That looks really good, Sedona!
I'm still adding just a bit of coloring to my cheddar, as my family has a hard time with the visuals...adding less and less as time goes on, in the hopes to wean them off of it.
I just put a 5 lb cheddar on the drying mat. I started culturing the milk on Saturday afternoon. Yes, it took a long time, but it is my "busy-weekend" cheddar. Longer times in the setting of the curd and leaving it in the whey, then in a hot-water bath for cheddaring. I made it this way by accident last fall and ended up with my best cheese ever, so am trying to replicate it. The fresh curds are wonderful, so I'm hoping this will end up being my stock cheddar recipe.