Medias in Res - Definition
"Medias in res" is a latin term for when the story starts in the middle and not necessarily at the beginning. You join us here at LARK'S MEADOW FARMS in the middle of a story that began long ago and is far from its conclusion. We are learning along the way and we hope that you will come along on our journey. There is much to explore in the world of cheese!
Monday, December 6, 2010
At this special time on the farm we pause to reflect on the many blessings that we have enjoyed over the previous year. None of us ever would have predicted how successful we would be in such a short time. We recognize that we owe a lot to friends who have supported us and put in hours of help, fellow cheesemakers who have shared invaluable knowledge, customers who have given us valuable feedback and come back again and again to buy our cheese... The list goes on and on. We thank you for the part that you have played and wish you the best during this holiday season. May it be a time of warmth and happiness.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
At this time of year cheese balls come out on stage and we have already tested out Dulcinea in a simple recipe that will make your mouth water and your guests smile. In literally less than ten minutes you can have a yummy ball of goodness ready for consumption.
For this recipe we used the smallest wheel of Dulcinea that we are calling "Little Shredders." (If you have a better idea for a name we are definitely open to suggestions.) The Little Shredders are slightly saltier than the larger wheels. The bolder flavor is perfect for cheese balls and shines through the cream cheese perfectly. Little Shredders also loose moisture faster than the big wheels, so it is a firm cheese perfect for this application as well.
To make this recipe you will need the following:
I package of your favorite brand of cream cheese
Half of a Little Shredder
Garlic Salt, Pepper
Chopped Nuts of your Choice- We recommend pecans or pistachios especially, but there are other delicious options as well.
Micro Plane or Fine Grater
Place the cream cheese in a small bowl. Carefully trim the rind of of the cheese (or skip this step if you like the rind). Add the grated Dulcinea and a dash of garlic salt to the bowl and work it into the cream cheese using a rubber scraper. Work it into a ball in the center of the bowl. Lightly spray a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray and then scoop the ball into the middle of it. Wrap completely and allow to chill. When ready roll in chopped nuts or other condiments of choice. Serve with your favorite bread or crackers.
If the traditional cheese ball is not appealing you may want to consider some other ideas.
* Spread on a tortilla and add your favorite sandwich items. Roll gently, but tightly and then cut into bite size wheels.
* Pipe into small cream puff shells for a savory version or cream puffs.
* Right after you have mixed it, place the cheese mixture in a pastry bag and pipe onto crackers, into cherry tomatoes, onto cucumber slices or into pear halves.
* Carefully spread it into the bottom of a pie crust to enhance the flavor of your favorite quiche.
Enjoy every bite and tell us how it goes for you. We would love to hear your ideas!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The biggest cow, named Jada, produces as much as five gallons in one milking. Just like our sheep, the cows are milked twice a day. They have been on the farm long enough now, that they almost just go where they are supposed to without being directed. This is a new experience, since sheep never seem to get it.
Just like the sheep, they also need refreshing and so every few months we have a new calf on the farm. This is Asiago. She was a little bit stubborn about the bottle at first, but when she caught onto the idea she emptied a bottle in no time. The cows are in a rotation and only one is dry at a time, so that means that we always have milk, but the cows get the rest that they need. We will keep you posted as things progress. We are also looking for a few more Brown Swiss cows, so let us know if you have any leads.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Lark's Meadow Farms will participate in the annual Trailing of the Sheep event held in Ketchum and Hailey, Idaho from October 8th to the 10th. With sheep activities galore you can learn about every aspect of sheep. Join us in this beautiful setting as we offer our cheese for sale and enjoy all the fun!
For more information about classes, performances, samplings and everything else you can imagine check out the website at http://www.trailingofthesheep.org/.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
How did Steve Jenkins, a Velveeta eater from Missouri, turn into this country's foremost cheesemonger? It's the age-old saga, a move to New York City seeking the bright lights of Broadway and ending up managing a cheese shop to pay the bills. Steve went on to create and revamp the cheese counters at Dean & DeLuca, the Fairway Market, Balducci's, and other celebrated fine-food shops in New York and across the country. Steve was the first American to be honored with France's prestigious Chevaliers du Taste Fromage and The American Cheese Societies, Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of Cheese Primer and is a frequent contributor to many national magazines, including Food & Wine and Food Arts.
For us the book Cheese Primer that Mr. Jenkins wrote has been a ready reference on our shelves that we have turned to over and over. Imagine our delight when Kendall had the opportunity to meet him in person and present him with a sample of our cheese. We know has been very direct in his evaluations with others. We knew he would give us feedback we could trust.
What was his response to Dulcinea? Read it in his own words-
"The sheep's milk cheese you gave to me is as fine a cheese as I have ever tasted. And that's a mouthful I'll wager you appreciate. Tastes and looks like something from Sardinia more than it resembles Pecorino Toscano. Nothing like it in any region of Spain or from the French side of the Pyrenees east to west, or Portugal. It rocks. It is simply as good as it gets. I am mightily impressed and you can tell anybody I said so.
So, now you don't have to take our word for it. Don't mind me while I go back for another slice.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Lark’s Meadow Farms is a twenty-acre sheep dairy nestled in a friendly community just outside of Rexburg Idaho on the sunny side of the Teton Mountains. This area has rich, volcanic soil providing for lush, nutritious pasture and some of the best alfalfa in the United States. Not only do the sheep literally run to eat it, but it also naturally increases milk production and brings subtle flavor nuances that enhance our milk and cheese.
Our flock consists of Friesian and Lacaune cross dairy sheep that we rescued from a precarious situation in 2008. There are currently seventy milking ewes and close to two hundred new lambs. Each season the lambs are hand fed for the first few days of their lives and then cared for carefully as they grow to market size. The ewes are brought onto the milk line and milked twice a day producing approximately thirty gallons of luscious, creamy milk.
The fresh, raw milk is gently handled and made into artisan cheese following a Basque style from Europe. It is made by hand each day after the morning milking. After the cheese wheels are formed they are rubbed with salt and allowed to develop a natural mold rind. The cheeses age in our cave for a minimum of sixty days before they come to market.
Lark’s Meadow Farms is family run and committed to producing the best sheep’s milk cheese in the region by giving attention to detail and great care to our animals and pasture.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Our first customer is from Rexburg. She will go down in the history files of Lark's Meadow! And she is beautiful too!
The farmers markets have a wonderful atmosphere and provide a neat opportunity to meet people in the community. If you have not been to one, we definitely recommend it!
Thanks! We hope you enjoy the cheese!