Between work and being sick, my cheese life has been severely compromised. It's been a hard few weeks! But in my mind, I was planning what cheeses to share with my darling parents and slightly fussy mother-in-law over Christmas.
What to do? I sort of feel like all the learning and tasting I've done over the last six months boils down to what and how I present to others. I think that one of the most important things to be able to do as a cheese head is to figure out what works for others, as much as knowing what you love for you and your personal taste buds. Perhaps Groundhog Day is a day to experiment with new, exotic, "weird" cheese, but I don't think that Christmas is necessarily the time or place to present challenging cheese to friends and family unless they are as cheesy as I am. I know my parents both support me in my cheesy-ness, and even the mother-in-law likes talking about cheese with me from time to time. That said, did I think they would really want to try that really tangy goat Bleu de Bocage? Probably not. This was the time for KISS cheese. Keep it simple.
So, bring out the Camembert! The challenge will be the Birkshire Blue (my current favorite blue - and I can tell a good story about it...). And the cheese for the afternoon with the mother-in-law? Brillat Savarin with Champagne! I know, I know - we haven't yet discussed this triple creme, but stay tuned.
And if they are bored - which they won't be because all of these cheese are awesome - I'll just take them to Andrew's Cheese to pick out something new.
Happy happy everyone! Enjoy family, good food and some tasty cheese! Let me know how it goes!