No food truck? No problem!
Members of Queso Diego, the San Diego Cheese Club, were warned to have a crispy morsel or two before our regularly scheduled monthly meeting, as we experienced an absence from our usual food truck presence, but we yummed all the way through it no less. After all, how often does one get to have copious amounts of cheese for dinner?
The August meeting of the organized curd nerds focused on Spice, Herb, Vegetable, and Fruit cheeses. Queso Diegans gathered at City Farmers Nursery to share their fine homemade cheeses.
Cheesemaking creativity was encouraged amongst the members, and we had our work cut out for us when the time came to revel in the fruits of our labor.
The vast selection included a smorgasboard of various cheeses including this here delectable chèvre dusted with herbs de provence.
a tiered cream cheese torte
a honey-vanilla fromage blanc provided members with some much needed melty goodness.
Cheeses turned into fig butter,
While others became the subject of a telling fruit compote cheese spread.
This lovely bloomy made a special guest appearance. The recipe for this here beauty was seized straight out of the very "craftsy" book of Mary Karlin, Artisan Cheesemaking.
Our newest member Laura, brought this eyecandied delectable. An entirely gluten-free cheesecake, made from raw goat's cheese with a tasty, blanketed layer of macadamia nuts atop. We sure hope to see a whole lot more of her (and her cheeses!) in the months to come.
Commercial cheeses were on hand including a spiced Chipotle cheddar.
Virginia Masters, our Master cheesemaker, brought this insanely beautiful, mushroomed Camembert that was well deserving of its own photoshoot.
My own contribution was the goaty log drizzled with an herbed olive oil made from roasted garlic, rosemary, coriander, fennel and peppercorns.
We enjoyed much of the evening with homemade brews, wines, a delicious spiced mead, and excellent company for a delightfully, cheese-centric dinner perfectly suited for fromagophile consumption.
Spoiled, happyfaced, cheese-eating grins were abound for yet, another great meeting in the cheese books.