Posted by Janelle at Aug 13, 2012 6:00 am
I’m sure you’re wondering what today’s blog is about, and yes, it has to do with ice cream and cheese, LOL. Â This weekend, in order to keep cool (we were back up in the high 90′s again with no air conditioning), Me, Don and the girls decided to drive down to the coast, and when we do that we usually go through Tillamook and stop at the Tillamook cheese factory on the way home. Â I really love this place . . . especially because it’s the only place where I can buy cheese curds (cheese curds don’t have a long shelf life, so you normally can’t find them in a regular grocery store).
For those of you who aren’t familiar with cheese curds, they are small chunks of cheese solids which have been separated from the natural whey present in milk, but not yet pressed into molds to make cheese. Â The flavor is mild, with the same firmness of regular cheese, but they are kind of light and springy and the cheese “squeaks” when you bite into it. Â At the Tillamook factory, they call it “the squeaky cheese”, and it’s really fun (and tasty) to eat!
The Tillamook factory also has a gift shop, a cafe, and an ice cream shop with all their flavors of ice cream. Â Of course, we always have to get an ice cream cone — and we all go for different flavors. Â One daughter likes plain chocolate, and the other likes plain coffee. Â I always get their espresso mocha and Don goes for the toffee almond crunch. Â It’s a great way to end a fun day.
So, how many of you have tried “cheese curds” before? Â And if you were in an ice cream shop and could choose any flavor, what would you pick?