A pure white cheese made entirely from goat's milk and commonly referred to as goat cheese in the U.S. (chèvre is the word for "goat" in French). If the cheese is a combination of goat and another type of milk, it cannot be labeled as "pur chèvre." Goat cheese contains higher levels of fat and protein than cow's milk. It is available in round loaves, drum shapes, round patties, log shapes, and a variety of other shapes. The texture ranges from soft and creamy to dry and very firm. It is very flavorful with a slightly sharp or tart and tangy quality. When preparing for use, it can be served as a dessert cheese, as an ingredient for hors d'oeuvres, and as a complement to salads. Store refrigerated for several weeks and when it begins to taste somewhat sour, it should be discarded.
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