Since starting this blog I’ve happily spiralled into the wide world of all things cheese. I’ve read articles on making rennet out of fig sap, delved into the complex history of parmigiano reggiano, and lusted after the lives of traveling cheesemongers. But in all of my cheesy online adventures, there’s one thing I see everywhere I turn. One cheese that haunts me in my hungriest hours. This is Mt. Tam by Cowgirl Creamery in Petaluma California, in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Heaven in a wheel [Image credit: Cowgirl Creamery]

Mt. Tam pops up on my Facebook and Instagram timelines with alarming frequency, so frequent, in fact, that there’s no way that this cheese could ever disappoint. This cheese looks so simple, but its beautiful in its simplicity. A pure white rind conceals a pale yellow, buttery interior, that looks that it will melt in your mouth. After being taunted by Mt. Tam I had to find out more.

Here’s what I found out:

Mt. Tam was Cowgirl Creamery’s first foray into cheese-making, named after Mt. Tamalpais, and this is how they describe it: “Cowgirl Creamery’s signature triple-cream cheese is smooth, creamy and elegant. It is made with pasteurized organic milk from the Straus Family Dairy. Mt Tam is firm, yet buttery, with a mellow, earthy flavor reminiscent of white mushrooms. All Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are made with certified organic milk.”

Triple Cream. Elegant. Buttery. Mellow. Earthy. White mushroom.

The ladies at Cowgirl sure know how to sell cheese. All of a sudden Mt. Tam has upgraded itself from a want, to a need.

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[Image credit: Instagram @haute.mami

After clicking on an absurd amount of links to find out how to possess Ms. Mt. Tam, I found that 8 oz. of magic would run me $45 US dollars!!! On top of that, I had to e-mail to see if they’ll send their goodness overseas. For $45, and an additional who-knows-how-much for (potential) international shipping, will Mt. Tam live up to the hype? Is it worth taking a chance on? Or will I forever be haunted by ‘what could have been’? Perhaps my infatuation with these creamy curds is a result of cheese FOMO (fear of missing out, for those who are missing out) inspired by its frequent apparition on my timelines.

But then, after all of this anguish, I remind myself that maybe I should concern myself with matters other than lusting after a cheese.

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Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours. [Image credit: Instagram @thecrowcancook]

Just kidding, look at that.

Cowgirl Creamery has numerous offerings aside from Mt. Tam that look equally delicious. Take a peek at their selection if you’re interested in buying some for yourself, or just sending it straight to me 😉


Cowgirl Creamery does not ship overseas. The price listed above also includes a bamboo cutting board and Cowgirl Creamery’s crackers.


One thought on “Cravings

  1. rich hanna says:

    Another well written piece from the pen of miss ‘O’. So well written, in fact, that it left my stomach rumbling & my palate craving a bit of cheese. Thank you fir continuing to expand my knowledge🙂


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