This one's a mouthful, so take a deep breath before reading on. LaClare Farms Ziege Zacke Blue ($8 for one-fourth pound) is a cave-aged, cow/goat milk blend made in a dry jack style and inoculated with a blue cheese mold. The cheesemakers say it's a "great introductory blue cheese" for those who sway toward nutty, firm, parmesan-like cheeses rather than funky ones, and (exhale) we can fully back that statement.
Best Cheese: LaClare Farms Ziege Zacke Blue
Photo: Anna Monette Roberts