Cheese is one of those amazing foods that range from comfort food (open-face grilled cheese sandwiches) to challenging tastes (blue cheese and ginger snaps). As M.F.K. Fisher once noted, "Cheese has always been a food that both sophisticated and simple humans love." When I was growing up, cheese came in orange or white, the latter usually with holes, but there is a whole world of tasty options out there, with their own pairings and times. The French have known this for ages: Charles DeGaulle famously asked, "How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?" Of course, with options come snobs: "People who know nothing about cheeses reel away from Camembert, Roquefort, and Stilton because the plebeian proboscis is not equipped to differentiate between the sordid and the sublime." (Harvey Day) But no matter - cheese is still a great part of any meal.
We'll celebrate Cheese Day a day late, when we stop at the Tillamook Creamery tomorrow and pig out on squeaky cheese.