Basically it's a cheese making challenge/project that has a different recipe each month for the entire year. It starts out with easy fresh cheese and works towards making things like cheddar. Bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome to join and those with blogs will be posting their results each month.
For some reason I'm super excited at the prospect of making cheddar cheese at home.
The book that everyone is working from is called Artisan Cheese Making at Home by Mary Karlin. I can't wait to get started, she really breaks everything down step by step and goes into the kind of detail that you need when you're learning something new.
I convinced my mom to do the challenges with me (actually it didn't take too much convincing, she loves cheese too). She's the perfect person to try this out with because she has a degree in food chemistry and is very detailed oriented. I texted her this picture from a cheese book I found in the library along with the caption "WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THIS MUCH CHEESE"
She suggested that we start lifting weights so that we'll be strong enough to haul all our cheese around.
We're all about having realistic expectations here.
(photo by A Canadian Foodie)
But for actual realistic expectations for making cheese at home and some insight to how these recipes turn out you can check out A Canadian Foodie's blog. That's her photo of the beautiful goat cheese that she made and she has a few other posts about her adventures in cheese making.
So if you're an adventurous cheese lover I suggest you check out the challenge page here and consider signing up, it starts next month!
If you just want to live vicariously through our cheese making adventures then you can check out monthly posts by all the participants who are listed here.
Here's to new kitchen adventures and an excuse to eat a ton of cheese (hopefully)