A cheesemaker’s dream of creating complex notes that grow more robust through maturation became a reality with Keep Dreaming. This velvety cow’s milk cheese is buttery and rich, and its pretty flower shape inspires visions of springtime.
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 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 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.
Keep Dreaming is one of two varieties currently offered by Dorothy’s. The tangy cheese is balanced by an earthy flavor from the addition of vegetable ash.
Keep Dreaming has an overall mild flavor, with a paste that coats the tongue. It smells and tastes of stone, but also carries hints of lavender and salt.
Best served smeared on some crusty bread with fig jam and washed down with a wheat beer.