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oil on wood, 12x12"
From the Cheese Portraits series.
This sexy wheel is hot. Hand painted with Sriracha chili sauce and rubbed with crushed red peppers, this is the Jessica Rabbit of cheese. It's not too hot, it was just painted that way. The Dutch style Gouda is mellow and buttery which perfectly balances the specs of pepper mixed into it. At first it's just beautiful and easy (as it's easy on the eyes) and then the heat shows up, gradual and to just the right level that warms you up but not so hot you need to undo a button on your shirt; it's family friendly. The creaminess of the cheese really balances it out to a perfect bite that encourages more bites and more after that.
A big thanks goes out to Marc Druart, cheesemaker at Roth Cheese in Wisconsin, for generously sending me a whole wheel of this hot commodity.
Origin: USA, Wisconsin