The Road To Cheesetopia!

I am often asked why I make cheese, to which I answer “why not?” I know that is not much of an answer, but neither is “It makes me happy.” The truth of is, I am not sure why I make cheese other than I have a passion for it. It is my quest for “Cheesetopia” started as a witty sub-title for the website, but over the years it has become an actual quest and after almost 7 years in, there is no end in sight but I feel I am closer than before.  How do I know?  I guess it would depend on my definition of Cheesetopia – which is a place where my daily life (including work) intersects with cheese making. Not too much to ask right? IMG_2878

My journey has given me some great opportunities , from finding a great group of cheese making friends both online and here in Edmonton.

The first meeting of the League of YEG Home Cheese Makers.

The first meeting of the League of YEG Home Cheese Makers.

Getting to work for Smoky Valley Artisan Cheese for a time was an invaluable experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life, I thank Leslie and Alex for giving me my first shot at being a professional cheese maker

Running the vat at Smoky Valley.

Running the vat at Smoky Valley.

Now with teaching cheese making classes, both private and for Metro Continuing Education, it seems that I have found another outlet for my passion. Bring more people into the fellowship of home cheese makers.

One of my first classes for Metro Continuing Education

One of my first classes for Metro Continuing Education

My trip to Grande Prairie to teach cheese making for Grande Prairie Regional College.

My trip to Grande Prairie to teach cheese making for Grande Prairie Regional College.

I don’t know everything to know about cheese making and I don’t know if I ever will., but I have had a fun time trying to learn as much as I can. Experimenting with new formulas, some succeeding,

The wonderful Yukon Rafts, one of the successes.

The wonderful Yukon Rafts, one of the successes.

others failing (but still edible), have been part of the journey and it will be always part of it

My first blues.  Pretty, but incredibly salty

My first blues. Pretty, but incredibly salty

I know like this sounds like I am closing down the blog, but it is just a moment of reflection. There are more journeys to come on this quest for Cheesetopia, and I thank all those who have been on it with me.  20140423-094429.jpg

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