No, not a real goat. Sheesh.
But I do have a new love. Drunken Goat cheese. I picked up a chunk of this at Whole Foods the other day. It’s from Spain, and is semi-soft and very mild. The name comes from the fact that the cheese is soaked in wine for a few days, giving it a beautiful violet rind. This cheese is so wonderful, it’s a shame to do anything with it other than just slice it and put it directly in your mouth. Although this quesadilla with Drunken Goat cheese and arugula does sound pretty darn good. I wonder if any of my arugula is still alive under all that snow.
We also got some Cypress Grove Chevre “Midnight Moon”. The cheese lady at the store was cutting up a big wheel, and said if we liked the Drunken Goat cheese, we’d probably like the Midnight Moon, too. She cut a couple of slices for us, and it was wonderful. It’s firmer than the Drunken Goat, and a bit saltier, but still very mild. It’s a gouda-style cheese, with a black wax coating. The cheese lady said she likes to use it instead of Parmesan, and I can see why.
Neither of these cheeses has the sharp tang that most people associate with a goat cheese, and in fact, I might not even realize they were goat cheeses if someone just served them to me.