January 15, 2010

La Fête du Fromage - January Round Up

This month offered a fantastic mélange of cheeses for la Fête du Fromage International Cheese Tasting Event. A huge merci to all of you who joined in!


Poor Nathalie had to forgo cheese during the entire month of December due to a diet her husband was on (which she said almost led to divorce). She's joined us again this month with this scrumptious Caprino di Fattoria, a fresh, Italian goat's cheese that she credits with saving her marriage! Have a look at her blog, Spaced Out Rambling for a few more mouth watering photos of this creamy, tangy little cheese.
Welcome back Nathalie!


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La Couronne Lochoise
, a chèvre from the Loire, is this month's entry from la petitie parisienne Camille of Croque-Camille. She chose this particular cheese at her local Fromagerie because she liked its doughnut shape, which she later learned represented a crown, not a doughnut! Camille describes this cheese as "smooth and buttery" on the inside and "sharp" and "zippy" on the outside. I concur.


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New to la Fête du Fromage is Susan of Savoring Time in the Kitchen. She tasted a wedge of Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Wisconsin which she describes as a "combination of an aged white cheddar and a fine French Gruyère." Sounds wonderful! And don't those spicy chili crackers look delicious?


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Shira of Petit Pois started the new year off in the right direction with a resolution to taste more cheese. I love that! Almost immediately however, she found herself being lured back to one of her favorite French cheeses, Fourme d'Ambert. Its flavor, "round and nutty...neither insipid nor one-dimensional" and its reasonable price were too enticing to pass up.
"Resolution be damned," she says. And I agree. She plans on trying some new cheeses this year, but Fourme d'Ambert will always be on her short list!


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A trio of Normandy's best known cheeses were written up by Maggie of Normandy Life. Pont l'Evêque, Camembert and Livarot are three French cheeses that she says make up the perfect Normandy cheese board. I have to agree! I also like Maggie's suggestion of tasting them with a glass of Calvados, the famous apple brandy from the region.


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My entry of this month's Fête is Etorki, an unassuming ewe's milk cheese from the Basque region of southwest France. It is velvety and rich with hazelnut and caramel-like flavors that are a true delight!


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That's a wrap! Thanks for making January's round up a great one!


The next Fête du Fromage International Cheese Tasting will take place in March as I'll be in New Orleans joining in the Mardi Gras festivities in February.
Please have your entries to me by March 13. The entire round-up will be posted on March 15.

There is an amazing world of cheese out there to discover and there are many small farmers and artisan cheese makers who appreciate our support. I look forward to reading about your tastings in March!

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?
  • 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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10 comments:

spacedlaw said...

Zut. I want MORE cheese now.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I enjoyed your event and seeing the different cheeses. I will put March on my calendar and try to join you again ;)

Susan

deedeeinfrance said...

I'll put March on my calendar...I had a Morbier I wanted to blog about but I tried to melt in on a sandwich and it turned into a gooey unphotographable mess...that I ate (comme même :)with a spoon.

katiez said...

For Christmas I had (almost) a whole Epoisse to myself - only because I hid it....
Since mon mari had his pancreas removed he needs to gain weight so I've been buying lots of cheeses and avocados. Unfortunately, I don't have the same requirement....
March is duly noted.

croquecamille said...

Great roundup, as usual. Love learning about new cheeses and being reminded of old favorites!

Loulou said...

spacedlaw
Oh no! Are you still denying yourself?
Very happy that you were able to join us again! See you in March?

STK
So glad that you shared your cheese (and crackers!) for la Fête. See you again in March!

deedee
I would love to have you join in!
Mmmm....melted Morbier....with a spoon....
sounds decadent! I love it.

katie
I could easily eat an entire Époisses myself! I would probably have to hide it too.
:)
Can't wait to read about your cheese tasting for March!

Camille
Merci to you!
The round up always reminds me of old favorites as well.

Annie said...

"french gruyère" ? !!! is it a joke ? Gruyère est en Suisse, comment peut-on faire du gruyère français ?

Loulou said...

Annie
Comté cheese is also called Gruyère de Comté, which is a French cheese.
Hope that helps clear up the confusion!

Chef Chuck said...

These cheeses are fabulous! Yummm....

Loulou said...

Chef Chuck
I think so too!