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It’s been a while, some might say too long (blessed are the cheesemakers), since I’ve written a cheese of the week post.  I’ve not been in a writing mood, I guess.  But the local Whole Foods started having a “try a cheese for under $3” basket, and that sounded just perfect for cheese of the week, i.e. eminently affordable and yet, a wide selection of interesting cheeses.

So this week’s cheese of the week is a Taleggio, named for Val Taleggio, an Alpine valley in the Italian region of Lombardy split between the provinces of Bergamo and Lecco, near Milan. It has a strong aroma. When I first opened the package, I thought it might be a bit off. But the taste is quite mild and lovely, very creamy with a slightly fruity taste and no unpleasant aftertaste.

Taleggio has been made since at least the 10th century and may be the earliest soft cheese still being made. According to Wikipedia, the production takes place every autumn and winter when the cows are tired. I’m not sure how the tiredness of the cows affects the cheese, but whatever it is, I say “Three cheers for tired cows!”

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