A somewhat smaller wheel than its cousins Comté and Beaufort, Abondance has a similar grassy aroma and a sharp, nutty flavor. On a grilled cheese sandwich or in fondue, Abondance goes well with dry white or fruity red wines.
And cheat sheet for Salers
Type: Cow's Milk
Production & Aging: Uncooked and pressed, aged up to 18 months
Appearance: Thick, gray rind and yellow paste
Texture & Taste: Firm texture and a strong, complex flavor
The strong, unique flavor of Salers comes from the wildflowers and grasses the cows graze on all summer long. Try it melted on bread or in fondue and enjoy Salers with a bold red or well-balanced white wine.
(* Photo of French Cheese Board vitrine from their Facebook page)
Appetite Festival comes back to Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey from August 1 to August 3, and with 2014 edition makes its first foray in Maryland at Strathmore in North Bethesda on August 1 and 2.
MC's for the event are Andrew Zimmern and Giada de Laurentis
Some of favorites on the program:
2:15 PM: Gluten-Free Gourmet
The gluten-free folks at It’s My Momma’s in Asbury Park will demonstrate how to eat gluten-free without sacrificing your favorites or taste.
5:15 PM - Beer & Cheese in America
Europe may come to mind when thinking of delicious, hand crafted cheeses and beer, but America is on the forefront of a burgeoning artisan food movement that rivals foreign production and is unencumbered by tradition. Cheesemonger Olivia Haver of The Cheese Cave will discuss how to pair beer and cheese, style profiles, and the innovation taking place right here on our soil.
BLUES & BREWS, DEMOS & WORKSHOPS: $10 admission with additional cuisines and beverages available for purchase. 21+ for tastings or to purchase alcoholic beverages.
Appetite™ Sunday is a daylong celebration of beer! Great Lakes Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, Italian microbrewer 32 Via Dei Birrai and Flying Fish Brewing Company will each be on hand, offering samples of some of their tastiest and best-known brews.
12:45 PM - Cool Summer Soups
Danny Murphy of Red Bank’s legendary Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar gives out hot tips on cold soups. A perfect way to chill out for summer!
As at any festival these days, food trucks will showcase their fare (in Red Bank only):