What a year it’s been! Since January 1, 2011, I’ve started a new career, a new business, and really gotten to know this great city that is San Francisco. Plus, I got to visit some great local cheesemakers and animals, and learn a little more about the cheese industry. I’m very excited about what 2012 will bring.
I’ve decided to delve even further into the professional cheese world, and sent in my application to join the California Artisan Cheese Guild. All the cheesemakers and cheese-related folk I’ve spoken with, particularly Will Fertman from Culture Magazine, have recommended it as a great resource with good people. Their general meeting is coming up in about a month, and I am ready to introduce myself and support the community. Moreover, the meeting will be at Redwood Hill Farms, so I can hopefully find a baby goat to play with on the premises.
This Christmas, I received a few beautiful cheese-related gifts that will surely come in handy the next time I have a cheese party. My sister and I both managed to offer each other a calendar (she gave me a calendar of vintage sheet music covers; I gave her a calendar of vintage advertisements) and a platter (she offered me a wood platter for cheese, and I offered her a clean white serving dish). Maybe we think alike because we’re sisters. She also offered me a beautiful bamboo-handled cheese knife set. Yay! My good high school friend offered me an enormous book, translated from German, called the Gourmet’s Guide Cheese.
I’ll be honest, I was pretty simple on the cheese for Christmas. We were at my sister’s, and she had some marinated mozzarella, Ossau Iraty (her husband’s family is Basque, so of course the Basque cheese must make an appearance!), and flavored Jack cheese. That day, my eyes were focused much more on the roasted capon stuffed with a mixture of ground veal, pork, pâté, and chestnuts than anything else.
I wish you all a happy Holiday, and much love and cheese in 2012!