Simply Artisan Reserve Blue Cheese

oil on wood, 10x10"

Simply Artisan Reserve Blue Cheese, original artwork by Mike Geno

From the Cheese Portraits series.

This is the 1st place winner at the American Cheese Society, for their 2015 Blue Cheese category and I can see why. It's really delicious.

Made in small batches, Simply Artisan Reserve Cheese, from Litehouse Foods, is hand-crafted from a small town in North Idaho. Wheels are hand turned and hand salted, and then aged a minimum of 100 days to achieve the rich flavor that results from European style cultures and single-source Holstein milk.

I was happy to add the state of Idaho when I was alerted of this cheese being available at my local cheese dealer, Di Bruno Bros, in Philadelphia. I had a hard time resisting eating more of it before I even started the painting. I cut a slice off the wedge and snacked on it as I painted. During my break, I learned that this salty tasty cheese goes wonderfully with coffee.

Origin: USA, Idaho

Price: $600