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Say Hello to Brooke Zimmerman, Shaker Heights Cheese Specialist

How long have you been with Heinen's?
It will be seven years in November. I’ve worked in Willoughby, and in the Lander store for 8 months for more training and now I’m in the Chagrin store. I like working in the different stores--the change is good.

Have you always worked in the Cheese Department?
No. I started out as a part time deli associate and an opportunity came up to work in cheese.

So you knew a lot about cheese?
Not when the position was first offered to me! I thought, “Well, okay. It’s something new. I should try it.” Turns out I LOVE it! I know it sounds cheesy, but I really love what I do. Not everyone can say that.

Do you remember the first cheese you tasted at Heinen’s?
I do! It was Jarslburg Swiss. It’s very yummy—and one of our best sellers. We make a terrific spread with it, too.

As a cheese lover, what items would we always find in your kitchen?
  • First, I’d always have dried cranberries and walnuts
  • You’d find goat cheese, too
  • Ready-to-go salad greens—any of the ones with spinach
  • Marzetti Pomegranate salad dressing to top off all of the above
  • Fruit snacks. My 3-year-old son loves them

How about sharing some of your favorite cheese pairings?

I can give you lots of those!

  • My #1 favorite is Sartori MontAmoré. It’s called the love cheese—everyone falls in love with it. It’s a cow’s milk cheese that has a little salty crunch with a hint of sweetness. I Love it in my salads, or I’ll mix it into my mashed potatoes or just eating it on a La Panzanella cracker. Sartori cheeses are the perfect size and come in flavors like raspberry, merlot, balsamic, rosemary, and basil.
  • Another pairing I like is Manchego served with quince paste. The quince paste is spreadable or it can be cubed. It’s really a neat combination because you get the sweet and salty at the same time.
  • Here’s one more. I make these goat cheese medallions that are just so good. Slice your favorite fresh chèvre into medallions, add a layer of fig spread to it and then top it off with cut fresh figs. It’s so good, you could eat it with a spoon!


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