat” was “pears, nuts, strawberries, whortleberries (American huckleberries) and hard cheese.” In modern practice we serve some suitable cheese like Camembert directly on slices of apple and pears, Gorgonzola on sliced banana, Hable spread on pineapple and a cheese dessert tray to match the Lazy Lou, with everything crunchy down to Crackerjacks. Good, too, are figs, both fresh and preserved, stuffed with cream cheese, kumquats, avocados, fruity dunking mixtures of Pineapple cheese, served in the scooped-out casque of the cheese itself, and apple or pear and Provolone creamed and put back in the rind it came in. Pots of liquored and wined cheeses, no end, those of your own making being the best.
Champagned Roquefort or Gorgonzola
1/2 pound mellow Roquefort 1/4 pound sweet butter, softened A dash cayenne 3/4 cup champagne
With a silver fork mix cheese and butter to a smooth paste,
After dinner cheeses suggested by Phil Alpert are:
FROM FRANCE: Port-Salut, Roblochon, Coulommiers, Camembert, Brie, Roquefort, Calvados (try it with a spot of Calvados, apple brandy)
FROM THE U.S.: Liederkranz, Blue, Cheddar
FROM SWEDEN: Hable Creme Chantilly
FROM ITALY: Taleggio, Gorgonzola, Provolone, Bel Paese
FROM HUNGARY: Kascaval
FROM SWITZERLAND: Swiss Gruyere
FROM GERMANY: Kuemmelkaese
FROM NORWAY: Gjetost, Bondost
FROM HOLLAND: Edam, Gouda
FROM ENGLAND: Stilton
FROM POLAND: Warshawski Syr
He who says au gratin says Parmesan. Thomas Gray, the English poet, saluted it two centuries ago with:
Parma, the happy country where huge cheeses grow.
On September 4, 1666, Pepys recorded the burying of his pet Parmesan, “as well as my wine and some other things,” in a pit in Sir W. Batten's garden. And on the selfsame fourth of September, more than a century later, in 1784, Woodforde in his Diary of a Country Parson wrote:
I sent Mr. Custance about 3 doz. more of apricots, and he sent
The second most popular cheese for au gratin is Italian Romano, and, for an entirely different flavor, Swiss Sapsago. The French, who gave us this cookery term, use it in its original meaning for any dish with a browned topping, usually of bread crumbs, or crumbs and cheese. In America we think of au gratin as grated cheese only, although Webster says, “with a browned covering, often mixed with butter or cheese; as, potatoes au gratin.” So let us begin with that.
Potatoes au Gratin
2 cups diced cooked potatoes 2 tablespoons grated onion 1/2 cup grated American Cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup milk 1 egg Salt Pepper More grated cheese for covering
In a buttered baking dish put a layer of diced potatoes,
Eggs au Gratin
Make a white sauce flavored with minced onion to pour over any
Tomatoes au Gratin
Cover bottom of shallow baking pan with slices of tomato and
Onion Soup au Gratin
4 or 5 onions, sliced 4 or 5 tablespoons butter 1 quart stock or canned consomme 1 quart bouillon made from dissolving 4 or 5 cubes Rounds of toasted French bread 1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
Saute onions in butter in a roomy saucepan until light golden,
At gala parties, where wine flows, a couple of glasses of champagne are often added to the bouillon.
In the famed onion soup au gratin at Les Halles in Paris, grated Gruyere is used in place of Parmesan. They are interchangeable in this recipe.
AMERICAN CHEESE SOUPS
In this era of fine canned soups a quick cheese soup is made by
The same cheese toasts are the basis of a simple milk-cheese
Chicken Cheese Soup
Heat together 1 cup milk, 1 cup water in which 2 chicken
Other popular American recipes simply add grated cheese to lima
Imported French marmites are de rigueur for a real onion soup au gratin, and an imported Parmesan grinder might be used for freshly ground cheese. In preparing, it is well to remember that they are basically only melted cheese, melted from the top down.
When a Frenchman reaches the salad he is resting and in no
Henri Charpentier, Life &la Henri,
Green Cheese Salad Julienne
Take endive, water cress and as many different kinds of crisp
American Cheese Salad
Slice a sweet ripe pineapple thin and sprinkle with shredded
Cheese and Nut Salad
Mix American Cheddar with an equal amount of nut meats and
Brie or Camembert Salad
Fill ripe pear-or peach-halves with creamy imported Brie or
3/4 cup cream cheese 1/2 cup grated American Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup Roquefort cheese, crumbled 2 tablespoons gelatin, dissolved and stirred into 1/2 cup boiling water Juice of 1 lemon Salt Pepper 2 cups cream, beaten stiff 1/2 cup minced chives
Mash the cheeses together, season gelatin liquid with lemon,
Swiss Cheese Salad
Dice 1/2 pound of cheese into 1/2-inch cubes. Slice one onion
Rosie's Swiss Breakfast Cheese Salad
Often Emmentaler is cubed in a salad for breakfast, relished specially by males on the morning after. We quote the original recipe brought over by Rosie from the Swiss Tyrol to thrill the writers' and artists' colony of Ridgefield, New Jersey, in her brother Emil's White House Inn:
First Rosie cut a thick slice of prime imported Emmentaler into
The salad was ready to eat only when each and every tiny, shiny
“Drink down the juice, too, when you have finished mine
Gorgonzola and Banana Salad
Slice bananas lengthwise, as for a banana split. Sprinkle with
Cheese and Pea Salad
Cube 1/2 pound of American Cheddar and mix with a can of peas,
Apple and Cheese Salad
1/2 cup cream cheese 1 cup chopped pecans Salt and pepper Apples, sliced 1/2-inch thick Lettuce leaves Creamy salad dressing
Make tiny seasoned cheese balls, center on the apple slices
Roquefort Cheese Salad Dressing
No cheese sauce is easier to make than the American favorite of
Unfortunately, even when the Roquefort is the French import, complete with the picture of the sheep in red, and garanti veritable, the dressing is often ruined by bad vinegar and cottonseed oil (of all things). When bottled to sell in stores, all sorts of extraneous spice, oils and mustard flour are used where nothing more is necessary than the manipulation of a fork, fine olive oil and good vinegar—white wine, tarragon or malt. Some ardent amateurs must have their splash of Worcestershire sauce or lemon juice with salt and pepper. This Roquefort dressing is good on all green salads, but on endive it's something special.
Sauce Mornay has been hailed internationally as “the greatest culinary achievement in cheese.”
Nothing is simpler to make. All you do is prepare a white sauce
PLAIN CHEESE SAUCE
1 part of any grated cheese to 4 parts of white sauce
This is a mild sauce that is nice with creamed or hard-cooked
The sauce may be made richer by mixing melted butter with the
From thin to medium to thick it serves divers purposes:
Thin: it may be used instead of milk to make a tasty milk toast, sometimes spiced with curry.
Medium: for baking by pouring over crackers soaked in milk.
Thick: serves as a sort of Welsh Rabbit when poured generously over bread toasted on one side only, with the untoasted side up, to let the sauce sink in.
PARSLEYED CHEESE SAUCE
This makes a mild, pleasantly pungent sauce, to enliven the
CORNUCOPIA OF CHEESE RECIPES
Since this is the Complete Book of Cheese we will fill a bounteous cornucopia here with more or less essential, if not indispensable, recipes and dishes not so easy to classify, or overlooked or crowded out of the main sections devoted to the classic Fondues, Rabbits, Souffles, etc.
Stuffed Celery, Endive, Anise and Other Suitable Stalks
Use any soft cheese you like, or firm cheese softened by pressing through a sieve; at room temperature, of course, with any seasoning or relish.
Cream cheese and chopped chives, pimientos, olives, or all
Cottage cheese and piccalilli or chili sauce.
Sharp Cheddar mixed with mayonnaise, mustard, cream, minced
Roquefort and other Blues are excellent fillings for your
All canape butters are ideally suited to stuffing stalks.
A masterpiece in the line of filled stalks: Cut the leafy tops
After all stalks are filled, beginning with the baby center
Besides hot dunking in Swiss Fondue, cold dunking may be had by
Line a baking dish from bottom to top with decrusted slices of
Roll pastry dough thin and cover with grated Cheddar, fold and
[Footnote B: (from Cheese Cookery, by Helmut Ripperger)]
This is the famous cheese soup of the Engadine and little
Put a slice of stale French bread, toasted or not, into a soup
WITH A CHEESE SHAKER ON THE TABLE
Italians are so dependent on cheese to enrich all their dishes, from soups to spaghetti—and indeed any vegetable—that a shaker of grated Parmesan, Romano or reasonable substitute stands ready at every table, or is served freshly grated on a side dish. Thus any Italian soup might be called a cheese soup, but we know of only one, the great minestrone, in which cheese is listed as an indispensable ingredient along with the pasta, peas, onion, tomatoes, kidney beans, celery, olive oil, garlic, oregano, potatoes, carrots, and so forth.
Likewise, a chunk of melting or toasting cheese is essential in the Fritto Misto, the finest mixed grill we know, and it's served up as a separate tidbit with the meats.
Italians grate on more cheese for seasoning than any other people, as the French are wont to use more wine in cooking.
Pfeffernuesse and Caraway
The gingery little “pepper nuts,” pfeffernuesse, imported from Germany in barrels at Christmastime, make one of the best accompaniments to almost any kind of cheese. For contrast try a dish of caraway.
Small rounds of buttered bread or toast heaped with a mound of grated cheese and browned in the oven is a French contribution.
Make a plain omelet your own way. When the mixture has just
Parmesan Omelet (mild)
Cook as above, but use 1/4 cup only of Parmesan, grated fine,
Parmesan Omelet (full flavored)
As above, but use 1/2 cup Parmesan, finely grated, as follows:
A Meal-in-One Omelet
Fry 1/2 dozen bacon slices crisp and keep hot while frying a
Make plain omelet, cover with thin rounds of fresh tomato and
Omelet with Cheese Sauce
Make a plain French, fluffy or puffy omelet and when finished,
The French use grated Gruyere for this with all sorts of sauces, such as the Savoyar de Savoie, with potatoes, chervil, tarragon and cream. A delicious appearance and added flavor can be had by browning with a salamander.
FOR THE CARAMEL: 1/2 cup sugar 4 tablespoons water
FOR THE FLAN: 4 eggs, beaten separately 2 cups hot milk 1/2 cup sugar Salt
Brown sugar and mix with water to make the caramel. Pour it
Make Flan by mixing together all the ingredients. Add to
Italian Fritto Misto
The distinctive Italian Mixed Fry, Fritto Misto, is made with
Polish Piroghs (a pocketful of cheese)
Make noodle dough with 2 eggs and 2 cups of flour, roll out
Cream a cupful of cottage cheese with a tablespoon of melted
Fill pastry squares with this and pinch edges tight together to
Drop into a lot of fast-boiling water, lightly salted, and boil
Drain and serve on a piping hot platter with melted butter and
This is a cross between ravioli and blintzes.
Cheesed Mashed Potatoes
Whip into a steaming hot dish of creamily mashed potatoes some
If there's a chafing dish handy, a first-rate nightcap can be made via a
Sauteed Swiss Sandwich
Tuck a slice of Swiss cheese between two pieces of thickly
In America cheese got its start in country stores in our cracker-barrel days when every man felt free to saunter in, pick up the cheese knife and cut himself a wedge from the big-bellied rattrap cheese standing under its glass bell or wire mesh hood that kept the flies off but not the free-lunchers. Cheese by itself being none too palatable, the taster would saunter over to the cracker barrel, shoo the cat off and help himself to the old-time crackers that can't be beat today.
At that time Wisconsin still belonged to the Indians and Vermont was our leading cheese state, with its Sage and Cheddar and Vermont Country Store Crackers, as Vrest Orton of Weston Vermont, calls them. When Orton heard we were writing this book, he sent samples from the store his father started in 1897 which is still going strong. Together with the Vermont Good Old-fashioned Natural Cheese and the Sage came a handy handmade Cracker Basket, all wicker, ten crackers long and just one double cracker wide. A snug little casket for those puffy, old-time, two-in-one soda biscuits that have no salt to spoil the taste of the accompanying cheese. Each does double duty because it's made to split in the middle, so you can try one kind of cheese on one half and another on t'other, or sandwich them between.
Some Pied Piper took the country cheese and crackers to the corner saloon and led a free-lunch procession that never faltered till Prohibition came. The same old store cheese was soon pepped up as saloon cheese with a saucer of caraway seeds, bowls of pickles, peppers, pickled peppers and rye bread with plenty of mustard, pretzels or cheese straws, smearcase and schwarzbrot. Beer and cheese forever together, as in the free-lunch ditty of that great day:
I am an Irish hunter;
I do not hunt for fleas
It was there and then that cheese came of age from coast to coast. In every bar there was a choice of Swiss, Cottage, Limburger—manly cheeses, walkie-talkie oldsters that could sit up and beg, golden yellow, tangy mellow, always cut in cubes. Cheese takes the cube form as naturally as eggs take the oval and honeycombs the hexagon.
On the more elegant handout buffets, besides the shapely cubes, free Welsh Rabbit started at four every afternoon, to lead the tired businessman in by the nose; or a smear of Canadian Snappy out of a pure white porcelain pot in the classy places, on a Bent's water biscuit.
SANDWICHES AND SAVORY SNACKS
Next to nibbling cheese with crackers and appetizers, of which there is no end in sight, cheese sandwiches help us consume most of our country's enormous output of Brick, Cheddar and Swiss. To attempt to classify and describe all of these would be impossible, so we will content ourselves by picking a few of the cold and hot, the plain and the fancy, the familiar and the exotic. Let's use the alphabet to sum up the situation.
A Alpine Club Sandwich
Spread toasts with mayonnaise and fill with a thick slice of
B Boston Beany, Open-face
Lightly butter a slice of Boston brown bread, cover it
Pat out some small seasoned hamburgers exceedingly thin and,
D Deviled Rye
Butter flat Swedish rye bread and heat quickly in hot oven.
E Egg, Open-faced
Saute minced small onion and small green pepper in 2
F French-fried Swiss
Simply make a sandwich with a noble slice of imported Gruyere,
G Grilled Chicken-Ham-Cheddar
Cut crusts from 2 slices of white bread and butter them on both
H He-man Sandwich, Open-faced
Butter a thick slice of dark rye bread, cover with a layer of
I International Sandwich
Split English muffins and toast on the hard outsides, cover
J Jurassiennes, or Croutes Comtoises
Soak slices of stale buns in milk, cover with a mixture of
If you like caraway flavor this is your sandwich: On
L Limburger Onion or Limburger Catsup
Marinate slices of Bermuda onion in a peppery French dressing
When catsup is substituted for marinated onion the sandwich has
M Meringue, Open-faced (from the Browns' 10,000 Snacks)
Allow 1 egg and 4 tablespoons of grated cheese to 1 slice of
N Neufchatel and Honey
We know no sandwich more ethereal than one made with thin,
Any creamy Petit Suisse will do as well as the Neufchatel, but
O Oskar's Ham-Cam
Oskar Davidsen of Copenhagen, whose five-foot menu lists 186
The Ham-Cam is built up with such splendors as “goose liver
P Pickled Camembert
Butter a thin slice of rye or pumpernickel and spread with ripe
Q Queijo da Serra Sandwich
On generous rounds of French “flute” or other crunchy, crusty
R Roquefort Nut
Butter hot toast and cover with a thickish slice of genuine
S Smoky Sandwich and Sturgeon-smoked Sandwich
Skin some juicy little, jolly little sprats, lay on thin rye,
Hickory is preferred for most of the smoking in America. In New
Smoked salmon, eel, whitefish or any other, is also good with
T Tangy Sandwich
On buttered rye spread cream cheese, and on this bed lay thinly
U Unusual Sandwich—of Flowers, Hay and Clover
On a sweet-buttered slice of French white bread lay a layer of
V Vegetarian Sandwich
Roll your own of alternate leaves of lettuce, slices of store
W Witch's Sandwich
Butter 2 slices of sandwich bread, cover one with a thin slice
X Xochomilco Sandwich
In spite of the “milco” in Xochomilco, there isn't a drop to be
Y Yolk Picnic Sandwich
Hard-cooked egg yolk worked into a yellow paste with cream
Take a tip from Oskar over in Copenhagen and design your own
For good measure we will toss in a couple of toasted cheese sandwiches.
Toasted Cheese Sandwich
Butter both sides of 2 thick slices of white bread and sandwich
This toasted cheeser is so good it's positively sinful. The French, who outdo us in both cooking and sin, make one of their own in the form of fried fingers of stale bread doused in an 'arf and 'arf Welsh Rabbit and Fondue melting of Gruyere, that serves as a liaison to further sandwich the two.
Garlic is often used in place of chopped chives, and in contrast to this wild one there's a mild one made of Dutch cream cheese by the equally Dutch Pennsylvanians.
England, of course, together with Wales, holds all-time honors with such celebrated regional “toasting cheeses” as Devonshire and Dunlop. Even British Newfoundland is known for its simple version, that's quite as pleasing as its rich Prince Edward Island Oyster Stew.
Newfoundland Toasted Cheese Sandwich
1 pound grated Cheddar 1 egg, well beaten 1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon butter
Heat together and pour over well-buttered toast.
A country without a fit drink for cheese has no cheese fit for
Greece was the first country to prove its epicurean fitness, according to the old saying above, for it had wine to tipple and sheep's milk cheese to nibble. The classical Greek cheese has always been Feta, and no doubt this was the kind that Circe combined most suitably with wine to make a farewell drink for her lovers. She put further sweetness and body into the stirrup cup by stirring honey and barley meal into it. Today we might whip this up in an electric mixer to toast her memory.
While a land flowing with milk and honey is the ideal of many, France, Italy, Spain or Portugal, flowing with wine and honey, suit a lot of gourmets better. Indeed, in such vinous-caseous places cheese is on the house at all wine sales for prospective customers to snack upon and thus bring out the full flavor of the cellared vintages. But professional wine tasters are forbidden any cheese between sips. They may clear their palates with plain bread, but nary a crumb of Roquefort or cube of Gruyere in working hours, lest it give the wine a spurious nobility.
And, speaking of Roquefort, Romanee has the closest affinity for it. Such affinities are also found in Pont l'Eveque and Beaujolais, Brie and red champagne, Coulommiers and any good vin rose. Heavenly marriages are made in Burgundy between red and white wines of both Cotes, de Nuits and de Baune, and Burgundian cheeses such as Epoisses, Soumaintarin and Saint-Florentin. Pommard and Port-Salut seem to be made for each other, as do Chateau Margaux and Camembert.
A great cheese for a great wine is the rule that brings together in the neighboring provinces such notables as Sainte Maure, Valencay, Vendome and the Loire wines—Vouvray, Saumur and Anjou. Gruyere mates with Chablis, Camembert with St. Emilion; and any dry red wine, most commonly claret, is a fit drink for the hundreds of other fine French cheeses.
Every country has such happy marriages, an Italian standard being Provolone and Chianti. Then there is a most unusual pair, French Neufchatel cheese and Swiss Neuchatel wine from just across the border. Switzerland also has another cheese favorite at home—Trauben (grape cheese), named from the Neuchatel wine in which it is aged.
One kind of French Neufchatel cheese, Bondon, is also uniquely suited to the company of any good wine because it is made in the exact shape and size of a wine barrel bung. A similar relation is found in Brinzas (or Brindzas) that are packed in miniature wine barrels, strongly suggesting what should be drunk with such excellent cheeses: Hungarian Tokay. Other foreign cheeses go to market wrapped in vine leaves. The affinity has clearly been laid down in heaven.
Only the English seem to have a fortissimo taste in the go-with wines, according to these matches registered by Andre Simon in The Art of Good Living:
Red Cheshire with Light Tawny Port White Cheshire with Oloroso Sherry Blue Leicester with Old Vintage Port Green Roquefort with New Vintage Port
To these we might add brittle chips of Greek Casere with nips of Amontillado, for an eloquent appetizer.
The English also pour port into Stilton, and sundry other wines and liquors into Cheddars and such. This doctoring leads to fraudulent imitation, however, for either port or stout is put into counterfeit Cheshire cheese to make up for the richness it lacks.
While some combinations of cheeses and wines may turn out palatable, we prefer taking ours straight. When something more fiery is needed we can twirl the flecks of pure gold in a chalice of Eau de Vie de Danzig and nibble on legitimate Danzig cheese unadulterated. Goldwasser, or Eau de Vie, was a favorite liqueur of cheese-loving Franklin Roosevelt, and we can be sure he took the two separately.
Another perfect combination, if you can take it, is imported kuemmel with any caraway-seeded cheese, or cream cheese with a handy saucer of caraway seeds. In the section of France devoted to gin, the juniper berries that flavor the drink also go into a local cheese, Fromage Fort. This is further fortified with brandy, white wine and pepper. One regional tipple with such brutally strong cheese is black coffee laced with gin.
French la Jonchee is another potted thriller with not only coffee and rum mixed in during the making, but orange flower water, too. Then there is la Petafina, made with brandy and absinthe; Hazebrook with brandy alone; and la Cachat with white wine and brandy.
In Italy white Gorgonzola is also put up in crocks with brandy. In Oporto the sharp cheese of that name is enlivened by port, Cider and the greatest of applejacks, Calvados, seem made to go the regional Calvados cheese. This is also true of our native Jersey Lightning and hard cider with their accompanying New York State cheese. In the Auge Valley of France, farmers also drink homemade cider with their own Augelot, a piquant kind of Pont l'Eveque.
The English sip pear cider (perry) with almost any British cheese. Milk would seem to be redundant, but Sage cheese and buttermilk do go well together.
Wine and cheese have other things in common. Some wines and some cheeses are aged in caves, and there are vintage cheeses no less than vintage wines, as is the case with Stilton.
Once, so goes the sad story, there was a cheesemonger unworthy of his heritage. He exported a shipload of inferior “Swiss” made somewhere in the U.S.A. Bad to begin with, it had worsened on the voyage. Rejected by the health authorities on the other side, it was shipped back, reaching home in the unhappy condition known as “cracked.” To cut his losses the rascally cheesemonger had his cargo ground up and its flavor disguised with hot peppers and chili sauce. Thus there came into being the abortion known as the “cheese spread.”
The cheese spread or “food” and its cousin, the processed cheese, are handy, cheap and nasty. They are available everywhere and some people even like them. So any cheese book is bound to take formal notice of their existence. I have done so—and now, an unfond farewell to them.
My academic cheese education began at the University of Wisconsin in 1904. I grew up with our great Midwest industry; I have read with profit hundreds of pamphlets put out by the learned Aggies of my Alma Mater. Mostly they treat of honest, natural cheeses: the making, keeping and enjoying of authentic Longhorn Cheddars, short Bricks and naturalized Limburgers.
At the School of Agriculture the students still, I am told, keep their hand in by studying the classical layout on a cheese board. One booklet recommends the following for freshman contemplation:
CARAWAY BRICK SELECT BRICK EDAM
These six sturdy samples of Wisconsin's best will stimulate any amount of classroom discussion. Does the Edam go better with German-American black bread or with Swedish Ry-Krisp? To butter or not to butter? And if to butter, with which cheese? Salt or sweet? How close do we come to the excellence of the genuine Alpine Swiss? Primary school stuff, but not unworthy of thought.
Pass on down the years. You are now ready to graduate. Your cheese board can stand a more sophisticated setup. Try two boards; play the teams against each other.
The All-American Champs
NEW YORK COON PHILADELPHIA CREAM OHIO LIEDERKRANZ VERMONT SAGE
KENTUCKY TRAPPIST WISCONSIN LIMBURGER
The European Giants
PORTUGUESE TRAZ- DUTCH GOUDA ITALIAN PARMESAN OS-MONTES FRENCH
ROQUEFORT SWISS EMMENTALER YUGOSLAVIAN KACKAVALJ
The postgraduate may play the game using as counters the great and distinctive cheeses of more than fifty countries. Your Scandinavian board alone, just to give an idea of the riches available, will shine with blues, yellows, whites, smoky browns, and chocolates representing Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Lapland.
For the Britisher only blue-veined Stilton is worthy to crown the banquet. The Frenchman defends Roquefort, the Dane his own regal Blue; the Swiss sticks to Emmentaler before, during and after all three meals. You may prefer to finish with a delicate Brie, a smoky slice of Provolone, a bit of Baby Gouda, or some Liptauer Garniert, about which more later.
We load them all on Lazy Lou, Lazy Susan's big twin brother, a giant roulette wheel of cheese, every number a winner. A second Lazy Lou will bear the savories and go-withs. For these tidbits the English have a divine genius; think of the deviled shrimps, smoked oysters, herring roe on toast, snips of broiled sausage ... But we will make do with some olives and radishes, a few pickles, nuts, capers. With our two trusty Lazy Lous on hand plus wine or beer, we can easily dispense with the mere dinner itself.
Perhaps it is an Italian night. Then Lazy Lou is happily burdened with imported Latticini; Incanestrato, still bearing the imprint of its wicker basket; Pepato, which is but Incanestrato peppered; Mel Fina; deep-yellow, buttery Scanno with its slightly burned flavor; tangy Asiago; Caciocavallo, so called because the the cheeses, tied in pairs and hung over a pole, look as though they were sitting in a saddle—cheese on horseback, or “cacio a cavallo.” Then we ring in Lazy Lou's first assistant, an old, silver-plated, revolving Florentine magnum-holder. It's designed to spin a gigantic flask of Chianti. The flick of a finger and the bottle is before you. Gently pull it down and hold your glass to the spout.
True, imported wines and cheeses are expensive. But native American products and reasonably edible imitations of the real thing are available as substitutes. Anyway, protein for protein, a cheese party will cost less than a steak barbecue. And it can be more fun.
Encourage your guests to contribute their own latest discoveries. One may bring along as his ticket of admission a Primavera from Brazil; another some cubes of an Andean specialty just flown in from Colombia's mountain city, Merida, and still wrapped in its aromatic leaves of Frailejon Lanudo; another a few wedges of savory sweet English Flower cheese, some flavored with rose petals, others with marigolds; another a tube of South American Kraeuterkaese.
Provide your own assortment of breads and try to include some of those fat, flaky old-fashioned crackers that country stores in New England can still supply. Mustard? Sure, if .you like it. If you want to be fancy, use a tricky little gadget put out by the Maille condiment-makers in France and available here in the food specialty shops. It's a miniature painter's palate holding five mustards of different shades and flavors and two mustard paddles. The mustards, in proper chromatic order, are: jonquil yellow “Strong Dijon”; “Green Herbs”; brownish “Tarragon”; golden “Ora”; crimson “Tomato-flavored.”
And, just to keep things moving, we have restored an antique whirling cruet-holder to deliver Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, A-1, Tap Sauce and Major Grey's Chutney. Salt shakers and pepper mills are handy, with a big-holed tin canister filled with crushed red-pepper pods, chili powder, Hungarian-paprika and such small matters. Butter, both sweet and salt, is on hand, together with, saucers or bowls of curry, capers, chives (sliced, not chopped), minced onion, fresh mint leaves, chopped pimientos, caraway, quartered lemons, parsley, fresh tarragon, tomato slices, red and white radishes, green and black olives, pearl onions and assorted nutmeats.
Some years ago, when I was collaborating with my mother, Cora, and my wife, Rose, in writing 10,000 Snacks (which, by the way, devotes nearly forty pages to cheeses), we staged a rather elaborate tasting party just for the three of us. It took a two-tiered Lazy Lou to twirl the load.
The eight wedges on the top round were English and French samples and the lower one carried the rest, as follows:
ENGLISH CHEDDAR CHESHIRE ENGLISH STILTON CANADIAN CHEDDAR
FRENCH MUeNSTER FRENCH BRIE FRENCH FRENCH
SWISS SAPSAGO SWISS GRUYERE SWISS EDAM DUTCH GOUDA
ITALIAN CZECH ITALIAN NORWEGIAN
The tasting began with familiar English Cheddars, Cheshires and Stiltons from the top row. We had cheese knives, scoops, graters, scrapers and a regulation wire saw, but for this line of crumbly Britishers fingers were best.
The Cheddar was a light, lemony-yellow, almost white, like our best domestic “bar cheese” of old.
The Cheshire was moldy and milky, with a slightly fermented flavor that brought up the musty dining room of Fleet Street's Cheshire cheese and called for draughts of beer. The Stilton was strong but mellow, as high in flavor as in price.
Only the rum-flavored Canadian Cheddar from Montreal (by courtesy English) let us down. It was done up as fancy as a bridegroom in waxed white paper and looked as smooth and glossy as a gardenia. But there its beauty ended. Either the rum that flavored it wasn't up to much or the mixture hadn't been allowed to ripen naturally.
The French Muenster, however, was hearty, cheery, and better made than most German Muenster, which at that time wasn't being exported much by the Nazis. The Brie was melting prime, the Camembert was so perfectly matured we ate every scrap of the crust, which can't be done with many American “Camemberts” or, indeed, with the dead, dry French ones sold out of season. Then came the Roquefort, a regal cheese we voted the best buy of the lot, even though it was the most expensive. A plump piece, pleasantly unctuous but not greasy, sharp in scent, stimulatingly bittersweet in taste—unbeatable. There is no American pretender to the Roquefort throne. Ours is invariably chalky and tasteless. That doesn't mean we have no good Blues. We have. But they are not Roquefort.
The Sapsago or Kraeuterkaese from Switzerland (it has been made in the Canton of Glarus for over five hundred years) was the least expensive of the lot. Well-cured and dry, it lent itself to grating and tasted fine on an old-fashioned buttered soda cracker. Sapsago has its own seduction, derived from the clover-leaf powder with which the curd is mixed and which gives it its haunting flavor and spring-like sage-green color.
Next came some truly great Swiss Gruyere, delicately rich, and nutty enough to make us think of the sharp white wines to be drunk with it at the source.
As for the Provolone, notable for the water-buffalo milk that makes it, there's an example of really grown-up milk. Perfumed as spring flowers drenched with a shower of Anjou, having a bouquet all its own and a trace of a winelike kick, it made us vow never to taste another American imitation. Only a smooth-cheeked, thick slab cut from a pedigreed Italian Provolone of medium girth, all in one piece and with no sign of a crack, satisfy the gourmet.
The second Italian classic was Gorgonzola, gorgeous Gorgonzola, as fruity as apples, peaches and pears sliced together. It smells so much like a ripe banana we often eat them together, plain or with the crumbly formaggio lightly forked into the fruit, split lengthwise.
After that the Edam tasted too lipsticky, like the red-paint job on its rind, and the Gouda seemed only half-hearted. Both too obviously ready-made for commerce with nothing individual or custom-made about them, rolled or bounced over from Holland by the boat load.
The Ostiepki from Czechoslovakia might have been a link of smoked ostrich sausage put up in the skin of its own red neck. In spite of its pleasing lemon-yellow interior, we couldn't think of any use for it except maybe crumbling thirty or forty cents' worth into a ten-cent bowl of bean soup. But that seemed like a waste of money, so we set it aside to try in tiny chunks on crackers as an appetizer some other day, when it might be more appetizing.
We felt much the same about the chocolate-brown Norwegian Gjetost that looked like a slab of boarding-school fudge and which had the same cloying cling to the tongue. We were told by a native that our piece was entirely too young. That's what made it so insipid, undeveloped in texture and flavor. But the next piece we got turned out to be too old and decrepit, and so strong it would have taken a Paul Bunyan to stand up under it. When we complained to our expert about the shock to our palates, he only laughed, pointing to the nail on his little finger.
“You should take just a little bit, like that. A pill no bigger than a couple of aspirins or an Alka-Seltzer. It's only in the morning you take it when it's old and strong like this, for a pick-me-up, a cure for a hangover, you know, like a prairie oyster well soused in Worcestershire.”
That made us think we might use it up to flavor a Welsh Rabbit, instead of the Worcestershire sauce, but we couldn't melt it with anything less than a blowtorch.
To bring the party to a happy end, we went to town on the Hungarian Liptauer, garnishing that fine, granulating buttery base after mixing it well with some cream cheese. We mixed the mixed cheese with sardine and tuna mashed together in a little of the oil from the can. We juiced it with lemon, sluiced it with bottled sauces, worked in the leftovers, some tarragon, mint, spicy seeds, parsley, capers and chives. We peppered and paprikaed it, salted and spiced it, then spread it thicker than butter on pumpernickel and went to it. That's Liptauer Garniert.
Each cheese is listed by its name and country of origin, with any further information available. Unless otherwise indicated, the cheese is made of cow's milk.
Soft; creamy mellow.
Abertam Bohemia (Made near Carlsbad)
Hard; sheep; distinctive, with a savory smack all its own.
Absinthe see Petafina.
Acidophilus see Saint-Ivel.
November to May—winter-made and eaten.
Affine, Carre see Ancien Imperial.
Affumicata, Mozzarella see Mozzarella.
After-dinner cheeses see Chapter 8.
Agricultural school cheeses see College-educated.
Aiguilles, Fromage d' Alpine France
Named “Cheese of the Needles” from the sharp Alpine peaks of the district where it is made.
Aizy, Cendree d' see Cendree.
Ajacilo, Ajaccio Corsica
Semihard; piquant; nut-flavor. Named after the chief city of French Corsica where a cheese-lover, Napoleon, was born.
a la Creme see Fromage, Fromage Blanc, Chevretons.
a la Main see Vacherin.
a la Pie see Fromage.
a la Rachette see Bagnes.
Albini Northern Italy
Semihard; made of both goat and cow milk; white, mellow, pleasant-tasting table cheese.
Rich with the flavor of cuds of green herbs chewed into creamy milk that makes tasty curds. Made in the fertile Swiss Valley of Albula whose proud name it bears.
Alderney Channel Islands
The French, who are fond of this special product of the very special breed of cattle named after the Channel Island of Alderney, translate it phonetically—Fromage d'Aurigny.
Called in full Queijo de Alemtejo, cheese of Alemtejo, in the same way that so many French cheeses carry along the fromage title. Soft; sheep and sometimes goat or cow; in cylinders of three sizes, weighing respectively about two ounces, one pound, and four pounds. The smaller sizes are the ones most often made with mixed goat and sheep milk. The method of curdling without the usual animal rennet is interesting and unusual. The milk is warmed and curdled with vegetable rennet made from the flowers of a local thistle, or cardoon, which is used in two other Portuguese cheeses—Queijo da Cardiga and Queijo da Serra da Estrella—and probably in many others not known beyond their locale. In France la Caillebotte is distinguished for being clabbered with chardonnette, wild artichoke seed. In Portugal, where there isn't so much separating of the sheep from the goats, it takes several weeks for Alemtejos to ripen, depending on the lactic content and difference in sizes.
Alfalfa see Sage.
Alise Saint-Reine France
Allgaeuer Bergkaese, Allgaeuer Rundkaese, or Allgaeuer Emmentaler Bavaria
Hard; Emmentaler type. The small district of Allgaeu names a mountain of cheeses almost as fabulous as our “Rock-candy Mountain.” There are two principal kinds, vintage Allgaeuer Bergkaese and soft Allgaeuer Rahmkaese, described below. This celebrated cheese section runs through rich pasture lands right down and into the Swiss Valley of the Emme that gives the name Emmentaler to one of the world's greatest. So it is no wonder that Allgaeuer Bergkaese can compete with the best Swiss. Before the Russian revolution, in fact, all vintage cheeses of Allgaeu were bought up by wealthy Russian noblemen and kept in their home caves in separate compartments for each year, as far back as the early 1900's. As with fine vintage wines, the price of the great years went up steadily. Such cheeses were shipped to their Russian owners only when the chief cheese-pluggers of Allgaeu found they had reached their prime.
Allgaeuer Rahmkaese Bavaria
Full cream, similar to Romadur and Limburger, but milder than both. This sets a high grade for similar cheeses made in the Bavarian mountains, in monasteries such as Andechs. It goes exquisitely with the rich dark Bavarian beer. Some of it is as slippery as the stronger, smellier Bierkaese, or the old-time Slipcote of England. Like so many North Europeans, it is often flavored with caraway. Although entirely different from its big brother, vintage Bergkaese, Rahmkaese can stand proudly at its side as one of the finest cheeses in Germany.
Alpe see Fiore di Alpe.
Al Pepe Italy
Hard and peppery, like its name. Similar to Pepato (see).
Similar to Bel Paese.
A smoked cheese that tastes, smells and inhales like whatever fish it was smoked with. The French Alps has a different Alpestre; Italy spells hers Alpestro.
Alpestre, Alpin, or Fromage de Briancon France
Hard; goat; dry; small; lightly salted. Made at Briancon and Gap.
Semisoft; goat; dry; lightly salted.
Alpin or Clerimbert Alpine France
The milk is coagulated with rennet at 80 deg. F. in two hours. The curd is dipped into molds three to four inches in diameter and two and a half inches in height, allowed to drain, turned several times for one day only, then salted and ripened one to two weeks.
Altenburg, or Altenburger Ziegenkaese Germany
Soft; goat; small and flat—one to two inches thick, eight inches in diameter, weight two pounds.
Alt Kuhkaese Old Cow Cheese Germany
Hard; well-aged, as its simple name suggests.
Altsohl see Brinza.
Ambert, or Fourme d'Ambert Limagne, Auvergne, France
A kind of Cheddar made from November to May and belonging to the Cantal—Fourme-La Tome tribe.
American, American Cheddar U.S.A.
Described under their home states and distinctive names are a dozen fine American Cheddars, such as Coon, Wisconsin, Herkimer County and Tillamook, to name only a few. They come in as many different shapes, with traditional names such as Daisies, Flats, Longhorns, Midgets, Picnics, Prints and Twins. The ones simply called Cheddars weigh about sixty pounds. All are made and pressed and ripened in about the same way, although they differ greatly in flavor and quality. They are ripened anywhere from two months to two years and become sharper, richer and more flavorsome, as well as more expensive, with the passing of time. See Cheddar states and Cheddar types in Chapter 4.
Americano Romano U.S.A.
Hard; brittle; sharp.
Amou Bearn, France
Winter cheese, October to May.
Anchovy Links U.S.A.
American processed cheese that can be mixed up with anchovies or any fish from whitebait to whale, made like a sausage and sold in handy links.
Ancien Imperial Normandy, France
Soft; fresh cream; white, mellow and creamy like Neufchatel and made in the same way. Tiny bricks packaged in tin foil, two inches square, one-half inch thick, weighing three ounces. Eaten both fresh and when ripe. It is also called Carre and has separate names for the new and the old: (a) Petit Carre when newly made; (b) Carre Affine, when it has reached a ripe old age, which doesn't take long—about the same time as Neufchatel.
Ancona see Pecorino.
A cow's-milker made in the Andes near Merida. It is formed into rough cubes and wrapped in the pungent, aromatic leaves of Frailejon Lanudo (Espeletia Schultzii) which imparts to it a characteristic flavor. (Description given in Buen Provecho! by Dorothy Kamen-Kaye.)
A lusty Allgaeuer type. Monk-made on the monastery hill at Andechs on Ammersee. A superb snack with equally monkish dark beer, black bread and blacker radishes, served by the brothers in dark brown robes.
Semihard; nut-flavored; named after its place of origin.
Appenzeller Switzerland, Bavaria and Baden
Semisoft Emmentaler type made in a small twenty-pound wheel—a pony-cart wheel in comparison to the big Swiss. There are two qualities: (a) Common, made of skim milk and cured in brine for a year; (b) Festive, full milk, steeped in brine with wine, plus white wine lees and pepper. The only cheese we know of that is ripened with lees of wine.
Semisoft; sour milk; nutlike flavor. It's an appetizer that lives up to its name, eaten fresh on the spot, from the loose bottom pans in which it is made.
Sour buttermilk, similar to Primula, with caraway seeds added for snap. Imitated in U.S.A.
A small New York State Cheddar put up in the form of a red-cheeked apple for New York City trade. Inspired by the pear-shaped Provolone and Baby Gouda, no doubt.
Semihard; sour milk; yellow; mellow and creamy. Made in mountains between Bohemia and Silesia.
Argentina is specially noted for fine reproductions of classical Italian hard-grating cheeses such as Parmesan and Romano, rich and fruity because of the lush pampas-grass feeding.
Armavir Western Caucasus
Soft; whole sour sheep milk; a hand cheese made by stirring cold, sour buttermilk or whey into heated milk, pressing in forms and ripening in a warm place. Similar to Hand cheese.
Arnauten see Travnik.
Arras, Coeurs d' see Coeurs.
Arrigny Champagne, France
Made only in winter, November to May. Since gourmet products of the same province often have a special affinity, Arrigny and champagne are specially well suited to one another.
Artichoke, Cardoon or Thistle for Rennet see Caillebotte.
Artificial Dessert Cheese
In the lavish days of olde England Artificial Dessert Cheese was made by mixing one quart of cream with two of milk and spiking it with powdered cinnamon, nutmeg and mace. Four beaten eggs were then stirred in with one-half cup of white vinegar and the mixture boiled to a curd. It was then poured into a cheesecloth and hung up to drain six to eight hours. When taken out of the cloth it was further flavored with rose water, sweetened with castor sugar, left to ripen for an hour or two and finally served up with more cream.
Asadero, or Oaxaca Jalisco and Oaxaca, Mexico
White; whole-milk. Curd is heated, and hot curd is cut and braided or kneaded into loaves from eight ounces to eleven pounds in weight Asadero means “suitable for roasting.”
Asco Corsica, France
Made only in the winter season, October to May.
Asiago I, II and III Vicenza, Italy
Sometimes classed as medium and mild, depending mostly on age. Loaves weigh about eighteen pounds each and look like American Cheddar but have a taste all their own.
I. Mild, nutty and sharp, used for table slicing and eating.
II. Medium, semihard and tangy, also used for slicing until nine months old.
III. Hard, old, dry, sharp, brittle. When over nine months old, it's fine for grating.
Asin, or Water cheese Northern Italy
Sour-milk; washed-curd; whitish; soft; buttery. Made mostly in spring and eaten in summer and autumn. Dessert cheese, frequently eaten with honey and fruit.
Au Cumin see Muenster.
Au Fenouil see Tome de Savoie.
Au Foin and de Foin
A style of ripening “on the hay.” See Pithiviers au Foin and Fromage de Foin.
Augelot Valee d'Auge, Normandy, France
Soft; tangy; piquant Pont l'Eveque type.
d'Auray see Sainte-Anne.
Aurigny, Fromage d' see Alderney.
Aurillac see Bleu d'Auvergne.
Aurore and Triple Aurore Normandy, France
Made and eaten all year.
Australian and New Zealand Australia and New Zealand
Enough cheese is produced for local consumption, chiefly Cheddar; some Gruyere, but unfortunately mostly processed.
Autun Nivernais, France
Produced and eaten all year. Fromage de Vache is another name for it and this is of special interest in a province where the chief competitors are made of goat's milk.
Auvergne, Bleu d' see Bleu.
Au Vin Blanc, Confits see Epoisses.
Avesnes, Boulette d' see Boulette.
Aydes, les Orleanais, France
Not eaten during July, August or September. Season, October to June.
Azeitao, Queijo do Portugal
Soft, sheep, sapid and extremely oily as the superlative ao implies. There are no finer, fatter cheeses in the world than those made of rich sheep milk in the mountains of Portugal and named for them.
Soft; mellow, zestful and as oily as it is named.
Azuldoch Mountain Turkey
Mild and mellow mountain product.
Resembles Limburger, but smaller, and translates Brick, from the shape. It is aromatic and piquant and not very much like the U.S. Brick.
Bagnes, or Fromage a la Raclette Switzerland
Not only hard but very hard, named from racler, French for “scrape.” A thick, one-half-inch slice is cut across the whole cheese and toasted until runny. It is then scraped off the pan it's toasted in with a flexible knife, spread on bread and eaten like an open-faced Welsh Rabbit sandwich.
Bagozzo, Grana Bagozzo, Bresciano Italy
Hard; yellow; sharp. Surface often colored red. Parmesan type.
Skim milk, similar to cottage cheese, but softer and finer grained. Used in making bakery products such as cheese cake, pie, and pastries, but may also be eaten like creamed cottage cheese.
Made from thick sour milk in Pennsylvania in the style of the original Pennsylvania Dutch settlers.
Ballakaese or Womelsdorf
Similar to Ball.
Balls, Dutch Red
English name for Edam.
Soft, rich cylinder about one inch thick made in the town of Banbury, famous for its spicy, citrus-peel buns and its equestrienne. Banbury cheese with Banbury buns made a sensational snack in the early nineteenth century, but both are getting scarce today.
White and sweet.
Port-Salut type from its Trappist monastery.
Banon, or les Petits Banons Provence, France,
Small, dried, sheep-milker, made in the foothills of the Alps and exported through Marseilles in season, May to November. This sprightly summer cheese is generously sprinkled with the local brandy and festively wrapped in fresh green leaves.
Bar cheese U.S.A.
Any saloon Cheddar, formerly served on every free-lunch counter in the U.S. Before Prohibition, free-lunch cheese was the backbone of America's cheese industry.
Barbacena Minas Geraes, Brazil
Hard, white, sometimes chalky. Named from its home city in the leading cheese state of Brazil.
Barberey, or Fromage de Troyes Champagne, France
Soft, creamy and smooth, resembling Camembert, five to six inches in diameter and 1-1/4 inches thick. Named from its home town, Barberey, near Troyes, whose name it also bears. Fresh, warm milk is coagulated by rennet in four hours. Uncut curd then goes into a wooden mold with a perforated bottom, to drain three hours, before being finished off in an earthenware mold. The cheeses are salted, dried and ripened three weeks in a cave. The season is from November to May and when made in summer they are often sold fresh.
A natural product, mild and mellow.
Bassillac see Bleu.
Gently made, lightly salted, drained on a straw mat in the historic resort town of Bath. Ripened in two weeks and eaten only when covered with a refined fuzzy mold that's also eminently edible. It is the most delicate of English-speaking cheeses.
Battelmatt Switzerland, St. Gothard Alps, northern Italy, and western Austria
An Emmentaler made small where milk is not plentiful. The “wheel” is only sixteen inches in diameter and four inches high, weighing forty to eighty pounds. The cooking of the curd is done at a little lower temperature than Emmentaler, it ripens more rapidly—in four months —and is somewhat softer, but has the same holes and creamy though sharp, full nutty flavor.
Bauden (see also Koppen) Germany, Austria, Bohemia and Silesia
Semisoft, sour milk, hand type, made in herders' mountain huts in about the same way as Harzkaese, though it is bigger. In two forms, one cup shape (called Koppen), the other a cylinder. Strong and aromatic, whether made with or without caraway.
Bavarian Beer cheese see Bayrischer Bierkaese.
Bavarian Cream German
Very soft; smooth and creamy. Made in the Bavarian mountains. Especially good with sweet wines and sweet sauces.
Bavarois a la Vanille see Fromage Bavarois.
Bayonne see Fromage de Bayonne.
Bayrischer Bierkaese Bavaria
Bavarian beer cheese from the Tyrol is made not only to eat with beer, but to dunk in it.
Beads of cheese Tibet
Beads of hard cheese, two inches in diameter, are strung like a necklace of cowrie shells or a rosary, fifty to a hundred on a string. Also see Money Made of Cheese.
Beagues see Tome de Savoie.
Bean Cake, Tao-foo, or Tofu China, Japan, the Orient
Soy bean cheese imported from Shanghai and other oriental ports, and also imitated in every Chinatown around the world. Made from the milk of beans and curdled with its own vegetable rennet.
Beaujolais see Chevretons.
Beaumont, or Tome de Beaumont Savoy, France
A more or less successful imitation of Trappist Tamie, a trade-secret triumph of Savoy. At its best from October to June.
Beaupre de Roybon Dauphine, France
A winter specialty made from November to April.
A good mountain cheese from goat milk.
Beer cheese U.S.A.
While our beer cheese came from Germany and the word is merely a translation of Bierkaese, we use it chiefly for a type of strong Limburger made mostly in Milwaukee. This fine, aromatic cheese is considered by many as the very best to eat while drinking beer. But in Germany Bierkaese is more apt to be dissolved in a glass or stein of beer, much as we mix malted powder in milk, and drunk with it, rather than eaten.
Beer-Regis Dorsetshire, England
This sounds like another beer cheese, but it's only a mild Cheddar named after its hometown in Dorsetshire.
A curiosity of the old days. “The first milk after a calving, boiled or baked to a thick consistency, the result somewhat resembling new-made cheese, though this is clearly not a true cheese.” (MacNeill)
Hard; goat; creamy dessert cheese.
Belgian Cooked Belgium
The milk, which has been allowed to curdle spontaneously, is skimmed and allowed to drain. When dry it is thoroughly kneaded by hand and is allowed to undergo fermentation, which takes ordinarily from ten to fourteen days in winter and six to eight days in summer. When the fermentation is complete, cream and salt are added and the mixture is heated slowly and stirred until homogeneous, when it is put into molds and allowed to ripen for eight days longer. A cheese ordinarily weighs about three-and-a-half pounds. It is not essentially different from other forms of cooked cheese.
Beli Sir see Domaci.
Bellelay, Tete de Moine, or Monk's Head Switzerland
Soft, buttery, semisharp spread. Sweet milk is coagulated with rennet in twenty to thirty minutes, the curd cut fairly fine and cooked not so firm as Emmentaler, but firmer than Limburger. After being pressed, the cheeses are wrapped in bark for a couple of weeks until they can stand alone. Since no eyes are desired in the cheeses, they are ripened in a moist cellar at a lowish temperature. They take a year to ripen and will keep three or four years. The diameter is seven inches, the weight nine to fifteen pounds. The monk's head after cutting is kept wrapped in a napkin soaked in white wine and the soft, creamy spread is scraped out to “butter” bread and snacks that go with more white wine. Such combinations of old wine and old cheese suggest monkish influence, which began here in the fifteenth century with the jolly friars of the Canton of Bern. There it is still made exclusively and not exported, for there's never quite enough to go around.
Bel Paese Italy
See under Foreign Greats, Chapter 3. Also see Mel Fino, a blend, and Bel Paese types—French Boudanne and German Saint Stefano. The American imitation is not nearly so good as the Italian original.
Bel Paesino U.S.A.
A play on the Bel Paese name and fame. Weight one pound and diminutive in every other way.
Bergkaese see Allgaeuer.
Semihard, fat, resembles Dutch Gouda. Tangy, pleasant taste. Gets sharper with age, as they all do. Molded in cylinders of fifteen to forty pounds. Popular in Sweden since the eighteenth century.
Named after its home town in Gloucester, England.
Berliner Kuhkaese Berlin, Germany
Cow cheese, pet-named turkey cock cheese by Berlin students. Typical German hand cheese, soft; aromatic with caraway seeds, and that's about the only difference between it and Alt Kuhkaese, without caraway.
Bernarde, Formagelle Bernarde Italy
Cow's whole milk, to which about 10% of goat's milk is added for flavor. Cured for two months.
Made of skim milk.
Berry Rennet see Withania.
Bessay, le Bourbonnais, France
Soft, mild, and creamy.
Cream cheeses, small, flat, round. Excellent munching.
There are several of these unique beer cheeses that are actually dissolved in a stein of beer and drunk down with it in the Bierstubes, notably Bayrischer, Dresdener, and Olmuetzer. Semisoft; aromatic; sharp. Well imitated in echt Deutsche American spots such as Milwaukee and Hoboken.
Goat; white; mildly salt. Imitated in a process spread in 4-1/4-ounce package.
Binn Wallis, Switzerland
Exceptionally fine Swiss from the great cheese canton of Wallis.
Bitto Northern Italy
Hard Emmentaler type made in the Valtellina. It is really two cheeses in one. When eaten fresh, it is smooth, sapid, big-eyed Swiss. When eaten after two years of ripening, it is very hard and sharp and has small eyes.
Blanc a la creme see Fromage Blanc.
Blanc see Fromage Blanc I and II.
Brittle; blue-veined; smooth; biting.
Bleu d'Auvergne or Fromage Bleu Auvergne, France
Hard; sheep or mixed sheep, goat or cow; from Pontgibaud and Laqueuille ripening caves. Similar to better-known Cantal of the same province. Akin to Roquefort and Stilton, and to Bleu de Laqueuille.
Bleu de Bassillac Limousin, France
Blue mold of Roquefort type that's prime from November to May.
Bleu de Laqueuille France
Similar to Bleu d'Auvergne, but with a different savor. Named for its originator, Antoine Roussel-Laqueuille, who first made it a century ago, in 1854.
Bleu de Limousin, Fromage Lower Limousin
Practically the same as Bleu de Bassillac, from Lower Limousin.
Bleu de Salers France
A variety of Bleu d'Auvergne from the same province distinguished for its blues that are green. With the majority, this is at its best only in the winter months, from November to May.
Bleu, Fromage see Bleu d'Auvergne.
Bleu-Olivet see Olivet.
The name for cheeses lacking the usual holes of the type they belong to, such as blind Swiss.
Block Edam U.S.A.
U.S. imitation of the classical Dutch cheese named after the town of Edam.
Block, Smoked Austria
The name is self-explanatory and suggests a well-colored meerschaum.
Bloder, or Schlicker Milch Switzerland
Blue Cheddar see Cheshire-Stilton.
Blue, Danish see Danish Blue.
Blue Dorset see Dorset.
Blue, Jura see Jura Bleu and Septmoncel.
Blue, and Blue with Port Links U.S.A.
One of the modern American process sausages.
Blue, Minnesota see Minnesota.
Blue Moon U.S.A.
A process product.
Blue Vinny, Blue Vinid, Blue-veined Dorset, or Double Dorset Dorsetshire, England
A unique Blue that actually isn't green-veined. Farmers make it for private consumption, because it dries up too easily to market. An epicurean esoteric match for Truckles No. 1 of Wiltshire. It comes in a flat form, chalk-white, crumbly and sharply flavored, with a “royal Blue” vein running right through horizontally. The Vinny mold, from which it was named, is different from all other cheese molds and has a different action.
Bocconi Geganti Italy
Sharp and smoky specialty.
Bocconi Provoloni see Provolone.
Boite see Fromage de Boite.
Hard; goat; dry; sharp. Good to crunch with a Bombay Duck in place of a cracker.
Bondes see Bondon de Neufchatel.
Bondon de Neufchatel, or Bondes Normandy, France
Nicknamed Bonde a tout bien, from resemblance to the bung in a barrel of Neuchatel wine. Soft, small loaf rolls, fresh and mild. Similar to Gournay, but sweeter because of 2% added sugar.
Bondon de Rouen France
A fresh Neufchatel, similar to Petit Suisse, but slightly salted, to last up to ten days.
When caraway seed is added this is called Kommenost, spelled Kuminost in Norway.
Bond Ost U.S.A.
Imitation of Scandinavian cheese, with small production in Wisconsin.
Bon Larron France
Romantically named “the penitent thief.”
A full line of processed and naturals, of which Liederkranz is the leader.
A small water-buffalo cheese.
Bossons Maceres Provence, France
A winter product, December, January, February and March only.
Whole or skimmed cow's milk, ripens in two to three months.
Boudes, Boudon Normandy, France
Soft, fresh, smooth, creamy, mild child of the Neufchatel family.
Bougon Lamothe see Lamothe.
Bouille, la Normandy France
One of this most prolific province's thirty different notables. In season October to May.
Boule de Lille France
Name given to Belgian Oude Kaas by the French who enjoy it.
Boulette d'Avesnes, or Boulette de Cambrai Flanders, France
Made from November to May, eaten all year.
Type of fresh Neufchatel made in France. Perishable and consumed locally.
Bourgognes see Petits Bourgognes.
Box Wuerttemberg, Germany
Similar to U.S. Brick. It comes in two styles; firm, and soft:
I. Also known as Schachtelkaese, Boxed Cheese; and Hohenheim, where it is made. A rather unimportant variety. Made in a copper kettle, with partially skim milk, colored with saffron and spiked with caraway, a handful to every two hundred pounds. Salted and ripened for three months and shipped in wooden boxes.
II. Also known by names of localities where made: Hohenburg, Mondess and Weihenstephan. Made of whole milk. Mild but piquant.
Bra No. I Piedmont, Italy
Hard, round form, twelve inches in diameter, three inches high, weight twelve pounds. A somewhat romantic cheese, made by nomads who wander with their herds from pasture to pasture in the region of Bra.
Bra No. II Turin and Cuneo, Italy
Soft, creamy, small, round and mild although cured in brine.
Brand or Brandkaese Germany
Soft, sour-milk hand cheese, weighing one-third of a pound. The curd is cooked at a high temperature, then salted and set to ferment for a day. Butter is then mixed into it before pressing into small bricks. After drying it is put in used beer kegs to ripen and is frequently moistened with beer while curing.
Brandy see Caledonian, Cream.
Branja de Brailia Rumania
Hard; sheep; extra salty because always kept in brine.
Branja de Cosulet Rumania
Described by Richard Wyndham in Wine and Food (Winter, 1937): A creamy sheep's cheese which is encased in pine bark. My only criticism of this most excellent cheese is that the center must always remain a gastronomical second best. It is no more interesting than a good English Cheddar, while the outer crust has a scented, resinous flavor which must be unique among cheeses.
Strong; specially made to roast in slices over coal. Fine, grilled on toast.
Breakfast, Fruehstueck, Lunch, Delikat, and other names Germany
Soft and delicate, but with a strong tang. Small round, for spreading. Lauterbach is a well-known breakfast cheese in Germany, while in Switzerland Emmentaler is eaten at all three meals.
Like Borden and other leading American cheesemongers and manufacturers, Breakstone offer a full line, of which their cream cheese is an American product to be proud of.
Bresegaut Savoy, France
A proud Prussian dessert cheese.
Bressans see les Petits.
Bretagne see Montauban.
Briancon see Alpin.
Brick see Chapter 4.
Brickbat Wiltshire, England
A traditional Wiltshire product since early in the eighteenth century. Made with fresh milk and some cream, to ripen for one year before “it's fit to eat.” The French call it Briqueton.
Semisoft, sour sheep, sometimes mixed with sugar and rum and made into small luscious cakes.
Brie see Chapter 3; also see Cendre and Coulommiers.
Brie Facon France
The name of imitation Brie or Brie type made in all parts of France. Often it is dry, chalky, and far inferior to the finest Brie veritable that is still made best in its original home, formerly called La Brie, now Seine et Marne, or Ile-de-France.
see Nivernais Decize, Le Mont d'Or, and Ile-de-France.
Brie de Meaux France
This genuine Brie from the Meaux region has an excellent reputation for high quality. It is made only from November to May.
Brie de Melun France
This Brie veritable is made not only in the seasonal months, from November to May, but practically all the year around. It is not always prime. Summer Brie, called Maigre, is notably poor and thin. Spring Brie is merely Migras, half-fat, as against the fat autumn Gras that ripens until May.
Brillat-Savarin Normandy, France
Soft, and available all year. Although the author of Physiologie du Gout was not noted as a caseophile and wrote little on the subject beyond Le Fondue (see Chapter 6), this savory Normandy produce is named in his everlasting praise.
Brina Dubreala Rumania
Semisoft, sheep, done in brine.
Our imitation of this creamy sort of fresh, white Roquefort is as popular in foreign colonies in America as back in its Hungarian and Greek homelands. On New York's East Side several stores advertise “Brindza fresh daily,” with an extra “d” crowded into the original Brinza.
Brine see Italian Bra, Caucasian Ekiwani, Brina Dubreala, Briney.
Briney, or Brined Syria
Semisoft, salty, sharp. So-called from being processed in brine. Turkish Tullum Penney is of the same salt-soaked type.
Brinza, or Brinsen Hungary, Rumania, Carpathian Mountains
Goes by many local names: Altsohl, Klencz, Landoch, Liptauer, Neusohl, Siebenburgen and Zips. Soft, sheep milk or sheep and goat; crumbly, sharp and biting, but creamy. Made in small lots and cured in a tub with beech shavings. Ftinoporino is its opposite number in Macedonia.
Brioler see Westphalia.
Briquebec see Providence
The French name for English Wiltshire Brickbat, one of the very few cheeses imported into France. Known in France in the eighteenth century, it may have influenced the making of Trappist Port-Salut at the Bricquebec Monastery in Manche.
Brittle see Greek Cashera, Italian Ricotta, Turkish Rarush Durmar, and U.S. Hopi.
Brizecon Savoy, France
Imitation Reblochon made in the same Savoy province.
Broccio, or le Brocconis Corsica, France
Soft, sour sheep milk or goat, like Bricotta and a first cousin to Italian Chiavari. Cream white, slightly salty; eaten fresh in Paris, where it is as popular as on its home island. Sometimes salted and half-dried, or made into little cakes with rum and sugar. Made and eaten all year.
Hard, flat, nutty.
Brousses de la Vezubie, les Nice, France
Small; sheep; long narrow bar shape, served either with powdered sugar or salt, pepper and chopped chives. Made in Vezubie.
Brussels or Bruxelles Belgium
Soft, washed skim milk, fermented, semisharp, from Louvain and Hal districts.
Soft, fresh, creamy and mellow, a favorite at home in Budapest and abroad in Vienna.
A specialty in Dusseldorf.
Semihard; mellow; tangy.
Named after the province, not the wine, but they go wonderfully together.
Semihard; yellow; tangy.
Butter and Cheese see Chapter 8.
“Butter,” Serbian see Kajmar.
Buttermilk U.S. &Europe
Resembles cottage cheese, but of finer grain.
Cabecou, le Auvergne, France
Small; goat; from Maurs.
Cabrillon Auvergne, France
So much like the Cabrecon they might be called sister nannies under the rind.
Cachet d'Entrechaux, le, or Fromage Fort du Ventoux
Provence Mountains, France
Semihard; sheep; mixed with brandy, dry white wine and sundry seasonings. Well marinated and extremely strong. Season May to November.
“Horse Cheese.” The ubiquitous cheese of classical greats, imitated all around the world and back to Italy again. See Chapter 3.
Caciocavallo Siciliano Sicily, also in U.S.A.
Essentially a pressed Provolone. Usually from cow's whole milk, but sometimes from goat's milk or a mixture of the two. Weight between 17-1/2 and 26 pounds. Used for both table cheese and grating.
Cacio Fiore, or Caciotta Italy
Soft as butter; sheep; in four-pound square frames; sweetish; eaten fresh.
Cacio Pecorino Romano see Pecorino.
Cacio Romano see Chiavari.
Caerphilly Wales and England—Devon, Dorset, Somerset &Wilshire
Semihard; whole fresh milk; takes three weeks to ripen. Also sold “green,” young and innocent, at the age of ten to eleven days when weighing about that many pounds. Since it has little keeping qualities it should be eaten quickly. Welsh miners eat a lot of it, think it specially suited to their needs, because it is easily digested and does not produce so much heat in the body as long-keeping cheeses.
Caillebottes (Curds) France—Anjou, Poitou, Saintonge &Vendee
Soft, creamy, sweetened fresh or sour milk clabbered with chardonnette, wild artichoke seed, over slow fire. Cut in lozenges and served cold not two hours after cooking. Smooth, mellow and aromatic. A high type of this unusual cheese is Jonchee (see). Other cheeses are made with vegetable rennet, some from similar thistle or cardoon juice, especially in Portugal.
Caille de Poitiers see Petits pots.
Caille de Habas Gascony, France
Clabbered or clotted sheep milk.
Cajassou Perigord, France
A notable goat cheese made in Cubjac.
The Calabrians make good sheep cheese, such as this and Caciocavallo.
Hard; ewe's milk. Suitable for grating.
Caledonian Cream Scotland
More of a dessert than a true cheese. We read in Scotland's Inner Man: “A sort of fresh cream cheese, flavored with chopped orange marmalade, sugar brandy and lemon juice. It is whisked for about half an hour. Otherwise, if put into a freezer, it would be good ice-pudding.”
Medium-hard; tangy. Perfect with Calvados applejack from the same province.
Similar to Gorgonzola, made in Bergamo.
Cambrai see Boulette.
Cambridge, or York England
Soft; fresh; creamy; tangy. The curd is quickly made in one hour and dipped into molds without cutting to ripen for eating in thirty hours.
Camembert see Chapter 3.
“Camembert” Germany, U.S. &elsewhere
A West German imitation that comes in a cute little heart-shaped box which nevertheless doesn't make it any more like the Camembert veritable of Normandy.
Semisoft; open-textured, resembling Monterey. Drained curd is pressed in hoops, cheese is salted in brine for thirty hours, then coated with paraffin and cured for one to three months in humid room at 50 deg. to 60 deg. F.
Canadian Club see Cheddar Club.
Cancoillotte, Cancaillotte, Canquoillotte, Quincoillotte, Cancoiade, Fromagere, Tempete and “Puree” de fromage tres fort Franche-Comte, France
Soft; sour milk; sharp and aromatic; with added eggs and butter and sometimes brandy or dry white wine. Sold in attractive small molds and pots. Other sharp seasonings besides the brandy or wine make this one of the strongest of French strong cheeses, similar to Fromage Fort.
Canestrato Sicily, Italy
Hard; mixed goat and sheep; yellow and strong. Takes one year to mature and is very popular both in Sicily where it is made to perfection and in Southern Colorado where it is imitated by and for Italian settlers.
Cantal, Fromage de Cantal, Auvergne or Auvergne Bleu; also Fourme and La Tome. Auvergne, France
Semihard; smooth; mellow; a kind of Cheddar, lightly colored lemon; yellow; strong, sharp taste but hardly any smell. Forty to a hundred-twenty pound cylinders. The rich milk from highland pastures is more or less skimmed and, being a very old variety, it is still made most primitively. Cured six weeks or six months, and when very old it's very hard and very sharp. A Cantal type is Laguiole or Guiole.
Caprian Capri, Italy
Made from milk of goats that still overrun the original Goat Island, and tangy as a buck.
Caprino (Little Goat) Argentina
Semihard; goat; sharp; table cheese.
Caraway Loaf U.S.A.
This is just one imitation of dozens of German caraway-seeded cheeses that roam the world. In Germany there is not only Kuemmel loaf cheese but a loaf of caraway-seeded bread to go with it. Milwaukee has long made a good Kuemmelkaese or hand cheese and it would take more than the fingers on both hands to enumerate all of the European originals, from Dutch Komynkaas through Danish King Christian IX and Norwegian Kuminost, Italian Freisa, Pomeranian Rinnen and Belgian Leyden, to Pennsylvania Pot.
Cardiga, Queijo da Portugal
Hard; sheep; oily; mild flavor. Named from cardo, cardoon in English, a kind of thistle used as a vegetable rennet in making several other cheeses, such as French Caillebottes curdled with chardonnette, wild artichoke seed. Only classical Greek sheep cheeses like Casera can compare with the superb ones from the Portuguese mountain districts. They are lusciously oily, but never rancidly so.
Semihard; sheep; white; slightly salted; expensive.
Carre Affine France
Soft, delicate, in small square forms; similar to Petit Carre and Ancien Imperial (see).
Carre de l'Est France
Similar to Camembert, and imitated in the U.S.A.
Cascaval Penir Turkey
Cacciocavallo imitation consumed at home.
Semisoft; sheep; mellow; creamy.
Hard; sheep; brittle; gray and greasy. But wonderful! Sour-sweet tongue tickle. This classical though greasy Grecian is imitated with goat milk instead of sheep in Southern California.
Cashera Armenia and Greece
Hard; goat or cow's milk; brittle; sharp; nutty. Similar to Casere and high in quality.
Casher Penner see Kasher.
Mellow but sharp imitation of the ubiquitous Italian Cacciocavallo.
Casigiolu, Panedda, Pera di vacca Sardinia
Plastic-curd cheese, made by the Caciocavallo method.
Caskcaval or Kaschcavallo see Feta.
Semihard. Sheep or cow, milked directly into cone-shaped cloth bag to speed the making. Tastes tangy, sharp and biting.
Locally consumed, seldom exported.
Blue-mold, Gorgonzola type.
Castelo Branco, White Castle Portugal
Semisoft; goat or goat and sheep; fermented. Similar to Serra da Estrella (see).
Castillon, or Fromage de Gascony France
Fresh cream cheese.
Castle, Schlosskaese North Austria
Consumed locally, seldom exported.
Cat's Head see Katzenkopf.
Flavored mildly with celery seeds, instead of the usual caraway.
Cendree, la France—Orleanais, Blois &Aube
Hard; sheep; round and flat. Other Cendrees are Champenois or Ricey, Brie, d'Aizy and Olivet
Cendre d'Aizy Burgundy, France
Available all year. See la Cendree.
Cendre de la Brie Ile-de-France, France
Fall and winter Brie cured under the ashes, season September to May.
Cendre Champenois or Cendre des Riceys Aube &Marne, France
Made and eaten from September to June, and ripened under the ashes.
Cendre Olivet see Olivet.
Cenis see Mont Cenis.
Certoso Stracchino Italy, near Milan
A variety of Stracchino named after the Carthusian friars who have made it for donkey's years. It is milder and softer and creamier than the Taleggio because it's made of cow instead of goat milk, but it has less distinction for the same reason.
Soft veteran of Roman times named from its town near Turin.
Chabichou Poitou, France
Soft; goat; fresh; sweet and tasty. A vintage cheese of the months from April to December, since such cheeses don't last long enough to be vintaged like wine by the year.
Chaingy Orleans, France
Season September to June.
One of those eminent Emmentalers from Cham, the home town of Mister Pfister (see Pfister).
Aristotle said that the most savorous cheese came from the chamois. This small goatlike antelope feeds on wild mountain herbs not available to lumbering cows, less agile sheep or domesticated mountain goats, so it gives, in small quantity but high quality, the richest, most flavorsome of milk.
Champenois or Fromage des Riceys Aube &Marne, France
Season from September to June. The same as Cendre Champenois and des Riceys.
Champoleon de Queyras Hautes-Alpes, France.
Natural Port du Salut type described as “zesty” by some of the best purveyors of domestic cheeses. It has a sharp taste and little odor, perhaps to fill the demand for a “married man's Limburger.”
Chantilly see Hable.
Chaource Champagne, France
Soft, nice to nibble with the bottled product of this same high-living Champagne Province. A kind of Camembert.
Charmey Fine Switzerland
Chaschol, or Chaschosis Canton of Grisons, Switzerland
Hard; skim; small wheels, eighteen to twenty-two inches in diameter by three to four inches high, weight twenty-two to forty pounds.
Chasteaux see Petits Fromages.
Chateauroux see Fromage de Chevre.
Chaumont Champagne, France
Season November to May.
Chavignol see Crottin.
Soft; pot; flaky; creamy.
Cheddar see Chapter 3.
Cheese bread Russia and U.S.A.
For centuries Russia has excelled in making a salubrious cheese bread called Notruschki and the cheese that flavors it is Tworog. ( See both.) Only recently Schrafft's in New York put out a yellow, soft and toothsome cheese bread that has become very popular for toasting. It takes heat to bring out its full cheesy savor. Good when overlaid with cheese butter of contrasting piquance, say one mixed with Sapsago.
Equal parts of creamed butter and finely grated or soft cheese and mixtures thereof. The imported but still cheap green Sapsago is not to be forgotten when mixing your own cheese butter.
Cheese food U.S.A.
“Any mixtures of various lots of cheese and other solids derived from milk with emulsifying agents, coloring matter, seasonings, condiments, relishes and water, heated or not, into a homogeneous mass.” (A long and kind word for a homely, tasteless, heterogeneous mess.) From an advertisement
Cheese hoppers see Hoppers.
Cheese mites see Mites.
Cheshire and Cheshire imitations see with Cheddar in
In making this combination of Cheshire and Stilton, the blue mold peculiar to Stilton is introduced in the usual Cheshire process by keeping out each day a little of the curd and mixing it with that in which the mold is growing well. The result is the Cheshire in size and shape and general characteristics but with the blue veins of Stilton, making it really a Blue Cheddar. Another combination is Yorkshire-Stilton, and quite as distinguished.
Another name for Cheshire, used in France where formerly some was imported to make the visiting Britishers feel at home.
Curds sweetened with sugar.
A processed Wisconsin.
Chevre see Fromages.
Chevre de Chateauroux see Fromages.
Chevre petit see Petits Fromages.
Chevre, Tome de see Tome.
Chevretin Savoy, France
Goat; small and square. Named after the mammy nanny, as so many are.
Chevrets, Ponta &St. Remy Bresse &Franche-Comte, France
Dry and semi-dry; crumbly; goat; small squares; lightly salted. Season December to April. Such small goat cheeses are named in the plural in France.
Chevretons du Beaujolais a la creme, les Lyonnais, France
Small goat-milkers served with cream. This is a fair sample of the railroad names some French cheeses stagger under.
Chevrotins Savoy, France
Soft, dried goat milk; white; small; tangy and semi-tangy. Made and eaten from March to December.
All we know is that this is made of the whole milk of cows, soured, and it is not as unusual as the double “h” in its name.
There are two different kinds named for the Chiavari region, and
both are hard:
Chives cream cheese
Of the world's many fine fresh cheeses further freshened with chives, there's Belgian Herve and French Claqueret (with onion added). (See both.) For our taste it's best when the chives are added at home, as it's done in Germany, in person at the table or just before.
Christalinna Canton Graubuenden, Switzerland
Hard; smooth; sharp; tangy.
Christian IX Denmark
A distinguished spiced cheese.
Soft, small cream cheese.
Cierp de Luchon France
Made from November to May in the Comte de Foix, where it has the distinction of being the only local product worth listing with France's three hundred notables.
Citeaux Burgundy, France
Clabber cheese England
Simply cottage cheese left in a cool place until it grows soft and automatically changes its name from cottage to clabber.
Formerly made in a Benedictine monastery of that name.
Claqueret, le Lyonnais, France
Fresh cream whipped with chives, chopped fine with onions. See Chives.
Clerimbert see Alpin.
French imitation of the German imitation of a Holland-Dutch original.
Cloves see Nagelkaese.
Club, Potted Club, Snappy, Cold-pack and Comminuted cheese U.S.A. and Canada
Probably McLaren's Imperial Club in pots was first to be called club, but others credit club to the U.S. In any case McLaren's was bought by an American company and is now all-American.
Today there are many clubs that may sound swanky but taste very ordinary, if at all. They are made of finely ground aged, sharp Cheddar mixed with condiments, liquors, olives, pimientos, etc., and mostly carry come-on names to make the customers think they are getting something from Olde England or some aristocratic private club. All are described as “tangy.”
Originally butter went into the better clubs which were sold in small porcelain jars, but in these process days they are wrapped in smaller tin foil and wax-paper packets and called “snappy.”
Recommended from stock by Phil Alpert's “Cheeses of all Nations" stores:
Argentine aged Gruyere Canadian d'Oka French Bleu Brie Camembert Fontainebleu Pont l'Eveque Port du Salut Roblochon Roquefort Grecian Feta Hungarian Brinza Polish Warshawski Syr Rumanian Kaskaval Swiss Schweizerkaese American Cheddar in brandy Hopi Indian
Coeur a la Creme Burgundy, France
This becomes Fromage a la Creme II (see) when served with sugar, and it is also called a heart of cream after being molded into that romantic shape in a wicker or willow-twig basket.
Coeurs d'Arras Artois, France
These hearts of Arras are soft, smooth, mellow, caressingly rich with the cream of Arras.
Just as the Dutch captivated coffee lovers all over the world with their coffee-flavored candies, Haagische Hopjes, so the French with Jonchee cheese and Italians with Ricotta satisfy the universal craving by putting coffee in for flavor.
Goat or cow; semihard; firm; round; salty; sharp. Not only one of those college-educated cheeses but a postgraduate one, bearing the honored name of Portugal's ancient academic center.
Similar to Cheddar, but of softer body and more open texture. Contains more moisture, and doesn't keep as well as Cheddar.
Besides Coimbra several countries have cheeses brought out by their colleges. Even Brazil has one in Minas Geraes and Transylvania another called Kolos-Monostor, while our agricultural colleges in every big cheese state from California through Ames in Iowa, Madison in Wisconsin, all across the continent to Cornell in New York, vie with one another in turning out diploma-ed American Cheddars and such of high degree. It is largely to the agricultural colleges that we owe the steady improvement in both quality and number of foreign imitations since the University of Wisconsin broke the curds early in this century by importing Swiss professors to teach the high art of Emmentaler.
Colwick see Slipcote.
Small; similar to Italian Stracchino in everything but size.
Hard; ball-shaped like Edam and resembling it except being darker in color and packed in a ball weighing about twice as much, around eight pounds. It is made in the province of North Holland and in Friesland. It is often preferred to Edam for size and nutty flavor.
Comte see Gruyere.
Condrieu, Rigotte de la Rhone Valley below Lyons, France
Semihard; goat; small; smooth; creamy; mellow; tasty. A cheese of cheeses for epicures, only made from May to November when pasturage is rich.
Confits au Marc de Bourgogne see Epoisses.
Confits au Vin Blanc see Epoisses.
Cooked, or Pennsylvania pot U.S.A.
Named from cooking sour clabbered curd to the melting point. When cool it is allowed to stand three or four days until it is colored through. Then it is cooked again with salt, milk, and usually caraway. It is stirred until it's as thick as molasses and strings from a spoon. It is then put into pots or molds, whose shape it retains when turned out.
All cooked cheese is apt to be tasteless unless some of the milk flavor cooked out is put back in, as wheat germ is now returned to white bread. Almost every country has a cooked cheese all its own, with or without caraway, such as the following:
Belgium—Kochtounkaese Germany—Kochkaese, Topfen Luxembourg—Kochenkaese France—Fromage Ouit &Le P'Teux Sardinia—Pannedas, Freisa
Coon see Chapter 4.
A Nebraska product similar to Cheddar and Colby, but with softer body and more moisture.
Cornimont Vosges, France
A splendid French version of Alsatian Muenster spiked with caraway, in flattish cylinders with mahogany-red coating. It is similar to Gerome and the harvest cheese of Gerardmer in the same lush Vosges Valley.
Corse, Roquefort de Corsica, France
Corsican imitation of the real Roquefort, and not nearly so good, of course.
Cow or sheep. There are two varieties: I. Soft, cured in brine and
still soft and mild after two months in
Cotherstone Yorkshire, England
Also known as Yorkshire-Stilton, and Wensleydale No. I. (See both.)
Cotrone, Cotronese see Pecorino.
Cotta see Pasta.
Made in all countries where any sort of milk is obtainable. In America it's also called pot, Dutch, and smearcase. The English, who like playful names for homely dishes, call cottage cheese smearcase from the German Schmierkaese. It is also called Glumse in Deutschland, and, together with cream, formed the basis of all of our fine Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine.
Cottenham or Double Cottenham English Midlands
Semihard; double cream; blue mold. Similar to Stilton but creamier and richer, and made in flatter and broader forms.
Cottslowe Cotswold, England
A brand of cream cheese named for its home in Cotswold, Gloucester. Although soft, it tastes like hard Cheddar.
Coulommiers Frais, or Petit-Moule Ile-de-France, France
Fresh cream similar to Petit Suisse. (See.)
Coulommiers, le, or Brie de Coulommiers France
Also called Petit-moule, from its small form. This genuine Brie is a pocket edition, no larger than a Camembert, standing only one inch high and measuring five or six inches across. It is made near Paris and is a great favorite from the autumn and winter months, when it is made, on until May. The making starts in October, a month earlier than most Brie, and it is off the market by July, so it's seldom tasted by the avalanche of American summer tourists.
Sounds redundant, and is used mostly in Germany, where an identifying word is added, such as Berliner Kuhkaese and Alt Kuhkaese: old cow cheese.
Cream cheese International
England, France and America go for it heavily. English cream begins with Devonshire, the world-famous, thick fresh cream that is sold cool in earthenware pots and makes fresh berries—especially the small wild strawberries of rural England—taste out of this world. It is also drained on straw mats and formed into fresh hardened cheeses in small molds. (See Devonshire cream.) Among regional specialties are the following, named from their place of origin or commercial brands:
Cambridge Cottslowe Cornwall Farm Vale Guilford Homer's “Italian" Lincoln New Forest Rush (from being made on rush or straw mats—see Rush) St. Ivel (distinguished for being made with acidophilus bacteria) Scotch Caledonian Slipcote (famous in the eighteenth century) Victoria York
Creme Chantilly see Hable.
Creme de Gien see Fromage.
Creme de Gruyere Franche-Comte France
Soft Gruyere cream cheese, arrives in America in perfect condition in tin foil packets. Expensive but worth it.
Creme des Vosges Alsace, France
Soft cream. Season October to April.
Creme Double see Double-Creme.
Creme, Fromage a la see Fromage.
Creme, Fromage Blanc a la see Fromage Blanc.
Creme St Gervais see Pots de Creme St Gervais.
Cremet Nantais Lower Loire, France
Soft fresh cream of Nantes.
Cremets, les Anjou, France
A fresh cream equal to English Devonshire, served more as a dessert than a dessert cheese. The cream is whipped stiff with egg whites, drained and eaten with more fresh cream, sprinkled with vanilla and sugar.
Soft, small cream cheese from Cremona, the violin town. And by the way, art-loving Italians make ornamental cheeses in the form of musical instruments, statues, still life groups and everything.
Creole Louisiana, U.S.A.
Soft, rich, unripened cottage cheese type, made by mixing cottage-type curd and rich cream.
Crescenza, Carsenza, Stracchino Crescenza, Crescenza Lombardi Lombardy, Italy
Uncooked; soft; creamy; mildly sweet; fast-ripening; yellowish; whole milk. Made from September to April.
Creuse Creuse, France
A two-in-one farm cheese of skimmed milk, resulting from two
different ways of ripening, after the cheese has been removed from
perforated earthen molds seven inches in diameter and five or six
inches high, where it has drained for several days:
Creusois, or Gueret Limousin, France
Season, October to June.
Croissant Demi-sel France
Soft, double cream, semisalty. All year.
Crottin de Chavignol Berry, France
Semihard; goat's milk; small; lightly salted; mellow. In season April to December. The name is not exactly complimentary.
Crowdie, or Cruddy butter Scotland
Named from the combination of fresh sweet milk curds pressed together with fresh butter. A popular breakfast food in Inverness and the Ross Shires. When kept for months it develops a high flavor. A similar curd and butter is made by Arabs and stored in vats, the same as in India, the land of ghee, where there's no refrigeration.
F. Marion MacNeill, in The Scots Kitchen says that this was the name of a cheese that used to be part of the Kimmers feast at a lying-in.
Cuajada see Venezuela.
Cubjac see Cajassou.
Cuit see Fromage Cuit.
Cumin, Muenster au see Muenster.
Cup see Koppen.
Curd see Granular curd, Sweet curd and York curd.
Curds and butter Arabia
Fresh sweet milk curd and fresh butter are pressed together as in making Crowdie or Cruddy butter in Scotland. The Arabs put this strong mixture away in vats to get it even stronger than East Indian ghee.
Cure, Fromage de see Nantais.
A popular type and packaging of mild Cheddar, originally English. Known as an “all-around cheese,” to eat raw, cook, let ripen, and use for seasoning.
Semihard and nutty.
Damen, or Glory of the Mountains (Gloires des Montagnes) Hungary
Soft, uncured, mild ladies' cheese, as its name asserts. Popular Alpine snack in Viennese cafes with coffee gossip in the afternoon.
Danish Blue Denmark
Semihard, rich, blue-veined, piquant, delicate, excellent imitation of Roquefort. Sometimes called “Danish Roquefort,” and because it is exported around the world it is Denmark's best-known cheese. Although it sells for 20% to 30% less than the international triumvirate of Blues, Roquefort, Stilton and Gorgonzola, it rivals them and definitely leads lesser Blues.
Danish Export Denmark
Skim milk and buttermilk. Round and flat, mild and mellow. A fine cheese, as many Danish exports are.
Dansk Schweizerost Denmark
Danish Swiss cheese, imitation Emmentaler, but with small holes. Nutty, sweet dessert or “picnic cheese,” as Swiss is often called.
A pleasant cheese to accompany a glass of the great liqueur, Goldwasser, Eau de Vie de Danzig, from the same celebrated city.
One of the finest Vermont Cheddars, handled for years by one of America's finest fancy food suppliers, S.S. Pierce of Boston.
Dauphin Flanders, France
Season, November to May.
d'Aurigny, Fromage see Alderney.
A Stilton type, white, small, round, flat and very rich, with “blue" veins of a darker green.
Decize Nivernaise, France
In season all year. Soft, creamy, mellow, resembles Brie.
de Foin, Fromage see Hay.
de Fontine Spain
Crumbly, sharp, nutty.
de Gascony, Fromage see Castillon.
de Gerardmer see Recollet.
About the same as Leyden. (See.)
The brand name of a truly delicious Brie.
A mellow breakfast spread, on the style of the German Fruehstueck original. (See.)
de Lile, Boule
French name for Belgian Oude Kaas.
Half-size Etuve. (See.)
Demi Petit Suisse
The name for an extra small Petit Suisse to distinguish it from the Gros.
Demi-Sel Normandy, France
Soft, whole, creamy, lightly salted, resembles Gournay but slightly saltier; also like U.S. cream cheese, but softer and creamier.
Demi-Sel, Croissant see Croissant Demi-Sel.
Derby, or Derbyshire England
Hard; shape like Austrian Nagelkassa and the size of Cheshire though sometimes smaller. Dry, large, flat, round, flaky, sharp and tangy. A factory cheese said to be identical with Double Gloucester and similar to Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Leicester. The experts pronounce it “a somewhat inferior Cheshire, but deficient in its quality and the flavor of Cheddar.” So it's unlikely to win in any cheese derby in spite of its name.
Devonshire cream and cheese England
Devonshire cream is world famous for its thickness and richness. Superb with wild strawberries; almost a cream cheese by itself. Devonshire cream is made into a luscious cheese ripened on straw, which gives it a special flavor, such as that of French Foin or Hay cheese.
Dolce Verde Italy
This creamy blue-vein variety is named Sweet Green, because cheesemongers are color-blind when it comes to the blue-greens and the green-blues.
Domaci Beli Sir Yugoslavia
“Sir” is not a title but the word for cheese. This is a typical ewe's-milker cured in a fresh sheep skin.
Domestic Gruyere U.S.A.
An imitation of a cheese impossible to imitate.
Domestic Swiss U.S.A
Same as domestic Gruyere, maybe more so, since it is made in ponderous 150-to 200-pound wheels, chiefly in Wisconsin and Ohio. The trouble is there is no Alpine pasturage and Emmentaler Valley in our country.
Whole or partly skimmed cow's or buffalo's milk. Soft; white; no openings; mild and salty when fresh and cleanly acid when cured. It's called “a pickled cheese” and is very popular in the Near East.
Dorset, Double Dorset, Blue Dorset, or Blue Vinny England
Blue mold type from Dorsetshire; crumbly, sharp; made in flat forms. “Its manufacture has been traced back 150 years in the family of F.E. Dare, who says that in all probability it was made longer ago than that.” (See Blue Vinny.)
Dotter Nuernberg, Germany
An entirely original cheese perfected by G. Leuchs in Nuernberg. He enriched skim milk with yolk of eggs and made the cheese in the usual way. When well ripened it is splendid.
The English name cheese made of whole milk “double,” such as Double Cottenham, Double Dorset, Double Gloucester. “Singles” are cheeses from which some of the cream has been removed.
Similar to Wensleydale.
There are several of this name, made in the summer when milk is richest in cream. The full name is Fromage a la Double-creme, and Pommel is one well known. They are made throughout France in season and are much in demand.
Dresdener Bierkaese Germany
A celebrated hand cheese made in Dresden. The typical soft, skim milker, strong with caraway and drunk dissolved in beer, as well as merely eaten.
Not only Dresdener, but dozens of regional hand cheeses in Germanic countries are melted in steins of beer or glasses of wine to make distinctive cheesed drinks for strong stomachs and noses. This peps up the drinks in somewhat the same way as ale and beer are laced with pepper sauce in some parts.
From the drinking cheese just above to dry cheese is quite a leap. “This cheese, known as Sperrkaese and Trockenkaese, is made in the small dairies of the eastern part of the Bavarian Alps and in the Tyrol. It is an extremely simple product, made for home consumption and only in the winter season, when the milk cannot be profitably used for other purposes. As soon as the milk is skimmed it is put into a large kettle which can be swung over a fire, where it is kept warm until it is thoroughly thickened from souring. It is then broken up and cooked quite firm. A small quantity of salt and sometimes some caraway seed are added, and the curd is put into forms of various sizes. It is then placed in a drying room, where it becomes very hard, when it is ready for eating.” (From U.S. Department of Agriculture Bulletin No. 608.)
Dubreala see Brina.
Soft; skim milk; hand type; two by two by one-inch cube.
One of the national cheeses of Scotland, but now far behind Cheddar, which it resembles, although it is closer in texture and moister. Semihard; white; sharp; buttery; tangy and rich in flavor. It is one of the “toasting cheeses” resembling Lancashire, too, in form and weight. Made in Ayr, Lanark and Renfrew and sold in the markets of Kilmarnock, Kirkcudbright and Wigtown.
Mixed with butter; mellow and smoky. Costs three dollars a pound.
Duralag, or Bgug-Panir Armenia
Sheep; semisoft to brittle hard; square; sharp but mellow and tangy with herbs. Sometimes salty from lying in a brine bath from two days to two months.
Durmar, Rarush see Rarush.
Cream cheese of skim milk, very perishable spread.
American vernacular for cottage or pot cheese.
Dutch Cream Cheese England
Made in England although called Dutch. Contains eggs, and is therefore richer than Dutch cream cheese in Holland itself. In America we call the original Holland-kind Dutch, cottage, pot, and farmer.
Dutch Mill U.S.A.
A specialty of Oakland, California.
Dutch Red Balls
English name for Edam.
Echourgnac, Trappe d' Perigord, France
Trappist monastery Port-Salut made in Limousin.
Edam see Chapter 3.
Semihard. One of the few cheeses made by adding eggs to the curds. Others are Dutch Cream Cheese of England; German Dotter; French Fromage Cuit (cooked cheese), and Westphalian. Authorities agree that these should be labeled “egg cheese” so the buyers won't be fooled by their richness. The Finns age their eggs even as the Chinese ripen their hundred-year-old eggs, by burying them in grain, as all Scandinavians do, and the Scotch as well, in the oat bin. But none of them is left a century to ripen, as eggs are said to be in China.
Elbinger, or Elbing West Prussia
Hard; crumbly; sharp. Made of whole milk except in winter when it is skimmed. Also known as Werderkaese and Niederungskaese.
Hard; sheep; white; sharp; salty with some of the brine it's bathed in.
Elisavetpolen, or Eriwani Caucasus
Hard; sheep; sweetish-sharp and slightly salty when fresh from the brine bath. Also called Kasach (Cossack), Tali, Kurini and Karab in different locales.
Elmo Table Italy
Soft, mellow, tasty.
Hard; flavor varies from mild to sharp. Parmesan type.
There are so many, many types of this celebrated Swiss all around the world that we're not surprised to find Lapland reindeer milk cheese listed as similar to Emmentaler of the hardest variety. (See Chapter 3, also Vacherin Fondu.)
French phrase of packaged cheese, “in the envelope.” Similar to English packet and our process. Raw natural cheese the French refer to frankly as nu, “in the nude.”
Engadine Graubuenden, Switzerland
Semihard; mild; tangy-sweet.
English Dairy England and U.S.A.
Extra-hard, crumbly and sharp. Resembles Cheddar and has long been imitated in the States, chiefly as a cooking cheese.
Entrechaux, le Cachat d' see Cachat.
Epoisses, Fromage d' Cote d'Or, Upper Burgundy, France
Soft, small cylinder with flattened end, about five inches across. The season is from November to July. Equally proud of their wine and cheese, the Burgundians marry white wine or marc to d'Epoisses in making confits with that name.
Similar to Gorgonzola. The Galvani cheesemakers of Italy who put out both Bel Paese and Taleggio also export Erbo to our shores.
Erce Languedoc, France
Soft, smooth and sharp. A winter cheese in season only from November to May.
Eriwani see Elisavetpolen.
Ervy Champagne, France
Soft; yellow rind; smooth; tangy; piquant; seven by two-and-a-half inches, weight four pounds. Resembles Camembert. A washed cheese, also known as Fromage de Troyes. In season November to May.
Imitation of an extinct or at least dormant English type.
Estrella see Serra da Estrella.
Etuve and Demi-Etuve Holland
Semihard; smooth; mellow. In full size and demi (half) size. In season all year.
Sharp, nutty flavor.
Excelsior Normandy, France
Season all year.
Factory Cheddar U.S.A.
Very Old Factory Cheddar is the trade name for well-aged sharp Cheddar. New Factory is just that—mild, young and tractable—too tractable, in fact.
Known as Ferme; Maigre (thin); Fromage a la Pie (nothing to do with apple pie); and Mou (weak). About the same as our cottage cheese.
This is curd only and is nowadays mixed with pepper, lachs, nuts, fruits, almost anything. A very good base for your own fancy spread, or season a slab to fancy and bake it like a hoe cake, but in the oven.
Farmhouse see Herrgardsost.
Farm Vale England
Cream cheese of Somerset wrapped in tin foil and boxed in wedges, eight to a box.
Fat cheese see Frontage Gras and Maile Pener.
Fenouil see Tome de Savoie.
Ferme see Farm.
Feta see Chapter 3.
Feuille de Dreux Bearn, France
November to May.
“Filled cheese” England
Before our processed and food cheese era some scoundrels in the cheese business over there added animal fats and margarine to skimmed milk to make it pass as whole milk in making cheese. Such adulteration killed the flavor and quality, and no doubt some of the customers. Luckily in America we put down this vicious counterfeiting with pure food laws. But such foreign fats are still stuffed into the skimmed milk of many foreign cheeses. To take the place of the natural butterfat the phony fats are whipped in violently and extra rennet is added to speed up coagulation.
Fin de Siecle Normandy, France
Although this is an “all year” cheese its name dates it back to the years at the close of the nineteenth century.
Fiore di Alpe Italy
Hard; sharp; tangy. Romantically named “Flowers of the Alps.”
Fiore Sardo Italy
Ewe's milk. Hard. Table cheese when immature; a condiment when fully cured.
Flandre, Tuile de France
A kind of Marolles.
Fleur de Deauville France
A type of Brie, in season December to May.
Fleur des Alpes see Bel Paese and Millefiori.
Like Gjedeost, but not so rich because it's made of cow's milk.
Although the name translates Cream Cheese it is made of boiled whey. Similar to Mysost, but fatter.
Soft and fragrant with petals of roses, violets, marigolds and such, delicately mixed in. Since the English are so fond of oriental teas scented with jasmine and other flowers, perhaps they imported the idea of mixing petals with their cheese, since there is no oriental cheese for them to import except bean curd.
A term for cheese made from fodder in seasons when there is no grass. Good fresh grass is the essence of all fine cheese, so silo or barn-fed cows can't give the kind of milk it takes.
Foggiano Apulia, Italy
A member of the big Pecorino family because it's made of sheep's milk.
Foin, Fromage de see Hay.
Fondu, Vacherin see Vacherin Fondu.
Named after its own royal commune. Soft; fresh cream; smooth; mellow; summer variety.
Fontina Val d'Acosta, Italy
Soft; goat; creamy; with a nutty flavor and delightful aroma.
Fontine, de Franche-Comte, France
A favorite all-year product.
Semidry; flaky; nutty; sharp.
Fontini Parma, Italy
Hard; goat; similar to Swiss, but harder and sharper. From the same region as Parmesan.
Food cheese U.S.A.
An unattractive type of processed mixes, presumably with some cheese content to flavor it.
Forez, also called d'Ambert France
The process of making this is said to be very crude, and the ripening unusual. The cheeses are cylindrical, ten inches in diameter and six inches high. They are ripened by placing them on the floor of the cellar, covering with dirt, and allowing water to trickle over them. Many are spoiled by the unusual growths of mold and bacteria. The flavor of the best of these is said to resemble Roquefort. (From Bulletin No. 608 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to which we are indebted for descriptions of hundreds of varieties in this alphabet.)
Formagelle Northwest Italy
Soft, ripened specialty put up in half-pound packages.
Formaggi di Pasta Filata Italy
A group of Italian cheeses made by curdling milk with rennet, warming and fermenting the curd, heating it until it is plastic, drawing it into ropes and then kneading and shaping while hot. Provolone, Caciocavallo and Mozzarella are in this group.
Formaggini, and Formaggini di Lecco Italy
Several small cheeses answer to this name, of which Lecco is typical. A Lombardy dessert cheese measuring 1-1/4 by two inches, weighing two ounces. It is eaten from the time it is fresh and sweet until it ripens to piquance. Sometimes made of cow and goat milk mixed, with the addition of oil and vinegar, as well as salt, pepper, sugar and cinnamon.
Formaggio d'Oro Northwest Italy
Hard, sharp, mountain-made.
Formaggio Duro (Dry) and Formaggio Tenero see Nostrale.
Fort see Fromage Fort.
Fourme, Cantal, and la Tome Auvergne, France
This is a big family in the rich cheese province of Auvergne, where many mountain varieties are baptized after their districts, such as Aubrac, Aurilla, Grand Murol, Roche and Salers. (See Fourme d'Ambert and Cantal.)
Fourme de Montebrison Auvergne, France
This belongs to the Fourme clan and is in season from November to May.
Fourme de Salers see Cantal, which it resembles so closely it is sometimes sold under that name.
Fresa, or Pannedas Sardinia, Italy
A soft, mild and sweet cooked cheese.
Fribourg Italy and Switzerland
Hard; cooked-curd, Swiss type very similar to Spalen. (See)
Frissche Kaas, Fresh cheese Holland
Dutch generic name for any soft, fresh spring cheese, although some is made in winter, beginning in November.
Friesian see West Friesian.
Fromage a la Creme France
I. Sour milk drained and mixed with cream. Eaten with sugar. That
Fromage a la Pie see Fromage Blanc just below, and Farm
Fromage Bavarois a la Vanille France
Dessert cheese sweetened and flavored with vanilla and named after Bavaria where it probably originated.
Fromage Blanc France
Soft cream or cottage cheese, called a la Pie, too, suggesting pie a la mode; also Farm from the place it's made. Usually eaten with salt and pepper, in summer only. It is the ascetic version of Fromage a la Creme, usually eaten with salt and pepper and without cream or sugar, except in the Province of Bresse where it is served with cream and called Fromage Blanc a la Creme.
Every milky province has its own Blanc. In Champagne it's made of fresh ewe milk. In Upper Brittany it is named after Nantes and also called Fromage de Cure. Other districts devoted to it are Alsace-Lorraine, Auvergne, Languedoc, and Ile-de-France.
Fromage Bleu see Bleu d'Auvergne.
Fromage Cuit (cooked cheese) Thionville, Lorraine, France
Although a specialty of Lorraine, this cooked cheese is produced in many places. First it is made with fresh whole cow milk, then pressed and potted. After maturing a while it is de-potted, mixed with milk and egg yolk, re-cooked and re-potted.
Fromage d'Aurigny see Alderney.
Fromage de Bayonne Bayonne, France
Made with ewe's milk.
Fromage de Boite Doubs, France
Soft, mountain-made, in the fall only. Resembles Pont l'Eveque.
Fromage de Bourgogne
Fromage de Chevre de Chateauroux Berry, France
A seasonal goat cheese.
Fromage de Cure see Nantais.
Fromage de Fontenay-le Comte Poitou, France
Half goat and half cow milk.
Fromage de Gascony see Castillon.
Fromage de Pau see La Foncee.
Fromage de St. Remy see Chevrets.
Fromage de Serac Savoy, France
Half and half, cow and goat, from Serac des Allues.
Fromage de Troyes France
Two cheeses have this name. (See Barberry and Ervy.)
Fromage de Vache
Another name for Autun.
Fromage de Monsieur Fromage Normandy, France
This Cheese of Mr. Cheese is as exceptional as its name. Its season runs from November to June. It comes wrapped in a green leaf, maybe from a grape vine, suggesting what to drink with it. It is semidry, mildly snappy with a piquant pungence all its own. The playful name suggests the celebrated dish, Poulette de Madame Poulet, Chick of Mrs. Chicken.
Fromage Fort France
Several cooked cheeses are named Fort (strong) chiefly in the department of Aisne. Well-drained curd is melted, poured into a cloth and pressed, then buried in dry ashes to remove any whey left. After being fermented eight to ten days it is grated, mixed with butter, salt, pepper, wine, juniper berries, butter and other things, before fermenting some more.
Similar extra-strong cheeses are the one in Lorraine called Fondue and Fromagere of eastern France, classed as the strongest cheeses in all France.
Fort No. I: That of Flanders, potted with juniper berries, as the gin of this section is flavored, plus pepper, salt and white wine.
Fort No. II: That from Franche-Comte Small dry goat cheeses pounded and potted with thyme, tarragon, leeks, pepper and brandy. ( See Hazebrook.)
Fort No. III: From Provence, also called Cachat d'Entrechaux. In production from May to November. Semihard, sheep milk, mixed with brandy, white wine, strong herbs and seasonings and well marinated.
Fromage Gras (fat cheese) Savoy, France
Soft, round, fat ball called tete de mort, “death's head.” Winter Brie is also called Gras but there is no relation. This macabre name incited Victor Meusy to these lines:
Les gens a l'humeur morose
People of a morose disposition
Any soft cheese.
Fromage Piquant see Remoudon.
Fromagere see Canquillote.
Fromages de Chevre Orleanais, France
Small, dried goat-milkers.
Also known as breakfast and lunch cheese. Small rounds two-and-a-half to three inches in diameter. Limburger type. Cheeses on which many Germans and Americans break their fast.
Ftinoporino Macedonia, Greece
Sheep's-milker similar to Brinza.
Gaiskaesli Germany and Switzerland
A general name for goat's milk cheese. Usually a small cylinder three inches in diameter and an inch-and-a-half thick, weighing up to a half pound. In making, the curds are set on a straw mat in molds, for the whey to run away. They are salted and turned after two days to salt the other side. They ripen in three weeks with a very pleasing flavor.
Hard, golden-brown, sour-milker. After being pressed it is turned daily for fourteen days and then packed in a chest with wet straw. So far as we are concerned it can stay there. The color all the way through is tobacco-brown and the taste, too. It has been compared to medicine, chewing tobacco, petrified Limburger, and worse. In his Encyclopedia of Food Artemas Ward says that in Gammelost the ferments absorb so much of the curd that “in consequence, instead of eating cheese flavored by fungi, one is practically eating fungi flavored with cheese.”
Soft, creamy, fermented. A truly fine product made in the resort town on Gardasee where d'Annunzio retired. It is one of those luscious little ones exported in tin foil to America, and edible, including the moldy crust that could hardly be called a rind.
Cream cheese with some greens or vegetables mixed in.
A processed Cheddar type flavored with garlic.
Garlic-onion Link U.S.A.
A strong processed Cheddar put up to look like links of sausage, nobody knows why.
Gascony, Fromage de see Castillon.
Gautrias Mayenne, France
Soft, cylinder weighing about five pounds and resembling Port-Salut.
Gavot Hautes-Alpes, France
A good Alpine cheese whether made of sheep, goat or cow milk.
A factory cheese turned out in small quantities. The color is deep yellow and it resembles a Baby Gouda in every way, down to the weight
Gerardmer, de see Recollet
German-American adopted types
Bierkaese Delikat Grinnen Hand Harzkaese Kuemmelkaese Koppen Lager Liederkranz Mein Kaese Muenster Old Heidelberg Schafkaese (sheep) Silesian Stein Tilsit Weisslack (piquant like Bavarian Allgaeuer)
Gerome, la Vosges, France
Semihard: cylinders up to eleven pounds; brick-red rind; like Muenster, but larger. Strong, fragrant and flavorsome, sometimes with aniseed. It stands high at home, where it is in season from October to April.
Gervais Ile-de-France, France
Cream cheese like Neufchatel, long made by Maison Gervais, near Paris. Sold in tiny tin-foil squares not much larger than old-time yeast. Like Petit Suisse, it makes a perfect luncheon dessert with honey.
Gesundheitkaese, Holsteiner see Holstein Health.
Soft; goat; whey; sweet.
Gex Pays de Gex, France
Semihard; skim milk; blue-veined. A “little” Roquefort in season from November to May.
Gex Marbre France
A very special type marbled with rich milks of cow, goat and sheep, mixed. A full-flavored ambassador of the big international Blues family, that are green in spite of their name.
Gien see Fromage a la Creme.
Hard; mild, made from skimmed cow's milk.
A traditional chocolate-colored companion piece to Gammelost, but made with goat's milk.
The brand name of a cone of Sapsago. (See.)
Glattkaese, or Gelbkaese Germany
Smooth cheese or yellow cheese. A classification of sour-milkers that includes Olmuetzer Quargel.
Cloire des Montagnes see Damen.
Gloucester Gloucestershire, England
There are two types:
Glumse West Prussia, Germany
A common, undistinguished cottage cheese.
Glux Nivernais, France
Season, all year.
A frank and fair name for a semihard, brittle mouthful of flavor. Every country has its goat specialties. In Norway the milk is boiled dry, then fresh milk or cream added. In Czechoslovakia the peasants smoke the cheese up the kitchen chimney. No matter how you slice it, goat cheese is always notable or noble.
Golden in color and rich in taste. Bland, as American taste demands. Like Bel Paese but not so full-flavored and a bit sweet. A good and deservedly popular cheese none the less, easily recognized by its red rind.
Usually made from cow's milk, but sometimes from goat's. Milk is curdled with rennet and condensed by heating until it has a butter-like consistency. (See Mysost.)
Besides the standard type exported to us (See Chapter 3.) there is White Gorgonzola, little known outside Italy where it is enjoyed by local caseophiles, who like it put up in crocks with brandy, too.
Gouda see Chapter 3.
Gouda, Kosher Holland
The same semihard good Gouda, but made with kosher rennet. It is a bit more mellow than most and, like all kosher products, is stamped by the Jewish authorities who prepare it.
Goya Corrientes, Argentine
Hard, dry, Italian type for grating. Like all fine Argentine cheeses the milk of pedigreed herds fed on prime pampas grass distinguishes Goya from lesser Parmesan types, even back in Italy.
It is interesting that the nitrate in Chilean soil makes their wines the best in America, and the richness of Argentine milk does the same for their cheeses, most of which are Italian imitations and some of which excel the originals.
Gournay Seine, France
Soft, similar to Demi-sel, comes in round and flat forms about 1/4 pound in weight. Those shaped like Bondons resemble corks about 3/4 of an inch thick and four inches long.
Another name for Parmesan. From “grains", the size of big shot, that the curd is cut into.
Grana Lombardo Lombardy
The same hard type for grating, named after its origin in Lombardy.
Grana Reggiano Reggio, Italy
A brand of Parmesan type made near Reggio and widely imitated, not only in Lombardy and Mantua, but also in the Argentine where it goes by a pet name of its own—Regianito.
Grande Bornand, la Switzerland
A luscious half-dried sheep's milker.
Granular curd see Stirred curd.
Gras, or Velvet Kaas Holland
Named from its butterfat content and called “Moors Head", Tete de Maure, in France, from its shape and size. The same is true of Fromage de Gras in France, called Tete de Mort, “Death's Head”. Gras is also the popular name for Brie that's made in the autumn in France and sold from November to May. (See Brie.)
Goat milk named, as so many are, from the place it is made.
A luscious half-dried sheep's milker.
Green Bay U.S.A.
Medium-sharp, splendid White Cheddar from Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Limburger county.
Grey Germany and Austrian Tyrol
Semisoft; sour skim milk with salty flavor from curing in brine bath. Named from the gray color that pervades the entire cheese when ripe. It has a very pleasant taste.
Gruyere see Chapter 3.
Guessing, or Land-l-kas Austria
Similar to Brick. Skim milk. Weight between four and eight pounds.
Habas see Caille.
Hable Creme Chantilly Oesmo, Sweden
Soft ripened dessert cheese made from pasteurized cream by the old Walla Creamery. Put up in five-ounce wedge-shaped boxes for export and sold for a high price, well over two dollars a pound, in fancy big city groceries. Truly an aristocrat of cheeses to compare with the finest French Brie or Camembert. See Chapter 3.
Hand see Chapter 3.
Hard Puerto Rico
Harzkaese, Harz Harz Mountains, Germany
Tiny hand cheese. Probably the world's smallest soft cheese, varying from 2-1/2 inches by 1-1/2 down to 1/4 by 1-1/2. Packed in little boxes, a dozen together, rubbing rinds, as close as sardines. And like Harz canaries, they thrive on seeds, chiefly caraway.
Port-Salut type from the Trappist monastery at Harze.
Limburger type. Disk-shaped.
Haute Marne France
Hay, or Fromage au Foin Seine, France
A skim-milker resembling “a poor grade of Livarot.” Nothing to write home about, except that it is ripened on new-mown hay.
There are two kinds:
I. Flemish; a Fromage Fort type with white wine, juniper, salt and
II. Franche-Comte, France; small dry goat's milker, pounded, potted
Four cheeses are called Head:
The French Death's Head. Swiss Monk's Head. Dutch Cat's Head. Moor's Head.
There's headcheese besides but that's made of a pig's head and is only a cheese by discourtesy.
Health see Holstein.
Named from a valley full of rich herbes for grazing.
Cheddar type; nearly white. See Chapter 4.
Herrgardsost, Farm House or Manor House West Gothland and Jamtland, Sweden
Hard Emmentaler type in two qualities: full cream and half cream. Weighs 25 to 40 pounds. It is the most popular cheese in all Sweden and the best is from West Gothland and Jutland.
Herrgardstyp see Hushallsost.
Soft; made in cubes and peppered with herbes such as tarragon, parsley and chives. It flourishes from November to May and comes in three qualities: extra cream, cream, and part skim milk.
Hickory Smoked U.S.A.
Good smoke is often wasted on bad cheese.
Hohenburg see Box No. II.
Soft; part skimmed milk; half-pound cylinders. (See Box No. I.)
Hoi Poi China
Soybean cheese, developed by vegetable rennet. Exported in jars.
Hoja see Queso de.
Hollander North Germany
Imitation Dutch Goudas and Edams, chiefly from Neukirchen in Holstein.
Holstein Dairy see Leather.
Holsteiner, or Old Holsteiner Germany
Eaten best when old, with butter, or in the North, with dripping.
Holstein Health, or Holsteiner Gesundheitkaese Germany
Sour-milk curd pressed hard and then cooked in a tin kettle with a little cream and salt. When mixed and melted it is poured into half-pound molds and cooled.
Holstein Skim Milk or Holstein Magerkaese Germany
Skim-milker colored with saffron. Its name, “thin cheese,” tells all.
Hop, Hopfen Germany
Small, one inch by 2-1/2 inches, packed in hops to ripen. An ideal beer cheese, loaded with lupulin.
Hard; goat; brittle; sharp; supposed to have been made first by the Hopi Indians out west where it's still at home.
An old cream cheese brand in Redditch where Worcestershire sauce originated.
Not made of mare's milk, but the nickname for Caciocavallo because of the horse's head used to trademark the first edition of it.
Brand name of one of those mild little red Baby Goudas that make you say “Ho-hum.”
Hushallsost, Household Cheese Sweden
Popular in three types: Herrgardstyp—Farmhouse Vaestgoetatyp—Westgotland Sveciatyp—Swedish
Hvid Gjetost Norway
A strong variety of Gjetost, little known and less liked outside of Scandinavia.
In Letters from Iceland, W.H. Auden says: “The ordinary cheese is like a strong Dutch and good. There is also a brown sweet cheese, like the Norwegian.” Doubtless the latter is Gjetost.
Ihlefield Mecklenburg, Germany
A hand cheese.
Ilha, Queijo de Azores
Semihard “Cheese of the Isle,” largely exported to mother Portugal, measuring about a foot across and four inches high. The one word, Ilha, Isle, covers the several Azorian Islands whose names, such as Pico, Peak, and Terceiro, Third, are sometimes added to their cheeses.
Imperial, Ancien see Ancien.
Imperial Club Canada
Potted Cheddar; snappy; perhaps named after the famous French Ancien Imperial.
Incanestrato Sicily, Italy
Very sharp; white; cooked; spiced; formed into large round “heads" from fifteen to twenty pounds. See Majocchino, a kind made with the three milks, goat, sheep and cow, and enriched with olive oil besides.
Irish Cheddar and Irish Stilton are fairly ordinary imitations named after their native places of manufacture: Ardagh, Galtee, Whitehorn, Three Counties, etc.
Full name Fromage a la Creme d'Isigny. (See.) Cream cheese. The American cheese of this name never amounted to much. It was an attempt to imitate Camembert in the Gay Nineties, but it turned out to be closer to Limburger. (See Chapter 2.)
In France there is also Creme d'Isigny, thick fresh cream that's as famous as England's Devonshire and comes as close to being cheese as any cream can.
Island of Orleans Canada
This soft, full-flavored cheese was doubtless brought from France by early emigres, for it has been made since 1869 on the Orleans Island in the St. Lawrence River near Quebec. It is known by its French name, Le Fromage Raffine de l'Ile d'Orleans, and lives up to the name “refined.”
Jack see Monterey.
Jochberg Tyrol, Germany
Cow and goat milk mixed in a fine Tyrolean product, as all mountain cheese are. Twenty inches in diameter and four inches high, it weighs in at forty-five pounds with the rind on.
Jonchee Santonge, France
A superior Caillebotte, flavored with rum, orange-flower water or, uniquely, black coffee.
Josephine Silesia, Germany
Soft and ladylike as its name suggests. Put up in small cylindrical packages.
Journiac see Chapter 3.
Jura Bleu, or Septmoncel France
Hard: blue-veined; sharp; tangy.
Kaas, Oude Belgium
Flemish name for the French Boule de Lille.
Same as Italian Caciocavallo.
This was an imperial cheese in the days of the kaisers and is still made under that once awesome name. Now it's just a jolly old mellow, yellow container of tang.
Kajmar, or Serbian Butter Serbia and Turkey
Cream cheese, soft and bland when young but ages to a tang between that of any goat's-milker and Roquefort.
Karaghi La-La Turkey
Nutty and tangy.
A pickled cheese, similar to Domiati.
Semihard; mellow; for grating and seasoning.
Soft; caraway-seeded; comes in smallish packages.
Soft, white, somewhat stringy cheese named cheese.
Kashcavallo, Caskcaval Greece
A good imitation of Italian Caciocavallo.
Kasher, or Caher, Penner Turkey
Hard; white; sharp.
Kash Kwan Bulgaria and the Balkans
An all-purpose goat's milk, Parmesan type, eaten sliced when young, grated when old. An attempt to imitate it in Chicago failed. It is sold in Near East quarters in New York, Washington and all big American cities.
Identical with Italian Caciocavallo, widely imitated, and well, in Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Transylvania and neighboring lands. As popular as Cheddar in England, Canada and U.S.A.
Hard; ewe's milk, usually.
Just another version of the international Caciocavallo.
Katzenkopf, Cat's Head Holland
Another name for Edam. (See Chapter 3.)
Kaukauna Club U.S.A.
Widely advertised processed cheese food.
A hearty cheese that's in season all the year around.
Kefalotir, Kefalotyi Yugoslavia, Greece and Syria
Both of these hard, grating cheeses are made from either goat's or ewe's milk and named after their shape, resembling a Greek hat, or Kefalo.
Keg-ripened see Brand.
King Christian IX Denmark Sharp with caraway. Popular with everybody.
Kingdom Farm U.S.A, near Ithaca, N.Y. The Rutherfordites or Jehovah's Witnesses make Brick, Limburger and Muenster that are said to be most delectable by those mortals lucky enough to get into the Kingdom Farm. Unfortunately their cheese is not available elsewhere.
Kirgischerkaese see Krutt.
Hard; skim; sharp; tangy.
Klatschkaese, Gossip Cheese Germany
A rich “ladies' cheese” corresponding to Damen; both designed to promote the flow of gossip in afternoon Kaffee-klatsches in the Konditories.
Kloster, Kloster Kaese Bavaria
Soft; ripe; finger-shaped, one by one by four inches. In Munich this was, and perhaps still is, carried by brew masters on their tasting tours “to bring out the excellence of a freshly broached tun.” Named from being made by monks in early cloisters, down to this day.
Cooked white dessert cheese. Since it is salt-free it is recommended for diets.
Koch Kaese Germany
This translates “cooked cheese.”
Semisoft, cooked and smoked. Bland flavor.
Sheep; rectangular four-pounder, 8-1/2 by five by three inches. One of those college-educated cheeses turned out by the students and professors at the Agricultural School of Transylvania.
A Trappist Port-Salut imitation made with water-buffalo milk, as are so many of the world's fine cheeses.
Komijnekaas, Komynekass North Holland
Spiked with caraway seeds and named after them.
A regal name for a German imitation of Bel Paese.
Blue-mold cheese with sharp, peppery flavor.
Koppen, Cup, or Bauden Germany
Semihard; goat; made in a cup-shaped mold that gives both its shape and name. Small, three to four ounces; sharp; pungent; somewhat smoky. Imitated in U.S.A. in half-pound packages.
Semisoft; mellow; cured in brine.
This cheese appears in many countries under several names. Similar to Limburger, but eaten fresh. It is stamped genuine by Jewish authorities, for the use of religious persons. (See Gouda, Kosher.)
Soft-paste herb cheese put up in a tube by German Brazilians near the Argentine border. A rich, full-flavored adaptation of Swiss Krauterkaese even though it is processed.
Kreuterkaese, Herb Cheese Switzerland
Hard, grating cheese flavored with herbs; like Sapsago or Grunkaese.
Krutt, or Kirgischerkaese Asian Steppes
A cheese turned out en route by nomadic tribes in the Asiatic Steppes, from sour skim milk of goat, sheep, cow or camel. The salted and pressed curd is made into small balls and dried in the sun.
Soft, ripe, and chiefly interesting because of its name, Cow Creek, where it is made.
This is Bondost with caraway added.
Kummin Ost Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Imitation of the Scandinavian, with small production in Wisconsin where so many Swedes and Norwegians make their home and their ost.
Kuemmel, Leyden, or Leidsche Kaas Holland
Caraway-seeded and named.
Kuemmelkaese Germany and U.S.A.
Semihard; sharp with caraway. Milwaukee Kuemmelkaese has made a name for itself as a nibble most suitable with most drinks, from beer to imported kuemmel liqueur.
La Foncee, or Fromage de Pau France
Lager Kaese U.S.A.
Semidry and mellow. While lager means merely “to store,” there is more than a subtle suggestion of lager beer here.
Laguiole, Fromage de, and Guiole Aveyron, France
An ancient Cantal type said to have flourished since the Roman occupation. Many consider Laguiole superior to Cantal. It is in full season from November to May.
Lamothe-Bougon, La Mothe St. Heray Poitou
Goat cheese made from May to November.
Lancashire, or Lancaster North England
White; crumbly; sharp; a good Welsh Rabbit cheese if you can get it. It is more like Cheshire than Cheddar. This most popular variety in the north of England is turned out best at Fylde, near the Irish Sea. It is a curiosity in manufacture, for often the curds used are of different ages, and this is accountable for a loose, friable texture. Deep orange in color.
Land-l-kas, or Guessing Austria
Skim-milker, similar to U.S. Brick. Square loaves, four to eight pounds.
Langlois Blue U.S.A.
A Colorado Blue with an excellent reputation, though it can hardly compete with Roquefort.
Langres Haute-Marne, France
Semihard; fermented whole milk; farm-made; full-flavored, high-smelling Limburger type, similar to Maroilles. Ancient of days, said to have been made since the time of the Merovingian kings. Cylindrical, five by eight inches, they weigh one and a half to two pounds. Consumed mostly at home.
Reindeer milk. Resembles hard Swiss. Of unusual shape, both round and flat, so a cross-section looks like a dumbbell with angular ends.
Soft; creamy; mellow, made and named after the North Mexico city.
A kind of Maroilles.
Trade name for a soft, water-buffalo product as creamy as Camembert.
Laumes, les Burgundy, France
Made from November to July.
Leaf see Tschil.
Leather, Leder, or Holstein Dairy Germany
A skim-milker with five to ten percent buttermilk, all from the great milch cows up near Denmark in Schleswig-Holstein. A technical point in its making is that it's “broken up with a harp or a stirring stick and stirred with a Danish stirrer.”
Dessert cottage cheese often served with yogurt.
Lecco, Formaggini di Italy
Soft; cow or goat; round dessert variety; representative of a cheese family as big as the human family of most Italians.
Lees see Appenzeller, Festive, No. II.
LeGueyin Lorraine, France
Half-dried; small; salted; peppered and sharp. The salt and pepper make it unusual, though not as peppery as Italian Pepato.
Hard; shallow; flat millstone of Cheddar-like cheese weighing forty pounds. Dark orange and mild to red and strong, according to age. With Wiltshire and Warwickshire it belongs to the Derbyshire type.
An ancient saying is: “Leicester cheese and water cress were just made for each other.”
Leidsche Kaas see Leyden.
A kind of Pecorino.
Notable because it's a natural cheese in a mob of modern processed.
Goat; in season from February to September and not eaten in fall or winter months.
Curious because the sheep's milk that makes it is milked directly into a sack of skin. It is made in the usual way, rennet added, curd broken up, whey drained off, curd put into forms and pressed lightly. But after that it is wrapped in leaves and ropes of grass. After curing two weeks in the leaves, they are discarded, the cheese salted and wrapped up in leaves again for another ripening period.
The use of a skin sack again points the association of cheese and wine in a region where wine is still drunk from skin bags with nozzles, as in many wild and mountainous parts.
Les Petits Bressans Bresse, France
Small goat cheeses named from food-famous Bresse, of the plump pullets, and often stimulated with brandy before being wrapped in fresh vine leaves, like Les Petits Banons.
Les Petits Fromages see Petits Fromages and Thiviers.
Name given to two entirely different varieties:
Levroux Berry, France
A goat cheese in season from May to December.
Leyden, Komijne Kaas, Caraway Cheese Holland
Semihard, tangy with caraway. Similar Delft. There are two kinds of Leyden that might be called Farm Fat and Factory Thin, for those made on the farms contain 30 to 35% fat, against 20% in the factory product.
Liederkranz see Chapter 4.
Limburger see Chapter 3.
Cream cheese that keeps two to three weeks. This is in England, where there is much less refrigeration than in the U.S.A., and that's a big break for most natural cheeses.
Semisoft; aromatic; sharp.
Lipta, Liptauer, Liptoiu Hungary
A classic mixture with condiments, especially the great peppers from which the world's best paprika is made. Liptauer is the regional name for Brinza, as well, and it's made in the same manner, of sheep milk and sometimes cow. Salty and spready, somewhat oily, as most sheep-milkers are. A fairly sharp taste with a suggestion of sour milk. It is sold in various containers and known as “pickled cheese.” (See Chapter 3.)
Soft; sheep; white; mild and milky taste. A close relative of both Liptauer and Brinza.
Little Nippy U.S.A.
Processed cheese with a cute name, wrapped up both plain and smoky, to “slice and serve for cheese trays, mash or whip for spreading,” but no matter how you slice, mash and whip it, it's still processed.
Livarot Calvados, France
Soft paste, colored with annatto-brown or deep red (also, uncommonly, fresh and white). It has the advantage over Camembert, made in the same region, in that it may be manufactured during the summer months when skim milk is plentiful and cheap. It is formed in cylinders, six by two inches, and ripened several months in the even temperature of caves, to be eaten at its best only in January, February and March. By June and afterward it should be avoided. Similar to Mignot II. Early in the process of making, after ripening ten to twelve days, the cheeses are wrapped in fresh laiche leaves, both to give flavor and help hold in the ammonia and other essentials for making a strong, piquant Livarot.
A popular hand cheese. A most unusual variety because the cheese itself is red, not the rind.
A brand of Pecorino differing slightly from Bomano Pecorino.
Lodigiano, or Lombardo Lodi, Italy
Sharp; fragrant; sometimes slightly bitter; yellow. Cylindrical; surface colored dark and oiled. Used for grating. Similar to Parmesan but not as fine in quality.
Longhorn Wisconsin, U.S.A.
This fine American Cheddar was named from its resemblance to the long horn of a popular milking breed of cattle, or just from the Longhorn breed of cow that furnished the makings.
Lorraine Lorraine, Germany
Hard; small; delicate; unique because it's seasoned with pistachio nuts besides salt and pepper. Eaten while quite young, in two-ounce portions that bring a very high price.
Semisoft and tangy dessert cheese. The opposite of Limburger because it has no odor.
Lunch Germany and U.S.A.
The same as Breakfast and Fruehstueck. A Limburger type of eye-opener.
Lueneberg West Austria
Swiss type; saffron-colored; made in a copper kettle; not as strong as Limburger, or as mild as Emmentaler, yet piquant and aromatic, with a character of its own.
Tiny tin-foiled type of Liederkranz. A mild, bland, would-be Camembert.
Soft; goat's milk; two inches square by one and a half inches thick.
Macqueline Oise, France
Soft Camembert type, made in the same region, but sold at a cheaper price.
Named for Madrid where it is made.
“Cow cheese” made in Magdeburg.
Magerkaese see Holstein Skim Milk
Maggenga, Sorte Italy
A term for Parmesan types made between April and September.
Also called Fromage Mou. Soft; white; sharp; spread.
A name for Brie made in summer and inferior to both the winter Gras and spring Migras.
Sheep; cooked; drained; salted; made into forms and put into a brine bath where it stays sometimes a year.
Maile Pener (Fat Cheese) Crimea
Sheep; crumbly; open texture and pleasing flavor when ripened.
Semihard; full cream; round; red outside, yellow within. Weight three pounds.
Mainzer Hand German
Typical hand cheese, kneaded by hand thoroughly, which makes for quality, pressed into flat cakes by hand, dried for a week, packed in kegs or jars and ripened in the cellar six to eight weeks. As in making bread, the skill in kneading Mainzer makes a worthy craft.
Majocchino Sicily, Italy
An exceptional variety of the three usual milks mixed together: goat, sheep and cow, flavored with spices and olive oil. A kind of Incanestrato.
A form of Neufchatel about a half inch by two inches, eaten fresh or ripe.
Manicamp French Flanders
In season from October to July.
Mano, Queso de Venezuela
A kind of Venezuelan hand cheese, as its Spanish name translates. ( See Venezuelan.)
Manor House see Herrgardsost.
Manteca, Butter Italy
Cheese and butter combined in a small brick of butter with a covering of Mozzarella. This is for slicing—not for cooking—which is unusual for any Italian cheese.
Manur, or Manuri Yugoslavia
Sheep or cow's milk heated to boiling, then cooled “until the fingers can be held in it”. A mixture of fresh whey and buttermilk is added with the rennet. “The curd is lifted from the whey in a cloth and allowed to drain, when it is kneaded like bread, lightly salted, and dried.”
Another name for Fromage Mou, Soft Cheese.
Marches Tuscany, Italy
Ewe's milk; hard.
An oily cheese made with oleomargarine.
Soft; cream; small.
Limburger type. About 4-1/2 inches square and 1-1/2 inches thick; weight about a pound. Wrapped in tin foil.
Maerkisch, or Maerkisch Hand Germany
Soft; smelly; hand type.
Maroilles, Marolles, Marole Flanders, France
Semisoft and semihard, half way between Pont l'Eveque and Limburger. Full flavor, high smell, reddish brown rind, yellow within. Five inches square and 2-1/4 inches thick; some larger.
Martha Washington Aged Cheese U.S.A.
Made by Kasper of Bear Creek, Wisconsin. (See under Wisconsin in
Soft; white; delicate fresh cream from Lombardy. Usually packed in muslin or gauze bags, a quarter to a half pound.
An early Klondike Cheddar named by its maker, Peter McIntosh, and described as being as yellow as that “Alaskan gold, which brought at times about ounce for ounce over mining-camp counters.” The Cheddar Box by Dean Collins.
Pioneer club type of snappy Cheddar in a pot, originally made in Canada, now by Kraft in the U.S.A.
Made by the Iowa State College at Ames.
Mecklenburg Skim Germany
No more distinguished than most skim-milkers.
Made in the Champagne district.
Mein Kaese U.S.A.
Sharp; aromatic; trade-marked package.
Excellent for a processed cheese. White; flavorsome. Packed in half moons.
Melun France Brown-red rind, yellow inside; high-smelling. There is also a Brie de Melun.
Mentelto Italy Sharp; goat; from the Mentelto mountains
Merignac France Goat.
Merovingian Northeast France Semisoft; white; creamy; sharp; historic since the time of the Merovingian kings.
Mersem France Lightly cooked.
Mesitra Crimea Eaten when fresh and unsalted; also when ripened. Soft, ewe's milk.
Mesost Sweden Whey; sweetish.
Metton Franche-Comte, France Season October to June.
Meuse France Soft; piquant; aromatic.
Midget Salami Provolone U.S.A. This goes Baby Goudas and Edams one better by being a sort of sausage, too.
Mignot Calvados, France White, No. I: Soft; fresh; in small cubes or cylinders; in season only in summer, April to September.
Passe, No. II: Soft but ripened, and in the same forms, but only seasonal in winter, October to March. Similar to Pont l'Eveque and popular for more than a century. It goes specially well with Calvados cider, fresh, hard or distilled.
Name given to spring Brie—midway between fat winter Gras and thin summer Maigre.
Milano, Stracchino di Milano, Fresco, Quardo Italy
Similar to Bel Paese. Yellow, with thin rind. 1-1/2 to 2-3/4 inches thick, 3 to 6-1/2 pounds.
Milk Mud see Schlickermilch.
Millefiori Milan, Italy
A Thousand Flowers—as highly scented as its sentimental name. Yet no cheeses are so freshly fragrant as these flowery Alpine ones.
Milltown Bar U.S.A.
Robust texture and flavor reminiscent of free-lunch and old-time bars.
Milks that make cheese around the world:
Ass Buffalo Camel Chamois Elephant Goat Human (see Mother's milk) Llama Mare Reindeer Sea cow (Amazonian legend) Sheep Whale (legendary; see Whale Cheese) Yak Zebra Zebu
U.S. pure food laws prohibit cheeses made of unusual or strange animal's milk, such as camel, llama and zebra.
Milwaukee Kuemmelkaese and Hand Kaese U.S.A.
Aromatic with caraway, brought from Germany by early emigrants and successfully imitated.
Name for the Brazilian state of Minas Geraes, where it is made. Semihard; white; round two-pounder; often chalky. The two best brands are one called Primavera, Spring, and another put out by the Swiss professors who teach the art at the Agricultural University in the State Capital, Bello Horizonte.
Minnesota Blue U.S.A.
A good national product known from coast to coast. Besides Blue, Minnesota makes good all-American Brick and Cheddar, natural nationals to be proud of.
Mintzitra in Macedonia; and Mitzithra in Greece
Sheep; soft; succulent; and as pleasantly greasy as other sheep cheeses from Greece. It's a by-product of the fabulous Feta.
Modena, Monte U.S.A.
Made in U.S.A. during World War II. Parmesan-type.
Mohawk Limburger Spread U.S.A.
A brand that comes in one-pound jars.
Similar to Caciocavallo. (See.)
Monceau Champagne, France
Semihard, similar to Maroilles.
Similar to Gorgonzola.
Mondseer, Mondseer Schachtelkaese, Mondseer Schlosskaese Austria
This little family with a lot of long names is closely related to the Muenster tribe, with very distant connections with the mildest branch of the Limburgers.
The Schachtelkaese is named from the wooden boxes in which it is shipped, while the Schlosskaese shows its class by being called Castle Cheese, probably because it is richer than the others, being made of whole milk.
Money made of cheese China
In the Chase National Bank collection of moneys of the world there is a specimen of “Cheese money” about which the curator, Farran Zerbee, writes: “A specimen of the so-called 'cheese money' of Northern China, 1850-70, now in the Chase Bank collection, came to me personally some thirty years ago from a woman missionary, who had been located in the field where she said a cake form of condensed milk, and referred to as 'cheese,' was a medium of exchange among the natives. It, like other commodities, particularly compressed tea, was prized as a trading medium in China, in that it had value as nutriment and was sufficiently appreciated by the population as to be exchangeable for other articles of service.”
Monk's Head see Tete de Moine.
Monostorer Transylvania, Rumania
Soft; salted; rich in flavor.
Monsieur Fromage see Fromage de Monsieur Fromage.
A mountain cheese.
Montasio Austria and Italy
Usually skimmed goat and cow milk mixed. When finished, the rind is often rubbed with olive oil or blackened with soot. It is eaten both fresh, white and sweet, and aged, when it is yellow, granular and sharp, with a characteristic flavor. Mostly used when three to twelve months old, but kept much longer and grated for seasoning. Widely imitated in America.
Montauban de Bretagne, Fromage de Brittany, France
A celebrated cheese of Brittany.
Sour and sometimes sweet milk, made tasty with dried herbs of the Achittea family.
Mont Blanc France
An Alpine cheese.
Mont Cenis Southeastern France Usually made of all three available milks, cow, goat and sheep; it is semihard and blue-veined like the other Roquefort imitations, Gex and Septmoncel. Primitive methods are still used in the making and sometimes the ripening is done by penicillium introduced in moldy bread. Large rounds, eighteen by six to eight inches, weighing twenty-five pounds.
Mont-des-Cats French Flanders
Trappist monk-made Port-Salut.
A fresh cream.
Mont d'or, le, or Mont Dore Lyonnais, France
Soft; whole milk; originally goat, now cow; made throughout the Rhone Valley. Fat, golden-yellow and “relished by financiers” according to Victor Meusy. Between Brie and Pont l'Eveque but more delicate than either, though not effeminate. Alpin and Riola are similar. The best is still turned out at Mont d'Or, with runners-up in St. Cyr and St. Didier.
A sour-milker made fragrant with herbs added to the curd.
Hard; sharp; perhaps inspired by Montery Jack that's made in California and along the Mexican border.
Monterey Jack see Chapter 4.
Monthery Seine-et-Oise, France
Whole or partly skimmed milk; soft in quality and large in size, weighing up to 5-1/2 pounds. Notable only for its patriotic tri-color in ripening, with whitish mold that turns blue and has red spots.
Semihard and sharp.
Morbier Bresse, France
In season from November to July.
A little-known product of Champagne.
In his book about French varieties, Les Fromages, Maurice des Ombiaux sums up the many exotic milks made into cheese and recounts the story of Paul Bert, who served a cheese “white as snow” that was so delicately appetizing it was partaken of in “religious silence.” All the guests guessed, but none was right. So the host announced it was made of “lait de femme” and an astounded turophile exclaimed, “Then all of us are cannibals.”
Soft; yellow; sharp.
Mountain, Azuldoch see Azuldoch.
Mount Hope U.S.A.
Yellow; mellow; mild and porous California Cheddar.
Mouse or Mouse Trap U.S.A.
Common name for young, green, cracked, leathery or rubbery low-grade store cheese fit only to bait traps. When it's aged and sharp, however, the same cheese can be bait for caseophiles.
Soft; water-buffalo milk; moistly fresh and unripened; bland, white cooking cheese put up in balls or big bowl-like cups weighing about a half pound and protected with wax paper. The genuine is made at Cardito, Aversa, Salernitano and in the Mazzoni di Capua. Like Ricotta, this is such a popular cheese all over America that it is imitated widely, and often badly, with a bitter taste.
Mozzarella-Affumicata, also called Scamozza Italy
Semisoft; smooth; white; bland; un-salted. Put up in pear shapes of about one pound, with tan rind, from smoking.
Eaten chiefly sliced, but prized, both fresh and smoked, in true Italian one-dish meals such as Lasagne and Pizza.
A pet name for a diminutive edition of Mozzarella.
Mrsav see Sir Posny.
German originally, now made from Colmar, Strassburg and Copenhagen to Milwaukee in all sorts of imitations, both good and bad. Semihard; whole milk; yellow inside, brick-red outside; flavor from mild to strong, depending on age and amount of caraway or anise seed added. Best in winter season, from November to April.
Muenster is a world-wide classic that doubles for both German and French. Gerome is a standard French type of it, with a little longer season, beginning in April, and a somewhat different flavor from anise seed. Often, instead of putting the seeds inside, a dish of caraway is served with the cheese for those who like to flavor to taste.
In Alsace, Muenster is made plain and also under the name of Muenster au Cumin because of the caraway.
American imitations are much milder and marketed much younger. They are supposed to blend the taste of Brick and Limburger; maybe they do.
A processed domestic, Gruyere type.
Imitated with goat's milk in Southern Colorado.
Mysost, Mytost Scandinavia
Made in all Scandinavian countries and imitated in the U.S.A. A whey cheese, buttery, mild and sweetish with a caramel color all through, instead of the heavy chocolate or dark tobacco shade of Gjetost. Frimost is a local name for it. The American imitations are cylindrical and wrapped in tin foil.
Nagelkassa (Fresh), Fresh Clove Cheese, called Nageles in Holland Austria
Skim milk; curd mixed with caraway and cloves called nails, nagel, in Germany and Austria. The large flat rounds resemble English Derby.
Nantais, or Fromage du Cure, Cheese of the Curate Brittany, France
A special variety dedicated to some curate of Nantes.
Soft; whole milk; round and very thin.
Neufchatel, or Petit Suisse Normandy, France
Soft; whole milk; small loaf. See Ancien Imperial, Bondon, and Chapter 9.
New Forest England
Cream cheese from the New Forest district.
Nieheimer Westphalia, Germany
Sour milk; with salt and caraway seed added, sometimes beer or milk. Covered lightly with straw and packed in kegs with hops to ripen. Both beer and hops in one cheese is unique.
In season from October to May.
Noekkelost or Noegelost Norway
Similar to spiced Leyden or Edam with caraway, and shaped like a Gouda.
Nordlands-Ost “Kalas” U.S.A.
Trade name for an American imitation of a Scandinavian variety, perhaps suggested by Swedish Nordost.
Semisoft; white; baked; salty and smoky.
North Wilts Wiltshire, England
Cheddar type; smooth; hard rind; rich but delicate in flavor. Small size, ten to twelve pounds; named for its locale.
Nostrale Northwest Italy
An ancient-of-days variety of which there are two kinds:
Notruschki (cheese bread) Russia
Made with Tworog cheese and widely popular.
Nova Scotia Smoked U.S.A.
The name must mean that the cheese was smoked in the Nova Scotia manner, for it is smoked mostly in New York City, like sturgeon, to give the luxurious flavor.
This semisoft newcomer arrived about 1954 and is advertised as a brand-new variety. It is made in the Midwest and packed in small, heavily waxed portions to preserve all of its fine, full aroma and flavor.
A cheese all America can be proud of, whether it is an entirely new species or not.
Oaxaca see Asadero.
Oka, or La Trappe Canada
Medium soft; aromatic; the Port-Salut made by Trappist monks in Canada after the secret method of the order that originated in France. See Trappe.
Old English Club U.S.A.
Not old, not English, and representing no club we know of.
Old Heidelberg U.S.A.
Soft, piquant rival of Liederkranz.
Oleron Isle, Fromage d'Ile France
A celebrated sheep cheese from this island of Oleron.
Olive Cream U.S.A.
Ground olives mixed to taste with cream cheese. Olives rival pimientos for such mildly piquant blends that just suit the bland American taste. A more exciting olive cream may be made with Greek Calatma olives and Feta sheep cheese.
Olivet Orleans, France
Soft sheep cheese sold in three forms:
Olmuetzer Quargel, also Olmuetzer Bierkaese Austria
Soft; skim milk-soured; salty. The smallest of hand cheeses, only 1/2 of an inch thick by 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Packed in kegs to ripen into beer cheese and keep the liquid contents of other kegs company. A dozen of these little ones are packed together in a box ready to drop into wine or beer drinks at home or at the bar.
Oloron, or Fromage de la Vallee d'ossour Bearn, France
In season from October to May.
Onion with garlic links U.S.A
Processed and put up like frankfurters, in links.
Hard; sharp; tangy. From the home town of port wine.
A country cheese of the Orkney Islands where it is buried in the oat bin to ripen, and kept there between meals as well. Oatmeal and Scotch country cheese are natural affinities. Southey, Johnson and Boswell have all remarked the fine savor of such cheese with oatcakes.
Named after the Orleans district Soft; creamy; tangy.
Ossetin, Tuschninsk, or Kasach Caucasus
Comes in two forms:
Ostiepek, Oschtjepek, Oschtjpeka Czechoslovakia
Sheep in the Carpathian Mountains supply the herb-rich milk for this type, similar to Italian Caciocavallo.
New York State Cheddar of distinction.
Oude Kaas Belgium
Popular in France as Boule de Lille.
Oust, Fromage de Roussillon, France
Of the Camembert family.
Semisoft to semihard, reddish-brown rind, reddish-yellow inside. Mild but pleasantly piquant It has been called Hungarian Tilsit.
Oveji Sir Yugoslavian Alpine
Hard, mountain-sheep cheese of quality Cellar-ripened three months. Weight six to ten pounds.
An obsolescent type, now only of literary interest because of
Jonathan Swift's little story around it, in the eighteenth century:
“'No,' said I, 'pray take away the fool. Said I well?'
“To this Colonel Arwit rejoins: 'Faith, my lord, you served the
The Pabst beer people got this out during Prohibition, and although beer and cheese are brothers under their ferment, and Prohibition has long since been done away with, the relation of the processed paste to a natural cheese is still as distant as near beer from regular beer.
Packet cheese England
This corresponds to our process cheese and is named from the package or packet it comes in.
Italian-influenced Canton of Ticino. Soft. A copy of Gorgonzola. A Blue with a pleasant, aromatic flavor, and of further interest because in Switzerland, the motherland of cheese, it is an imitation of a foreign type.
Pago Dalmatia, Yugoslavia
A sheep-milk specialty made on the island of Pago in Dalmatia, in weights from 1/2 to eight pounds.
Paladru Savoy, France
In season from November to May.
Fairly strong Limburger type.
Gorgonzola type with white curd but without blue veining.
Sheep. Caciocavallo type.
Parmesan, Parmigiano Italy
The grand mogul of all graters. Called “The hardest cheese in the world.” It enlivens every course from onion soup to cheese straws with the demitasse, and puts spirit into the sparse Lenten menu as Pasta al Pesto, powdered Parmesan, garlic, olive oil and basil, pounded in a mortar with a pestle.
Passauer Rahmkaese, Creme de Passau German
Noted Bavarian cream cheese, known in France as Creme de Passau.
Pasta Cotta Italy
The ball or grana of curd used in making Parmesan.
Pasta Filata Italy
A “drawn” curd, the opposite of the little balls or grains into which Grana is chopped.(See Formaggi di Pasta Filata.)
Pasteurized Process Cheese Food U.S.A.
This is the ultimate desecration of natural fermented cheese. Had Pasteur but known what eventual harm his discovery would do to a world of cheese, he might have stayed his hand.
Soft, rich table cheese.
Similar to Gouda.
Italian cheese made from ewe's milk. Salted in brine. Granular.
Pelardon de Rioms Languedoc, France
A goat cheese in season from May to November.
One of the international Caciocavallo family.
Penicillium Glaucum and Penicillium Album
Tiny mushroom spores of Penicillium Glaucum sprinkled in the curd destined to become Roquefort, sprout and grow into “blue” veins that impart the characteristic flavor. In twelve to fifteen days a second spore develops on the surface, snow-white Penicillium Album.
Mellow sheep cheese packed in the skin of sheep or lamb.
Pennsylvania Hand Cheese U.S.A.
This German original has been made by the Pennsylvania Dutch ever since they arrived from the old country. Also Pennsylvania pot, or cooked.
Penroque Pennsylvania, U.S.A
Cow milk imitation Roquefort, inoculated with Penicillium Roqueforti and ripened in “caverns where nature has duplicated the ideal condition of the cheese-curing caverns of France.” So any failure of Penroque to rival real Roquefort is more likely to be the fault of mother cow than mother nature.
Hard; stinging, with whole black peppers that make the lips burn. Fine for fire-eaters.
An American imitation is made in Northern Michigan.
Persille de Savoie Savoie, France
In season from May to January, flavored with parsley in a manner similar to that of sage in Vermont Cheddar.
Petafina, La Dauphine, France
Goat or cow milk mixed together, with yeast of dried cheese added, plus salt and pepper, olive oil, brandy and absinthe.
Petit Carre France
Fresh, unripened Ancien Imperial.
Petit Gruyere Denmark
Imitation Gruyere, pasteurized, processed and made almost unrecognizable and inedible. Six tin-foil wedges to a box; also packaged with a couple of crackers for bars, one wedge for fifteen cents, where free lunch is forbidden. This is a fair sample of one of several foreign imitations that are actually worse than we can do at home.
Petit Moule Ile-de-France, France
A pet name for Coulommiers.
Petit Suisse France
Fresh, unsalted cream cheese. The same as Neufchatel and similar to
Coulommiers. It comes in two sizes:
Keats called this “the creamy curd,” and another writer has praised its “La Fontaine-like simplicity.” Whether made in Normandy, Switzerland, or Petropolis, Brazil, by early Swiss settlers, it is ideal with honey.
Petit Vacher France
“Little Cowboy,” an appropriate name for a small cow's-milk cheese.
Petits Bourgognes Lower Burgundy, France
Soft; sheep; white, small, tangy. Other notable Petits also beginning with B are Banons and Bressans.
Petits Fromages de Chasteaux, les France
Small, sheep cream cheeses from Lower Limousin.
Petits Fromages de Chevre France
Little cheeses from little goats grazing on the little mountains of Provence.
Petits Pots de Caille de Poitiers Poitou, France
Clotted milk in small pots.
Pfister Cham, Switzerland
Emmentaler type, although differing in its method of making with fresh skim milk. It is named for Pfister Huber who was the first to manufacture it, in Chain.
Philadelphia Cream U.S.A.
An excellent cream cheese that has been standard for seventy years. Made in New York State in spite of its name.
Handy-size picnic packing of mild American Cheddar. Swiss has long been called picnic cheese in America, its home away from home.
Picodon de Dieule Fit Dauphine, France
In season from May to December.
Pie, Fromage a la France
Another name for Fromage Blanc or Farm; soft, creamy cottage-cheese type.
Pie Cheese U.S.A
An apt American name for any round store cheese that can be cut in wedges like a pie. Perfect with apple or mince or any other pie. And by the way, in these days when natural cheese is getting harder to find, any piece of American Cheddar cut in pie wedges before being wrapped in cellophane is apt to be the real thing—if it has the rind on. The wedge shape is used, however, without any rind, to make processed pastes pass for “natural” even without that identifying word, and with misleading labels such as old, sharp Cheddar and “aged nine months.” That's long enough to make a baby, but not a “natural” out of a processed “Cheddar.”
Because pimiento is the blandest of peppers, it just suits our bland national taste, especially when mixed with Neufchatel, cream, club or cottage. The best is homemade, of course, with honest, snappy old Cheddar mashed and mixed to taste, with the mild Spanish pepper that equals the Spanish olive as a partner in such spreads.
Pimp see Mainzer Hand Cheese.
Pineapple see Chapter 4.
Piora Tessin, Switzerland
Whole milk, either cow's or a mixture of goat's and cow's.
Borden brand of Cheddar. Also Pippen Roll
Pithiviers au Foin France
Orleans variety ripened on hay from October to May.
Goat's milker named from its Poitou district.
All year. Double cream; unsalted.
Ponta Delgada Azores
Semifirm; delicate; piquant
Similar to Roquefort Ripened at a very low temperature.
Characterized as a classic French fromage “with Huge-like Romanticism.” (See Chapter 3.) An imported brand is called “The Inquisitive Cow.”
Semisoft; mellow; New York Stater of distinctive flavor. Sold in two-pound packs, to be kept four or five hours at room temperature before serving.
Port-Salut, Port du Salut see Chapter 3.
Port, Blue Links U.S.A.
“Blue” flavored with red port and put up in pseudo-sausage links.
Pot cheese U.S.A.
Cottage cheese with a dry curd, not creamed. An old English favorite for fruited cheese cakes with perfumed plums, lemons, almonds and macaroons. In Ireland it was used in connection with the sheep-shearing ceremonies, although itself a common cow curd. Pennsylvania pot cheese is cooked.
Potato Germany and U.S.A.
Made in Thuringia from sour cow milk with sheep or goat sometimes added. “The potatoes are boiled and grated or mashed. One part of the potato is thoroughly mixed or kneaded with two or three parts of die curd. In the better cheese three parts of potatoes are mixed with two of curd. During the mixing, salt and sometimes caraway seed are added. The cheese is allowed to stand for from two to four days while a fermentation takes place. After this the curd is sometimes covered with beer or cream and is finally placed in tubs and allowed to ripen for fourteen days. A variety of this cheese is made in the U.S. It is probable, however, that it is not allowed to ripen for quite so long a period as the potato cheese of Europe. In all other essentials it appears to be the same.” From U.S. Department of Agriculture Bulletin No. 608.
Potato Pepper Italy
Italian Potato cheese is enlivened with black pepper, like Pepato, only not so stony hard.
Pots de Creme St. Gervais St. Gervais-sur-mer, France
The celebrated cream that rivals English Devonshire and is eaten both as a sweet and as a fresh cheese.
Pouligny-St. Pierre Touraine, France
A celebrated cylindrical cheese made in Indre. Season from May to December.
Poustagnax, le France
A fresh cow-milk cheese of Gascony.
Semihard, very yellow imitation of the Argentine imitation of Holland Dutch. Standard Brazilian dessert with guava or quince paste. Named not from “dish” but the River Plate district of the Argentine from whence it was borrowed long ago.
Aromatic and sharp, Limburger type, from skim milk. Named for its home valley.
Prestost or Saaland Flarr Sweden
Similar to Gouda, but unique—the curd being mixed with whiskey, packed in a basket, salted and cellared, wrapped in a cloth changed daily; and on the third day finally washed with whiskey.
Primavera, Spring Minas Geraes, Brazil
Semihard white brand of Minas cheese high quality, with a spring-like fragrance.
Soft; whey; unripened; light brown; mild flavor.
A blend of French Brie and Petit Gruyere, mild table cheese imitate in Norway, sold in small packages. Danish Appetitost is similar, but with caraway added.
From here around the world. Natural cheese melted and modified by emulsification with a harmless agent and thus changed into a plastic mass.
Small soft-cream cheese.
A water-buffalo variety. This type of milk makes a good beginning for a fine cheese, no matter how it is made.
Port-Salut from the Trappist monastery at Briquebec.
Provole, Provolone, Provolocine, Provoloncinni, Provoletti, and Provolino Italy
All are types, shapes and sizes of Italy's most widely known and appreciated cheese. It is almost as widely but badly imitated in the U.S.A., where the final “e” and “i” are interchangeable.
Cured in string nets that stay on permanently to hang decoratively in the home kitchen or dining room. Like straw Chianti bottles, Provolones weigh from bocconi (mouthful), about one pound, to two to four pounds. There are three-to five-pound Provoletti, and upward with huge Salamis and Giants. Small ones come ball, pear, apple, and all sorts of decorative shapes, big ones become monumental sculptures that are works of art to compare with butter and soap modeling.
P'teux, le, or Fromage Cuit Lorraine, France
Cooked cheese worked with white wine instead of milk, and potted.
Puant Macere Flanders
“The most candidly named cheese in existence.” In season from November to June.
Pultost or Knaost Norway
Sour milk with some buttermilk, farm made in mountains.
Semihard, Limburger-Romadur type. Full flavor, high scent.
Pyrenees, Fromage des France
A fine mountain variety.
Term used to distinguish Parmesan-type cheese made between September and November.
Quacheq Macedonia, Greece
Sheep, eaten both fresh and ripened.
Quargel see Olmuetzer.
Soft, cow's milk.
Queijos—Cheeses of the Azores, Brazil and Portugal see under their local or regional names: Alemtejo, Azeitao, Cardiga, Ilha, Prato and Serra da Estrella.
Queso Anejo Mexico
White, dry, skim milk.
Queso de Bola Mexico
Whole milk, similar to Edam.
Queso de Cavallo Venezuela
Quesos Cheeses: Blanco, Cartera and Palma Metida see Venezuela.
Queso de Cincho Venezuela
Hard, round orange balls weighing four pounds and wrapped in palm leaves.
Queso de Crema Costa Rica
Similar to soft Brick.
Queso de Hoja, Leaf Cheese Puerto Rico
Named from its appearance when cut, like leaves piled on top of each other.
Queso de Mano Venezuela
Aromatic, sharp, in four-ounce packages.
Queso del Fais, Queso de la Tierra Puerto Rico
White; pressed; semisoft Consumed locally,
Queso de Prensa Puerto Rico
The name means pressed cheese. It is eaten either fresh or after ripening two or three months.
Queso de Puna Puerto Rico
Like U.S. cottage or Dutch cheese, eaten fresh.
Queso de Tapara Venezuela
Made in Carora, near Barqisimeto, called tapara from the shape and tough skin of that local gourd. “It is very good fresh, but by the time it arrives in Carora it is often bad and dry.” D.K.K. in Bueno Provecho.
Queso Fresco El Salvador
Queville see Chapter 3.
Queyras see Champoleon.
Rabacal Coimbra, Portugal
Semisoft; sheep or goat; thick, round, four to five inches in diameter. Pleasantly oily, if made from sheep milk.
Rabbit Cheese U.S.A.
A playful name for Cheddar two to three years old.
Hard; skim, similar to Emmentaler; made in Mecklenburg. Sixteen by four inches, weight 32 pounds.
Radolfzeller Cream Germany, Switzerland, Austria
Similar to Muenster.
Ragnit see Tilsit.
Rahmkaese, Allgaeuer German
Soft; sweet cream; formed in cubes. Similar to Herve
Rammil or Rammel England
Andre Simon calls this “the best cheese made in Dorsetshire.” Also called Rammilk, because made from whole or “raw milk.” Practically unobtainable today.
A good imitation of Port-Salut made in Seine-et-Oise.
Rarush Durmar Turkey
Brittle; mellow; nutty.
The name for all smoked cheese in Germanic countries, where it is very popular.
Raviggiolo Tuscany, Italy
Ewe's milk. Uncooked; soft; sweet; creamy.
Rayon or Raper Switzerland
A blind Emmentaler called Rayon is shipped young to Italy, where it is hardened by aging and then sold as Raper, for grating and seasoning.
Reblochon or Roblochon Savoy
Sheep; soft; whole milk; in season from October to June. Weight one to two pounds. A cooked cheese imitated as Brizecon in the same section.
Recollet de Gerardmer Vosges, France
A harvest variety similar to Gerome, made from October to April
Red Balls Dutch
Reggiano see Grana.
Italian Reggiano type with a name of its own, for it is not a mere imitation in this land of rich milk and extra fine cheeses.
Patriotically hailed as cheese of the empire, when Germany had one.
Reindeer Lapland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway
In all far northern lands a type of Swiss is made from reindeer milk It is lightly salted, very hard; and the Lapland production is curiously formed, like a dumbbell with angular instead of round ends.
Relish cream cheese U.S.A.
Mixed with any piquant relish and eaten fresh.
Remoudon, or Fromage Piquant Belgium
The two names combine in re-ground piquant cheese, and that's what it is. The season is winter, from November to June.
Requeijao Portugal and Brazil
Resurrection see Welsh.
A type of Roquefort which, in spite of its name, is no relation to our pie plant.
Riceys see Champenois.
Ricotta Romano Italy
Soft and fresh. The best is made from sheep buttermilk. Creamy, piquant, with subtle fragrance. Eaten with sugar and cinnamon, sometimes with a dusting of powdered coffee.
Ricotta Italy and U.S.A.
Fresh, moist, unsalted cottage cheese for sandwiches, salads, lasagne, blintzes and many Italian dishes. It is also mixed with Marsala and rum and relished for dessert Ricotta may be had in every Little Italy, some of it very well made and, unfortunately, some of it a poor substitute whey cheese.
Hard; grayish white. Although its flavor is milk it is too hard and too salty for eating as is, and is mostly used for grating.
Semisoft; goat or cow; delicate flavor, lightly smoked in Bohemia's northern mountains.
This traditional Pomeranian sour-milk, caraway-seeded variety is named from the wooden trough in which it is laid to drain.
Riola Normandy, France
Soft; sheep or goat; sharp; resembles Mont d'Or but takes longer to ripen, two to three months.
Robbiole Robbiola Robbiolini Lombardy Italian
Very similar to Crescenza (see.) Alpine winter cheese of fine quality. The form is circular and flat, weighing from eight ounces to two pounds, while Robbiolini, the baby of the family tips the scale at just under four ounces.
Same as Reblochon. A delicious form of it is made of half-dried sheep's milk in Le Grand Bornand.
Rocamadur Limousin, France
Tiny sheep milk cheese weighing two ounces. In season November to May.
From the Champagne district.
Hard cylinder, eight by nine inches, weighing twenty pounds.
Rollot or Rigolot Picardy and Montdidier, France
Soft; fermented; mold-inoculated; resembles Brie and Camembert, but much smaller. In season October to May. This is Picardy's one and only cheese.
Romadour, Romadura, and other national spellings Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland
A great Linburger. The eating season is from November to April. It is not a summer cheese, especially in lands where refrigeration is scarce. Fine brands are exported to America from several countries.
Romano, Romano Vacchino Italy
Strong: flavoring cheese like Parmesan and Pecorino.
Similar to Romano Vacchino and Old Monterey Jack. Small grating cheese, cured one year.
King of cheeses, with its “tingling Rabelaisian pungency.” See
Made with genuine imported Roquefort, but with cottonseed oil instead of olive, plain instead of wine vinegar, sugar, salt, paprika, mustard, flour and spice oil.
Roquefort de Corse Corsica, France
This Corsican imitation is blue-colored and correctly made of sheep milk, but lacks the chalk caves of Auvergne for ripening.
Roquefort de Tournemire France
Another Blue cheese of sheep milk from Languedoc, using the royal Roquefort name.
Rougerets, les Lyonnais, France
A typical small goat cheese from Forez, in a section where practically every variety is made with goat milk.
This specialty, named after its city, Rouen, is a winter cheese, eaten from October to May.
Round Dutch Holland
An early name for Edam.
Rouy, le Normandy, France
From the greatest of the cheese provinces, Normandy.
Royal Brabant Belgium
Whole milk. Small, Limburger type.
Royal Sentry Denmark
Processed Swiss made in Denmark and shipped to Americans who haven't yet learned that a European imitation can be as bad as an American one. This particular pasteurized process-cheese spread puts its ingredients in finer type than any accident insurance policy: Samsoe (Danish Swiss) cheese, cream, water, non-fat dry milk solids, cheese whey solids and disodium phosphate.
Ruffec, Fromage de Saintonge, France
Runesten Denmark and U.S.A.
Similar to Herrgardsost. Small eyes. “Wheel” weighs about three pounds. Wrapped in red transparent film.
Rush Cream Cheese England and France
Not named from the rush in which many of our cheeses are made, but from the rush mats and nets some fresh cream cheeses are wrapped and sewed up in to ripen. According to an old English recipe the curds are collected with an ordinary fish-slice and placed in a rush shape, covered with a cloth when filled. Lay a half-pound weight in a saucer and set this on top of the strained curd for a few hours, and then increase the weight by about a half pound. Change the cloths daily until the cheese looks mellow, then put into the rush shape with the fish slice. The formula in use in France, where willow heart-shape baskets are sold for making this cheese, is as follows: Add one cup new warm milk to two cups freshly-skimmed cream. Dissolve in this one teaspoon of fine sugar and one tablespoon common rennet or thirty drops of Hauser's extract of rennet. Let it remain in a warm place until curd sets. Rush and straw mats are easily made by cutting the straw into lengths and stringing them with a needle and thread. The mats or baskets should not be used a second time.
Saaland Pfarr, or Prestost Sweden
Firm; sharp; biting; unique of its kind because it is made with whiskey as an ingredient and the finished product is also washed with whiskey.
Semihard and as mellow as all good Swiss cheese. This is the finest cheese in the greatest cheese land; an Emmentaler also known as Hartkaese, Reibkaese and Walliskaese, it came to fame in the sixteenth century and has always fetched an extra price for its quality and age. It is cooked much dryer in the making, so it takes longer to ripen and then keeps longer than any other. It weighs only ten to twenty pounds and the eyes are small and scarce. The average period needed for ripening is six years, but some take nine.
Sage, or Green cheese England
This is more of a cream cheese, than a Cheddar, as Sage is in the U.S.A. It is made by adding sage leaves and a greening to milk by the method described in Chapter 4.
Saint-Affrique Guyenne, France
This gourmetic center, hard by the celebrated town of Roquefort, lives up to its reputation by turning out a toothsome goat cheese of local renown.
We will not attempt to describe it further, since like most of the host of cheeses honored with the names of Saints, it is seldom shipped abroad.
Saint-Agathon Brittany, France
Season, October to July.
Saint-Amand-Montrond Berry, France
Made from goat's milk.
Saint-Benoit Loiret, France
Soft Olivet type distinguished by charcoal being added to the salt rubbed on the outside of the finished cheese. It ripens in twelve to fifteen days in summer, and eighteen to twenty in winter. It is about six inches in diameter.
Saint-Claude Franche-Comte, France
Semihard; blue; goat; mellow; small; square; a quarter to a half pound. The curd is kept five to six hours only before salting and is then eaten fresh or put away to ripen.
Saint-Cyr see Mont d'Or.
Saint-Didier au Mont d'Or see Mont d'Or.
Saint-Florentin Burgundy, France
A lusty cheese, soft but salty, in season from November to July.
Saint-Flour Auvergne, France
Another seasonal specialty from this province of many cheeses.
Saint-Gelay Poitou, France
Made from goat's milk.
Saint-Gervais, Pots de Creme, or Le Saint Gervais see Pots de Creme.
Saint-Heray see La Mothe.
Saint-Honore Nivernais, France
A small goat cheese.
Similar to Brie.
Fresh dairy cream cheese containing Lactobacillus acidophilus. Similar to the yogurt cheese of the U.S.A., which is made with Bacillus Bulgaricus.
Saint-Laurent Roussillon, France
Mountain sheep cheese.
Saint-Lizier Bearn, France
A white, curd cheese.
Saint-Loup, Fromage de Poitou and Vendee, France
Half-goat, half-cow milk, in season February to September
Saint-Marcellin Dauphine, France
One of the very best of all goat cheeses. Three by 3/4 inches, weighing a quarter of a pound. In season from March to December. Sometimes sheep milk may be added, even cow's, but this is essentially a goat cheese.
Soft and tangy.
Saint-Nectaire, or Senecterre Auvergne, France
Noted as one of the greatest of all French goat cheeses.
Saint-Olivet see Chapter 3.
Saint-Pierre-Pouligny see Pouligny-Saint-Pierre.
Saint-Reine see Alise.
Saint-Remy, Fromage de Haute-Saone, France
Soft Pont l'Eveque type.
Bel Paese type.
Saint-Winx Flanders, France
The fromage of Saint-Winx is a traditional leader in this Belgian border province noted for its strong, spiced dairy products.
Sainte-Anne d'Auray Brittany, France
A notable Port-Salut made by Trappist monks.
Sainte-Marie Franche-Comte, France
A creamy concoction worthy of its saintly name.
Sainte-Maure, le, or Fromage de Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine France
Made in Touraine from May to November. Similar to Valencay.
Salamana Southern Europe
Soft sheep's milk cheese stuffed into bladderlike sausage, to ripen. It has authority and flavor when ready to spread on bread, or to mix with cornmeal and cook into a highly cheese-flavored porridge.
Soft cream cheese stuffed into skins like salami sausages. Salami-sausage style of packing cheese has always been common in Italy, from Provolone down, and now—both as salami and links—it has became extremely popular for processed and cheese foods throughout America.
Salers, Bleu de France
One of the very good French Blues.
Saligny Champagne, France
White cheese made from sheep's milk.
Saloio Lisbon, Portugal
An aromatic farm-made hand cheese of skim milk. Short cylinder, 1-1/2 to two inches in diameter, weighing a quarter of a pound. Made near the capital, Lisbon, on many small farms.
Favorite of Emperor Augustus a couple of thousand years ago.
Firm; highly colored; tangy; boxed in half-pound slabs. The same as Whitethorn except for the added color. Whitethorn is as white as its name implies.
Salt-free cheese, for diets
U.S. cottage; French fresh goat cheese; and Luxembourg Kochenkaese.
Hard; white; sharp; slightly powdery and sweetish. This is the pet cheese of Erik Blegvad who illustrated this book.
An American mixture of chopped nuts with Cream cheese or Neufchatel.
Sapsago see Chapter 3.
A Romano type made in Sardinia.
Sardinian Sardinia, Italy
The typical hard grating cheese of this section of Italy.
Sardo Sardinia, Italy
Hard; sharp; for table and for seasoning. Imitated in the Argentine. There is also a Pecorino named Sardo.
Sarraz or Sarrazin Vaud, Switzerland
Sassenage Dauphiny, France
Semihard; bluer and stronger than Stilton. This makes a French trio of Blues with Septmoncel and Gex, all three of which are made with the three usual milks mixed: cow, goat and sheep. A succulent fermented variety for which both Grenoble and Sassenage are celebrated.
Hard cheese made in Saxony.
Savoy, Savoie France
Semisoft; mellow; tangy Port-Salut made by Trappist monks in Savoy.
Hard; dry; nutty; Parmesan grating type.
Scanno Abruzzi, Italy
Soft as butter; sheep; burnt taste, delicious with fruits. Blackened rind, deep yellow interior.
Scarmorze or Scamorze Italy
Hard; buffalo milk; mild Provolone type. Also called Pear from being made in that shape, oddly enough also in pairs, tied together to hang from rafters on strings in ripening rooms or in the home kitchen. Fine when sliced thick and fried in olive oil. A specialty around Naples. Light-tan oiled rind, about 3-1/2 by five inches in size. Imitated in Wisconsin and sold as Pear cheese.
Schabziger see Chapter 3.
Schafkaese (Sheep Cheese) Germany
Soft; part sheep milk; smooth and delightful.
Schamser, or Rheinwald Canton Graubiinden, Switzerland
Large skim-milker eighteen by five inches, weighing forty to forty-six pounds.
This might be translated “milk mud.” It's another name for Bloder, sour milk “waddle” cheese.
Schlesische Sauermilchkaese Silesia, Poland
Hard; sour-milker; made like hand cheese. Laid on straw-covered shelves, dried by a stove in winter and in open latticed sheds in summer. When very dry and hard, it is put to ripen in a cellar three to eight weeks and washed with warm water two or three times a week.
Schlesischer Weichquarg Silesia, Poland
Soft, fresh skim, sour curd, broken up and cooked at 100 deg. for a short time. Lightly pressed in a cloth sack twenty-four hours, then kneaded and shaped by hand, as all hand cheeses are. Sometimes sharply flavored with onions or caraway. Eaten fresh, before the strong hand cheese odor develops.
Schloss, Schlosskaese, or Bismarck German
This Castle cheese, also named for Bismarck and probably a favorite of his, together with Bismarck jelly doughnuts, is an aristocratic Limburger that served as a model for Liederkranz.
German cottage cheese that becomes smearcase in America.
Schnitzelbank Pot see Liederkranz, Chapter 4.
Imitation of Italian Bel Paese, also translated “beautiful land.”
Romadur-type. Small rectangular blocks weighing less than four ounces and wrapped in tin foil.
A whey cheese made and consumed locally in the Alps.
Schwarzenberger Hungary and Bohemia
One part skim to two parts fresh milk. It takes two to three months to ripen.
German for Swiss cheese. (See Emmentaler.)
Schweizerost Dansk, Danish Swiss Cheese Denmark
A popular Danish imitation of Swiss Swiss cheese that is nothing wonderful.
Select Brick see Chapter 12.
Selles-sur Cher Berry, France
A goat cheese, eaten from February to September.
Senecterre Puy-de-Dome, France
Soft, whole-milk; cylindrical, weighing about 1-1/2 pounds.
Semihard; skim; blue-veined; made of all three milks: cow, goat and sheep. An excellent “Blue” ranked above Roquefort by some, and next to Stilton. Also called Jura Bleu, and a member of the triple milk triplets with Gex and Sassenage.
Made most primitively by dropping heated stones into a kettle of milk over an open fire. After the rennet is added, the curd stands for an hour and is separated from the whey by being lifted in a cheesecloth and strained. It is finally put in a wooden vessel to ripen. First it is salted, then covered each day with whey for eight days and finally with fresh milk for six.
Syria also makes a cheese called Serbian from goat's milk. It is semisoft.
Serbian Butter see Kajmar.
Serra da Estrella, Queijo da (Cheese of the Star Mountain Range) Portugal
The finest of several superb mountain-sheep cheeses in Portugal. Other milk is sometimes added, but sheep is standard. The milk is coagulated by an extract of thistle or cardoon flowers in two to six hours. It is ripened in circular forms for several weeks and marketed in rounds averaging five pounds, about ten by two inches. The soft paste inside is pleasantly oily and delightfully acid.
U.S. aged Cheddars, including Monterey Jack; Italian Romano Fecorino, Old Asiago, Gorgonzola, Incanestrato and Caciocavallo; Spanish de Fontine; Aged Roumanian Kaskaval.
Shefford see Chapter 2.
Silesian Poland and Germany
White; mellow; caraway-seeded. Imitated in the U.S.A. (see Schlesischer.)
In Yugoslavia, Montenegro and adjacent lands Sir or Cyr means cheese. Mostly this type is made of skimmed sheep milk and has small eyes or holes, a sharp taste and resemblance to both American Brick and Limburger. They are much fewer than the Saint cheeses in France.
Sir Iz Mjesine Dalmatia, Yugoslavia
Primitively made by heating skim sheep milk in a bottle over an open fire, coagulating it quickly with pig or calf rennet, breaking up the curd with a wooden spoon and stirring it by hand over the fire. Pressed into forms eight inches square and two inches thick, it is dried for a day and either eaten fresh or cut into cubes, salted, packed in green sheep or goat hides, and put away to ripen.
Sir Mastny Montenegro
Fresh sheep milk.
Sir Posny Montenegro
Hard; skim sheep milk; white, with many small holes. Also answers to the names of Tord and Mrsav.
Sir, Twdr see Twdr Sir.
Sir, Warshawski see Warshawski Syr.
Semisoft; whole milk. Mellow.
The one standard cheese of the country. A cross between Devonshire cream and cream cheese, eaten with sugar and cream. It is very well liked and filling, so people are apt to take too much. A writer on the subject gives this bit of useful information for travelers: “It is not advisable, however, to take coffee and Skyr together just before riding, as it gives you diarrhea.”
Slipcote, or Colwick England
Soft; unripened; small; white; rich as butter. The curd is put in forms six by two inches for the whey to drain away. When firm it is placed between cabbage leaves to ripen for a week or two, and when it is taken from the leaves the skin or coat becomes loose and easily slips off—hence the name. In the middle of the eighteenth century it was considered the best cream cheese in England and was made then, as today, in Wissenden, Rutlandshire.
Soft and melting.
Old English corruption of German Schmierkaese, long used in America for cottage cheese.
Smoked Block Austria
A well-smoked cheese in block form.
Smoked Mozzarella see Mozzarella Affumicata.
Smoked Szekely Hungary
Soft; sheep; packed like sausage in skins or bladders and smoked.
A small smoked cheese.
Soaked-curd cheese see Washed-curd cheese.
Sorbais Champagne, France
Semihard; whole milk; fermented; yellow, with reddish brown rind. Full flavor, high smell. Similar to Maroilles in taste and square shape, but smaller.
Sorte Maggenga and Sorte Vermenga
Two “sorts” of Italian Parmesan.
Soumaintrain, Fromage de France
Soft; fine; strong variety from Upper Burgundy.
Because this cheese is made of vegetable milk and often developed with a vegetable rennet, it is rated by many as a regular cheese. But our occidental kind with animal milk and rennet is never eaten by Chinese and the mere mention of it has been known to make them shiver.
Spalen or Stringer Switzerland
A small Emmentaler of fine reputation made in the Canton of Unterwalden from whole and partly skimmed milk and named from the vessel in which five or six are packed and transported together.
Sperrkaese see Dry.
Many a bland cheese is saved from oblivion by the addition of spice, to give it zest. One or more spices are added in the making and thoroughly mixed with the finished product, so the cheese often takes the name of the spice: Kuminost or Kommenost for cumin; Caraway in English and several other languages, among them Kuemmel, Nokkelost and Leyden; Friesan Clove and Nagelkass; Sage; Thyme, cloverleaf Sapsago; whole black pepper Pepato, etc.
Spiced and Spiced Spreads U.S.A.
Government standards for spiced cheeses and spreads specify not less than 1-1/2 ounces of spice to 100 pounds of cheese.
Spiced Fondue see Vacherin Fondu. France
Spitz Spitzkase Germany
Small cylinder, four by one and a half inches. Caraway spiced, Limburger-like. see Backsteiner.
Soft; small; cream.
Sharp and pleasantly salty, packed fresh from the brine bath in one-pound jars. As tasty as all Greek cheeses because they are made principally from sheep milk.
Stein Kaese U.S.A.
Aromatic, piquant “stone.” A beer stein accompaniment well made after the old German original.
Semihard; firm; full cream; mildly sour and pungent. Brick forms, reddish and buttery. Originated in Frankfurt. Highly thought of at home but little known abroad.
Steppe Russia, Germany, Austria, Denmark
German colonists made and named this in Russia. Rich and mellow, it tastes like Tilsiter and is now made in Denmark for export, as well as in Germany and Austria for home consumption.
Stilton see Chapter 3.
Stirred curd cheese U.S.A.
Similar to Cheddar, but more granular, softer in texture and marketed younger.
Soft; goat; fresh cream; winter; light yellow; very sharp, rich and pungent. Made in many parts of Italy and eaten sliced, never grated. A fine cheese of which Taleggio is the leading variety. See in Chapter 3. Also see Certoso Stracchino.
Stracchino Crescenza is an extremely soft and highly colored member of this distinguished family.
Well-aged, according to the name. Creamy and mellow.
Stringer see Spalen.
Whole milk. Cylindrical form.
An old-timer, seldom seen today. Stony-hard, horny “flet milk" cartwheels locally nicknamed “bang.” Never popular anywhere, it has stood more abuse than Limburger, not for its smell but for its flinty hardness.
“Hunger will break through stone walls and anything
“Those that made me were uncivil
Surati, Panir India
Buffalo milk. Uncolored.
Semihard and semisoft.
A national pride, named for its country, Swedish cheese, to match Swiss cheese and Dutch cheese. It comes in three qualities: full cream, 3/4 cream, and half cream. Soft; rich; ready to eat at six weeks and won't keep past six months. A whole-hearted, whole-milk, wholesome cheese named after the country rather than a part of it as most osts are.
Hard Cheddar, differing in that the milk is set sweet and the curd cooked firmer and faster, salted and pressed at once. When ripe, however, it is hardly distinguishable from the usual Cheddar made by the granular process.
In 1845 emigrants from Galrus, Switzerland, founded New Galrus, Wisconsin and, after failing at farming due to cinch bugs gobbling their crops, they turned to cheesemaking and have been at it ever since. American Swiss, known long ago as picnic cheese, has been their standby, and only in recent years these Wisconsin Schweizers have had competition from Ohio and other states who turn out the typical cartwheels, which still look like the genuine imported Emmentaler.
Szekely Transylvania, Hungary
Soft; sheep; packed in links of bladders and sometimes smoked. This is the type of foreign cheese that set the popular style for American processed links, with wine flavors and everything.
Taffel, Table, Taffelost Denmark
A Danish brand name for an ordinary slicing cheese.
Made in the rich province of Tucuman.
Taiviers, les Petits Fromages de Perigord, France
Very small and tasty goat cheese.
Taleggio Lombardy, Italy
Soft, whole-milk, Stracchino type.
Port-Salut made by Trappist monks at Savoy from their method that is more or less a trade secret. Tome de Beaumont is an imitation produced not far away.
Tanzenberger Carinthia, Austria
Tao-foo or Tofu China, Japan, the Orient
Soybean curd or cheese made from the “milk” of soybeans. The beans are ground and steeped, made into a paste that's boiled so the starch dissolves with the casein. After being strained off, the “milk” is coagulated with a solution of gypsum. This is then handled in the same way as animal milk in making ordinary cow-milk cheeses. After being salted and pressed in molds it is ready to be warmed up and added to soups and cooked dishes, as well as being eaten as is.
Similar to Brinza and sometimes called Branza de Bralia. Made of sheep's milk and rapidly ripened, so it is ready to eat in ten days.
Term used to designate Parmesan-type cheese made in winter.
Tete a Tete, Tete de Maure, Moor's Head France
Round in shape. French name for Dutch Edam.
Tete de Moine, Monk's Head France
A soft “head” weighing ten to twenty pounds. Creamy, tasty, summer Swiss, imitated in Jura, France, and also called Bellelay.
Tete de Mort see Fromage Gras for this death's head.
“The Tempting cheese of Fyvie” Scotland
Something on the order of Eve's apple, according to the Scottish rhyme that exposes it:
The first love token ye gae me
Sheep's milk cheese of three or four pounds made on the island of Texel, off the coast of the Netherlands.
Thenay Vendome, France
Resembles Camembert and Vendome.
A fine Emmentaler.
Three Counties Ireland
An undistinguished Cheddar named for the three counties that make most of the Irish cheese.
Thuringia Caraway Germany
A hand cheese spiked with caraway.
Soft and mellow, with the contrasting pungence of thyme. Two other herbal cheeses are flavored with thyme—both French: Fromage Fort II, Hazebrook II.
The small, hard, grating cheeses named after the country Tibet, are of sheep's milk, in cubes about two inches on all sides, with holes to string them through the middle, fifty to a hundred on each string. They suggest Chinese strings of cash and doubtless served as currency, in the same way as Chinese cheese money. (See under Money.)
Tignard Savoy, France
Hard; sheep or goat; blue-veined; sharp; tangy; from Tigne Valley in Savoy. Similar to Gex, Sassenage and Septmoncel.
Hard; sharp; biting; named from the border race-track town.
Tillamook see Chapter 4.
Tilsit, or Tilsiter Kaese, also called Ragnit Germany
This classical variety of East Prussia is similar to American Brick. Made of whole milk, with many small holes that give it an open texture, as in Port-Salut, which it also resembles, although it is stronger and coarser.
Old Tilsiter is something special in aromatic tang, and attempts to imitate it are made around the world. One of them, Ovar, is such a good copy it is called Hungarian Tilsit. There are American, Danish, and Canadian—even Swiss—imitations.
The genuine Tilsit has been well described as “forthright in flavor; a good snack cheese, but not suitable for elegant post-prandial dallying.”
A Montenegrin imitation Tilsiter.
Tome de Beaumont France
Whole cow's milk.
Tome, la Auvergne, France
Also called Fourme, Cantal, or Fromage de Cantal. A kind of Cheddar that comes from Ambert, Aubrac, Aurillac, Grand-Murol, Roche, Salers, etc.
Tome de Chevre Savoy, France
Soft goat cheese.
Tome de Savoie France
Soft paste; goat or cow. Others in the same category are: Tome des Beagues, Tome au Fenouil, Tome Doudane.
Tomelitan Gruyere Norway
Imitation of French Gruyere in 2-1/2 ounce packages.
Topf or Topfkaese Germany
A cooked cheese to which Pennsylvania pot is similar. Sour skim milk cheese, eaten fresh and sold in packages of one ounce. When cured it is flaky.
Toscano, or Pecorino Toscano Tuscany, Italy
Sheep's milk cheese like Romano but softer, and therefore used as a table cheese.
Toscanello Tuscany, Italy
A smaller edition of Toscano.
Touareg Berber, Africa
Skim milk often curdled with Korourou leaves. The soft curd is then dipped out onto mats like pancake batter and sun dried for ten days or placed by a fire for six, with frequent turning. Very hard and dry and never salted. Made from Lake Tchad to the Barbary States by Berber tribes.
Tour Eiffel Berry, France
Besides naming this Berry cheese, Tour Eiffel serves as a picturesque label and trademark for a brand of Camembert.
Similar to Feta.
Small goat cheese.
Tourne de chevre Dauphine, France
Trappe, la, or Oka Canada
Truly fine Port-Salut named for the Trappist order and its Canadian monastery.
Trappist see Chapter 3.
Trappist Port-Salut imitation.
Trauben (Grape) Switzerland
Swiss or Gruyere aged in Swiss Neuchatel wine and so named for the grape.
Travnik, Travnicki Albania, Russia, Yugoslavia
Soft, sheep whole milk with a little goat sometimes and occasionally skim milk. More than a century of success in Europe, Turkey and adjacent lands where it is also known as Arnauten, Arnautski Sir and Vlasic.
When fresh it is almost white and has a mild, pleasing taste. It ripens to a stronger flavor in from two weeks to several months, and is not so good if holes should develop in it. The pure sheep-milk type when aged is characteristically oily and sharp.
Traz os Montes Portugal
Soft; sheep; oily; rich; sapid. For city turophiles nostalgically named “From the Mountains.” All sheep cheese is oily, some of it a bit muttony, but none of it at all tallowy.
Small, braided cheese, eaten fresh.
Triple Aurore France
Normandy cheese in season all the year around.
Made and consumed in Touraine from May to January.
Soft, fresh, whole milk. Pont l'Eveque type of superior quality.
Troyes, Fromage de see Barberey and Ervy.
No. I: Wiltshire, England. Skimmed milk; blue-veined variety like Blue Vinny. The quaint word is the same as used in truckle or trundle bed. On Shrove Monday Wiltshire kids went from door to door singing for a handout:
Pray, dame, something,
No. II: Local name in the West of England for a full cream Cheddar put up in loaves.
Also known as Leaf, Telpanir and Zwirn. Skim milk of either sheep or cows. Made into cakes and packed in skins in a land where wine is drunk from skin canteens, often with Tschil.
Tuile de Flandre France
A type of Marolles.
Tullum Penney Turkey
Salty from being soaked in brine.
Tuna, Prickly Pear Mexico
Not an animal milk cheese, but a vegetable one, made by boiling and straining the pulp of the cactuslike prickly pear fruit to cheeselike consistency. It is chocolate-color and sharp, piquantly pleasant when hard and dry. It is sometimes enriched with nuts, spices and/or flowers. It will keep for a very long time and has been a dessert or confection in Mexico for centuries.
Semihard; cream color; a sort of Tuscany Parmesan.
Twdr Sir Serbia
Semisoft sheep skim-milk cheese with small holes and a sharp taste. Pressed in forms two by ten to twelve inches in diameter. Similar to Brick or Limburger.
Twin Cheese U.S.A.
Outstanding American Cheddar marketed by Joannes Brothers, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Semihard sour milk farm (not factory) made. It is used in the cheese bread called Notruschki.
Made in Copenhagen from pasteurized skim milk.
Tyrol Sour German
A typical Tyrolean hand cheese.
The opposite number of Tzigen, just below.
Semisoft; skimmed sheep, goat or cow milk. White; sharp and salty; originated in Dalmatia.
Creamy; sweet; mild.
Hard; brittle; white; tangy. Made in the Canton of Uri. Eight by eight to twelve inches, weight twenty to forty pounds.
Mild flavored. Cooked curd.
Urt, Fromage d'
Soft Port-Salut type of the Basque country.
Vacherin France and Switzerland
I. Vacherin a la Main. Savoy, France. Firm, leathery rind, soft interior like Brie or Camembert; round, five to six by twelve inches in diameter. Made in summer to eat in winter. When fully ripe it is almost a cold version of the great dish called Fondue. Inside the hard-rind container is a velvety, spicy, aromatic cream, more runny than Brie, so it can be eaten with a spoon, dunked in, or spread on bread. The local name is Tome de Montague.
II. Vacherin Fondu, or Spiced Fondu. Switzerland. Although called Fondu from being melted, the No. I Vacherin comes much closer to our conception of the dish Fondue, which we spell with an “e.”
Vacherin No. II might be called a re-cooked and spiced Emmentaler, for the original cheese is made, and ripened about the same as the Swiss classic and is afterward melted, spiced and reformed into Vacherin.
Val-d'Andorre, Fromage du Andorra, France
Valdeblore, le Nice, France
Hard, dried, small Alpine goat cheese.
Valencay, or Fromage de Valencay Touraine, France
Soft; cream; goat milk; similar to Saint-Maure. In season from May to December. This was a favorite with Francis I.
One-ounce wedges, six to a box, labeled pasteurized process Swiss cheese, made by the Cooperative Butter Export Association, Helsinki, Finland, to sell to North Americans to help them forget what real cheese is.
Crumbly and sharp.
Alpine. Piquant, strong in flavor and smell.
Varennes, Fromage de France
Soft, fine, strong variety from Upper Burgundy.
Vaesterbottenost West Bothnia
Slow-maturing. One to one-and-a-half years in ripening to a pungent, almost bitter taste.
Vaestgoetaost West Gothland, Sweden
Semihard; sweet and nutty. Takes a half year to mature. Weight twenty to thirty pounds.
Vendome, Fromage de France
Hard; sheep; round and flat; like la Cendree in being ripened under ashes. There is also a soft Vendome sold mostly in Paris.
Veneto, Venezza Italy
Parmesan type, similar to Asiago. Usually sharp.
Winter cheese of Bearn in season October to May.
The brand name of a cream cheese made in Guilford.
Ville Saint-Jacques France
Ile-de-France winter specialty in season from November to May.
Soft, one-pound squares made in Haute-Marne.
Viry-vory, or Vary France
Fresh cream cheese.
Sheep milk usually curdled with wild artichoke, Cynara Scolymus. Strong grating and seasoning type of the Parmesan-Romano-Pecorino family.
Ewe's milk; suitable for grating.
Void Meuse, France
Soft associate of Pont l'Eveque and Limburger.
Volvet Kaas Holland
The name means “full cream” cheese and that—according to law—has 45% fat in the dry product (See Gras.)
Vorarlberg Sour-milk Greasy
Hard; greasy; semicircular form of different sizes, with extra-strong flavor and odor. The name indicates that it is made of sour milk.
Vory, le France
Fresh cream variety like Neufchatel and Petit Suisse.
Warshawski Syr Poland
Semihard; fine nutty flavor; named for the capital city of Poland.
Washed-curd cheese U.S.A.
Similar to Cheddar. The curd is washed to remove acidity and any abnormal flavors.
A mild, full cream loaf of Danish blue that can be very good if fully ripened.
Weisschmiere Bavaria, Germany
Similar to Weisslacker, a slow-ripening variety that takes four months.
Weisslacker, White Lacquer Bavaria
Soft; piquant; semisharp; Allgaeuer-type put up in cylinders and rectangles, 4-1/2 by 4 by 3-1/2, weighing 2-1/2 pounds. One of Germany's finest soft cheeses.
The words Welsh and cheese have become synonyms down the ages. Welsh “cheeses can be attractive: the pale, mild Caerphilly was famous at one time, and nowadays has usually a factory flavor. A soft cream cheese can be obtained at some farms, and sometimes holds the same delicate melting sensuousness that is found in the poems of John Keats.
“The 'Resurrection Cheese' of Llanfihangel Abercowyn is no longer available, at least under that name. This cheese was so called because it was pressed by gravestones taken from an old church that had fallen into ruins. Often enough the cheeses would be inscribed with such wording as 'Here lies Blodwen Evans, aged 72.'“ (From My Wales by Rhys Davies.)
I. England, Yorkshire. Hard; blue-veined; double cream; similar to Stilton. This production of the medieval town of Wensleydale in the Ure Valley is also called Yorkshire-Stilton and is in season from June to September. It is put up in the same cylindrical form as Stilton, but smaller. The rind is corrugated from the way the wrapping is put on.
II. White; flat-shaped; eaten fresh; made mostly from January through the Spring, skipping the season when the greater No. I is made (throughout the summer) and beginning to be made again in the fall and winter.
Werder, Elbinger and Niederungskaese West Prussia
Semisoft cow's-milker, mildly acid, shaped like Gouda.
West Friesian Netherlands
Skim-milk cheese eaten when only a week old. The honored antiquity of it is preserved in the anonymous English couplet:
Good bread, good butter and good cheese
Westphalia Sour Milk, or Brioler Germany
Sour-milk hand cheese, kneaded by hand. Butter and/or egg yolk is mixed in with salt, and either pepper or caraway seeds. Then the richly colored curd is shaped by hand into small balls or rolls of about one pound. It is dried for a couple of hours before being put down cellar to ripen. The peculiar flavor is due partly to the seasonings and partly to the curd being allowed to putrify a little, like Limburger, before pressing.
This sour-milker is as celebrated as Westphalian raw ham. It is so soft and fat it makes a sumptuous spread, similar to Tilsit and Brinza. It was named Brioler from the “Gute Brioler” inn where it was perfected by the owner, Frau Westphal, well over a century ago.
The English sometimes miscall it Bristol from a Hobson-Jobson of the name Briol.
Whale Cheese U.S.A.
In The Cheddar Box, Dean Collins tells of an ancient legend in which the whales came into Tillamook Bay to be milked; and he poses the possible origin of some waxy fossilized deposits along the shore as petrified whale-milk cheese made by the aboriginal Indians after milking the whales.
White, Fromage Blanc France
Skim-milk summer cheese made in many parts of the country and eaten fresh, with or without salt.
White Cheddar U.S.A.
Any Cheddar that isn't colored with anatto is known as White Cheddar. Green Bay brand is a fine example of it.
This type without the distinguishing blue veins is little known outside of Italy where it is highly esteemed. (See Gorgonzola.)
White Stilton England
This white form of England's royal blue cheese lacks the aristocratic veins that are really as green as Ireland's flag.
Firm; white; tangy; half-pound slabs boxed. Saltee is the same, except that it is colored.
Wilstermarsch-Kaese Holsteiner Marsch Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Semihard; full cream; rapidly cured; Tilsit type; very fine; made at Itzehoe.
Wiltshire or Wilts England
A Derbyshire type of sharp Cheddar popular in Wiltshire. (See North Wilts.)
Wisconsin Factory Cheeses U.S.A.
Have the date of manufacture stamped on the rind, indicating by the age whether the flavor is “mild, mellow, nippy, or sharp.” American Cheddar requires from eight months to a year to ripen properly, but most of it is sold green when far too young.
Notable Wisconsiners are Loaf, Limburger, Redskin and Swiss.
Cow taboos affect the cheesemaking in India, and in place of rennet from calves a vegetable rennet is made from withania berries. This names a cheese of agreeable flavor when ripened, but, unfortunately, it becomes acrid with age.
Yoghurt, or Yogurt U.S.A.
Made with Bacillus bulgaricus, that develops the acidity of the milk. It is similar to the English Saint Ivel.
York, York Curd and Cambridge York England
A high-grade cream cheese similar to Slipcote, both of which are becoming almost extinct since World War II. Also, this type is too rich to keep any length of time and is sold on the straw mat on which it is cured, for local consumption.
Yorkshire-Stilton Cotherstone, England
This Stilton, made chiefly at Cotherstone, develops with age a fine internal fat which makes it so extra-juicy that it's a general favorite with English epicures who like their game well hung.
York State U.S.A.
Short for New York State, the most venerable of our Cheddars.
Young America U.S.A.
A mild, young, yellow Cheddar.
Copying pear-and apple-shaped balls of Italian Provolone hanging on strings, a New York cheesemonger put out a Cheddar on a string, shaped like a yo-yo.
Whole milk, or whole milk with cream added. Aged only two months.
A general name in Germanic lands for cheeses made of goat's milk. Altenburger is a leader among Ziegenkaese.
I. This whey product is not a true cheese, but a cheap form of food made in all countries of central Europe and called albumin cheese, Recuit, Ricotta, Broccio, Brocotte, Serac, Ceracee, etc. Some are flavored with cider and others with vinegar. There is also a whey bread.
II. Similar to Corsican Broccio and made of sour sheep milk instead of whey. Sometimes mixed with sugar into small cakes.
Zips see Brinza.
Similar to Caciocavallo.
Zwirn see Tschil.
List of cheeses From Wikipedia