Thursday, January 15, 2009

Got Goat? Favorite Local Product - Mackenzie Creamery Goat Cheese

I was fortunate enough to sample Mackenzie Creamery's fresh goat cheese at the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservacy Farmers Markets last summer.

Smooth, creamy, and delicious either plain, or in the nice variety of flavored versions, including my favorite, 'You Say Tomato' which is packaged in a small cup with a to-die-for ribbon of Jean Mackenzie's handmade tomato chutney threaded through the center of the cheese. I've served this at several parties and events (and eaten as dinner with a whole grain baguette), and everyone absolutely swoons.

If you haven't had artisanal goat cheese, or wrinkle your nosy that goat cheese is too tangy or "goaty", you really should give this cheese a chance to change your mind.

Here's a link to a lovely photo of their marinated chevre sold in small jars with bits of sun-dried, tomatoes and olives. Makes a great appetizer (or dinner!).

It's worth seeking out at the vendors listed in the first link. If you see it at the farmer's markets you're likely to meet the lovely Jean in person.

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