Humboldt Fog

Kroger has great sales. Cheese that is approaching the sell by date is wrapped and marked way down. My parents cultured in me a sophisticated palate and as a result I am very familiar with and love fine cheeses. I can’t afford them at the the non-sale price so I’m thrilled to find these little, marked down bundles!

There are many fine cheeses. I didn’t know just how many until I watched Monty Python.

Now I can have fine cheese every week! This week I discovered Humboldt Fog. Interesting name! What’s it all about?

From the artisan cheesemaker Cowgirl Creamery’s website

Cypress Grove pic

Humboldt Fog

Mary Keehn got started on the goat cheese trail in the 1970s when she decided to raise Alpine goats as a source of healthful milk for her children. Not too long after, Mary started receiving awards for her herd and became recognized as an expert in the field. Blessed with an excess of milk from fifty goats, Mary started making cheese in 1983.

Situated where the giant redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean in the rugged northernmost reaches of Humboldt County, California, Cypress Grove Creamery gets unique inspiration from the salt-etched voluminous fog that coolly rolls in nearly every day.

One of the most unique American goat cheeses out there, Humboldt Fog is Cypress Grove’s signature cheese. Elegant and luscious, this three-week old cheese pays homage to classic French Morbier by running a thin line of grey vegetable ash through its creamy, white center. As Humboldt Fog ages, its subtle tanginess grows more pronounced and a runny edge of thick and delicious ooze begins to develop under the rind and drift to the center of the cheese. Its similarity to Humboldt County’s morning fog is unmistakable and lovely to behold.

It’s a pretty cheese, for sure. The line in the middle does remind me of fog and the cool, slate grey ocean. A fogline.

I’m so glad they’re still inventing cheeses!


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