Wisconsin Cheese Board Love

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by Mara of M Loves M

I am a major cheese lover, as well as a sugar addict, and with Valentine’s Day approaching I thought it would be fun to incorporate both by making a romantic cheese board.

The first cheese on my cheese board is Merlot BellaVitano. This cheese has a creamy consistency similar to Cheddar, but is milder, and has hints of Parmesan. Pair Merlot BellaVitano with fresh blackberries and smooth dark chocolate. The blackberries and chocolate enhance the berry notes already present in the cheese.

Secondly, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, a Gruyere-style cheese, made with unpasteurized cow’s milk from pasture-grazed cows. I thought some chocolate and nuts would be the perfect companion for this three-time winner of the American Cheese Society Conference and Competition. Creamy and nutty, the cheese really stands on it’s own.

Last but not least, the crème de la crème! A wash-rind and soft-ripened cheese, don’t be fooled when you unwrap the boldly fragrant Petite Frère, it’s a sweet, decadent and flavor-complimenting cheese. I loved pairing fresh strawberries and a drizzle of honey with it. Together they were absolutely amazing, and the perfect end to a delicious cheese course.

I hope you all have a wonderfully romantic Valentine’s Day, whether it’s with your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, family, dog or cat! I’m out of town with work on Valentine’s Day but as soon as I get back this is how I’ll be celebrating the holiday with my husband! Cheese and love forever.

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