OK, so I have been accused of being a little bit cheesy a time or two. And this time, though I know I've blogged about it before, I simply must return to one of my favorite food subjects: cheese. Hopefully no one is groaning out there. Before you imagine, "What more can she possibly write about cheese?" I have to tell you that there is lots to write about! But the reason I thought to write about it this time is because I was very happy about the return of a wonderful cheese: Brie with Black Truffles.
My husband suprised me with this brie last year during the holiday season...it was such a nice treat, and so delicious! I was hoping it'd make a return again this year, and sure enough, there it was! (We buy it at Sam's Club....that might sound strange, but I absolutely love their cheese counter, and the prices are good). I was so delighted, especially since my youngest sister was to come over on Saturday...I thought that'd make a nice treat before dinner. It is tough to describe the taste, but the bits of black truffle add extra ooomph to the brie! Spread on crackers or toasts, it is simply scrumptious!
I know I should limit the brie I buy, because I happily gobble it up in a short time. Especially when the work day is dragging on, it is a nice treat and pick-me-up to sit at my desk and spread the luscious brie on crackers...work was never more fun! But the chances of me seriously cutting down on cheese altogether are really very slim. I think I will try to cut back on other things first, perhaps eat smaller amounts of cheese...but I can never give it up entirely, or even for the most part. That is probably why I'm overweight, but I simply can't blame it entirely on the cheese. Even if I add it to everything.
So what if my go-to quick breakfast choice is a slice of cheese (usually American) slapped between 2 pieces of bread. Who cares if my grilled cheese sandwich is probably the first ever "big mouth" sandwich sometimes (and for the record, I was wondering if that college guy who couldn't make it through the stack of grilled-cheese sandwiches on 'Man-vs-Food' might have been a gastronomical wuss). Is it really a big deal if I put cheese on food, in food, and stuff it in the middle of food? And the fact that I very well may be able to win the Guiness World Record for most cheeses ever on a pizza, well, I think that is just downright creative....and tasty. I think cheese is good at any time, from the breakfast omelet, to dessert (am I the only one thinking CHEESECAKE?!!) to the late-night greasy, 3-cheese hamburger after one too many drinks out. No matter what, cheese fits the bill. Heck, people even roll it in nuts to serve with crackers at Christmas.
You probably haven't heard the last of me about the topic of cheese. Especially since I continue to further my 'cheese education': I bought a book that I am enjoying immensely, The Cheese Chronicles by Liz Thorpe. She writes about her discovery and education in American cheeses (as opposed to the oft-written about European cheeses)...it is a very interesting read, indeed! I almost feel as if I am travelling around the country with her, experiencing the cheeses for myself. It is very encouraging that America is rapidly increasing production of unique, artisnal cheeses from small farms all over the country. Hooray for CHEESE!!