Hidden inside Comeback Cow’s orange rind is an intensely soft paste with faint aromas of cream and mushroom.
Dorothy’s in Lena, Illinois was born from the legacy of Dorothy Demeter, a passionate farm girl who fell in love with her grandfather’s Illinois creamery and became the first woman to earn a degree in Dairy Science from Iowa State University. Demeter started her career at the family creamery after it turned into Kolb-Lena Cheese. Demeter’s cheesy love story and innovation live on today through Dorothy’s, where her son, nephew, and former apprentice still work tirelessly to make cheese inspired by her experience.
Dorothy’s soft-ripened cheeses are made with cow’s milk from surrounding farms and proprietary cultures. They are then hand-wrapped to resemble freshly sprung flowers, inspired by blossoms found in the nearby Apple River Canyon.
The fragrant Comeback Cow is one of two varieties currently offered by Dorothy’s. The bloomy rind is tinged orange with age and annatto, a food dye derived from seeds of the achiote tree.
Within its thick rind, the mild and soft paste smells and tastes of cream and mushrooms. Put simply, imagine having a savory marshmallow in your mouth.
Enjoy alongside some fresh apples or pears. For wine pairings, consider a Bourgogne or cabernet.