March 15, 2010

La Fête du Fromage - March Round Up

A trio of cheeses that I've never tried (nor even heard of!) were presented by my fellow cheese tasters for March's Fête du Fromage International Cheese Tasting Event.

Camille, writer of the delicious Paris based blog Croque-Camille, took a little trip to the 18th arrondissement to check out my favorite Parisian fromagerie, Chez Virginie. She came home with Petit Gaugry, which Camille says tastes like a tiny époisses and describes as "cheese bliss." Can't wait to try this one!


Susan of Savoring Time in the Kitchen tried Fontiago, a blend of Fontina and Asiago cheeses from Wisconsin which she baked into scrumptious looking Crostini with Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Susan never fails to inspire me with her recipes.


Nathalie wrote about an Italian cow's milk cheese, Caciocavallo, on her site Spaced Out Ramblings. The young version is soft and buttery and the older cheese (pictured below), "becomes hard and crumbly...and develops a very tangy taste and is not for the faint hearted." Both versions sound delicious!


One of the best cheeses I've tasted is this ewe's milk cheese with the funny name, Pigouille des Charentes. It is an exquisite, rustic cheese with well balanced, salty and sweet flavors that I recommend very highly.


Thanks again to all of you for your Fête du Fromage entries.
Hope to see both my established cheese tasters and some new faces in April!

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
Please have your entries to me by April 13. The entire round-up will be posted on April 15.

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Another fun event, Loulou! I love the inspiration to try new cheeses :)

spacedlaw said...

The pigouilles has a most lusty name. Perfectly adapted to spring time.

Loulou said...

So happy that you joined in! Hope to see you again in April.

Isn't that a great name? :)

Anonymous said...

If it makes you feel any better, you almost ALWAYS write aboout cheese I've never heard of! :)