Name: Prima Donna (pree-mah DAHN-nah).
Milk: Cow, pasteurized.
Place of origin: Netherlands.
Age: 14 months.
Rind: Wax (inedible).
Description: This smooth, firm cheese is sweet, nutty, and caramel-like with crunchy bits of crystallized proteins.
Serving suggestion: You can enjoy Prima Donna as it is, but because it melts well, try it in a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich, or use it for macaroni and cheese.
Beverage recommendation: The nuttiness of this cheese stands up well to ruby or tawny ports. Additionally, a malty Weizenbock-style beer has sweetly aromatic hints of clove that play off the caramel aspect of the cheese.
How long will it keep? No more than three weeks.
—Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic