Oh Mamma's cheese shop in South Bend introduces locally made cow's milk cheese

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By: J.C. Lee
jclee@flavor574.com

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There are 300 kinds of cheese, 40 types of cured meats and Italian cookies and pastries at Oh Mamma’s cheese shop and deli in South Bend. And its owners still have plenty more in store.

Oh Mamma’s cheese shop and deli in South Bend began selling its own cow’s milk cheeses Saturday, Nov. 15, beginning with J2K Capraio Farmhouse Feta and Canzonetta. The cheeses are made at the Klinedinsts’ creamery, J2K Capraio, in Walkerton.

While the Klinedinsts make their goat’s cheese using milk from their own animals, they get their cow’s milk from a dairy just down the road.

“Nothing compares to cheese that has gone from milk to fresh cheese in a couple of days,” Joe Klinedinst said.

The fresh feta is made with olives, sun-dried tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil. Klinedinst described it as having a milder taste and said it goes well with salads and fresh breads. The Canzonetta comes in five different flavors: chive garlic, herbs de provence, black pepper, dill garlic and chipotle.

The Klinedinsts also plan to introduce a ripened version of the Canzonetta cheese, which will have a bloomy rind reminiscent of Camembert or Crottins cheeses.

J2K Capraio bloomy rind Canzonetta will be available at Oh Mamma’s for the holiday season. Klinedinst describes the cheese as soft, rich and creamy, and recommends serving it with salads, fresh breads, crackers or by itself as an appetizer.

Oh Mamma’s on the Avenue
1212 Beyer Ave., 574-276-6918
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

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