Cheese and wine just make everything better! Don’t you agree? Before I came to the American Dairy Association of Indiana (ADAI), I enjoyed many imported cheeses made from a variety of animal milks, such as the creaminess of the buffalo mozzarella, the sharpness of aged goat cheese, and the saltiness of sheep’s milk feta. Each has their own history and culture.
The longer I work at the ADAI; I get to enjoy more domestic cheeses, rich in heritage, flavor, and passion. Yes, passion. I have even had the opportunity to help develop the Gouda that is sold during the Indiana State Fair. It is made by Swissland Dairy which is owned and operated by Mary and Kirk Johnson Berne, Indiana. Using this delicious, creamy, buttery cheese on grilled cheese sandwiches at the fair has allowed thousands to enjoy a new cheese variety that can be easily added to their home menu in salads, sandwiches, appetizers, pizzas and on the grill!
Deutsch Kase Haus is another local Dairy that prepares the Dairy Bar’s staple of Colby at the Indiana State Fair! The ‘mini horns,’ as they are called, arrive and are sliced almost immediately because we can’t wait to get that first taste! It’s golden color and mild taste when joined by wheat bread is a perfect adult version of the grilled cheese sandwich. Some of you may also be familiar with their luscious butter cheese or veggie cheese. It’s just another Hoosier secret you will want to learn more about while traveling Indiana this Fall.
Fair Oaks Farms has pepper Harvarti cheese which is just fabulous. Using their own award winning recipe, they have created a cheese that is incredible with salads, potatoes, grilled steaks, or simply with wine and fresh bread! If you are traveling North or South on I-65, this is definitely a must taste!
Indiana truly has its share of Hoosier cheeses as there are many local cheese makers creating fine artisan products that are available locally and online. Some of the farmers markets also have a wonderful variety of choices to enjoy.
What is your favorite domestic cheese? If it is locally made, who is your favorite cheese artisan?
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