Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Vegetables and Cheese (a few of my favorite things)
And that's not all that made this dish special. There were also the little slivers of fine cheese. Friends, I'd like to opine on the virtues of good cheese. Growing up, the only cheese I ever had was standard varieties like American and cheddar...the kind that you have to consume in large quantities to get any flavor. In recent years, I've come to discover that just a pinch or a few slivers of good cheese contain more flavor than a cup of your average cheddar. Parmigiano-Reggiano, Manchego (oh! Manchego!), Goat Cheese, Gorgonzola...oh my! I'm really starting to develop a love affair with good cheese. And lest you say, "I could never afford good cheese," have you stopped to look lately at what they're charging for your standard American "blah" varieties these days? Around here, the least you're gonna pay for it is $2-$2.50 on a fantastic sale for a bag of shredded cheddar or a block of cheese. (Ok, I admit it, I do like sharp cheddar, but it's nowhere near as good as, say, Manchego.) Think of how much you have to use and how little of the good stuff...Yes, you can afford it!
While we are on the topic of good cheese, let me bring up a new discovery. Boursin. Have you people tried this stuff? It's amazing! Creamy and flavorful...like a creamier, milder goat cheese but it's made from cow's milk. The variety I had last night was garlic and herb, spread on crackers. This stuff gives new dignity to the term "cheese spread."