Mike Geno’s makes the finest portraits of cheeses. I like all kinds of cheeses but to me true classics are the nutty Spanish Manchego with green spanish olives on the side, slices of the French Tomme de Savoie with honey dipped walnuts, baguette and a glass of Côtes du Rhône or … I could go on. When I was a kid my parents took us camping in France and we got to taste a lot of different cheeses. The cheese tradition in France is hundreds of years old and cheese even got a certification appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) (love that!). The cheese selection in the local deli (even the one in the supermarkets) is huge and full of high quality. One of my favorites is Morbier (the above picture). Morbier is made in the French Comté region and are very similar to the Gruyère creamy mild and soft cow cheese. The morbier has a dark vein of vegetable ash in the middle (read more about + why… here) . The black ash line I thought looked like a “zipper” when I was younger so to me Morbier is the “zipper cheese”! Which I had for my birthday breakfasts every year since I was 7-8 years old (also a couple of years after I left my parents house) . A few summers ago!
This is the Montenebro cheese. It is a goat’s milk cheese from the Spanish province of Avila (in the center of Spain). I have never been to this part of Spain but many other places down there and always buy a piece of Montenebro at the local deli. This has a lovely flavor which I find tangy, comparable to a blue, but very rich with peppery and nutty tones – very interesting and tasteful. Enjoy all of Mike Geno’s cheesy paintings here .