November 15, 2009

La Fête du Fromage - November Round Up

November brought a trio of delicious cheeses from around the world for La Fête du Fromage International Cheese Tasting Event.

An aged, unpasteurized goat’s milk cheese produced at the Bonnie Blue Farm in Waynesboro, Tennessee is Danielle's entry for this month's Fête. Head on over to her blog, Savor Culture, where you can read all about Tanasi Tomme which she describes it as having a firm texture, mild and "...non-threatening to goat neophytes."
Danielle also shares recipes and describes her adventures in home cheese making. I must try her ricotta!


Ah Gorgonzola! Magnificent Gorgonzola.
Nathalie of Spaced Out Ramblings indulges herself and our senses by sharing two versions of this famous Italian blue cheese - Dolce and Piquante (pictured below) - which have been produced since the year 879 and are currently stamped with the prestigious DOC label.
Nathalie had a bit of a challenge trying to keep her cat away from the cheese long enough to photograph and taste - and cook up some scrumptious Gorgonzola stuffed mushrooms.


It's Languedoc-Roussillon month at Croque-Camille and Camille was fortunate enough to find a Fromagerie in Paris who sold this distinctive Languedoc cheese, Cathare.
I've tasted this one and think her description is spot on! "...smooth and gooey, while the inside is just a bit firmer and drier. The cheese definitely has that goaty tang with a hint of chalkiness, but the flavor is full and rich."
It's great to know that these local cheeses are available in Paris and I look forward to reading about any other Languedoc specialties that Camille shares this month.


My entry for La Fête is another delicious French cheese - a succulent, runny fromage de brebis.
I tasted Le Lacandou last summer and was reminded of it last week when I drove by Sévérac-le-Château on my way home from visiting Betty in Aveyron.
This is a young cheese with a delightful grassy and fruity flavor. It comes highly recommended!


A most sincere thank you to all of you who continue to share your cheese tastings with us. Every month I look forward to seeing what my cheese loving friends around the world have to offer!

December brings us to the 12th Fête du Fromage International Cheese Tasting Event.
If you would like to join in, and I hope you do, please have your entries to me by December 13. The entire round-up will be posted on December 15.

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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Anonymous said...

I love how oozy that Lacandou looks! Much better than the goat cheese fail. ;)

spacedlaw said...

That Lacandou looks like pure sin!

Waverly said...

Wow! I can just picture myself eating cheese and drinking wine in a small French cafe on a beautiful day. Those photographs make my mouth water!

Loulou said...

So much better than the moldy goat cheese!

The more sinful, the better.

Glad the photos conjured up such delicious images. :)

Ruth said...

Mmmm, cheese, I love cheese. I will have to try some of these that you have posted, since I have not ever heard of Lacandou.

Loulou said...

Let me know if you're able to find it in the States. There are some great cheese shops in California who might carry it or be able to get some.
You'll love it!