Monday, November 30, 2009

When Pasture Meets Pâté

So, Thanksgiving has come and gone... You may feel full now, but Saxelby Cheesemongers suspects that you'll have room for more noshing soon enough! After all, isn't that what the holidays are for?! Just in time for the festivus season we've created a divine porcine (and bovine and ovine) holiday gift selection entitled Pasture and Pâté. Don't know what to bring to that holiday get together? Don't know what to send that food lover in your life for the holidays? Look no further! It doesn't get much more delicious than this. Order one for pickup at the shop or ship anywhere in the US of A by ordering online at!

Pasture and Pâté
$49 (plus shipping)
Includes one half-pound piece of savory pâté and three half-pound wedges of fine American farmstead cheese.

This is what happens when pastoral worlds collide! Three rustic American farmstead cheeses meet locally produced country pâté in this unbeatable holiday gift selection. Gabriel Ross, a New York charcutier, has crafted a limited run of his sublime 'Trotter Terrine' specially for Saxelby Cheesemongers. Gabe's hearty pâté is the perfect protein-laced foil to Saxelby's selection of delectable cheese. Each Pasture and Pâté selection includes a half-pound piece of pâté, and three half-pound wedges of hearty cheese: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, a sweet and caramelly cheddar laden with pockets of crystalline crunch, tart and tangy Landaff, from New Hampshire, a Welsh-style cheese with an earthy finish that renders it perfect for all snacking occasions, and last but not least, Vermont Shepherd, a nutty and downright mutton-y cheese with a complex, grassy finish. Add some delicious to your holiday nosh with Saxelby Cheesemongers' Pasture and Pâté!

Till next week, eat cheese and be merry!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hooray! Turkey day is almost here. It's time to pull out the old shopping list and plan for hours (and in some cases days!) of cooking. It's gonna be a long and delicious weekend... We're talking lots of time in the kitchen, relatives coming and going, cooks cooking, and tempting smells issuing forth from ovens to waft around the house and incite episodes of drooling and acute tummy rumbling. Saxelby Cheesemongers thinks it would be wise, and indeed prudent, to have a spread of cheese out on the table to keep the hungry masses at bay!

We've got a whole slew of fermented fixes for your Thanksgiving dinner regimen... From our Turkey Day Triumvirate, a ready made cheese plate, to special deals on our most coveted cheeses, as well as a small arsenal of fatty cooking ingredients, stop by Saxelby's to stock your fridge with local dairy goodness.

Our Turkey Day Triumvirate (now just $30!) is perfect remedy for the busy cheese lover this week. We've taken all the hard work of choosing out of the equation and have crafted a delicious cheese selection for you and your fellow cheese heads! All packed up in a cute wooden box, this Triumvirate features three hearty wedges of our favorite cheese... Pleasant Ridge Reserve, a nutty and sweet raw cows' milk cheese, Mont St. Francis, a surprisingly fruity and gamey goat cheese, and Bayley Hazen Blue, that classic, fudgy blue that's sure to leave everyone clamoring for more.

In the dairy department, Saxelby Cheesemongers has your cooking needs covered. Farmstead butter, eggs, organic milk and cream, creme fraiche, buttermilk, and fresh ricotta by the pound will make your sweet and savory dishes that much moreso...

And last but not least, let's not forget our cheese of the week. We've taken a caprine turn this Monday morning and who better to single out than our favorite (un)Lazy Lady, Laini Fondiller! Her Valencay, a tangy truncated pyramid of chevre, will be on special this week for $6.99 per piece. It's the perfect piece of cheese to bring along to dinner. Who wouldn't love a beautiful little morsel of chevre to crown their cheese plate? We can't think of anyone, but then again, I guess we're a bit biased in that department...

Till next week... Gobble Gobble up some cheese!

Click here to listen to Saxelby Cheesemongers 'Cutting the Curd', a dairy-centric radio show on the Heritage Radio Network!

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Amsterdam Market... Countdown to T-Day!

Need a delicious selection of cheese for the holiday? Saxelby Cheesemongers has you covered! Pick up Saxelby's Turkey Day Triumvirate, a delectable selection of cheese for your Thanskgiving Feast for just $35 at the New Amsterdam Market.

This Sunday, November 22nd!
Saxelby Cheesemongers at the New Amsterdam Market
South Street, between Beekman and Peck Slip
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Come one come all to what is sure to be one of the most festive and most mouthwatering markets of the year! Saxelby Cheesemongers will be making another appearance at the New Amsterdam Market with some tantalizing cheeses to tote along to your Thanksgiving feast. Stop by and sample them all, or pick up one of our festive Turkey Day Triumvirate selections. For $35, you get three luscious wedges of American farmstead cheese, wrapped up and nestled in a wooden box... a readymade cheese plate for your T-day celebration!

Each Turkey Day Triumvirate features a hefty wedge o' Pleasant Ridge Reserve, a caramel-sweet, nutty and vivacious cows' milk cheese from the grassy hills of Wisconsin, a racy and barnyardy slice of Mont. St. Francis, a fruity, washed-rind goat cheese from Capriole in Indiana, and a rich, salty, chocolate-fudgy chunk of Bayley Hazen Blue from Jasper Hill Farm. Our threesome is bound to please all the cheese lovers at your gathering, be they lovers of the strong and stinky or the mild mannered and demure.

We'll have a few other incredible cheeses at the market, so stop by for a taste of the best cheese this side of the Mississippi. Oh, and a little side note... not that we're scientists or anything like that, BUT, we've heard that a little cheese, when eaten along with a bit of that magical tryptophan-filled turkey amounts to what could be the best nap of your life. Three cheers for Thanksgiving! Day of feasting and lazing about!

Which brings be to the last item of business on the old cheese docket today... You didn't think I'd forgotten the cheese of the week, did you? Good gracious no! This week at Saxelby Cheesemongers, we'll be putting some Oma up for grabs, an incredibly buttery, slightly pungent raw cows' milk cheese from the Von Trapp Farmstead in Waitsfield, Vermont. That's right, those singing Von Trapps are now cheesemaking Von Trapps, and they've done their grandmother Oma proud with this cheesy homage. Stop by the shop and pick up some Oma for just $15 per pound. You might just leave the shop yodeling with glee.

Till next week! Eat cheese and be merry!

Monday, November 09, 2009

The Appalachian Club

This week, Saxelby Cheesemongers is giving a bovine salute to one of our newfound favorites, a little cheese from the Blue Ridge Mountains called Appalachian.

For as long as Saxelby Cheesemongers has been around, we've loved on Grayson, that pungent, custardy, butter-yellow cheese from Meadow Creek Dairy in Virginia. But all the while, like the stereotypical shy (but kinda hot) girl at the high school dance, waiting there patiently in the wings was Appalachian. An unsuspecting cheese whose subtle graces and lovely sweet flavor finally caught our eye. In the interest of spreading that cheese love around a little bit, Saxelby Cheesemongers is offering Appalachian at a special price of $13.99 per pound for this week only!

Were the cheese shop a John Hughes film (and wouldn't that be great!), this week would be the montage scene, the Appalachian getting a makeover, going out shopping with someone cool and returning triumphantly to all of the 'popular' cheeses and wowing them with its fabulousness. Appalachian, a stout and earthy quadrangular tomme, boasts a beautiful white and purplish rind and a mellow, creamy golden paste. Grab a chunk to round out your cheese plate, to give to the kids as a hearty snack, or melt for that perfect mid-day grilled cheese sandwich. Made from the rich milk of the Feete family's herd of stalwart Jersey cows, this cheese is poised to win over any cheese lover's heart. All it takes is a little open-mindedness. You all know the drill... just take off the glasses, get that cheese a perm, put some legwarmers on it, and voila! That mild mannered little cheese is just busting with charm! And so the montage rolls to a close... A hearty chunk of Appalachian in the passenger seat of the convertible, Raybans on, driving off into the sunset, or into your cripser drawer. We've thankfully left the legwarmers out of the cheese case, but still think you should come on down to the shop and pick up a chunk of Appalachian to savor!

In other news, don't forget to check out Saxelby Cheesemongers on The Martha Stewart Show! Anne does a little ditty about the Essex Street Market and why she loves American farmstead cheese.

Till next week... Eat cheese and be merry!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Martha Loves Vermont Cheese!

What do Saxelby Cheesemongers and Martha Stewart have in common? Well, we're no good at baking, so that's out... And when people come to my apartment they generally peer in skeptically and heave a heavy sigh of pity as they eye mini mountain ranges of clutter, but (and there has to be a but...) we do both love Vermont cheese! In fact, Martha and her band of fellow food lovers are so enamored that they dedicated a sprawling, gorgeous spread to the Green Mountain State in the November issue of 'Martha Stewart Living'.

In the pages of Martha's magazine, farms we love like Jasper Hill, Consider Bardwell, Thistle Hill, Willow Hill, and Blue Ledge Farm all bask in the cheesy glow of praise bestowed on them by America's first lady of taste. If you don't get a chance to pick up the latest issue of the magazine, tune in to the Martha Stewart Show on November 5th for a tour de fromage with Vermont's finest cheese artisans as they take the stage and talk cheese!

Bound together by a love of their landscape, Vermont cheesemakers are making change, and I don't mean like a toll booth operator. From keeping local farms vibrant and economically sound, to creating jobs and an artisan tradition in one fell swoop, cheesemakers are leaving their mark, and a good one at that, on the state. Vermont's agrarian tradition relies on a multitude of small independent farms as the foundation for the preservation of the working landscape as well as the invigoration of small rural communities. This may sound like a bunch of idealistic hoo-ha, but the bottom line is that cheese allows small Vermont dairies to survive, and all the while producing something that tastes great! Who can argue with that??

So, if you'd like to taste for yourself what all the ruckus is about, stop by the shop for a nibble or two of delicious Vermont farmstead cheese. For this week only, Saxelby Cheesemongers is offering a special on Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, that delicious, creamy-as-all-get-out, butterscotchy-sweet behemoth round of cheese that is a special collaboration between the old timers (Cabot Creamery) and the greenhorns, relatively speaking (Jasper Hill Farm) of the Vermont cheese biz. We'll be cutting Cabot for $16 per pound, a five dollar slice off the regular price. If you haven't tried this cheese yet, shame on you! In our opinion, it's one of the best cheeses to ever hail from the great state of Vermont.

Till next week, stay tuned to Saxelby Cheesemongers for more cheesy news from the northeast!