Thursday, July 8, 2010

Samish Bay Cheese

I still haven't quite recovered from this weekend, the refrigerator is barren and Noodle and I went on a four mile bike ride yesterday! It was so much fun, but for my four year old, that was 3.6 miles too long. That being said, he did an amazing job; he only fell down eight times and has some pretty amazing scrapes and welts to show for it. Mental note: next time we stay off the main road. Too stressful for mommy. So after our ride TO the office, Nan, our angel, saved us from even thinking about attempting the trek home and drove us. We seriously would have never made it otherwise. Then Honey came home and took us to one of our favorite restaurants.

Long story short, I didn't cook again last night. That being said, I am seriously missing my kitchen time so tonight I'm firing it up for something fabulous. What? I have no clue.

Until then,  I am going to post about another fantastic place in neighboring Skagit County and if you are in the area, you have to go visit! As you already know, we were at the beach house this weekend for a birthday celebration and the Fourth of July. There are so many great places right down the road from the beach house; I should really dedicate a post to the fantastical hidden treasures of that area. For now though, I'm going to focus on one hidden treasure: Samish Bay Cheese. It is directly on the way to the cabin, pretty much right next to The Rhodie (another fabulous place I will blog about in my 'fabulous places' blog).

I drive by Samish Bay Cheese every time we go to the beach and always ponder stopping but then I don't. Either Noodle is crying or the dog is barking or I'm running late. From now on I will always find time to stop. Nan, Noodle and I headed there after visiting Auntie and Baby at their swim lesson at Soothing Waters (another fabulous place). Liz, the instructor taught Noodle when he was a babe!

Upon arrival, you step into this teeny tiny tasting room that sits in front of the most glorious room o' cheese you have ever seen. Emily was there to help us the day we went. We sampled their queso fresco, ladysmith and the ladysmith with chives... all so good but the lady smith with chive? oh. And these are just the freshly made cheeses, they have aged cheddars and gouda, etc... and a fantastic fresh mozzarella which, according to Emily, runs out fast. We tried to get some but... guess what... they were out :)

One of the things I love about Samish Bay Cheese is you can step outside and see their sweet little cows out in the pasture grazing and roaming about. Now, if you read my blog often, you know that I eat a mostly vegan diet. I don't eat byproducts without great thought as to where it comes from. I only eat Auntie's eggs on occassion and I only eat her eggs because I know her chickens; I have held them in my arms. This is why I chose to give their cheese a try and wow, I'm glad I did.

If you can't make it to their little tasting room on Rootabaga Country Farm, you can find them at a plethera of farmer's markets in the area including our very own Bellingham Farmer's Market. Also, their website is a host of information on what they make, who they are and even has a great 'press' page.

Give it a try... I highly recommend the Ladysmith with chives; trust me, you won't be able to stay out of it!

And stay tuned for a 'best of' post about all the fun places I lurve in that area!

Nan bought it!

Miss Emily, helping us out

Nan reading her new cheese book

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