Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Heavenly Cheese

I have not been here but am dying to go (no pun intended).  Our Lady of the Angels Monastery makes some of the best cheese on earth and if you live in Virginia, then you are in luck, it's in your backyard. 

You can find the 2-pound wheels of Gouda made by the Cistercian nuns at speciality shops throughout the state and online, but it’s worth the effort to go straight to the source. You’ll travel a winding, back-country road, and be convinced you’re lost, before you finally see the imposing brick structure in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Once there, make your way down a hall and enter a small room, where one of the nuns will take and fill your order – and offer a kind word or two. Make sure you have a knife in the car, because you’ll want to dig in immediately. The cheese, made by cooking cultured milk until the whey separates from the curd, is heavenly.  You can order on-line or visit the source.  Funds from the cheese will be used to build a larger church. 

Our Lady of the Angels Monastery
3365 Monastery Drive, Crozet, Virginia  434-823-1452,

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