Nina White, a dancer and the co-founder of Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse in Milford, New Jersey, looked quite chic last June, in her petite robe noire as she waited nervously for the results of the first annual Farm Cheese Awards in Lyon, France. After all, Lyon had been dubbed the world capital of gastronomy back in 1935, and cheese is such an integral part of the French identity that Charles de Gaulle joked in 1962, “How can one govern a country that boasts 258 different cheeses?” [ . . . ]
The saying is — “when in Rome.” But today, we should really be looking to France.
“The French, we are lucky enough to have more than 365 variety of cheese. So every day. Every lunch and dinner we have a piece of cheese,” says Farmer and Frenchman owner Hubert Mussat.365 days of wine and cheese make the French the experts.We dropped by Farmer and Frenchman for the inside scoop on pairing — the gouda, the brie, and the bleu.
Best wine pairings:
- Jalapeno, or anything spicy, goes best with sweet wine
- Riesling pairs best with spicy foods and cheeses
- Chardonnay does well with hard cheeses
- Sauvignon Blanc is best with seafood, not cheese
- Red wines pair well with soft cheese like fontina and brie
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Camembert is always a good choice, but why not try some less famous—but equally transcendent—cheeses?
One of the biggest holidays in France has become an important day for Americans to eat French food. Restaurants around the States offer Bastille Day specials, featuring classic French dishes like steak frites and canard à l’orange, to celebrate the July 14 holdiay, which commemorates the Storming of the Bastille in 1789, a major turning point in the French Revolution.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Frenchness than with a dreamy board of cheese. We tapped cheesemonger Carol Johnson, of Monger’s Palate in Brooklyn, to help us choose beautiful, unique fromages for a French-inflected spread, and she offered three varietals that more cheese-loving Americans should know about.
So before July 14, take a stroll to your local fromagèrie and try to get your hands on these exquisite, but lesser-known, French cheeses for the ultimate Bastille Day spread [ . . . ]
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On Mon., Jun. 4, we all have the pleasure of celebrating National Cheese Day — as if any of us needed yet another reason to enjoy the wonder that is cheese. This is just another excuse to gorge on your favorite different kinds of cheese, pair them with fruit, bread, and wine, and just generally enjoy yourself. And it’s happening on a Monday, which is the perfect way to start off the week. But if you want to branch out and try something new rather than sticking to the same old stuff, this is an ideal time to do that. There are so many unique cheeses to try on National Cheese Day that settling on just one can be overwhelming! Of course, you can always settle on three, five, or more if you’d like! But we’ve narrowed down a few options for you [ . . . ]