A comment about taking care of babies. It's hard. But why? If they cry it's because they need something: a nap, a bottle, some food, a diaper change, a change in scenery, a smooch. How hard is that? Easy, unless you can't figure it out, you're tired yourself, you need to get something done aside from taking care of baby, etc. etc. Mix in a little anger, frustration, exhaustion, and wham! You have a tough situation on your hands. Not so interesting but for the fact that millions of babies need to be raised all over the world-- I am sure many parents are a lot more tired and frustrated than we are. Sure, give these parents some cheese, but also some high-quality, affordable, early childhood education!
Some observations from the last week:
1. Focus: I may have in the past recommended that one purchase a few cheeses at once. However, I think there is strong justification for an approach marked by going home with one large chunk of cheese and learning to eat and enjoy it well. This works beautifully for those semi-firm or firm cheeses that can last days to weeks if properly stored in the fridge-- wrap in waxed paper, unwrapped daily, and placed in a zip lock plastic bag, or, in a cheese preserver (see below). I invested in a Comté Le Fort -- 2 lbs of it!-- for Thanksgiving. This deliciously nutty, supple, toothsome cheese has been and will go strong for days, and one can experiment with different combinations of cheesing experience-- fruit, fruit preserves, honeys, breads, crackers, butter (see below), leftovers, melted... consider focusing next time you go to the cheese store!
|Sanitary Cheese Preserver holding 2 lb Comté|
|Sanitary Cheese Preserver|
3. Use butter: Ever paired butter with cheese? unless you are enjoying a triple cream, butter enhances the experience by eliminating the dry mouth problem, and with more fat, I think the flavors elaborate with more gusto. Try it! I like salted butter for this-- cultured sure, Kate's butter is great, but any old salted butter is a good start.