Cowgirl Creamery

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 by adam

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Located in DC’s Penn Quarter, Cowgirl Creamery is the lone outpost of the 3 Cowgirl stores, the other two being in happy cow California. Jenn, my lovely sister-in-law and fellow food lover, was nice enough to get me a Cowgirl Creamery cheese box and gift certificate last year for Christmas. And while I love cheese, I took me until July to get around to stopping by their DC location. However, I did managed to emojy their awesome Mt Tam triple cream while picnicing in Sonoma, CA in June.

Cowgirl’s DC location is much more then a sales location for their half dozen or so self produced cheeses. Cowgirl offers dozens of cheeses in addition to their own and complementary accompaniments such as beer, wine, bread, dried meats, bread, books, and gifts. After entering and passing the front counter and retail seciton, we headed to the back where the cheeses are displayed – some in cooled cases, some stacked in wheels and wedges. A nice fromager noticed us looking around and helped us sample a few cheeses. We were looking for a nice mix of flavors and textures. After sampling a few cheeses and ogling at the homemade Crème fraiche, we chose three – a goat, a sheep, and a cow. The cow’s milk was Cowgirl’s St Pat – a creamy texture but somewhat pungent flavor from its nettle coating. and somewhat. The sheep’s milk was Dante by the Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative, a somewhat dry nutty cheese with crystallization like a good Parmesan cheese. The goat’s milk was Cana de Cabra, with a texture and flavor similar to our favorite Humbolt Fog, but without some of the complex flavor. We also grabbed a few baguettes and some fruit compote. A few nights later, we enjoyed our cheese with a bottle if wine from our CA trip last June. So good, so good, so good…

Cowgril Creamery

Cowgirl from the street

Cowgril Creamery

Our three cheeses in the cheese box

Cowgril Creamery

Cowgirl's St Pat

-Adam

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  • I LOVE Cowgirl Creamery. :) My favorite is their Red Hawk cheese, yum!

    Can I make a shameless plug for a food event I’m coordinating which is scheduled for later this September? Val and Adam–I’d love to send you the full press release, but as an introduction, the 4th Annual Taste of Friendship Heights is taking place on September 25th and while there won’t be cheese, there will many, many delicious food and drink options from local restaurants including Lia’s, M Cafe, Famoso, Bambule, Frosting Cupcakery, Indique Heights and much more. Check out the details at http://www.tasteoffriendshipheights.com. Hope to see fellow foodies there!

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