What is your favorite French CHEESE ?

Mar 14th, 2006, 10:04 AM
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I am a true cheese addict, whereever we travel, we always order the local cheese and my preference is for chevre, (French goat cheese)
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Mar 14th, 2006, 10:20 AM
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For a super cheese omelet, I prefer cantal.

For just eating with bread or crackers, brie de meaux.

For nibbling with a tart apple, I go back to cantal.

Simple tastes, simply superbly satisfied.
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Mar 14th, 2006, 10:51 AM
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OK...I've gone to cheese web sites with no success, but if you know your cheeses, can anyone help with this one?

But, a bajillion years ago, I was hosted to dinner at Le Bec Fin (chef: George Perrier) in Philadelphia. Wonderful dinner.
I ate what I remember being told was a "Smoked Blue Cheese from Spain"...
Divine. But, I never could find it.
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Mar 14th, 2006, 11:48 AM
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From "Physiologie du gout":
"Un dessert sans fromage est une belle a qui il manque un oeil."
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Mar 14th, 2006, 12:08 PM
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Suzie, I wonder if it's Ahumado de Aliva Smoked over juniper wood. Cantabrian.
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Mar 14th, 2006, 12:20 PM
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My comment about the brie was intended in the context that there is only ONE!!

I am such a sad person that I have not one but THREE cheese books. And "Guide to the Cheese of the World" lists not one but 12 bries. And that doesn't count the English or veggie ones.

I had forgotten St Felicien. That's a lovely, recently found (by me) cheese.

As to Cantal, I'm not a huge fan of hard yellow cheese, but that's my husband's taste and I'm told the best is Cantal Salers.

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Mar 14th, 2006, 12:23 PM
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Sheila - you are not sad at all! You are my hero(ine)... three books.
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Mar 14th, 2006, 12:35 PM
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Spotted several comments about US versions of French cheese being bland. Do as the French do; leave the cheese out of the fridge for several hours before serving, or better still, keep it in a cool place, not in the fridge at all. Almost any cheese, except possibly Monterey Jack will taste better and it's most unlikely that eating it will be attended with fatal results!
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Mar 14th, 2006, 12:48 PM
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Most cheese stores will sell a variety pack. Maybe 4 or 5 different types.

If you find one that blows you away, save a small piece for the merchant, so that he can tell exactly what it was.

LOL.

The first time we bought a variety pack, we did find an incredible cheese, that went extremely well with a case of wine that we bought on our first day . But we couldn't get it again because our description, in poor French, didn't work with the merchant.
And we didn't see it among the 400 being offered

Just a small thing.
But it was a great cheese and I have no idea what it was.
So save a small piece


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Mar 14th, 2006, 01:04 PM
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Thanks Cigale... I'm off to search!
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Mar 14th, 2006, 01:14 PM
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Cabécou and the Crottins.
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Mar 14th, 2006, 01:31 PM
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Cabécou, yesssssss. That name had slipped off my mind (I was trying to remember it when posting earlier today).
Suzie, yes, Tournus might very well be "your" little French town - and "your" wonderful restaurant might well be "Aux Terrasses", one of the best places where I've ever had dinner.
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Mar 14th, 2006, 01:57 PM
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SuzieC, you could email Georges directly and ask:

http://www.lebecfin.com/sayhello.cfm

or try: http://www.cheesefromspain.com

robjame: great thread!
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Mar 14th, 2006, 02:43 PM
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Epoisse
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Mar 14th, 2006, 03:49 PM
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And all of us forgot Chaource so far... how could anyone forget Chaource??!
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Mar 14th, 2006, 07:02 PM
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When I travel I go with lists. This list of recommended French cheeses will be with me this spring. Thank you for your input.
Beaufort, a lovely rich, sweet flavoured hard cheese from the Alps
bleu d'Agur.
bleu d'Auvergne
Brie- Brie de Meaux
Brie de Coulommiers.
Brie de Melun,
Brie de Nangis and
Brillat Savarin
cabecou,
Camembert
Cantal-Cantal Salers-
Chaource
Chevre
chevres - St. Maure, Selles sur Cher and chevre camembert
Comte
cour de berry
Crottins.
d'Affinois
Delice de Borgougne
epoisses,
Explorateur.
fourme d'Ambert
goat cheese - bucheron or bucherondin
Maxi Gaperon,
Morbier
Neufchatel
Ossau
Petit Billy (chevre)
Pierre Robert
reblochon
Roquefort
St Felicien
St Marcellin
St. Félicien
St. Nectaire
tomme de montagne
Vacherin-Mont d'Or,
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Mar 15th, 2006, 03:51 AM
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In my post above is the list of recommended cheeses - not 450 but a pretty respectable list. Thanks everyone.
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Mar 15th, 2006, 04:45 AM
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Reblochon has its own (entertaining) web site:
http://www.reblochon.fr/
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Mar 15th, 2006, 05:46 AM
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BT - great site for Reblochon! I get hungry when I see the picture of creamy, gooey Reblochon.
Now if we should start a thread for favorite French wines and we would be all set.
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Mar 15th, 2006, 08:20 AM
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That is a great site, Btilke! Love when they cut the wedge out of that big wheel-yum!
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