Tartiflette flanked by ham and salad on a table at Châlet la Pricaz in Montmin, France, above Lake Annecy

The tartiflette is perhaps the most comforting dish in all of France's Haute-Savoie,…. The dish has the tang and satisfaction of macaroni and cheese baked until it forms a chewy crust, the pure pleasure derived from a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes and a flavor that could only come from 500 years spent perfecting cheesemaking.
The trick is the reblochon, which is sliced over the top before the dish is baked. Reblochon is a soft, washed-rind round cheese about as thick as a paperback copy of “Candide.” A good one has tang and aroma and a slightly salty quality. The bad are as bland and rubbery as cheap brie. The first thing to do with a tartiflette is to ease your fork through the crust of cheese. If the casserole is done right, that cut will release a whiff of milky steam infused with a suggestion of onion and garlic.

Tartiflette flanked by ham and salad on a table at Châlet la Pricaz in Montmin, France, above Lake Annecy

The tartiflette is perhaps the most comforting dish in all of France's Haute-Savoie,…. The dish has the tang and satisfaction of macaroni and cheese baked until it forms a chewy crust, the pure pleasure derived from a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes and a flavor that could only come from 500 years spent perfecting cheesemaking.

The trick is the reblochon, which is sliced over the top before the dish is baked. Reblochon is a soft, washed-rind round cheese about as thick as a paperback copy of “Candide.” A good one has tang and aroma and a slightly salty quality. The bad are as bland and rubbery as cheap brie. The first thing to do with a tartiflette is to ease your fork through the crust of cheese. If the casserole is done right, that cut will release a whiff of milky steam infused with a suggestion of onion and garlic.

lunch
(pic via fi:af)

lunch

(pic via fi:af)

a selection of British cheeses at a viewing party for “Downton Abbey.”
"Downton Abbey" Inspires Themed Viewing Parties (NYT)
[Christina Haag doesn’t seem like she’s enjoying the show. Emily Bergl looks hot, though (talk to the hand, esquared)]
(More of Downton Abbey viewing parties here, not here, but also here)

a selection of British cheeses at a viewing party for “Downton Abbey.”

"Downton Abbey" Inspires Themed Viewing Parties (NYT)


[Christina Haag doesn’t seem like she’s enjoying the show. Emily Bergl looks hot, though (talk to the hand, esquared)]

(More of Downton Abbey viewing parties here, not here, but also here)



Is it a piece of marble or a blue cheese?


a very opinionated list of Village Voice’s 10 Best Cheeses

Is it a piece of marble or a blue cheese?

a very opinionated list of Village Voice’s 10 Best Cheeses