Cheese

National Cheese Lovers Day (21 Janvier)

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French Cheese

tur•o•phile (a lover of cheese)
National Cheese Lovers Day January 21st

Fromage `a Trois (Cheese Tasting)

Adventures in Cheese

Cheese

Cheese Quotes

How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?
Charles de Gaulle

French Celebration of Cheese

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Fromage `a Trois

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Three Cheeses
Cheese Tasting

The best way to sample a cheese (or an apple, or a wine) is to taste it among a trio of other cheeses

While in Paris, at the end of the day, we will occasionally assemble in a hotel room (maybe down in the lobby) for some bread, cheese, wine and other snacks

In Chicago, our Meet-Up group schedules similar gatherings, at the zoo, in the park, on the lake . . .

Everyone brings a favorite cheese (maybe even a French cheese?) and shares it’s story

That is also how we visit a cemetery or museum. There is no tour guide or sommelier – we tap the resources of the group and share

Adventures in Cheese

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Chaussée aux Moines

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This is My Paris Fromage (cheese)

One guilty pleasure (which may destroy my French cheese credibility) is always available in Paris convenience stores. You won’t need to go into a cheese shop to find Chausse aux Moines.

Bread
Some might look forward to their first taste of European butter on a baguette when arriving in Paris. For me, it’s Chausse aux Moines on a fresh French baguette – slathered with strong Dijon style mustard.

This semi soft wheel of cheese, a curious springy hockey puck, is never over ripe, with a pleasant chewy quality and a delicious rind.

Some Cheese Snobs will dismiss me, but for an American, Chaussée aux Moines is superior to Kraft, Cracker Barrel or the supermarket’s generic cheeses. When my traveling companion ate it, she described it as stinky. (which for me is a good sign of a fine cheese)

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“Carriageway (or Roadway) of the Monks” Cheese Wikipedia Translation

Life in France: One Stinky Cheese at a Time A Year in Cheese (Kazz Regelman)

A mass produced commercial (“industrial”) cheese, manufactured by a large company with a complete advertising campaign.

Then we move on to the other more authentic French cheeses
Adventures in Cheese

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The Peculiar Pleasures of Smelly Cheeses
(attributed to Michael Pollan)

Some speak of French Wine
how in France, a glass of wine is less cheaper than a soft drink
(which I have never experienced or appreciated)

For me it is always more about the Cheese
Not necessarily from the fancy street-front Fromageries, but common grocery stores,
usually the 8 à Huit or Marché Franprix mini-markets (a French gourmet version of your local 7-Eleven convenience store)
I occasionally soak the wine (or Champaign) label off the bottle, but all my cheese wrappers are stuffed into a zip-lock to tabulate upon my return to the USA

Here is my amazing (perhaps embarrassing) Cheese “log”:

Chaussée aux Moines (this is my Every-Day Go-To Paris cheese)

Cheese (Fromage) Links

Selles -sur-Cher
Roblochon
Morbier
Saint-Félicien
Valençay
Saint-Marcellin
Tomme de Savoie
Beaufort
Brie
Camembert
Munster Géromé
Ossau-Iraty sharp Basque Sheep’s milk cheese
Saint Albray
St-Marcellin
Sheep Cheese
Vacherin (Mont d’O) potent mountain cheese

My favorite is Le Super Marché Cheese Plate when I can find one, with a combo of soft, stinky and “dangerous” fromage
(or even that piece of cheese which is marked-down because it is very ripe)

The Cheese Course

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