You may notice that most of our recipes use  fresh goat cheese. A few are top-dressed with wedges of ripened chévres—Sofia, Piper's Pyramide, Flora, and Wabash Cannonball—and several use our aged chévres in gratinéed and “melting” recipes.

This reflects my strong opinion that cheeses like O'Banon and ripened chévres do not deserve to be whipped into a sauce or base with other ingredients. Their flavor, and the complexity of their rinds, make them solo cheeses, and they are best served as the stars of a cheese tray. For me, removing the leaves on a delicate O'Banon and mixing it into a risotto would be a waste of a beautiful and complex little cheese, especially since fresh chévre is a perfect replacement that adds a totally unique dimension to a multitude of recipes and ingredients. It's also more cost effective.

Fresh chévre not only adds a unique flavor dimension to dishes, it adds  texture and an airy lightness as well.  Its  loft comes from delicate handling in the initial stages of cheesemaking, yielding a very soft curd.  It also comes from the nature of goat milk itself, which has much finer fat molecules than cow milk. Lower in fat than a cream cheese, which it so often replaces as an ingredient, fresh goat cheese does not melt.  If it's not overworked as an ingredient, the  texture will contribute to the lightness of almost any recipe— without the additional calories.

—Judy Schad