Seana Doughty grew up in Southern California, where the only cheeses in her childhood home were Velveeta & Kraft singles, along with the occasional commodity block cheddar. However, food had always been a passion. In 2008, she made a life-changing decision to quit her desk job and immerse herself in the world of cheese, first as a cheesemonger in Southern California. She soon opened her own creamery, Bleating Heart, and began making sheep's milk cheese in the cooler climate of the Northern California coast.
Fat Bottom Girl is a raw sheep's milk cheese that earned its unique name when Seana had to leave a batch of newly-made cheese to run out to take care of the afternoon milking. When she returned, the cheeses had flattened a bit under their weight, creating an asymmetrical shape with a flat bottom. Made in small batches, Fat Bottom Girl has a firm ivory paste with an orange rind. Aged for more than two months, it pairs well with red wines such as Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir, or a light farmhouse ale.
Farm / Company: Bleating Heart
Cheesemaker: Seana Doughty & Dave Dalton
Proprietor: Seana Doughty & Dave Dalton
Affineur: Seana Doughty & Dave Dalton
City, State: Tomales, CA
Milk Type: Sheep
Milk Treatment: Raw
Aging: 2 - 3 months
Size(s): 2 pound wheel