My husband and I recently used a Groupon for cheese making class at The Cellar Homebrew and came out of there really inspired to try it on our own. The teacher demonstrated making gouda, which is not too difficult, but they do recommend trying out soft cheese recipes first to get the hang of the starter process. I think we're going to start out with a Paneer or Mascarpone as making a killer Indian curry or tiramisu with homemade cheese would be fantastic wouldn't it! Eventually we'll need a large double boiler and a cheese mold to make the harder cheeses, but in the meantime it looks like all we need is a large pot and good cheese cloth. We already have a temperature gauge that my husband uses for beer making, which is another consideration when making hard varieties. There is quite a bit of watching and monitoring the mixture while cooking, as well as stirring, brining, pressing and storing...but all in all seems like an intensely satisfying and fun skill to pick up!