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Coffee Cheese PlateCheese with breakfast? How continental! This plate offers just the right selection of sweet, fruity and flavorful French cheeses to enjoy with your morning coffee.
Recommended tasting order: Crottin frais, Fleur du Maquis, Mimolette, Ossau-Iraty.
Crottin frais. A young goat's milk cheese from the Périgord region east of Bordeaux. This natural rind cheese has a soft and creamy texture and a light nutty flavor.
If you can't find it, ask for: Chabichou du Poitu, Boucantrin, Rove des Garrigues, Crottin Champignou, fresh or aged goat cheese.
Mimolette—Nord-Pas de Calais. Produced in Flanders in the northernmost region of France, this pasteurized cow's milk cheese is pressed, cooked and shaped like a cannonball. Mimolette hardens as it ages, its interior turning a deeper orange and acquiring a mouthwatering array of fruity, nutty flavors. Best when aged 18 months or more.
If you can't find it, ask for: Aged Comté or Beaufort.
Ossau-Iraty. (AOC) Farmhouse made and ripened in a Benedictine abbey in the Basque region of southwestern France. The recipe for this sheep's milk cheese is 3,000 years old! It is semi-hard with a fairly dense, concentrated consistency and delicious sweet, fruit, nutty flavors.
If you can't find it, ask for: Another sheep's milk cheese made in the French Pyrénées.
Fleur du Maquis—Corsica. An artisanal ewe's milk cheese from the island of Corsica, whose name translates as "flower of the maquis," the French term for the scrubby local terrain. Soft, mild and aromatic, with a dusting of bluish mold that is encrusted with rosemary or savory.
If you can't find it, ask for: An herb-encrusted fresh cheese from Corsica or Provence, Tomme de Grand-Mère.
Riesling is the most elegant grape of the Alsace region, producing a graceful, crisp white wine with a touch of sweetness. Happily, the green hills of Alsace are also home to a variety of superb cheeses. Recommended tasting order: Livarot, Munster, Tomme d'Alsace, Tomme de Savoie.
Warm up by the fire with this selection of French cheeses, aged to perfection for cozy occasions. The apple flavor of the cognac pairs beautifully with heartier cheeses.
This cheese board is a superior Cheeses of France experience. With classic French cheeses, each a product of unique regional terroir, it's a fabulous tasting experience. Assemble the the cheeses for the full terroir experience, or choose one region and create your own regional Fromage Plate. The cheeses on this particular board are arranged as they might appear on a map of France. For example, the Camembert is positioned at the Northwest Normandy corner of the board and the Beaufort is at the Eastern French Alps side of the board.
Gather with friends and family to celebrate the abundant variety of cheeses produced in France. This Fromage plate is an elegant addition to your traditional Holiday fare.
Think sunshine, salty breezes, olives, grapes and high, fertile pastures. The abundance of the Mediterranean shines forth in this delightful Fromage Plate featuring cheeses from Corsica and the southern coastal regions of France.
From the Alps to the Jura to the Pyrénées, French mountain cheeses are a special delight. Enjoy the complex and diverse flavors of these cheeses, made from the rich milk of ancient breeds that graze in mountain meadows. On this board, the Pyrénées cheeses are on the left (west) moving east to some central Auvergne cheeses and then deep into the French Alps cheeses on the far right of the board (east).
The ancient cheesemaking tradition of Normandy has produced some of the most famous cheeses in the world. Taste the heritage in every bite with this very special sampling.
The arid plains of France's southern Rhône Valley are mostly known as red wine
country, primarily the wines of the Côtes du Rhône appellation. These famously
drinkable reds meet their match with the delicious, varied selection of cheeses on
this Fromage Plate.
Easy to assemble, easy to taste and easy to share with friends and family. This simple quartet offers a diverse experience of The Cheeses of France and is enough to entertain eight people.
Champagne is a historic wine region in the northeast of France, best known for its famous sparkling white wine of the same name. Cheeses that come from Champagne and surrounding regions pair beautifully with this special wine, creating a sparkling sensation when presented together.
The best time to enjoy the selections on this Fromage Plate is springtime, when hints of meadow flowers and grasses pervade the flavors and aromas of freshly made cheese.
Super Bowl Plate
Turn football fans into Fromage fans with this hearty selection. These cheeses pair beautifully with beer and all the trimmings of a classic Super Bowl Party. Recommended tasting order: Cap Gris Nez, Mimolette, Epoisses, Cantal.
Valentine's Day PlateA special experience designed with fromage lovers in mind! Enjoy three of the most renowned Cheeses of France on this romantic occasion.
Recommended tasting order: Camembert, Comté, Roquefort.
White PlateThe vineyards of the Bourgogne, or Burgundy, region of France are known for both great red and white wines. The cheeses here, from Bourgogne and surrounding regions, are paired with white Burgundy wines produced from the Chardonnay grape. You might try them with a dry Chablis for another successful pairing.
Recommended tasting order: Clacbitou, Fougerus, Epoisses,
Bleu d'Auvergne (AOC). A delicious blue cheese from the Auvergne region of south-central France, Bleu d'Auvergne has a strong and pungent taste, but to a lesser extent than other blue cheeses; it is less salted, with a creamier and more buttery taste and a moister texture.
If you can't find it, ask for: Fourme d'Ambert.
Epoisses (AOC). This cow's milk, washed-rind cheese comes from Bourgogne. Strong smelling, with a soft, smooth and mouth-watering flavor, it is washed with marc spirits that give it a distinctive aroma. The rind has an orange tinge that darkens with age.
If you can't find it, ask for: Munster, Affidélice, Perrière, Soumaintrain, Trou du Cru.
Clacbitou. A simple, rustic, raw goat's milk cheese from Bourgogne, Clacbitou can be enjoyed at any stage from young to mature. Aged only slightly, it develops a slight natural rind. Its pâte has a loose, melting texture, with the flavor of fresh hay and nuts.
If you can't find it, ask for: Ripened Crottin.
Le Fougerus. This artisanal cheese from the Ile-de-France region belongs to the Brie group. It has a supple and sweet, soft, unpressed pâte, with a salty taste. A fern leaf decorates the cheese, blending its scent with the smell of the mold.
If you can't find it, ask for: Coulommiers, Brie, Chaource, Delice de Bourgogne.
A Mediterranean approach to healthy living.
For more than 50 years, scientists have studied the pattern of eating in the region around the Mediterranean Sea. The diet includes eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and nutrient-rich cheese in moderation every day. Researchers have linked this Mediterranean Diet to an amazing array of health benefits, from lowering your risk of heart disease to breathing easier and maintaining a healthy weight.
With rich nutrients, The Cheeses of France fit right in with the Mediterranean Diet. A little each day goes a long way in providing important nutritional benefits like calcium, protein, and vitamins. What's more, The Cheeses of France are minimally processed and free of artificial growth hormone/rBST.
In a recent study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and AARP,* Americans who closely followed the Mediterranean Diet were shown to have a reduced risk of death from all causes, including cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The Mediterranean Foods Alliance provides more details on the Mediterranean Diet and ways you can add healthy habits to your lifestyle.
*Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, December 10, 2007; 167(22): 2461-8.How you can follow the Mediterranean Diet.
The Mediterranean Diet pyramid shows recommended types of food and how often to enjoy them.