Visit our sponsors, Cheeses of Europe, and learn the Secrets de fromage– you can learn about cheese, use the store locator, read and watch recipes. I’m feeling like we have a lot of yummy cheese dishes we’ll be enjoying in this house over the next few months!
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The Cheeses of Europe Marketing Council is composed of French dairy farmers (approximately 20,000 farmers!) and cheese firms. Their mission is to create awareness about the variety of the cheeses of Europe available on the US market and the multiple ways that American consumers can incorporate the cheeses into their diets, their recipes and their lifestyles. They were hosting an event at the CT Open last week, and invited me to come down and visit, learn a little about their cheeses, and sample some as well.
My favorite thing about this event was the cheese. Duh. But seriously. Ever since I was pregnant with my son, I’ve had a love for cheese. It grows deeper as I age- and I love finding new cheeses to taste and enjoy.
There’s also a lot of history, lore and storytelling that comes with some of these cheeses that I hadn’t really thought about before. The Mimolette cheese, for example, is a hard cheese, proposed to be excellent for a grilled cheese sandwich (and I will be trying one in the next few weeks, my friends). It’s an aged cheese, and when you look quickly, it almost doesn’t even look like cheese. It looks a lot like a melon from the outside, don’t you think?
The Mimolette cheese has a special process while aging that involves the use of mites to help get the rind to have that melon-like appearance. The cheese itself has a wonderful nutty flavor with some hints of butterscotch (I tasted the nutty, a cheese connoisseur I am not, but I am on board with some hints of butterscotch). It’s a great conversation starter, and the vibrant orange color really makes it stand out on a cheese board.
Roquefort is kind of the grandaddy of all bleu cheeses. Apparently, a young sheperd took some of his sheep’s milk in the rennet into a cave, and left it behind. A few months later he remembered it, went in, and for some reason, decided it looked good enough to eat. Lucky us, he did make that decision. All these generations later, we have the amazing Roquefort cheese to enjoy anytime we like! It’s one of my favorites to enjoy in salads.
I cannot in good faith write anything about cheese and not include Brie. It’s one of my most favorite cheeses in all the world. Cheeses of Europe offers 3 varieties of their brie- each so creamy that it melts away on your tongue.
Emmental is the smoky flavored cheese of this group. It’s called Forest here in the US, and it’s a hickory smoked cheese that you’re going to reach for again and again at the store.
What are your favorite cheeses? Have you tried any of the Cheeses of Europe? Which kind? I am off to find how to have some of these delivered to my house!
This is my kind of event. YUM! I would definitely enjoy learning about cheese while spending a day eating my way through a festival!
Terri Beavers says
They have such a wide variety of cheeses. My husband would love this, he enjoys eating all kinds of cheeses by itself!
I love cheese especially feta, but never tried any of these. My husband’s friend introduced us to a kind of Swiss cheese back when we were in Manila this summer and it was so good. I forgot the name though. 🙂
Amy h says
I have noticed as I’m getting older, I have started to like cheese a little more. I have not tried any of the Cheeses of Europe though.
I used to be a huge cheese eater, but now enjoy plant-based ones. My Favourite is Provolone by Earth Island.
I love cheese. I love all kind of cheese. For dinner or for a good appetizer! You cand make a lot of dishes or you can enjoy it with a glass of wine!
Shannon Gurnee says
We love cheese in our home, so this sounds like an amazing app! I am definitely gonna check this out! Show me the cheese!!
Esther Irish says
I could exist on cheese and a few other things. 🙂 My mouth is so watering. I’ll take one of each!
I’m a big fan of cheese! Cheese is the best, and there are so many great choices out there for munching on… That reminds me, I have some lovely Chevre at home I need to eat soon…
What a great list of cheeses! I seldom eat cheese anymore, but I have always loved Gruyère cheese.
Ruth I says
This is great news! We love cheese and can’t enough of it. Any cheese dish or baked goods is a hit in our house.
Shannan P says
I am cheese obsessed! My favorite is Cambonzola, which is kind of a brie style blue cheese. It’s AMAZING!
I do love cheese. I feel a little like a snob that I get so excited about a cheese tray at a party.
I love cheese, and it’s fun to try new ones. I’ve never even heard of Mimolette before, and it looks interesting. I’ll have to check this out.
Aduke Schulist says
Yass! I love cheese. I could eat any kind. My favorite way to eat it is in macaroni and cheese though. Homemade of course
Fatima Torres says
Oh wow! I’ve always been a cheesy gal 😉 But this is worth looking into. The stinkier the cheese, the better 😉
I love everything about this! I am a cheese fiend, so this is Heaven to me. Om nom nom.
Marcie W. says
My husband is a huge cheese fan and always selects the cheese plate from a dessert menu. I know he will enjoy these delicious varieties when we visit Europe in the coming years.