Stop and smell the cheeses

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Can we all just pause for a moment to remember how great cheese is?  Especially when it is ripe and oozy, and ready to expire.  Mmmmm.  Okay, back to work.

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Shy and tired eyed am I today

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Sometimes the best way to put a brutal week behind you is cheese.  Just cheese.  Maybe a little fruit.  In this case, honeyed chevre with fresh pears, strawberries, and blackberries.  Today, it doesn’t matter if the fruit is out of season.  The blackberries will be bright and sweet, and the pear and chevre together will be so magical you’ll wonder why you ever put cheese on bread.  A few minutes and already your troubles are melting away.

A slight shift: To and Fromage

Saturday night's cheese platter

Saturday night’s cheese platter

Over the cheese course at dinner on Saturday, the mister joked that it was a shame I hadn’t called my blog “to and fro….mage.”  I think my face immediately fell, because, honestly, it was the perfect name.  Why couldn’t he have been so clever twelve days ago?  Most likely we were eating cheese when I mentioned that I was going to try a blog for sharing photos.

Oh well.  In honor of the change, here are a few photos of delightful cheese experiences we have had in recent times.

Digging in to a communal cheese platter in Paris

Digging in to a communal cheese platter in Paris

Cheddar feast on St. Patrick's Day

Cheddar feast on St. Patrick’s Day

Selection from our first Beaujolais Nouveau party

Selection from our first Beaujolais Nouveau party (we’ve now hosted three)

Sampling cheese ripened in a goat stomach on the Asia side of Istanbul

Sampling Tulum cheese,  which is ripened in a goat skin, on the Asia side of Istanbul

Parmesan and 80 year old balsamic vinegar from a friend's family in Italy

Parmesan and 80 year old balsamic vinegar from a friend’s family in Italy

Rainy day picnic in Paris

Rainy day picnic in Paris

Cheese plate in Galata Square, Istanbul

Cheese plate in Galata Square, Istanbul

Cheese, prosciutto, and pesto picnic on the Tiber River in Rome

Cheese, prosciutto, and pesto picnic on the Tiber River in Rome

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