Friday, March 14, 2014

Tasting Plate Close Up: Rogue Smokey Blue

Oregon grows 99% of America's hazelnut crop. The first commercial hazelnut trees were planted there a little over 100 years ago. Blue cheese is also an Oregon staple thanks to the Rogue Creamery, which first started producing blue in 1954.

The innovative cheesemakers at Rouge have combined these two Oregon points of pride by cold-smoking their blue over hazelnut shells.

Rogue's Smokey Blue is sharp, but not overly strong, with rich, nutty undertones from the smoking. Savory and sweet, it tastes like candied bacon.

Not surprisingly, Smokey Blue pairs beautifully with hazelnuts (we have delicious ones). Creamy and crumbly, it also makes a great addition to a salad or topping to a grilled steak.

It's on the tasting plate this week. Stop by the shop to try it!

Every week at Dairymaids we select six cheeses to include in our free cheese tasting. Whenever we are open, we are tasting cheese. On Wednesdays, we sample a wine, cider or beer as well and all wine and beer is 10% off. Our hours are Tuesday thru Friday 10 to 6, Saturday 10 to 4, and Sunday 11 to 4. 

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