Remember the post about my Ideal Day when I ate Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup? I'm not sure what it is about that combination, cheese and tomatoes, that I like so much. Today I was going to eat leftover Cedar-Planked Salmon and fresh sautéed green beans for lunch, but when I opened the fridge, I saw the cheese that I bought yesterday at Central Market. The fromager at the market had cut open one of the cheeses just so I could taste it—they are SO good at that Market!
The cheese is called Rouge et Noir La Petite Crème (red and black, the little cream) from a company in Petaluma, California, but this cheese tastes very French to me. The company is Marin French Cheese Company and maybe that accounts for the French taste! I'm not sure how they came up with that name, though, because this cheese is very creamy with a white outside! Very buttery tasting and perfect on toasted baguette slices (toasted because they were cut for dinner last night and are way too rubbery to eat without "re-crunching" them a bit!). I also spied some leftover sautéed grape tomatoes and it was the perfect lunch—again accompanied by a mug Earl Grey Tea. (The picture is from their website.)
Interesting tidbit: As I tooled around the Cheese Company's website, I found out that their first cheese was the breakfast cheese, first produced in 1865 when President Lincoln was in office.