1. the curd of milk separated from the whey and prepared in many ways as a food.
2. a definite mass of this substance, often in the shape of a wheel or cylinder.
Doesn't quite grab you does it? What is it about cheese... creamy, hard, string, or crumbly... that makes everything better? Vegetables, crackers, pizza, sandwiches, salads, pasta, and plain for snacking. Cheese is good.
The Artisan Cheese plate at Zydeco is one of my favorite restaurant appetizers.
While the rest of the meal was forgettable, the cheesy "poof" served atop my beet salad at Ariana was delicate and tasty.
A wedge of brie or other soft cheese served with crackers or bread makes such a nice snack when visitors stop by.
My new favorite variety? I dug a wedge of "Holland Parrano" out of the deli case at Fred Meyer for Thanksgiving this year. We had never tried it before, and it was a hit. It was soooo yummy. Dry but with a nice full flavor.
Hmmm, describing cheese is like describing wine. Coincidence that they go together so well?
Sadly, I must put my love affair with cheese on hold. Right before Thanksgiving I went in for my annual checkup. This year that included going in and getting my blood drawn to test for fun things like thyroid & metabolic problems, as well as...
Everything else seems to be fine. But I had to schedule another appointment when the cholesterol levels were found to be extremely high. We are talking total cholesterol in the 300's folks. If my LDL's were a bowling score I would be good to go.
I know one of the recommendations will be to cut down on the cheese. There will be other things to keep an eye on, but I will miss cheese the most.
Holland Parrano, I hardly knew you...