Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cloven Gouda

Marieke Clove Gouda, painting by Mike Geno

I've had a recent obsession with clove-studded Gouda. I know, I know, it doesn't sound appealing. But around the holidays, this curious cheese is delicious alongside mulled cider. A few weeks ago, I invited our painter friend Mike Geno over to help me dismantle a Wisconsin-themed Thanksgiving cheese board I put together -- and by "dismantle," I mean devour.

Mike was struck by the appearance of this cheese, which looks like a hunk of marble full of rusty nails. He took it home to paint, one more in his series of luxurious cheese portraits that will appear in the winter issue of Culture Magazine

If you have a hankering to try this cheese, visit Holland's Family Cheese. This family-run dairy farm produces a variety of aged and flavored Goudas, and while I'm not usually a fan of gussied up cheeses, this one is both intriguing and balanced. It's made by Marieke and Rolf Penterman who moved from Holland to Wisconsin and are now producing award-winning cheese.


  1. This cheese is magnificent and Mike is a cheese painting genius. A cheese portrait feature in Culture Magazine? I need to buy one before the whole world knows about these lovely things. Oh dear, better start saving...

  2. Thank you for featuring our Clove Marieke Gouda. A personal favorite of mine, because it is a traditional flavor for my home province of Friesland in The Netherlands: a little taste of home.
    The painting is beautiful, love it!

    Greetings, also from the rest of the Holland's Family Cheese team,

  3. Ena, wonderful to hear from you! Thanks for the comment.

  4. Thanks Aimee, Yes, I hope the exposure in Culture Magazine helps me sell more soon. However,if you click on the "add to cart" buttons on my website, you'll see that they're quite affordable ;) I even accept payment plans! Thanks for the great comments! I super flattered.

  5. That painting is amazing. That texture resonates right off the image and transforms the cheese into something even MORE ethereal than, well, cheese. I'm not sure if this particular gouda is available here in the Pacific Northwest, but I'll keep an eye out for my own Thanksgiving cheese board. Thanks for the delicious thoughts and image!