December 15, 2008

December's La Fête du Fromage Round-Up

December is a crazy time of year for most of us. A warm thank you to all of you who found a moment to savor cheese for this month's Fête du Fromage International Cheese Tasting Event.


Shira of Petit Pois made Oeufs en Cocotte for a light supper with leftover slow cooked onions and eggs, then sprinkled with shredded Gruyère. The result was savory little gratin crowned with delicious, golden cheese. What a great looking dish!


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Creamy and rich Grès des Vosges sounds amazing! Chelly from Rolling in Dough happily tasted this Kirsch infused, French cheese from Alsace. A glass of Gewurztraminer and some slices of baguette alongside made a perfect snack.


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Nathalie at Spaced Out Ramblings shared another luscious looking Italian cheese with us for December's Fête. Stracchino is a soft, spreadable cow's-milk cheese from the Lombardy region that is both wonderful to cook with or to simply enjoy spread on some fresh bread.


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Little discs of chèvre wrapped in bacon and pan fried until the bacon is crispy and the cheese has warmed and is starting to ooze a bit? Well, it just doesn't get much better than that.
Camille of Croque Camille recently discovered this French convenience food called Fournée au Chèvre and is, not surprisingly, thoroughly smitten!


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My entry to La Fête is the smoky and nutty flavored Trappe Echourgnac. This delicious French cheese is matured in walnut liqueur from the Périgord and produced by nuns at the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Bonne Espérance (our Lady of Good Hope) in the Dordogne.


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Thanks again for another fantastic Fête!


Please taste and share some cheese with us again in January.

Tell us why you chose this particular cheese. Tell us how it tasted. Tell us about its texture and aroma. Did you eat it on its own? Or with something? Did you drink anything special with your cheese? Would you recommend it or not? Is there something unusual or interesting about it?

The 15th of every month will be the official day for La Fête du Fromage. Please have your entries to me by the end of the 13th.
  • Photos are wonderful, but not necessary
  • Entries must contain the words La Fête du Fromage and contain a link to Chez Loulou
  • Posts should be written specifically for La Fête du Fromage and not entered in any other food blog event
  • Please send the link to your post to louloufrance (at) gmail (dot) com with the words Fête du Fromage in the subject line
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8 comments:

Shira said...

Thanks again for putting this together. Definitely gives me some good ideas for my next trip to the market.

Happy Holidays!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Great post Loulou..I love the sound of the bacon wrapped goats cheese!

I am not a big lover of smoked cheeses but I am very pleased that you enjoyed it..Keep them coming.

poppy fields said...

Oh, great idea. I'll be back for the 15th of January. I love cheese.

spacedlaw said...

Thanks for another great spread.

Julie said...

Bacon wrapped goat cheese? Good god.

Loulou said...

Shira
You are very welcome! Thank you for taking the time to join in.
Bonnes fêtes!

Anne
I've had that bacon wrapped goat cheese before and it is delicious. The smoky Trappe Echourgnac is really nice. You should try a small sliver if you ever have the chance. You just might change your mind about smoked cheese.

poppy fields
Great! I look forward to seeing what cheese you share with us.

spacedlaw
Thank you for another great Italian cheese. I've added it to my list of cheeses to try the next time I get to Italy.

Julie
Exactly! :)

Rachel said...

Quel dommage! I missed Fete du Fromage this past month and I actually had some photos and fond memories of a delicious cheese to share with you. I shall blog it up soon for the January fete. In the meantime, Joyeux Noel to you and all the other cheese devotees out there!

Loulou said...

Rachel
I'm sorry that you missed it! I'll look forward to seeing it in January.
Hope you're enjoying the holidays!