Top 5 Soft Cheeses From Murray's Cheese Bar (in Kroger)

Bring on the crackers.
Bring on the crackers.
Photo by Joanna O'Leary

In 2012, Murray's Cheese opened mini-shops in three Houston-area Kroger locations. Since then my quality of life has doubled (my LDL cholesterol levels have probably tripled). Even though I'm lucky enough to have an amateur cheesemonger for a husband, I still frequent Murray's outposts, particularly for their soft, often stinky cheeses. Here are my five favorites:

5. Bûcheron. At nearly $18 apound, Bucheron is far more expensive than your typical goat cheese, but think of it as two fromages for the price of one. A creamy, sharp rind layer circumscribes a slightly tart, flaky interior, providing a pleasurable textural juxtaposition. Pair with a heartier oat or rye cracker for maximum satisfaction.

4. Fromager D'Affinois with Garlic & Herbs. With the addition of some botanical spices, Fromager D'Affinois transforms from a mild, brie-like confection into a more savory, complex cheese. It's fine and dandy with bread or crackers, though even better paired with a sharp mustard or used on sandwich of smoked meats.

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