December 2018 Cave to Co-op: Twig Tomme, Twig Farm, West Cornwall, VT

Our Cave to Co-op cheese for December 2018 is TWIG TOMME from Twig Farm in West Cornwall, Vermont.

Twig Farm is owned by Michael Lee and Emily Sunderman and has been in business since 2005. The twenty-acre farm is located in West Cornwall, Vermont, about 10 miles south of Middlebury. Michael manages the herd of around 50 goats and makes and ages the cheese. Emily manages the business and marketing for Twig Farm and works as an analyst for a publishing company and teaches Suzuki Violin.

Michael makes all Twig Farm cheese by hand using traditional techniques and equipment for small-scale artisan cheese production. The cheeses age in a cellar with a temperature and humidity controlled environment. Prior to making Twig Farm cheese, Michael worked as an apprentice at Peaked Mountain Farm in Townsend, Vermont, and before that was a cheese manager at South End Formaggio in Boston, Massachusetts.

Tomme is the purest expression of Twig Farm’s goat’s milk as it changes from March to December. Don’t be fooled by its rustic exterior! Aged a minimum of 90 days, this semi-firm raw-milk cheese is delicately flavored with notes of roasted almond and lemon peel. Incredibly versatile for pairing: Loire Valley Chenin, off-dry cider, a mid-weight stout or a light red wine would make excellent partners for a little wedge of this goodness!

Perfect on its own, here are a few appetizer recipes that will work for the holidays.

RECIPES

Crostini w/Twig Tomme, Celery & Sichuan Peppercorns

Makes 12

Ingredients

12 thin slices baguette

2 T extra-virgin olive oil

2 T extra-virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed

2 celery hearts, very thinly sliced

6 ounces Twig Tomme, very thinly sliced

2 t Sichuan peppercorns, cracked and lightly crushed

Directions

Heat a broiler. Brush the bread on both sides with the olive oil. Broil until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Rub the garlic clove over each slice of bread. Top with slices of celery and Twig Tomme. Sprinkle with crushed peppercorns and serve.

Crostini w/ Twig Tomme & Red Onion

Serves 4 -6

Ingredients

1 small red onion, halved and very thinly sliced

salt

3 slices brown bread

softened butter for spreading

4 thick slices Twig Tomme

extra-virgin olive oil for sprinkling

coarsely ground fresh pepper

1 T fresh thyme leaves

Directions

Place onion in a bowl and season generously with salt. Let sit for 10 minutes. Spread bread generously with butter. Lay cheese on top, drain onion and lay on top of cheese. Garnish with olive oil, pepper and thyme. Cut each slice of bread into 4 triangles. Serve.

Holiday Cheese Plate w/Twig Tomme

Serves 8

Ingredients

8 ounces Twig Tomme, cut into small triangles

quince paste (membrillo) cut into small triangles to match the cheese

a small pot of chestnut honey

8 very thin slices Serrano ham

1 small bat of dry cured chorizo, cut into chunks

½ cup assorted olives

½ cup Marcona almonds

toasted or candied walnut

assorted crackers and flatbread

thinly sliced ripe pears

Directions

Arrange everything decoratively on a large board and serve

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