La-Von Farmhouse Brie, Made to Order
Farmhouse Brie is a rare commodity in the United States, at least compared to the countryside of France. Although made in Wisconsin, La-Von Farmhouse Brie looks more similar to the cheeses of the latter region, rather than the mass-produced Brie wheels found in American supermarkets. Todd Jaskolski of Caprine Supreme makes the cheese to order -- so get ready for a bit of a wait.
Made in 8-ounce rounds, the artisan cheese - made in mini batches, by hand - is not a commercial brie and, therefore, does not sport the perfect velvety half-inch thick white rind most Americans are used to seeing on tasteless mass-made, throw-it-at-the-wall-and-it-will-bounce-off brie. Instead, Jaskolski is using quality milk and real Geotrichum candidum to create a thin, tasty rind that is white with natural orange and sometimes even red mold dotting the outside.
Photo by Uriah Carpenter