There is a ghost in our house. A cheese eating ghost. We're not calling in Ghostbusters (though Fanboy Wife could probably hook us up...). We're just going to have to get a more realistic about portion control. See, Darling Husband fell in love with the La Florette cheese at the tasting we went to a while back, and under the influence of lots of Loire Valley wine we ended up with a quarter pound of this goat's milk "brie style" cheese (Easily identified by the cute goat on the label.)
Now, this tasting was kind of belated birthday present for DH, and as such, he decided that he was going to buy some cheese, and not let me eat any of it. Rude, yes, but you've got to appreciate his passion. I, being a good wife, let him be the boss of this cheese. Plus, I was at the tasting, so I wasn't completely denied. DH is a big fan of sandwiches, and as a High School teacher, he enjoys freaking out his students with exotic cheese sandwiches, some with incredible "nose." I love the fact that he doesn't treat his cheese with kid gloves. It isn't precious to him. It's food. Food that is amazingly tasty, rich, and joy providing, but just food. So, he made himself a LaFlorette cheese sandwich with some sliced ham. I'm assuming that he slathered on the cheese pretty thick. (It has a very soft, spreadable paste.) He said it was an excellent sandwich, and effectively freaked out his students. Mission accomplished.
Unfortunately, two days later, when he went to make another sandwich with the La Florette, he accused me of eating some! (I hadn't. Sometimes, a promise is a promise) His proof? It was almost all gone! Had it shrunk? Impossible! Had he simply forgotten how much he used on his uber-sandwich? Ridiculous! I protested my innocence, blamed it on the dog, and we finally decided that it would just remain a mystery. So, if you pick up some La Florette, be forewarned! It has a tendency to disappear.
It is quite a spectacular cheese, so I don't blame it for having a tendency to vanish. See the sample at twelve o'clock? With the waterfall of butterfat oozing out of the middle? That's our cheese! It's called a brie-style cheese because of it's gently flavored bloomy rind and soft, creamy paste. It is a goat cheese, so it does have a little more tang - my tasting notes say "barnyard lite." I would never try this cheese out on Man Who Sneers at Goats (Cheese), but it had a really lovely, delicate, complex grassy flavor that reminded me that spring was coming (eventually).
We may have to get more La Florette soon. Not only is a perfect, spreadable cheese for DH's lunchtime sandwiches, but it is great with a nice Chenin Blanc and good conversation too (when it isn't sneaking out of the fridge and disappearing all on its own!)