To all my washed-rind cheese lovers and newbies alike, I’ve got a special treat for you this week. A cheese never before seen in our Vineyard Markets has just made its way into our cheese cases, making a striking presentation with its beautiful shape and color.
And the taste is no exception.
I present to you: Dorothy’s Comeback Cow. Now, you may be wondering, who is Dorothy? Growing up as a young farm girl in the 1930’s and working at her grandfather’s dairy farm–the first “European-style cheesery in the American Midwest”– Dorothy fell in love with the cows and the art of cheesemaking. After being denied admission to the University of Wisconsin because she was a female, Dorothy pursued her passion at Iowa State, becoming the first woman to earn a degree in dairy science–and also meeting her life partner, Jim.
Incorporating traditional techniques with new innovations, Dorothy and Jim pioneered fantastic new cheeses, such as the Iowa-style Baby Swiss and domestic Feta. Passed along to the pair’s children and apprentices, Dorothy’s Cheese still lives on today in Lena, Illinois and continues to produce fantastic cheeses using classic techniques and high-quality Rbst-free milk.
Comeback Cow was named in honor of Dorothy’s devoted work ethic, often working “until the cows come home” to perfect her soft-ripened cheeses. Winner of the 2018 Sofi Award for Best New Cheese, Dorothy’s Comeback Cow is shaped into a mold resembling a beautifully “freshly sprung” flower and is a washed rind cheese, giving it an orange hue and imparting a delightfully rustic earthy note. As a brie-style cheese, it is also incredibly buttery and smooth–how can you go wrong?
Fantastic in the morning with a freshly warmed croissant and some grapes, exquisite on rustic grain bread or fresh olive bread with a glass of Cabernet, and striking on any cheese board, Dorothy’s Comeback Cow is a treat you simply must try.