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Thanks to a global marketplace, Utahns can enjoy many cheeses from around the world. This week we explore Tome de Bordeaux.
What it is • A pasteurized goat's milk cheese from Bordeaux, France made by Jean D'Alos Affineurs (cheese agers). Once formed, the 12-pound wheels are washed in brine, allowed to become firm enough to be sent from the Loire Valley to Bordeaux, where they are seasoned with herbs and spices such as savory, thyme, coriander, juniper berries, fennel, white peppercorns and cayenne pepper. The cheeses are then aged for several months before shipping. The paste is ivory in color with a few holes and pliable. The cheese is reminiscent of mushrooms and anise. There's a slight tang and cruciferous notes. Eat the rind if you're in the mood for crystallized bits.
How to use • Serve with Marcona almonds and crunchy artisan bread. Remove from the refrigerator at least one hour prior to serving.
Storage • Wrap in parchment paper and plastic for up to 2 weeks. Remove rind prior to eating.
Beer and wine pairings • Red wines from Bordeaux or rosé. Seriouseats.com suggests sweet vermouth.
Cost • $29.99 at Liberty Heights Fresh, 1290 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City; 801-467-2434. This cheese may also be available at other fine cheese purveyors.
Where to find Tome de Bordeaux
Tome de Bordeaux may also be available at other fine cheese purveyors. Be sure to call ahead.
Harmon's • various locations; http://www.harmonsgrocery.com
Liberty Heights Fresh • 1290 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City; 801-467-2434
Tony Caputo's Market & Deli • 314 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City; 1516 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City; 801-486-6615
Whole Foods • various locations; http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com