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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The cheese really does stand alone!

Smoked Beef Sausage, Kale & White Bean
African Peanut vegetarian

The Lighthouse is a sweet delight with brie, fresh fig spread, and candied pecans, grilled to gooey perfection.


If you find yourself down the Jersey Shore (as the locals say), stop by the Seaside Cheese Company and tell them I sent you. Steve is a gregarious guy who can dish out some of the most elegant cheeses, perfectly describe their character and, in the next breath, tell a "pull my finger" joke.

Cheeses from all over the world including many excellent American cheeses are available to sample. The shop also carries a great selection of crackers, locally baked breads, spreads, pat├ęs and olives. They make a small number of sandwiches that are just the thing to satisfy your beach picnic needs.

I love all types of cheese but am not that knowledgeable about them. Steve was great about asking the right questions and suggesting new cheeses to try. Anne on the other hand, has quite a bit of cheese knowledge (you know, being Swiss and all) and she was very impressed with the selection and was delighted to find cheeses she had not seen for sale in the U.S.

Especially, if you are planning an off-season visit consider booking a tasting party. SCC hosts private cheese parties for $30 per person and can accommodate up to 10 guests. You are welcome to bring a selection of wine (stop by Collier's Liquor Store which is just off the downtown area).

I know one thing for certain. The cheese, olive, bread/cracker, pickles and spreads "knosh meal" has become a Cape May tradition for me.