Monday, March 23, 2009

Farewell My Tangy Stinky Roquefort!!

Roquefort D'Argental
and Irish oatmeal and San Pellegrino which I was just learning is quite useful in cleansing the palate. President George "Dubya" Bush is like herpes, the ex that just keeps on making their presence felt even after you've moved onto a new relationship. The next recrudescence is scheduled to begin April 23rd with an increased tariff on European luxury goods.

Roquefort on Toast
For those of you who don't know, on January 13th, the U.S. Trade Representative's Office approved the tariff increase on European luxury goods because the E.U. bans American hormone-filled beef. This duty that would triple the cost of all Roquefort cheese, and double the price of other edible goods. Scheduled to begin today, it has been pushed back a month to April 23rd, giving hope of some resolution. Regardless, Murray's Cheese, that lovely hamlet of cheese wonder, stuck to its plan of throwing a "Goodbye Roquefort!" party yesterday; of course, Bez and I moseyed on over to eat cheese! Murray's gave a small tasting in their classroom area with two kinds of cheese to replace Roquefort with, should this tariff go through.

Persillé du Malzieu
The first replacement we tasted was the Persillé du Malzieu, a sheep's milk cheese made just beyond the boundaries of Roquefort. It is punchy and creamy, but I didn't find it as smooth as the Roquefort. Of the two, we liked this one more as a replacement.

Shaker Blue
The other replacement cheese was Shaker Blue from Hudson Valley's own Old Chatham Sheepherding Company. We found this to be texturally more like a feta than Roquefort, and definitely not as pungent.

For those of you wondering what other European goods will be double the price, here's a short list:
  • Salted, in brine, dried, frozen, or smoked hams, shoulder, or cuts thereof, with bone-in, of swine
  • Fresh, chilled, or frozen edible offal of bovine animals
  • Ornamental dried flowers (French lavender?!)
  • Fresh, chilled, or frozen meat and edible offal of poultry (foie gras)
  • Truffles, fresh and chilled
  • Sausages
  • Rolled or flaked oats
  • Chocolate weighing 2kg or less
  • Lingonberry and raspberry jam (better go stock up on the Bonne Maman)
  • French chestnuts
  • Italian mineral waters or aerated waters (e.g. San Pellegrino)

San Pellegrino

For more information on the tariff, click here.

Murray's Cheese
254 Bleecker Street (downtown end of Cornelia Street)
(888) MY-CHEEZ or (212) 243-3289
Grand Central Market
44th Street and Lexington Avenue

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You might be interested to know that the punitive Roquefort import duties were begun by Bill Clinton, not Bush, who initially determined that Roquefort would be subject to the tax and imposed a 100% tax on the cheese during his term. Bush increased, but did not create the tax, and did not identify the items which are subject to the punitive duties.