Ugh! Does anyone REALLY want to think about food right now?? I though in honor of yesterday’s feast I would just talk about the greatest birthday present I ever got. This year for my birthday BJ, Ally, Scott and Brendan got me CHEESE from France! They had ordered the gift from www.fromages.com, a fantastic website filled with many wonders (Go. Look. Now.). They prepare and send cheese packages to anywhere in the world. I have no idea how they thought of this gift but it really was a great surprise and really really awesome. I mean really awesome.
The package included 5 different cheeses from different regions of France. It came with this great pamphlet that included information about each cheese, where it was from and what wine to pair with it. The pamphlet also tells you how care for the cheese and for how long it can be stored. It has a pretty quick turnover time (within 7 days) and since there was no way possible we could eat that much cheese (it would have been masochistic to try), we decided to have an impromptu cheese party.
Fromages.com/Friends sent us the Joel Robuchon Cheese Board:
- Coulommiers, a cow’s milk cheese from the Ile de France.
- Fourme d’Ambert, a cow’s milk cheese from Auvergne.
- *Beaufort, a cow’s milk cheese from the Rhone-Alpes region.
- Chabichou du Poitou, a goat cheese from the Poitou-Charentes region.
- *Saint Felicien, a cow’s milk cheese from the Rhone-Alpes region.
I went to Choice Greene (the best thing to happen to this neighborhood since Leaves of Grass or Mos Def) around the corner from my house and bought 4 baguettes, a piece of Brebiou Coupe (a sheep’s milk), some fresh Ricotta and smoked duck slices.
James had been in the Bronx that morning (he teaches a class at Fordham) and detoured to Arthur Avenue. There he purchased some dried sausages, fresh mozzarella and prosciutto (I realize we are traveling between France and Italy but c’est la vita). When we were in France, we bought some canned duck rillettes at the Bastille Market. It was living in the back of our cabinet for almost 3 years (don’t worry, it expired in 2022 – which is kind of gross) and we thought cheese party night would be a good night to bring it out.
We finished out our spread with some simple condiments like honey, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and dulce de leche.
Jamie, Cia, Chris, Melissa and Alissa came over with some different wines and we had a fan-effing-tabulous time eating cheeses and meats and drinking wine. People should eat like this every day. We ate that in France and lost nearly 10 lbs. each. Go cheese!
*the tasters have voted and these won!