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A Wonderful Cheese

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
This morning I tasted and bought a cheese I'd never heard of before,
Millefoglie Al Marzemino.

It's an unpasteurized cow's milk cheese of semi-hard consistency from
the Alpine foothills. Millefoglie Al Marzemino is based on a Montasio recipe.
The method of aging the cheese is inspired by the centuries-old custom of
hiding cheeses in fermenting grape must, to conceal them from raiders in
time of war or from the master's accounting ledger. Uniformly textured
with a few pea-sized eye holes, it is pierced with large needles, in the
traditional manner of making air vents in blue cheese. Millefoglie is
soaked in red grape must for 10 days, drizzling into the core of the cheese
and infusing it with a rich wine flavor. Grape residues cling to the
characteristically dark rind, which is dried thoroughly, leaving a reddish
hue behind.

This is a wonderful, rich cheese with deep flavor. It's a bit on the
spendy side - I paid $35.00/lb for it at a fancy cheese place, but you may
be able to find it a little cheaper. In any case, it's worth trying and
maybe using for special occasions if not regularly. My cat, Buddy, has
given his approval :D

post #2 of 7
I do love cheese :D

I believe this is the cheese you were referring to for those that would like to order it online. Millefoglie Al Marzemino by Perenzin - SHOP.COM

post #3 of 7
Sounds tasty! I'm not much of a cheese fan, I haven't tried a new cheese for, oh, let's see - since yeserday. Bought a small chunk of one from a local Utah creamery, Beehive Cheese. It was their Promontory cheddar, a nice smooth and sharp cheese. I really lked it. Not quite as good as the last cheddar I had, an imported Irish variety. The Irish had a bit more flavor but was a tad on the crumbly side, the Beehive was creamier. I bet it would make a really good grilled cheese and browned mushroom sandwich - maybe tomorrow, if there's any of the cheese left by then ;)

Of course, it obviously isn't a real cheddar, as it is a delicate, creamy off-white color. Every chef on the planet knows that REAL cheddar is some ungodly blazing orange color, just as Kraft intended it!


ps: They've also got a parmesan available now, I may have to give that a try soon, see how it compares to what I've been buying.
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post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Yes and maybe - that's essentially the cheese, but perhaps not the same producer. Like Reggiano, there are numerous producers, and their products offer subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) differences. I'll ask my cheese guy whose cheese the store is selling.

post #5 of 7
We can only assume that it is the same producer since you - ahem - "borrowed" the cheese description from them.

Please quote responsibly.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
A local store had the Beehive out for tasting recently. I didn't care for it very much. It's not one I'd buy for myself, but if I were having guests over and wanted a somewhat less "adventurous" cheese, it would be one to consider. I found it smooth, not particularly sharp, and the flavor wasn't particularly deep. Clearly we have somewhat different tastes ....

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hmmm ... I thought the description came from another source. Sorry 'bout that. In any case, it doesn't mean the cheese was from the same producer.

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