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Say Cheese! Cypress Grove's Midnight Moon

Say Cheese! Cypress Grove's Midnight Moon

The other day I decided to treat myself to my favorite table cheese, grana padano. This Italian cheese is similar to Parmesan reggiano and is excellent eaten right out of your hands. However, my local grocery store was all out. As I stood staring aimlessly at the cheese selection, wondering what could replace my beloved padano, the cheesemonger saved me. "Have you tried Cypress Grove's Midnight Moon?" he asked. While I've had my fair share of artisanal cheesemaker's Cypress Grove's most famous cheese, Humboldt Fog, I've never tasted the Midnight Moon. An aged goat's milk cheese, Midnight Moon is perfect for any cheese plate. To find out why this is my new favorite and check out my suggestions for serving,

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Creamy and complex, midnight moon has similar characteristics to Parmesan. It's nutty and sharp with tiny melt-in-your-mouth crystals. The long and strong finish is caramely with a slight browned-butter flavor. It's salty, but not overly so and subtly rich. The aroma is mild. The aging process — Midnight Moon is aged for six months or more — provides a nice graininess. Pale ivory in color and smooth in texture, the wheels are finished in a black wax that easily peels off.

Here's how I plan on enjoying this delightful cheese:

  • Alone as a snack, or on a cheese board with charcuterie, fruit, and nuts.
  • With crackers, drizzled with honey or preserves.
  • Shaved onto a bitter green salad.
  • Melted in a grilled cheese sandwich or macaroni and cheese.
  • Grated on a crisp pizza crust.

Have you tried Midnight Moon or any of Cypress Grove's cheeses? What did you think?


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JoneyStar JoneyStar 5 years
This is my absolute favorite cheese. I was trying to remember the name of it and suddenly it came to me! This cheese is good on a rosemary focaccia grilled cheese sandwich. The place I usually buy this cheese from makes a really good grilled cheese with some type of cured ham that's really good.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 7 years
I love anything made by Cypress Grove!!! I will take it ALL ..... going into a cheese coma now...
marie-lee marie-lee 7 years
I've got some swiss style goats cheese in the fridge...so good in scrambled eggs or with quince paste. I love goats cheese
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Looks like wax to me...
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Looks like wax to me...
DCStar DCStar 7 years
I think Midnight Moon is much creamier than parmesan, it is true that it is quite firm but it's not at all crumbly and brittle like a parmesan. This is my husband's favorite!!! Try it with some Croatian Fig Preserves, seriously delicious. I love the subtle sweet/nutty flavors of this cheese :) Thanks for featuring it Party!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
That cut there looks so pretty with the creamy white against the blue.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
FYI: denoting a dealer or trader in a specified commodity; does that mean my medicinal mj person is a potmonger?
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Why is that everytime I see a block or wheel of cheese I just want to ounce and take a huge bite out of it?? I'm not a big fan of the Humbdolt Fog, but I will give Midnight Moon a shot. It's more up my alley of cheeses :) Now the question is, just where can I buy this yummy looking cheese?
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