Day: September 8, 2010

My Ode to Cheese

Oh glorious cheese, how do I miss you?  Can I count the ways? Cheddar, Havarti, Goat, Feta, Monterrey Jack, Blue, Mozzarella, Gouda, Fontina, Parmesan, Brie and the list goes on.

Ever since my diet I have given myself a strict no cheese eating limitation.  I realized that almost every fattening thing I like has cheese on it.  By opting out of this one ingredient my entire lifestyle has become significantly healthier.   That said I miss my cheese!

Now I’m not talking about some lame processed Velveeta crap cheese.  No sir, the cheese I crave is the quality aged cheeses pounced full of taste.  I do not accept any of these mild or medium level lame cheeses.  I’m talking STRONG cheese that practically assault you with its flavor.  This is part of the reason why most fast food cheese does not tempt me.  It is not at the level of cheese flavor I constantly seek for.

Long ago are the days when my fridge blessed me with blocks of Irish Havarti, Shaved Parm and Tillamook Aged Reserve Cheddar.  In a blink of an eye I could whip up a quesadilla with nothing but sharp cheddar and Tabasco and it would be a masterpiece. Ah yum!  Then I could make a grilled cheese with lots of mustard, panini style, with my Lean Mean Grill.  Now my LMG never gets used because there is no cheese!

Moving on, I long for the days of  home made macaroni and cheese (or the doctored up boxed stuff which now I eat plain.  Gross!) fettuccine alfredo, cheese burgers, cheesy tacos, salads, burritos etc. Most importantly cheese on pizza.  I have fallen off the bandwagon twice for pizza.  I LOVE the stuff. Why does it have to be so darn good and why does the cheese on it have to be so yummy!  Why?  Why?

Someday dear cheese perhaps we can be friends again but for now I am simply left with the memory of better times.  Times when the  oohy, goey goodness of cheese could be welcomed with open arms.  Perhaps the 180 lb version of Rachel will be ready to embrace cheese once more but until then we must part ways and live together only in memory….

Oh how I miss cheese!  A similar entry will be done in a few weeks on chocolate, butter, pie crust, thai food, snacking, etc.  Even though I’m not really dieting- Dieting sucks! My uncle Tom once told me that if you get to a certain level of fitness you can eat whatever you want and still be skinny.  There’s the dream! Someday if I work hard enough I can eat cheese and not feel bad about it!  On that note I’m off to have a glorious cheesy dream!