Dorothy's Cheese

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Dorothy Renter fell in love with cows, specifically with those at her grandfather's Illinois creamery. The creamery soon grew into a European-style cheesery in the American Midwest.

In 1953, Dorothy Renter was the first woman to graduate with a dairy industry degree from the Iowa State program. Dorothy marries fellow classmate James Demeter, and together they breathe new life into Kolb-Lena Cheese Company, creating their own Baby Swiss.

She was known to work tirelessly or, as they say, until the cows came home, perfecting her soft-ripened cheeses.

Bob the current cheesemaker at Dorothy's Cheese, who was Dorothy's apprentice, is working with her son and nephew to continue to follow in her footsteps.

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A flower-shaped creamy cheese from Lena Illinois. This cute cheese is mild and creamy with a soft white mold exterior, tinted orange. A milky flavor is underlined by sweet, buttery, and mushroom notes. 

In 1953, Dorothy Demeter was the first woman to graduate with a dairy industry degree from the Iowa State program. She was known to work tirelessly or, as they say, until the cows came home, perfecting her soft-ripened cheeses. The current cheesemaker at Dorothy's Cheese is Dorothy's apprentice Bob, who works with her son and nephew to continue her legacy. Comeback Cow is one of her most unusual cheeses.

Pair it with croissants, soft rolls, melons or grapes. It’s always ready for a party, enjoyed with a Bourgogne, Cabernet, or Medoc wine.

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A flower-shaped creamy cheese from Lena Illinois. This cute cheese is mild and creamy with a soft white mold exterior, tinted orange. A milky flavor is underlined by sweet, buttery, and mushroom notes.  In 1953, Dorothy Demeter was... read more