Posts Tagged ‘cheese’
Your life in cheese? What does your favorite cheese say about you? Mine is Gorgonzola, which according to an article in the Huffington Post indicates the following about my personality:
Sometimes you think everyone at the party is talking too quietly and you wish they’d speak up to match your volume. You love karaoke, swing dancing and shouting, “WOO HOO” when you’re having fun.
I have to agree, this seems quite spot on. (I actually do frequently shout “Woo Hoo!”)
Photo editor Tyson Wintibaugh’s is definitely Feta, which indicates:
You are an unexpected daredevil. People probably say, “I didn’t think you had it in you” to you a lot. But you knew you did. You knew it the whole time.
Again, spot on.
Wanted to share some photos from my first fondue here in Switzerland. Switzerland is a land of great cheeses, and fondue is no exception. This communal classic is the perfect bonding ritual, and great for sharing with friends and family on a cold day. Although there are endless variations as far as fondue staples go, like veggies or chocolate fondue with fruit, the classic Swiss tradition is all about bread and potatoes.
Somehow the days just keep getting better. This morning I opened the windows to find a spectacular sunshine-filled view of Lake Lucerne, a welcome surprise after a few stormy days, and the perfect weather for an ascent up Mount Rigi, a must-see highlight to any trip through Switzerland. The peak of Mt. Rigi is visible from Lucerne’s city center on a clear day, easily recognizable by its pointed control tower antennae in the distance.
The train from Lausanne to Gruyères cut through vineyards, golden in the morning sunshine, with just the slightest hint of snow accenting all the mediterranean colors. The train wound its way up and up through the grape fields, rising high over Lake Geneva, until the vineyards became stacked layers balancing over the lake, seeming ready to spill right into the water. It was a landscape just like this that first enchanted me with Switzerland. As the train made a final turn inland toward Gruyères, the landscape changed entirely, and suddenly everything was coated in a layer of snow—even the cows and sheep.
Today I visited La Maison du Gruyère (The House of Gruyère), a cheese dairy near Gruyères, Switzerland in the Fribourg countryside, where you can learn the entire cheese making process and do a cheese tasting afterwards!
Milk from Cows who Vacation in the Swiss Alps
It all starts with milk, from cows who spend their summers feeding on grass up in the Swiss alps, a vital part of Swiss culture marked with colorful traditions (see more about this below under “Fast Facts”). Gruyère cheese is still made according to a traditional recipe dating back to 1115 AD. At the cheese dairy, the milk is delivered by farmers twice a day and the cheese is made 3-4 times a day. You can watch the entire process and see the cheese makers at work—a perfect way to immerse yourself in Swiss culture.
Sarah Kaufmann is also known as “The Cheese Lady”. With 16 years of experience working in the dairy industry, Sarah has made the medium her own, carving up notables like a 300-pound gorilla and a six-foot-long cheddar gator for the University of Florida! Although Sarah usually creates her cheese sculptures in her San Diego and Cincinnati studios, she can also be found sculpting cheese in person at festivals, fairs, and other special occasions. I don’t think I could bring myself to bite into one of Sarah’s lovely creations.