“Cheese has always been a food that both sophisticated and simple humans love.”
M.F.K. Fisher, How to Cook a Wolf (1942)
June 4th is in fact, National Cheese Day. In honor of this wonderful, superior food element, I wanted to share with you a few superior bites and tasty treats (prodcuts for every cheese lover and yourself, of course!).
Cheese is such an elemental food product. We have all grown up with cheese (grilled cheese, cheezits, cheese puffs, cheese and crackers) and as we enter adulthood, who would turn down a wine and cheese event? And let’s be honest…where would pizza be without cheese?!
I crave a superiorly made grilled cheese sandwich. Summer, fall, winter or spring it doesn’t matter. I can eat them all the time. I can even stomach a low-fat version of a grilled cheese. But a crispy, freshly toasted baguette, lightly buttered and sprinkled with paper thin shavings of parmesan and mozzarella cheeses grilled or boiled. Su.per.i.or. Plus you can always upgrade with some proscuitto and/or crsipy bacon. Grilled Goat Cheese with Fig Preserves is a fabulous superior step to a normal grilled cheese. Figs and goat cheese? Yes please!
One of my personal favorite cheeses? Appenzeller. After living in Zurich for some time, I because seriously addicted to real Swiss made cheeses and this one is SUPERIOR! I am also a fan of mascarpone cheese. Mainly because I feel very cool saying mascarpone.
Know a cheese lover who could use a present? Does your dad LOVE cheese? Some of these gifts might be the perfect match!
Cheese Dome from Crate and Barrel: Just an FYI you can TOTALLY use this to display cookies and brownies as well. This is NOT just for cheese (unless your bottom has developed a cheese-funk smell, in which case brownies and cookies are not appropriate for this object).
Williams Sonoma will send whomever you choose: “a wedge of Bleu de Laqueuille, from the mountainous Auvergne region of France, and a round of Livarot from Normandy. Bleu de Laqueuille is a blue cheese with salty, full-bodied flavor and a creamy texture; it pairs especially well with any robust red wine. Livarot is easily distinguished by its strong aroma and the five strips of bright orange raffia that help maintain its form during ripening. During aging, the round of Livarot is regularly washed with calvados, the distilled apple cider. Both cheeses are produced from cow’s milk – a labor of love for the artisans who patiently nurture them to optimal ripeness and peak flavor. 8-oz. wedge of Bleu de Laqueuille, 7.5-oz. round of Livarot. Set of two, one of each.” This set is $48.00.
If your friend lives close by, you may be better off getting a selection of cheeses from Whole Foods and packing them in a cute picnic basket, like this one from Target (fully lined, only $14.99! Superior!). Whole Foods I know for a fact, will order you any cheese in the world that you can find. Trust me. I bother them a lot about this.