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Runny St. Marcellin straight from the oven.

Runny St. Marcellin, straight from the oven.

A pot of St. Marcellin cheese is just what the doctor ordered for a laaaazy winter-day repast.

I was too impatient to wait for it to get to room temperature, so I popped it directly from the vegetable crisper to the oven.  St. Marcellin is good warm and super runny or just as it is and runny-ish.  I got the best of all possible worlds: I had the stuff left from the wrappers cold from the fridge with just my index finger (be one with one’s food, I say!); warm with just my index fingers (it was dripping too much from the crackers and I didn’t have any baguette), and room temperature with some crackers.

That's a crock of cheese!

That's a crock of cheese!

The last glass in the bottle of Merlot I opened a week ago went very well indeed with this wicked crock pot.

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Baked crottin de Chavignol; plain, and the other drizzled with Murray's stock Spanish olive oil and pounded Planter's unsalted almonds.  The saltiness/sourishnesh of this little "dropping" balanced out the "steely" taste of the 2007 Lodi Voignier.

Baked crottin de Chavignol; plain, and the other drizzled with Murray's stock Spanish olive oil, and topped with dried basil, and pounded Planter's unsalted almonds. The saltiness/sourishness of this little "dropping" balanced out the "steely" taste of the 2007 Lodi Voignier. Eat while warm.

The crottin de Chavignol has barely discernible stink before baking and has none after.  It has a subtle saltiness, and is sourish.  This piece here was just starting to get moldy.  There were only a couple of small specks of greenish-bluish molds.

Since I didn’t have greens, I had a side of this French goat cheese naked, and the other half drizzled with Spanish olive oil, and topped with a pinch of dried basil and coarsely pounded unsalted almonds.

Best of all, it made the 2007 Cali Voignier, which already is a good white with a crisp, apple, subtle smell to begin with, taste less steely and less acidic.

My Christmas fare:  melons, mild Provolone cheese, and a tank-aged, crisp, citrusy 2005 Chardonnay with hints of green apple and melon aromas.  I finished the bottle in (the wrong side of) an hour!  Just a tad left of perfect in the below-zero Denver weather.  What a night – couple of weeks, actually! – it must have been for our friends and families in the Midwest!

watermelon, cantaloupe, provolone cheese, and a 2005 Chardonnay in the below-zero Denver weather

watermelon, cantaloupe, Provolone cheese, and a Cali Chardonnay