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Oct 25 2010

To Brie or Not To Brie

by Veronica W

Little Jack Horner sat in a corner,
because he was such a tease.
“I’d like to be good” he said, “and I would,
if only you’d give me some cheese!”

Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard
and pulled it open with ease.
It contained juicy bones but her dog wanted none –
what he craved was some Camembert cheese.

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe,
she had so many children, she didn’t know what to do.
They were rowdy ragamuffins and could not be appeased,
except with large servings of  pasta and cheese.

By now you can probably guess where this is going. In my opinion, if there is a perfect food, it has to be cheese. You may not agree, however even professed cheese haters admit to enjoying at least one thing with some kind of cheese in or on it. It could be pizza, a dessert, soup or crackers. Without turning this into ” The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” I must admit to enjoying cheese in many, if not all, forms and varieties (even some of the “pungent” ones) and it doesn’t take much research to see there are legions of folk who feel the same way.

While there are too many cheesy cookbooks to attempt to name them all, honesty compels me to admit that I usually check out those with colorful illustrations (I’m very careful not to drool on library property). A couple of favorites are Cheese Glorious Cheese and A Passion for Cheese. If you are interested in the process as well as the end product, look into The Ideal Cheese Book and The World Cheese Book. Information about  the different varieties can be found in Complete Guide to Over 300 Cheeses of Distinction.

True turophiles gather around the globe at many festivals, competitions and conferences. The “World’s Largest Cheese Festival ” is reportedly held bi-annually in Piedmont, North West Italy, although this seems to be in dispute, since the biennial competition held in Madison, Wisconsin claims that title as well. To check out other less renowned festivals, visit this webpage.

According to the Constitution, you have the right to believe that something else is the perfect food. However, we who know that a Greek salad without feta cheese is just fancy lettuce and olives, unite and sing,

The cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone,
hi-ho the dairy- o, the cheese stands alone.”

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Ken October 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM

I fit your profile of pickier cheese people perfectly. I only eat cheese on pizza.

I would vote for chocolate as the most perfect food. Chocolate cheesecake is my favorite cheese food.

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