Last weekend I had the pleasure to meet with the women who founded the the popular artisan cheese company called Cowgirl Creamery, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith. Their visit to Los Angeles was to promote their new cookbook called Cowgirl Creamery Cooks.
The meet and greet cookbook signing with fans also included a modest array of Cowgirl Creamery Cheeses to nibble on like Red Hawk and Chimeny Hawk. Sue Conley (Pictured on the left) explained to me that the Fromage Blanc (a spreadable cheese) accompanies well with dried fruit. She also mentioned that the Fromage Blanc is also a recipe found in their cookbook.
I tasted the Fromage Blanc with some dried apricots. It was a delicious flavor combination. Ms. Conley had mentioned that the Fromage Blanc has a shorter shelf life than their other cheeses, so it has to be consumed within three days.
Peggy Smith (pictured on the right, was quite delighted to find that I was a huge fan of their cheeses and their Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Shop. Their eatery, called Cowgirl Sidekick at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, is my first stop for something to eat when I arrive the Bay Area. I had mentioned to her that I always have to get my dining fix on a Mt. Tam and Ham Cheese Sandwich. The mere simplicity of this sandwich brings sheer happiness to my taste buds.
Before leaving, I had to ask one question about their Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Tours. Ms.Conley had mentioned that between now and October are the best months to visit their Cowgirl Creamery facilities in Point Reyes or in Petaluma, California. The tours include a demonstration of the cheese making process and a tasting of their selections of artisan cheeses.