Welcome to the first installment of “Cheese Chicks!” The actual “cheese chicks” would be Debra (who already writes wonderful blogs here on how to cook all your fabulous, locally produced food) and myself, Lenore. We are both home cheesemakers and want to share our experiences, experiments, and recipes with others who love cheese just as much as we do. You don’t have to want to make cheese to enjoy our installments, but you do have to like eating cheese! We will also be writing about local, fabulous cheese finds as we eat our way through the region. Someone has to do it, so let us save you the calories!
Debra and I met several years ago during one of Northwest Earth Institute’s sustainability workshops, called “Menu For the Future.” During the last session, the group comes together to celebrate the experience, and I decided my contribution would be a homemade mozzarella cheese braid. Now, I knew that Debra was a professional chef, so I was pretty nervous about bringing food in, but it turns out that she, and the entire class, loved it! I learned that she had tried cheesemaking as well, and so our friendship began. We have since shared many cheese successes, failures, and discoveries and we even began teaching cheesemaking together through the Kittery and Exeter Adult Education programs. The classes sell out, they’re a blast to teach, and we’ve loved watching our students see the “magic” of turning milk into cheese. We hope our students, and you the public, enjoy the upcoming installments of “Cheese Chicks!” as we continue to learn and discover all that is cheese.