Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dairy Opportunities: Cheese is our friend

Do you ever think about cheese? Daughter Nicole and I think about cheese alot. We like to try new cheeses, try new cheese recipes, or just enjoy a piece of cheese.

When you think about it, it's pretty disgusting. Made from milk is good, but the curdling with bacteria from the stomach of a cow. It's too grim to dwell on. And the fact that some of the best cheese is riddled with mold. Any other food, we would tossing that gross piece of shit out, but not our cheese. Emm, love the stinky cheese.

We don't venture out too far as cheeses go on our regular purchases because some cheese is very expensive. It's hard to justify paying lots of money for mold and bacteria so we stick to our favorite mostly - Tillamook Cheddar. I buy the big loaf and we have at it. We slice it, we shred it, we melt it. Even Figaro the Cat loves the cheddar. He will stand under the Kitchen Aid mixer with the grater attachment whirling away hoping for a curl or two to drop down for him. (I usually give him a bite or two.)

I grate a huge container full, as freshly grated is so much better than the packaged grated stuff that has additives to keep it from sticking together...ewww. This way we have it for taco's, chips, salads, soups, etc. But our all time favorite use for this heavenly stuff is on our popcorn. I make popcorn on the stove (none of that crap for the microwave, please!) and as soon as it hits the bowl, we sprinkled a bit of melted butter, a bit of salt and the freshly grated cheddar. Toss and eat. We look for Dairy Opportunities where ever we can!


  1. Aaahhh! Smell the dairy air! There are plenty of independent cheese factories here which make pretty darn good "Stilton-esque" cheeses...still looking for a substitute for my New York or Vermont sharp-the sharper the better I say! Sharp is almost unheard of here...

  2. This is the first I've heard of a cheese fetish- but hey, it's a yummy fetish. Pizza is my personal vice, and it shows!