Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Not at all cheesy
If you have a minute to spare, click over [here] and read her essay. As a professional writer I had to give her serious points for doing the job well. For one thing, if you don't have a whole lot to say about the appointed subject, think of a related subject that you can discuss gracefully and amusingly -- clearly Leslie was much more comfortable writing about lowbrow Midwest comfort food than about the Montbéliarde Cattle and the master affinuers, so that's what she did, then neatly tied the two together in a bow. Good work, Leslie!
Just to make this a learning experience, Comté cheese comes from the Franche-Comté region, immediately west of Switzerland. And here's something I didn't know before my foray into Comté lore: as a controlled appellation, the cheese has to pass inspection to be sold under that name. Cheese that fails gets sold as Gruyère. Since I like Gruyère just fine, I'd probably love Comté, and will have to keep my eyes open for it in the store.
Di Bruno Bros., a hallowed foodie mecca in Philadelphia. I hope this honor gets her a nice raise!