Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thing I Love
This cheese, like butter on steroids, is the best thing ever. Miraculously, I found one little pot (tucked away) at the Metro (grocery store). On Thanksgiving weekend! I'd never seen it there before, but you can bet I'll be looking for it diligently from now on.
In case you haven't tried it, St. Andre is a gorgeous, soft-ripened cheese to which cream is added as it made. It has a soft, odorless "bloom" (or fluffy mold on the top) and the sides and base have a regular, though thin, brie-like rind. It spreads beautifully on crackers or toast, and goes really well with cured meats.
Just don't drink white wine when you eat it. The intensity of the cream content (75%!) can lead it to taste sour.
I remember, in the '70s, my mother would serve this at dinner parties - very Ice Storm. Our friend's Steen and Nicole recently reintroduced me to it and I'm so sold. Yum.