I have met a few people who do not like cheese and I pitied them for what they are missing. Of course, there's the lactose-intolerant, but that's another story.
For many years I didn't know much about cheese. The only kind I had growing up was mild American and Hoop Cheese. A slice of cheese on a bologna sandwich, macaroni and cheese -- that was about the extent of my cheese eating experience.
I discovered sharp cheddar first and fell in love. I'm not sure what came next, but I do enjoy the blues, especially Gorgonzola; Swiss; Edam; Brie; feta; and Parmesan, which I use in every imaginable way.
Oh so many ways to enjoy our cheese: omelettes, pizza, quiche, sandwiches, sprinkled on salads. I could go on but don't want to sound like Johnny Appleseed recounting all the ways apples can be eaten.
Hey, that's a great idea -- to do a blog post about Johnny Appleseed, in case some of you don't know who he is. He was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apples to the new territories as they opened up in the early days of this country. Stay tuned for more on that subject.
But I digress.
Maybe we here in the U.S. should take a lesson from the French and adopt eating a cheese course at the end of the meal. I just read on the National Cheese Day web page that eating cheese at that time prevents tooth decay. Imagine that. Another good reason to enjoy cheese.
Are you a cheese eater? What are your favorites? How do you eat YOUR cheese?