When you love cheese and love to make things you eventually find yourself in a cheese making workshop. That’s exactly where Elise and I found ourselves on Easter Sunday. With us was a random group of characters united by the idea that making your own cheese is a worthwhile pursuit. For most the draw was self-sufficiency and the ability to eat really locally. For Elise it was about making the perfect yogurt. For me it was about supporting my cheese addiction.
Ricki Carroll was our very knowledgeable, if not a little quirky, guide for the day. She’s been teaching this class for over 30 years and has spent a lot of time with cheesemakers the world over so she knows her stuff. Assisting her was the charming Jamie who wore a path between the kitchen and our classroom so that we would never want for any supply.
Everything that we tasted was good, though I certainly had my favorites. That’s how I ended up bringing home a yogurt kit and a mozzarella and ricotta kit. I have yet to see if I can recreate these on my own but that’s part of this weekend’s plans. I’ll let you know how it goes.