Food Photography ~ Cougar Gold Cheese

Today, I thought I would share with you a few photos of my most favorite cheese. Folks who understand terms like Palouse, Wazzu, Butch, and Beasley will know exactly what I’m talking about, but for the rest of you, please allow me to introduce you to the world’s BEST cheese: COUGAR GOLD. I put that in all caps because it deserves so much more than lower-case… :)

Cougar Gold is made in a creamery on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. A winner of several national and international awards, Cougar Gold is a rich, white cheddar cheese that sharpens with age.

Before we begin our photo safari of cheesy goodness, however, there is a matter of utmost importance I must share with you: the link to the WSU Creamery website! This is where you can purchase cans of Cougar Gold, along with the other varieties made by the students and staff at the creamery, such as American Cheddar, Smoky Cheddar, Viking, Dill Garlic, Crimson Fire, Sweet Basil, and Hot Pepper. You’ll definitely want to try them all, but I’m here to tell you that once you’ve had Cougar Gold, you will never be satisfied with any other brand of cheese. Nope, not a one.

Rest assured, I will be including that WSU Creamery link again in this post… :)

I purposefully blurred out the nutrition facts on the photo below. Who needs that information anyway? I mean, this is cheese we’re talking about after all… Really, really good cheese.

Here is our current stockpile. Hopefully it will see us through the weekend… ;)

Named for dairy professor, Dr. N.S. Golding, Cougar Gold has been in existence since the 1930′s, when the university began researching different ways to store cheese. As you can see, Cougar Gold is stored in a can, which scientists found to be the best method for long-term storage. Now, I’m not talking about that aerosol cheese-whiz stuff, my friends. Cougar Gold is a truly unique and wonderful experience, a honeymoon for your palate, if you will. Trust me, you’ll want to marry it…

And now, for the cutting of the cheese! Oh, wait…

This can had aged three years before it met it’s demise at the hands of my can opener, but my hubby and I have some in our refrigerator that just turned seven years old. Happy Birthday, you glorious can of gold!

What would a gourmet food shot be without some pretty flowers?

As promised, here is that link to the WSU Creamery again. Now wipe that drool off your keyboard and go buy some Cougar Gold!

If you are interested in learning more about Cougar Gold, here are a few other websites and articles:

And just for good measure, here’s that link one more time: WSU Creamery. :)

About the Author… Kim Dunlap is a proud graduate of Washington State University, earning multiple degrees and honors during her time in Pullman. She and her husband, Jeff, met in the Cougar Marching Band while attending college. Kim is now a professional photographer who specializes in weddings, engagements, business portraits, family sessions, and nature photography. If you are interested in seeing more of Kim’s work, feel free to follow her photography pages on Facebook and Twitter. In addition to Kimberly Dunlap Photography, she also operates her own jewelry company called A Touch of Class Creations, that she founded in 2007. Although Kim and Jeff currently live in western Washington, they continue to support their alma mater by attending football games and buying lots of Cougar cheese… GO COUGS!!!!

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7 Responses to Food Photography ~ Cougar Gold Cheese

  1. Mary says:


  2. SueKuKu says:

    I have been in love with Cougar Gold since the early 80′s! It is one of my absolute favorite cheeses — and I am a cheese snob! Who cares about trying to learn wines, I’m learning cheese!

    If anyone reading this blog has never tried Cougar Gold, please hop on the website and order a can. If you think it’s too big, you can split it with friends or have a party and serve it. Just try it!

    I am looking at your website while I am at work and I must stop groaning at your pictures or people will wonder.

  3. Bon says:

    Thanks for this, Kimberly….off to ‘Pin’ one of my favorite foods!

  4. Aaron says:

    Challenge Accepted! I am also a WSU grad and a photographer. I work in West Africa with another Coug, who happens to be married to a photographer. We order this wonderful cheese thru the Diplomatic Pouch. I like what you’ve done here.

  5. Joyce says:

    Love, love, love this cheese! I give it as a gift with a note that says “this is not a joke!” Oh, my, the jalapeƱo cheese is amazing too! Thank you for the beautiful photographs. I’m off to Pin, too!

  6. I love these photos, and this blog. Cougar Gold is truly amazing, but I wish they’d bring back the 3 year aged, though. Now if you want 3 year, you have to buy 1 year and wait.