Search results for "New Jersey"


Buttercup Brie

Buttercup Brie

Series: Cheese Portraits

Description: Here is a velvety smooth bloomy-rinded, sexy model that was lounging on some silky red cloth for this small cheese portrait. I had a delicious bit of this local brie given to me by cheesemaker Paul Lawler, at Cherry Grove Farm in New Jersey. I had to be concise and paint swiftly as the cheese was ever relaxing in the warm spring weather. This makes for a fun and painterly play day in the studio.

Origin: USA, New Jersey

Tags: NJ, Cow, Brie, Lawler

Price: $550

Perlitta

Perlitta

Series: Cheese Portraits

Description: Perlitta is a tasty Jersey cow milk cheese, aged farmhouse gouda styled cheese for 23 months in a 4-5 lb wheel. Deep caramel tones and aroma that can only be reached after almost two years in the cave. I love that the final flavor impact is one of almost a smokey bacon. I bought this at Valley Shepherd Creamery's new farmstand in Reading Terminal Market, in Philadelphia. Their cheeses are really attractive. I painted this with the cheese in shadow but allowing some light to glow through the "eyes" (holes) and still allow some view of the natural rind.

Origin: USA, New Jersey

Tags: jersey cow milk cheese, farmhouse gouda, valley shepherd creamery

Price: sold

Valley Thunder

Valley Thunder

Series: Cheese Portraits

Description: This is a traditional clothbound cheddar made by Valley Shepherd Creamery in central NJ. They've recently opened up a stand and cheese making facility at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, so this is part of a recent cheese splurge. Eran Wajswol, the owner told me how proud he is of this beautiful clothbound cheese and I dont blame him. It's sharp and rich. I loved painting it for all it's character and texture as rich as its taste.

Origin: USA, New Jersey

Tags: Valley Shepherd Creamery, eran wajswol

Price: sold

Abruzze Jawn

Abruzze Jawn

Series: Cheese Portraits

Description: Check out this jawn! This is a delicious experiment was made on a lark and turned into a first place winner for the flavored cheeses category at the American Cheese Society's annual competitions in 2015. The cheesemakers at Cherry Grove Farm are friends of mine and they told me the story behind this cheese. At the end of the year, shortly before new years eve, they had the rare occasion to have 5 cheesemakers (they usually only have 2 in the makeroom) with the plan to get everything done, cleaned up after the holiday sales season and get out of there. "The tail end of holiday sales and cheese production is like one long bloomy production hangover, and a little goofy variation was in order. ". They hadn't expected the curd would taste of "a splendid spectrum of tasty cured meats". Excited by the early wheels, they submitted it to the ACS and were pleasantly taken aback when it was crowned. "There is still a confetti tossing thrill to mixing all the different peppers in rapidly by hand!" The cheese tastes like salami one would find at the Italian Market, in Philadelphia. They used a lot of spices and a variety of peppercorns that would be used in cured meats. The result is truly an addictive and balanced peppercorn jack that I loved the moment I first tried it at the "Festival of Cheese" after it won 1st place. AND I might add, at this festival I had over 1,779 cheeses available to taste and I still had a 2nd and 3rd taste of this one! Paul and Jamie, the cheesemakers decided to enjoy the playfulness of this cheese concept and named it "Abruzze (referring to Italy) Jawn (a nod to unique Philly colloquialism that can be used as just about anything - almost like a blank tile in scrabble). Feel free to watch the latest Rocky movie, Creed, to get a jawn explanation or simply visit urban dictionary.

Origin: USA, New Jersey

Tags: Paul Lawler, NJ, jawn

Price: $800

Crema de Blue 2

Crema de Blue 2

Series: Cheese Portraits

Origin: USA, New Jersey

Tags: valley Shepherd Creamery, NJ, sheep, blue, ACS Best In Show 2012

Price: sold

Lawrenceville Jack Reserve

Lawrenceville Jack Reserve

Series: Cheese Portraits

Description: This painting was commissioned by a patron that likes to support local artists and local farms! Lawrenceville NJ's Cherry Grove Farm makes this incredibly rich and nutty yet slightly sharp jack that is as good as any high-end royal cheddars, in my opinion. This wedge is from their "reserve", purchased at Fair Foods farm stand at Reading Terminal Maket, in Philadelphia. This wedge was cut larger this time so I appraoched the rectangular format to show off how it stands tall in all its delicious glory.

Origin: USA, New Jersey

Tags: Cow, jack, reserve

Price: sold

Crema de Blue

Crema de Blue

Series: Cheese Portraits

Description: Best of Show 2nd Place, 2012 from Valley Shepherd Creamery I was commissioned to paint the top three awarded cheeses so that makes me perhaps one of less than a handful of people to even get their hands on these incredible cheeses. This blue cheese is almost local for me. It's made nearby in central NJ and I had the chef of their soon-to-open cheese shop/cafe/dairy deliver it in person. I cant wait to try more cheeses by this dairy since those that I have had so far are wonderful. This painting was commissioned by the American Cheese Society (ASC).

Origin: USA, New Jersey

Tags: Valley Shepherd Creamery, NJ, sheep, blue, ACS Best In Show 2012

Price: sold

Tartufo Shepherd

Tartufo Shepherd

Series: Cheese Portraits

Description: Valley Shepherd Creamery makes this dense raw sheep's milk cheese with Black Tuscan Truffles richness, in Hunterdon County, NJ. Presented in a 4+ lb. dome, it ages to a delightful interplay of buttery sheep's milk and earthy, truffle-induced goodness. Its black and white flecked center provides and interesting counterpart to its plainly-suited brethren on a cheese plate, and its swanky mouth feel makes quite an impression on even the most discriminating palate.

Origin: USA, New Jersey

Tags: truffle, valley shepherd creamery, hunterdon county, NJ, raw sheep's milk

Price: sold

Herdsman

Herdsman

Series: Cheese Portraits

Description: Herdsman from Cherry Grove Farm in Lawrenceville, NJRaw cows milk, with flavors similar to a mild gouda that I was attracted to this tasty cheese for it's holes! It's true; few cheeses have had holes to paint! Here's the description from the maker: "A tomme style cheese made with raw milk, Herdsman is our most popular "all-purpose" cheese. It's mild, nutty flavor and great melting qualities make it a favorite for snacking, grilled cheese, mac & cheese, and as a burger topping. This natural rind cheese is handcrafted throughout the entire milking season and aged in our caves for a minimum of 3 months."

Origin: USA, New Jersey

Tags: Lawrenceville, NJ, gouda, raw cow's milk

Price: sold

Amram

Amram

Series: Cheese Portraits

Description: After visiting Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse in Milford, NJ, where they make the one of the subjects of my earliest cheese portraits "Bobolink Drumm". The tour was given by husband and wife Jonathan and Nina White who are incredibly interesting and charismatic. This portrait is of a great little cheese (the wheel is around 4" in diameter) that I brought back called "Amram", named after and in honor of their good friend David Amram. Here's what they say on their site: "David Amram is a living musical legend. In the Fifties, he was a jazz poet with Jack Kerouac. In the Sixties he was Bernstein's first Composer in Residence at the NYC Philharmonic. He is equally well known for his jazz, classical and ethnic music. David has composed over 100 orchestral and chamber works, and has scored several films and plays. He worked with the late Joseph Papp on the libretto for the NYC Shakespeare Festival's production of "the Twelfth Night". On top of everything else, David is still farming, on the farm where he raised his three children, in Putnam Valley, NY. By the way, I named a cheese after David, a small honor compared to his BMI award....."

Origin: USA, New Jersey

Tags: Bobolink, cow, amram, NJ

Price: sold

Lawrenceville Jack

Lawrenceville Jack

Series: Cheese Portraits

Description: When I visited Cherry Grove Farm in Lawrenceville, NJ I had the pleasure of trying a bunch of cheese samples. They make some really great cheeses. I took this handsome wedge away with me for it's interesting shape and translucent potential as a model. It certainly was easy to eat too! Ive not found much info on their website about this cheese, except: "A nice sharp aged Monterrey Jack made from raw milk from our grass-fed dairy herd!"

Origin: USA, New Jersey

Tags: Lawrenceville, NJ

Price: sold

Drumm

Drumm

Series: Cheese Portraits

Description: Paul Lawler introduced me to this creamy and rich local cheese made in nearby Milford, NJ. It's an incredible cheese that also has the most interesting rind that reminds me of an inviting crumb cake.

Origin: USA, New Jersey

Tags: paul lawler, milford, nj, bobolink, cow

Price: sold