Last Thursday, The Martha Stewart Show aired their first-ever Cheese Show. Martha hosted a number of American cheesemakers and authors, led the audience through a tasting of a cheese plate, and even made cheese on the show.
If you missed it, you can still catch it online, and we have the link.Not to be missed was the field piece in the first segment of the show on the Vermont artisan cheesemaking movement, with video profiles of Jasper Hill Farm, Thistle Hill Farm, Willow Hill Farm, and Blue Ledge Farm. They're some of our favorites. She also chats with Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheesemongers, who sells American cheeses-- exclusively-- from her shop in the Essex Street Market in the Lower East Side.
Next was a cheese tasting with Liz Thorpe, vice president of Murray's Cheese, and author of The Cheese Chronicles. Listen for some of her favorite condiments to pair with cheeses, too.
Also in the show is a video of Rainbeau Ridge, a goat cheese farm in Bedford Hills, New York. Martha makes a fresh goat cheese with the head cheesemaker. A link to that recipe is here. It's easier than you'd think and just requires goat milk, salt, and lemon juice.
Terrance Brennan, executive chef of Artisanal Cheese Bistro and Picholine, makes an appearance with an all-American fondue that's really delicious. We've tried it.
Finally, catch Martha making some cheese hors d'oeuvres and chatting with Allison Hooper of Vermont Butter and Cheese.
• Watch it: The entire show can be watched online at marthastewart.com!
Nora Singley is an avid lover of cheese, and for some time she was a Cheesemonger and the Director of the Cheese Course at Murray's Cheese Shop in New York City. She is currently an assistant chef on The Martha Stewart Show.
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(Image: Martha Stewart Show)