"Fruity and nutty, with a rich soft texture, this alpine cheese brings back memories of the colorful wildflower fields and stunning vistas I encountered when hiking in the Jura Mountains. Crafted with the milk of grass-fed cows that are native to the region and aged on spruce planks, this cheese has earned the prestigious PDO designation, reserved for products crafted with traditional, artisan methods. As for how to eat it? Keep it simple. It’s perfect sliced for a picnic—ideally one with a mountain view!" Jean-Fromage
Replacement Suggestion: Président® Manchego Wedge - 5.3oz or Black Diamond® Vintage Reserve Cheddar Aged 5 Years - 6oz
Do you know what is the secret ingredient of the traditional Mascarpone recipe? Lemon juice, to the rate of three tablespoons per pint of heated heavy cream. Ask your local chef what his favorite recipe of Galbani Mascarpone is!
"The first time I encountered mascarpone...well, I didn’t even realize it! This cheese is an essential ingredient in such iconic desserts as tiramisu and cannoli, but I had incorrectly assumed such dishes were made with cream. Admittedly, now that I know about mascarpone, I most frequently eat it chilled with fresh berries (as an alternative to whipped cream), but also enjoy trying my hand at some of these delicious desserts. Incredibly unique in its technical cooking properties, Galbani brand offers a soft, velvety texture that has made it the international leader in its category." - Jean-Fromage
"This world-famous cheese needs no introduction, yet not all Parmigiano is created equal. I, like many of you, grew up eating pre-grated or powdered “Parmesan”. It was only as I grew older and started dining at nicer restaurants that I started to notice the crystallized hunk of cheese that was grated over my pasta. As Parmigiano varies in age and freshness, so does its flavor, which is why I’ve carefully selected a high-quality brand with the PDO designation, noting its traditional methods of production." - Jean-Fromage
Replacement Suggestion: Black Diamond® Vintage Reserve Cheddar Aged 5 Years - 6oz or Boule D'or Mimolette Aged 18 months - 7.9oz
"Originating in Great Britain in the 12th century, this sharp and zesty cheese has become an international favorite. I did not grow up eating cheddar myself, but when visiting London, I happened to order a “Cheese Toastie” in Borough Market—a grilled sandwich primarily made with sharp cheddar. The flavor was immediately addictive, and I’ve been searching for high-quality, sharp white cheddars ever since. Established in 1881, I trust the experience of Black Diamond to deliver such a “vintage” flavor." - Jean-Fromage
"If you have never had labneh before, you are in for a treat. Through my discovery of middle-eastern gastronomy, I encountered this delicious milk-based dip. With a drizzle of olive oil and some spices - Zaatar might be your best fit - this creamy mixture goes perfectly with pita bread and vegetables. " - Jean-Fromage
"We have brought to you an exceptional recipe of one of the world's favorite cheese: a vintage Scottish cheddar. The fresh grass of Scotland and the 20 months maturation are the key ingredients to the deliciousness of this cheddar. I personally have a fondness for eating it by itself, but of course it will highlight any salad or cheddar based dishes." - Jean-Fromage
Replacement Suggestion: McLand® Extra Mature Scottish Cheddar- 7.9z or Castelli® Parmigiano Reggiano
One of the great washed rinds of Normandy, Pont L'Eveque became a PDO in 1972 but its recipe goes back 900 years… Speak about being patient for recognition. The oldest Norman cheese still in production!
"I first discovered Pont L'Evêque when visiting family in Normandy—an early childhood experience that may have inspired my career as a cheesemonger. Unusual in its square shape, it is one of the oldest cheeses in France, originally crafted by 12th century monks. To this day, this washed-rind cheese’s slightly sweet aroma is rumored to be reminiscent of the plentiful apple orchards in the region. I highly recommend serving it alongside apple slices or ciders for an authentic Normande experience." - Jean-Fromage
Replacement Suggestion: Président® Camembert Bio - 8oz or Président® Double Crème - 8oz
Legend has it that Blue cheese was discovered by accident when a sheepherder left his milk curd and bread in a cave. Weeks later, he found his cheese blooming with blue veins produced by the natural oxidation process of the cave.
"Blue” is an awfully generic term for the diverse cheeses that fall within this category, as each has its own unique texture and flavor profile. I find this blue from Auvergne, a mountainous region in central France, to have a softer, less pungent quality. Its flavor is influenced by the region’s rich, volcanic soil, which provides slightly spicy and somewhat nutty notes. I recommend crumbling it into grain or lentil salads, melting it on tartines, or using it to add richness to baked goods and pasta dishes." - Jean-Fromage
"After years of attempting to create the perfect Scottish Cheddar, Archibald Mclelland at long last cracked the Scottish Cheddar recipe and was finally ready to share the fruits of his labor with the world. McLelland Scottish Cheddar is matured over 14 months. It is used by top chefs and craved by cheese lovers. It has a rich, smooth taste and crumbly texture with naturally occurring calcium lactate crystals. These are produced naturally as part of the maturation process and are typically found in the best quality extra matured cheese."- Jean-Fromage
"Not all cheeses get better with age, but this orange, moon-like wedge certainly does! Crafted by traditional methods in Brittany, a rugged coastal region of France, the production of Mimolette is a labor of love that results in a dense, slightly oily and utterly addictive cheese. Given its harder texture, I recommend breaking it into wedges for a cheese board (where it nicely adds color), rather than trying to grate it or cook with it. There really isn’t any other cheese like it in France, leading some experts to believe it originated in Holland—an excellent subject of debate, as you enjoy your Mimolette with a pint of beer." - Jean-Fromage
Replacement Suggestion: Black Diamond® Vintage Reserve Cheddar Aged 5 Years - 6oz or Président® Comte - 7.7oz