Posts Filed Under The ‘Petite Mothais’ Category

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

What’s in Season


 Whats in Season

Here we are at a time of the year when our appetites wane; it’s just too hot. Maybe some watermelon, berries, or some other fruit, but other meatier foods? The heavier foods just don’t seem so appealing in the summer months. I personally enjoy the warm weather, far more than the colder. A big part of what I enjoy about this part of year is that more and more cheeses are coming into their prime, cheeses that were not quite at peak in the spring.

The younger cheeses, the ones that are aged less than three months, are ones that were produced when the vegetation available to the animals was fresh and diverse. Some animals that may have had to settle for hay in the earlier parts of the year were allowed to roam about outdoors and choose from new sprouts, young shoots, green leaves and grasses. All this fresh vegetation spells full flavors in the milk, as well as in the cheeses that are crafted from that milk.

The young goat milk cheeses, or cheeses that have some goat milk in them, are showing so pretty now: the Coupole, the Cremont, the Nettle Meadow Kunik, the Petite Mothais, and the Roves des Garrigues. We always look forward to seeing these come into their primes. And with a side of fresh berries, these cheeses are all you may want to eat for lunch, or breakfast, or later in the day! The Abbaye de Tamié is spectacular right now, to think of it: drawn from happy cows grazing on all types of flora in the valleys of the French Alps. Similarly, the Dorset suggests that the springtime in western Vermont was a good one. These two cheeses are available year-round but these two are primo now. Le Moulis is back, and like the previous two cheeses, this is a cheese that is delicious when it is at this age, and from cows grazing in the lush springtime of the Pyrénées.

Apparently Utah had good springtime weather too, the Terraluna is magnificent. I have come to appreciate this cheese more and more. I look forward to seeing how its flavors evolve throughout the year. One thing I have always counted on this time of year is having the assurance that the Alpine cow cheeses are sufficiently aged. The Appenzeller has some of those sparkling tyrosine crystals developing and there are some in the Hoch Ybrig too. Having a little snack of these cheeses does the body good. And for that matter, I see no reason to ever refuse a little Carles Roquefort when it is around.

Summertime is a great time for cheese, cut back on the other sources of protein.

Max McCalman

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Champagne, Cheese and Karite

Originally posted at ModernSalon.com

Reprinted with permission

wcDSC 1548 Champagne, Cheese and KariteThe fine team at Rene Furterer offered a “Champagne and Cheese Master Class” to key editors last week offering a sneak peek at the new Kerite hair care line: Kerite Intense Nourishing Oil, Kerite Intense Nourishing Shampoo and Kerite Intense Nourishing Mask.

“This is a celebration of French luxury,” said René Furterer product manager Aubrey Scott who chatted with me after the event. “We wanted to introduce these new products in the luxurious setting they deserve.”

The tasting, held at the renowned Artisanal Cheese Center in New York City, was the ultimate indulgence. The beautiful tables featured 4 glasses of Fine French Champagne, and a selection of 7 special fine French cheeses from a Petite Mothais cheese made from goat’s milk to a Comté made from cow’s milk. Led by Champagne expert Cathleen Burke Visscher and Artisanal Cheese Center maître fromager Max McCalman, the class covered details such as the creation and bottling of Champagne, the difference between a Blanc de Blanc non-vintage and a Brut vintage, what gave each cheese its distinctive flavor and the fine points of Champagne and cheese pairings. At the heart of each table were the three products serving as center pieces.

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Although I left a little “buzzed” from the champagne, I just had to check out the products. It was a beautiful and luxurious experience as I cleansed and conditioned my hair. Launching in November, 2011, these products are something for every salon professional to look forward to!

By Maggie Mulhern