“Comment voulez-vous gouverner un pays qui a deux cent quarante-six variétés de fromage?” (“How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?”) – Charles de Gaulle


It is taking over my life. In the best ways possible. Basically every meal. All day, every day… casual. Hey- there’s some calcium in there, right?

Strolling through the cheese aisle in Parisian grocery stores is definitely a lactose intolerant person’s worst nightmare- hard cheeses, soft cheeses, blue cheeses, shredded cheeses, unpronouncable cheeses. And all this in just a regular grocery store! Don’t even get me started on the wonderful open air markets full of fresh farm cheeses.

Also, unpasturized cheese is legal in France, unlike in the US. I’m not quite sure how risky consuming unpasturized products can be, but the camembert I had was super delish and I still seem to be alive and kicking, so all’s well.

This cheestastic post inspired by my dinner last night.

Kids are on vacation this week, host parents were working late. Host brother, two female cousins, and I chowed down on “raclette”- a type of cheese from the Swiss Alps that is prepared in an interesting manner. A goofy looking machine has an interior for each person’s little cheese shovel thing. You place a piece of raclette cheese in your shovel, stick it in the machine, and twiddle your thumbs until it melts (approx. 1 min) Then you pour the gooey mess onto whatever pleases you. We put ours on top of potatoes and ham slices.

I also made baked brie for friends last week. Melted brie and cherry jam sandwiched in between buttery pastry goodness. Recipe found here: http://joythebaker.com/2011/12/bite-sized-baked-brie/

Also sucessfully made a chèvre and apple panini for myself. NOM.

And the best part of cheese in France? It’s fairly inexpensive! A round of decent chèvre is under 2 euro. That’s basically the price of A SINGLE Ladurée macaroon (1.70- quite the luxe price for one cookie.)

Latest and greatest cheese discoveries have been neufchatel (soft cow’s milk cheese) and cantal (pressured aged cheese.)



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  1. The stars of cheese are AOC cheeses;
    56 cheeses are classified, protected, and regulated under French law.

    Year designated AOC
    Producing region
    Type of milk
    Abondance 1990 Savoie Cow AOC
    Banon 2003 Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Goat AOC
    Beaufort 1968 Savoie Cow AOC
    Bleu d’Auvergne 1975 Auvergne Cow AOC
    Bleu des Causses 1979 Midi-Pyrénées Cow AOC
    Bleu de Gex, du Haut-Jura, or de Septmoncel 1977 Franche-Comté Cow AOC
    Bleu du Vercors-Sassenage 1998 Rhône-Alpes Cow AOC
    Brie de Meaux 1980 Ile-de-France Cow AOC
    Brie de Melun 1980 Ile-de-France Cow AOC
    Brocciu Cara or Brocciu 1983 Corsica Sheep AOC
    Cabecou 1988 Midi-Pyrénées Goat AOC
    Cancoillotte n/a Franche-Comté Cow LR
    Cantal, Fourme de Cantal, or Cantalet 1956 Auvergne Cow AOC
    Camembert de Normandie 1983 Normandy Cow AOC
    Chabichou du Poitou 1990 Poitou-Charentes Goat AOC
    Chaource 1970 Champagne-Ardenne Cow AOC
    Chevrotin 2002 Savoie Goat AOC
    Comté 1952 Franche-Comté Cow AOC
    Crottin de Chavignol 1976 Centre (French region) Goat AOC
    Emmental de Savoie n/a Savoie Cow PGI
    Emmental français est-central n/a Franche-Comté Cow PGI
    Époisses de Bourgogne 2004 Bourgogne Cow AOC
    Fourme d’Ambert 1972 Auvergne Cow AOC
    Fourme de Montbrison 1972 Auvergne Cow AOC
    Laguiole 1961 Auvergne Cow AOC
    Langres 1991 Champagne-Ardenne Cow AOC
    Livarot 1972 Normandy Cow AOC
    Macônnais 2006 Bourgogne Goat AOC
    Maroilles or Marolles 1976 Nord-Pas-de-Calais Cow AOC
    Mimolette n/a Nord-Pas-de-Calais Cow LR
    Mont d’or, or Vacherin du Haut-Doubs 2006 Franche-Comté Cow AOC
    Morbier 2000 Franche-Comté Cow AOC
    Munster or Munster-Géromé 1969 Alsace and Vosges Département in Lorraine (region) Cow AOC
    Neufchâtel 1969 Normandy Cow AOC
    Ossau-lraty 1980 Aquitaine Sheep AOC
    Pélardon 2000 Languedoc-Roussillon Goat AOC
    Picodon de l’Ardèche or de la Drôme 1983 Rhône-Alpes Goat AOC
    Pont-l’Évêque 1976 Normandy Cow AOC
    Pouligny-Saint-Pierre 1972 Centre (French region) Goat AOC
    Reblochon or Reblochon de Savoie 1958 Savoie Cow AOC
    Rocamadour 1996 Midi-Pyrénées Goat AOC
    Roquefort 1925 Midi-Pyrénées Sheep AOC
    Sainte-Maure de Touraine 1990 Centre (French region) Goat AOC
    Saint-Nectaire 1955 Auvergne Cow AOC
    Saint-Félicien n/a Rhône-Alpes Cow LR
    Salers 1979 Auvergne Cow AOC
    Selles-sur-Cher 1975 Centre (French region) Goat AOC
    Tome des Bauges 2002 Savoie Cow AOC
    Tomme de Savoie n/a Savoie Cow PGI
    Tomme des Pyrénées n/a Midi-Pyrénées Cow PGI
    Vacherin (see Mont d’Or)
    Valençay 1998 Centre (French region) Goat AOC

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