The Miracle of Cheese

April 12th, 2011

A few weekends ago on a whim, I signed up for a cheese making class.  I don’t know why it’s taken me over 35+ years to do so, because one thing is true.  I revere cheese.  Or should I say, cheese is my Kryptonite.  It weakens me.  Yes, chocolate is tempting, champagne and wine are equally desirable (and quite frankly necessities), but the reason I will never be a Size 2 can be summed up in one word.  Cheese. 

There are several things in life that go hand in hand.  Hot dogs and baseball.  Peas and carrots.  Bert and Ernie.  Bo and Luke.  Around these parts, the two delectables that go hand in hand are wine and cheese.  It’s just how I was raised. 

wine country pt reyes blue

 

I showed up a few minutes late at this ‘advanced’ artisan cheese making class, and they were doing that ‘icebreaker’ thing where they ask everyone to introduce themselves.  Quickly, it became evident I was out of my league. 

To my left was a distinguished Frenchman who’d been making cheese for a decade.  To my right, a Dairy Queen who knew everything there was to know about butter, eggs, and dairy products.  Then it was my turn to talk.  I was the self proclaimed rookie in the room.  All I could muster after a long awkward pause was this:  “Well.  I’ve never met a piece of cheese I didn’t like!”  They laughed.  I don’t think it was at my joke.  It was at my ignorance. 

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Easter Mantel + Link Party

April 10th, 2011

Hello hello, hope you all had a lovely weekend!  I realized on Friday I had advertised an Easter link party come Monday morning, then scratched my head wondering what I could pull out of my little bag of tricks.  I admit, I wasn’t feeling very inspired, especially since we’re not hosting Easter dinner or an elegant brunch like we did last year.

What to do, what to do?  Drumming fingers, thinking thinking…  Hey, how about a  switcheroo on the mantel, that’s always easy and fun, cause it’s only been a month since I last changed it!   Yeah, the mantel.  Some fresh flowers and a few flea market finds from the past, and a new (albeit simple) mantelscape is on display.

cg easter tulips mantel

I found the candlesticks below at a thrift store last year. I speculate they were donated because their stripes are not perfectly symmetrical, but that’s why I like them so much.  They have a very ‘Liberty of London’ feel, and were an easy buy at $5 dollars for the pair.

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