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I'll start the ball rolling with the fingerling potatoes I bought at Tompkins Square yesterday. I am very bad at remembering the names of stalls, but there are only half a dozen or so here (open Sundays), and I bought the potatoes from the vegetable stall at the bottom of the market.

 

I have repeatedly been disappointed by fancy little potatoes from various vendors at Union Square. These were great. Fingerling shaped, but not tiny; yellow waxy-fleshed. I peeled them, cooked them whole, then smashed them roughly and stirred in a knob of butter. I was moved to season them with a squeeze of lemon.

 

They tasted of potato. :o I'll definitely be buying these again.

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I'll start the ball rolling with the fingerling potatoes I bought at Tompkins Square yesterday. I am very bad at remembering the names of stalls, but there are only half a dozen or so here (open Sund

They make Hooligan (full stop) which some might call stinky. And mean that as a compliment.

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Wait just a darn second here. (I've been on the site for five minutes and already I'm peeved. Bravo!)

"Stinking Bishop" is an English cheese. I gave a sample to the Cato folks last year and I guess they're making their own? It should be an incredibly runny cheese, by the way. Hope it is.

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I thought it sounded familiar.

 

I must say, I quickly tired of the Bobolink cheeses they were selling over at the First Avenue greenmarket. Tried each of them, and they were nice enough, but I think the only one I'd trouble to eat again was the curious pyramid aged in Zinfandel must. The others...yeah, fine, but European imports are better.

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Same people make it's first cousin, Smack Ma Girdle. Which the class will recall is Stinking Bishop wrapped in nettles. Ah yes. Called Stinking Bishop after the pear juice it is washed with.

I was quite wrongabout the Scottishness of Stinking Bishop - must have confounded it with another

 

edit: yes, I was confusing it with Bishop Kennedy :(

 

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I also agree about Bobolink. They have a stand at the small but lovely market near Lincoln Center on Saturdays. I picked up a slice of their Drumm cheese based on a small taste, and found I couldn't eat more than that when I got it home. The breads are beautiful but the rye loaf I bought was leaden and not very flavorful.

 

The Whites' daughter Paula, who was helping at the stand, is a sweetie.

 

Liza, where is Morse Pitts' stand at Union Square?

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Morse is next to the subway station on the Broadway side. He's got all the lovely greens in the bins.

One other thing about the cheese: I don't think it's right for one small, artisanal cheesemaker to 'borrow' the name of a cheese made by another small, artisanal cheesemaker.

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I think the Bobolink cheeses are dreadful. I used to think they were okay, but the last time I ordered from them the cheeses were urine-manure rancid messes, and I actually demanded my money back. There's a post I wrote on CH about this that I'll try to find.

 

I hope I'm right about the Cato cheese being called Stinking Bishop. I think that's right. In any case, the cheese is mighty good. Yes, pretty darn runny. I also really like their others: Brigid's Abby, Vivace...

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I think the Bobolink cheeses are dreadful. I used to think they were okay, but the last time I ordered from them the cheeses were urine-manure rancid messes, and I actually demanded my money back. There's a post I wrote on CH about this that I'll try to find.

Bobolink has exceptionally variable cheeses, far more than I could attribute to the grasses, or the air temp, etc. I used to buy one or two each week at the green market, and the week to week variations were substantial.

 

Never had a urine smelling cheese, though. Sounds like a real turnoff

 

 

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