Eating Stumptown

Making Cheese

So, I meant to post these last week, write about homemade polenta, and then discuss some Thanksgiving Day goodness… But, me and my computer are in a fight. In fact, its incessant wining is giving me a headache right now. Lately, within minutes of starting in the morning, it reaches 200 degrees and then begins running its super fan all day long. I should start frying my eggs on this thing. By the end of the work day I am so sick of my hot fingers and the annoying pitch of the fan, I shut it off in disgust. But, I have so much to share with you guys that I am willing to put up with it.

That is how much I love you.

A few weeks ago, my friend, Amy, brought me to a cheese-making class at Champoeg Creamery. You may remember that my old cheese club, Curds and Whey, went out there last summer and made some delicious homemade butter.

The class itself covered making a lot of great products: yogurt, butter, mascarpone, and queso fresco. We ate mascarpone fudge, feta cheese, slices of queso fresco, cheesy dips… And then we got to see the cows.

It was a fantastic day.

Champoeg Creamery’s owner, Charlotte

And my beautiful friend, Amy, with a mighty cute cow.


If anyone ever wants to make cheese, let me know. It is easy despite being a bit like chemistry class. And who didn’t love chemistry class?

  1. Brynn says: November 28, 201110:16 am

    I think I may have had the same issue with my old laptop. Is yours a Mac? I fried some connection b/w the power and the rest of the computer b/c I would store the laptop in its case, in a drawer, while it was still on. So it was baking itself in there. My friend replaced the part for me for about $60, but in another year or so the battery was fried. It won’t hold charge, so if the plug gets pulled out, it shuts off immediately. I wonder if it is related to the initial over-heating…

    Also, those cows ARE adorable.

  2. Charlotte Smith says: November 29, 20119:44 am

    Thanks Mary Sue! You have a great camera and an awesome eye for photography!
    Charlotte Smith recently posted..Let’s Make Butter!

  3. elizabeth-flourishinprogress says: December 5, 20118:03 pm

    Lucky Lucky Lucky

    I stuff my face with cheese on a regular basis. It’s every bit as ladylike as I just made it sound.

    I would love to learn how to do it….but everything I try my hand at (if it involves anything edible) turns to dust. Literally. Like, it burns to a crisp. Which totally wouldn’t be the case here….but I betcha something would burn if I was around.

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