by Meri Lippard
Driving through Hingham center, you can not miss the best place for artisanal cheese, the Bloomy Rind. They offer, of course, delicious cheese from all over the United States as well as from Europe; they also serve aged sausage, roasted meats, pates, terrines, cured olives, and fantastic sandwiches. It was a challenge just to choose something from their constantly inventive and daily menu. They had carrot hummus to sample, I had a spoon full and wanted them to give me a bowl of it; the rich and creamy texture and sweet and savory undertones was nothing shy of extraordinary. I ended up purchasing Gouda, which was one of the two cheeses made in Massachusetts. They also had hannahbells from Shy Brothers farm in Westport, MA. Along with the Gouda, I also got roasted sweet peppers and a petite cheese baguette made from a local baker.
This visit inspired me to make a delicious appetizer with just the few things I bought: slice the bread in cylinders and toast in a 350 degree oven with a drizzle of olive oil for five minutes. Chop up the peppers and place a spoonful on the slices of petite baguette. Slice the cheese and gently lay on top of the small crostini, put back in to the oven for a few minutes to allow the cheese to melt, and you have a bite full of flavors that are eclectic but also easily relatable to even the simplest palate.
All of Bloomy Rinds produce is bought locally, which includes purchases from Holly Hill farm, in Cohasset, MA. Just marking their first year of business, this artisanal specialty food shop is irresistibly good. They offer cheese platters and sandwiches for any event or party and also host their own cheese tastings. Go visit this gourmet and laid back one-stop-cheese-shop, try the Gouda or any other fabulous cheese they have and bring out your inner-locavore.
Visit their website: www.bloomyrind.com
Bloomy Rind: Artisanal Cheese
Monday through Saturday 11am-6pm
21 Main Street Hingham, MA 02043