It’s kind of crunch time for Christmas, and some of you may be thinking, “What can I give to that cheese-lover in my life?” I scoured the Internets and my trade show info from the past year, and devised a little shopping list to give you some ideas. You can buy all this stuff ONLINE!
You can give cheese, even to those far away, thanks to online ordering.
A lot of Cowgirl Creamery’s cheese collections are sold out, but you can still subscribe to cheese clubs and order gift cards!
Rogue Creamery is offering some mighty tasty gift packs.
Murray’s online cheese shop offers great selections!
Artisanal Cheese online has a pretty sizable gift collection.
Igourmet is another online cheese retailer.
Think jams, oils, crackers, chocolates! If you can’t offer cheese, you can always offer things to eat with cheese!
Blue Chair Fruit is one of my current fave places for fruit preserves, jams, and marmalades.
June Taylor fruit butters, conserves, and marmalades are also delectable, with such lovely flavors and low sugar.
Effie’s Homemade. I am hooked on their oatcakes, but they make crackers as well.
Leslie Stowe’s Raincoast Crisps. I love them. I always call them “raincoat” crisps.
McQuade’s Celtic Chutneys are great if you’re looking for something a little different.
Michel Cluizel chocolates. French style!
http://www.formaticum.com/products/cheese-paper Formaticum offers great cheese storage paper and bags, plus some other cheesy items to covet, like a cheese wire cutter.
http://www.brooklynslate.com/products/slate-cheese-board Check this slate cheese board from Brookly Slate. Sleek. Pretty. You can write cheesy things next to your showpieces.
Get all kinds of cutting and cooking accessories from Boska. They have raclette makers, cheese curlers, great knives, graters, and more. For what it’s worth, my fave cheese knife is made by them.
This year, we’ve seen some great cheese books hit the shelves!
Cowgirl Creamery Cooks! by the cowgirls themselves, Peggy Smith and Sue Conley.
The Mac + Cheese Cookbook featuring recipes from Oakland, CA’s mac + cheese restaurant Homeroom.
Melt: The Art of Macaroni & Cheese by Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord.
Cheese & Beer by Janet Fletcher.
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti. It’s more of a retelling of the history of a particular cheese.
Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings by Tenaya Darlington, aka. Madame Fromage. Beautiful all around book!
Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History by Tami Parr. If you REALLY want to dig deep into the history of cheese, this is a great read. Perfect for the geekiest of cheese geeks!
Happy gift giving!