Happy Holidays from Hillsborough Cheese Company! It’s about time to curl up in front of the fire and enjoy some delicious …cheese! This fall, we have been experimenting with some new ideas, one of which we are bringing to market starting November 21: shredded mozzarella! We took our amazingly delicious, hand-stretched, fresh mozzarella and grated it for all the pizza lovers out there (it goes with more than just pizza! We like to eat it by the handful!). Same great taste, except now it’s ready to jump right into your favorite dish. It freezes well, and keeps just fine in the fridge for a couple of weeks (not that it ever lasts that long!). Don’t worry, we’ll still have our mozzarella in the traditional shape. We’d really love to know what you think, so swing by and give it a test run! Stay warm!
Join Hillsborough Cheese Company and several other area cheese producers today at the Curds and Crafts Festival on the Weaver Street Market – Carrboro – location! Lots of delicious cheeses to taste, as well as a variety of hand-crafted artisanal beers from local breweries. Hillsborough Cheese is featuring our amazing Bloomin’ Sweet Ash, as well as a few other yummy delights. Look forward to seeing you there!
After a long winter break, our goat milk is flowing again! Look for more goat cheeses at market in the coming weeks. We have a new cow/goat Feta we are excited to share, as well as the return of our versions of goat Gouda and Manchego. Most of all, we are super excited about the return of our insanely delicious Bloomin’ Sweet Ash! We got a few batches started a couple of weeks ago and hope to have it available in abundance for the rest of the year, starting in the next week or so. If you haven’t tasted it yet, you are truly missing something special! Come visit us at market for a sample! Here are a couple of photos of just molded Sweet Ash, awaiting the ashing stage, then the growth of their white, bloomy rind. YUM!!
Hillsborough Cheese Company is honored to have our Bloomin’ Sweet Ash mentioned in the Taste 2015 – The Triangle’s Ultimate Food Guide, as a must have local grocery item. To those not familiar with Taste 2015, it is a “celebration of food”, involving many of the Triangle’s best and brightest chefs, brewers, farmers, food artisans and purveyors of the bounty of amazing foods we are so lucky to have. There were a series of “foodie” events in the Triangle (and maybe more to come) over the past few months. Hopefully some of you were able to check a few of them out! Grab one of the Food Guides, too; it has some amazing recipes from over two dozen local chefs.
Hillsborough Cheese Company is beyond pleased to have partnered with Jujube Restaurant in Chapel Hill, providing several cheeses for Chef Charlie Deal and his partner, Julian Benfey, to concoct some great new dishes (Watermelon Beet Salad with our amazing cow feta and a Cucumber Mango Salad with our Lebna). Jujube will also be using a select few chevre flavors, so stay tuned in the near future for those. We have always been blown away by the quality and detail that Chef Deal brings; Jujube has been a favorite restaurant of ours since day one, and we couldn’t be more proud to help make it even more amazing. Jujube is opening a new tapas bar in Durham this summer called Juju, and we have no doubt it will be equally as successful as Jujube has been. Make sure you grab a meal at Jujube now, and Juju later this summer!
For the third year running, our amazing customers have nominated us for the Independent’s Best of the Triangle in the “Best local cheese producer” category! We cannot thank you enough for your continued support over the years – we are beyond lucky to continue to do what we love, while supporting the amazing local food culture in the Triangle. There will be a big Best of the Triangle party one June 7 at Durham Central Park – definitely plan to be there for food, music and fun! Thank you all so much for considering us to be one of the best cheesemakers in the Triangle!