Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day 909 : Sunday night pairing

It's one of those Sunday evenings where being inside and cozy under blankets with a good friend, loved one, or furry friend is exactly the ticket. There's something about the grey rainy chill in the air that just calls for indoors and cuddling. 

So what to enjoy on an evening like this?

How about a dark chocolate and cheese pairing?

For the cheese - let's go with one of my absolute favorites - Coupole. Made by Allison Hooper and the wonderful folks at Vermont Butter and Cheese is named for its shape in French -- snow covered dome. An aged pasteurized goat's milk cheese with a natural and crinkly soft rind and an ivory chalky lactic interior modeled on the great Loire Valley goats but with that Vermont "je ne sais quoi." Creamy and milky with a nice burst of citrusy grassy fabulousness. 

And for the chocolate? 

How about Maison du Chocolat's Dark Chocolate Bark with almonds, pistachios, and dried fruit. Not too sweet, not too bitter but with just the right creamy, nutty, fruity crunch. 

The tangy, grassy, citrusy, lactic and milky notes of the cheese will play off of the rustic nutty elegant nuances of the chocolate for the perfect marriage of flavors.

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