Hey Ima (or others)? Cheese question?

cephJune 10, 2009

Do I recall correctly you do a fair bit of Mexican/Hispanic cooking? Maybe you can help me...

I went to Mexico a few years ago (I through the middle - in through Juarez, down through Durango, Queretaro, Zacatecas, and down to Acapulco) and I loved the cheese. It was white and not too stringy when it melts. Do you know the kind I mean?

But there's nowhere to buy Mexican style cheese in my city. The closest I've found is Monterey Jack, but it's just not quite right. Can you suggest anything a little closer?

I love making Chiles Rellenos, but Monterey Jack isn't exactly right and I want suggestions.

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imamommy

I use Monterey Jack in my chile rellenos. I'm putting a link to a web site that might help out though.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mexican style cheeses guide

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 8:12PM
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colleenoz

I'm thinking Manchego. The Wikipedia definition (from the Manchego article):
A similar cheese is popular in Mexico and in Spanish-speaking areas of the United States, where origin and method of production are not specifically regulated. Mexican Manchego is typically a semi-firm (not hard) cheese used for melting, similar to that of Oaxaca cheese (both are often used in quesadillas).[1]

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 2:34AM
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ceph

Thanks, ladies!
I guess I'll stick with my Monterey Jack and I'll just look for a slightly creamier one.

We have this incredible international cheese shop, but it doesn't have any Mexican cheeses... :(
But they have a terrific Cranberry Wensleydale :)
Ohhh, and Grand Creme... drooooool.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 10:23AM
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sweeby

Ooh... Triple creme Brie, Huntsman, Porter, Maytag Blue --
This is what I dream of for Christmas...

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 10:31AM
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ceph

LOL, Sweeby!
Two years ago, DH filled my Christmas stocking with gourmet cheeses and fancy coffee beans.
I had like six kinds of cheese, all stinky! It was heaven.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 11:24AM
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silversword

Ceph, I wish I could send you some. We have around 15 kinds of Mexican cheese in our supermarkets.

I LOVE cheese!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 11:33AM
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silversword

Here's a good site to check out for Mexican Cheeses and their uses.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 2:11PM
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sweeby

We've got good ones too!
Are there any ethnic stores in your area Ceph? I can't find Queso Fresco or Chihuahua at our local Kroger, but at Hispanic grocery stores I can.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 3:24PM
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ashley1979

Cojita cheese is a really yummy Mexican goat cheese that is crumbly. But I think you are talking about Queso Blanco. Very creamy!

My favorite cheese in the whole wide world (that I've tried) is Havarti. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! Now I'm going to have to go get some. LOL!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 4:54PM
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finedreams

we bought some stinky cheeze in Paris this spring (forgot the name), and box cracked in a suitcase accidentally. We were on a train going to England and I opened my suitcase for something and oh my, ewww, I had to close it and run on the other side of the train pretending it is not my suitcase. It stank like dirty socks, feet and high school gym locker, all my clothes stank like that after the trip hahahah.

I love Havarti too by the way

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 5:02PM
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ceph

I bought a nice chunk of garlic Harvarti today.
I'm going to make a crab melt tomorrow for my lunch... Mmmmmm.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 5:33PM
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sweeby

Ooohthat sounds good! I'v got Ciabatta rolls plus most of a Dungeness crab and some Havarti in the fridge!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 7:34PM
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ashley1979

Well.....that does it! I'm going to Central Market today!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 11:08AM
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