Saturday, July 14, 2012

Day 858 : Happy Bastille Day!

Here's to Liberte, Egalite, et Fraternite on this Bastille Day 2012! How to celebrate? Well with French cheeses and wines of course! Whether you're a Mimolette fan or a Langres lover or a melted Raclette fiend, there is no shortage of French cheeses for you to choose from. Bordeaux reds, Cotes du Rhones or maybe some classic Champagne bubbles or even a crisp glass of Sancerre - your wine choices are endless. 

On this Bastille Day -- I have to return to a cheese that is very near and dear to my heart -- actually the cheese that I credit with starting the beginning of my cheese passions -- Crottin de Chavignol. Surely, I had loved the French cheeses I was exposed to as a child direct from the small farmers at the covered markets in the South of France but it was this small little roundelle of aged pasteurized goat's milk that opened the doors into my world of cheese and I haven't looked back since. Great with a glass of Sancerre -- this little cheese is tangy yet citrusy, grassy yet milky, chalky and creamy -- it is the perfect   mix of flavor profiles if you ask me. A great way to celebrate Bastille Day! 

Vive la Republique! 

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