Now that I live in Arizona and I don't commute to New York any more, I've come to the realization that the cheese scene in Arizona isn't very good. Sure you can go to Whole Foods or AJs and they might have Point Reyes Blue (probably not, but they'll definitely have a passable Blue Stilton), but you're definitely not going to get a St. Agur, a Fourme d'Ambert, or even a smoked Caciocavallo. Just not happening. So instead of paying the $50 in shipping that it would cost me to have some of my favorite cheeses shipped to me, I've had to settle for less variety and have simply been searching for good cheese of the more popular varieties.
So I've been pleasantly surprised to find out that Costco does an excellent job of sourcing its cheeses. Here are my favorites (at room temperature of course):
- Parmigiano Reggiano (although the rind is a little too tough)
- Pecorino (in all of its sweaty saltiness)
- Aged Gouda (delicious and only gets better over time)
- Chevre (has a little bit of an iron aftertaste, but nothing that some strawberries can't take care of)