November 13, 2007
La Fête du Fromage - Livarot and Tommette des Aravis
This week we tasted two delicious cow's milk cheeses, Tommette des Aravis and Livarot.
Livarot is an AOC protected cheese, nicknamed the Colonel due to the strips of rush around the exterior which resemble a colonel's stripes. This dense, heady cheese comes from around the village of Livarot in Normandy, where it has been gracing the tables of the area since the the 17th century.
This is one stinky cheese!
Eat it up quickly or your entire kitchen will smell! Livarot has a nice, smooth consistency and a balanced, slightly strong flavor that was a real pleasure.
Pair with some hard apple cider or white Tokay d'Alsace. Avoid red wine with Livarot.
The Tommette des Aravis is an unpasteurized cow's milk, fermier cheese from the mountains of the Rhône-Alpes region. It had a beautiful, buttery and nutty flavor and sweet aroma. It was fairly mild and slightly salty, which was a nice contrast to the Livarot. All in all, delicious and easy to eat.
Pour a glass of crisp, white wine to drink with this cheese.