Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Epoisses Cheese


The Trout and I love cheese. We have always enjoyed our trips to Europe to find new cheeses to try. We also enjoy going to Whole Foods here in the states, because they have a very large selection of cheese.

One we missed when we were in the Burgundy area of France, is Epoisses, pronounced (ay-PWAHSS). Unfortunately, it has also been hard to find here at home, because it is very popular and sells out quickly. That is, until last week. We found it!

Epoisses is an artisan French raw cow's milk cheese with a strong odor and runny interior. It is made in the town of Epoisses, a town in Burgundy, a region of France. It does have a strong smell and I have read that the French actually do not want you to carry it home on the Metro because of the smell. I find that hard to believe.

I recognized the smell immediately, but that certainly did not stop me. We so thoroughly enjoyed it. What I found funny, is that the dishwasher was not totally loaded, so I put off running it until after breakfast dishes were added. Well, when I opened the dishwasher the next morning, I SMELLED THE CHEESE! Wow, was it strong and pungent.

If you love cheese and are willing to try new foods with an open mind, you should try Epoisses. With a baguette or a simple cracker, it will be delightful.

14 comments:

  1. You have a taker here! I have never heard of it. I'll bet I can find a internet source.

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  2. I doubt the USPS will let anyone ship this cheese. It's the smell! I do hope you find it. It is wonderful!

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  3. Gloria2:12 PM

    Smelly cheese reminds me of my grandfather and Limburger (sp?). I, too, love cheese, and the smell doesn't get in my way. Cheese, bread, wine--we don't need anything else!

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  4. it sounds yummy. I don't know about the smell though. lol

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  5. Wow this cheese looks good, I've never heard of it. We love cheese & crackers, a little smoke salmon with a fine wine!

    Thanks for your visit today...yes I do believe I'll have some of my wristlets in the shop this Spring & Summer. That would be the "Wild Rose Design Co." shop.

    :)

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  6. Cheese - the smellier the better. I'll be looking for this one.

    - Suzanne

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  7. I'll watch for this cheese when I'm in France. It doesn't sound like it would be the best thing to keep in a hotel room, but we'll look anyway.

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  8. Cathy, I am sure you can find it. Enjoy France. We just cancelled our trip leaving April 27 for Paris. Just don't like the state of the economy enough to know what the future holds. Being very frugal and hopefully can go back next year. Only the second year we've missed going to Europe since 2000.

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  9. Ginette5:37 PM

    I'm sorry to hear that your trip to France has been cancelled.

    I like the picture of Carennac on your opening page. Brings back good memories...the gîte, the area.

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  10. Yes, Ginny--it was tough to cancel. You know how much we love France. It just gives us more time to plan for next year. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  11. Ginette8:41 PM

    Susan,I enjoy reading your blog. I've tried a couple of your recipes (cauliflower recently)and they turned out very well. You're a great cook!

    Yes, I know how much you love France (didn't we rent the same gîtes in the past?). We usually travel in Sept. For the reason you mentioned, we haven't decided whether we'll go or not this year. It's hard to skip a year, isnt't it?

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  12. Yes, Ginny! I believe we have rented 3 of the same gites in France. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting. I hope someday we can meet in France.

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  13. I love cheese too. Where did you find this little treasure? Close by? What tyrpe of cracker do you like with this cheese?

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  14. Anonymous4:47 PM

    Amana stink cheese: Mix up ingredients. Set in hot July sun until average of 6 flies per square inch crawl on cheese. Serve with bread. Optional: Discard knifed used to cut cheese into plastic bag and then into garbage. Dee-lish!!! cb

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