“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” ― Charles de Gaulle.
This quote was made by the President of France more than 40 years ago and now that country can claim more than 400 different types of cheese…and that is in France alone! Cheese is a worldwide phenomenon whose history predates recorded history. Cheese is a food loved by millions and the variety is endless! You can buy cheese from any and every country in the world and they will all be unique and different..this is why I LOVE cheese sooo much!
When Ludmilla and I were in France we had the opportunity to taste some of the best cheese in the world. Fresh, raw, unpasteurized and delicious…we were in heaven. So when we got back home we decided we were going to continue our love and exploration of cheese and every week have new cheeses for our breakfast, with wine of course!! Every time we have questions about cheese or what we should try, our friend Denise, a cheesemonger at Metropolitan Market, always gives us the best advice! Here are a few we had when we arrived back home:
Brillat-Savarin is a triple cream cheese made with cow’s milk and is a brie-style from France. This lovely cheese is buttery, rich, creamy, slightly chalky and decadent for a triple cream cheese. Incredible on its own or served with fruit/jam on bread.
Pico by Picandine is a goat’s milk soft cheese from France and comes in a little authentic wooden box wrapped in a thin rind. Pico is extremely soft, has a sharp pungent flavor and has a strong camembert like smell. That’s why this cheese is always compared with camembert! Pico is well suited with red wine and also suits freshly baked baguette. We had it for our late breakfast a couple weeks ago with a very nice rosé and it was wonderfully paired.
Petit Gres Champenois made of fresh cows’ milk from France. The top is decorated with a fern sprig. This a double-crème cheese with a pleasant tangy flavor. I’m referring to a class of cheeses that are so luxurious that you don’t need anything else besides a glass of wine to pair with it.
Beijos e Tchau!