The Spanish say queso.
The French say fromage.
I say cheese and more of it, please!
This special feature follows a cheese-driven girl on her journey to try all of the sweet, creamy, sharp, stinky and spicy cheeses the world is lucky to devour. I’m the friend who is constantly tagged in those cheese memes on Facebook about drowning in grated cheese when the waiter/waitress asks you to “say when.” In queso emergency, just say cheese!
I think it’s time to admit, as I force myself to sit down and write this, that I’ve hit a point in my life where I barely even have time to do some of the things I love … and that includes relaxing and enjoying some good ol’ cheese. I know, I never thought I’d see the day … (My boss, Rhys, even asked me if I was feeling okay when I turned down some meats and cheese in the office one day.)
Lately, in my busy, filled days and weeks, I’ve had to make time to run to the store and remember to drop by the cheese section to get a cheese to indulge in and enjoy – usually, that’s just instinct! Turns out, the one store I ran into only had a basic selection of about four cheeses, and I already knew I was featuring brie this time around, so I ended up tossing a wheel of Président Brie in my cart, which I feel is one of the most basic types of brie cheese available.
The original plan was to incorporate the recipe featured in Kyle’s Culinary Column: a thin slice of brie topped with apricot preservatives and pistachios, but I was missing every ingredient except for the cheese, and by the time I realized it, it was already too late … I had to improvise.
I sliced open the round wheel of Président Brie and decided to pair the creamy, soft cheese with a cracker to add some crunch to my bite and balance the flavors out and add some habanero jelly for a little kick of heat to compliment the otherwise plain cheese and cracker combination. I was delighted to feel (and taste) the accomplishment of creating something so simple.
So, although this simple creation wasn’t much (ingredient wise or money wise), the moral of the story is to find a second to keep to yourself and stay true to who you are, no matter how busy and crazy life gets. Always make some time for cheese!
Q: What happened after an explosion at a French cheese factory?
A: All that was left was de brie.
Is this article too cheesy? DEFINITELY. Send me your favorite cheese meme or joke to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your thoughts on your favorite cheese-filled meals! Is anybody else hungry all of a sudden?