Cheese- Yes, No, Maybe so?

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Cheese???

So Disgusting (No, I hate cheese.)
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KILL THE BLASPHEMER (Yes, I love cheese.)
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Otter (Remember: cheese killed the duck.)
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Iffy (I can't decide because I'm an indecisive person.)
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Postby Castaway » Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:53 pm UTC

I like very few types of heavily smoked cheese.
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Postby CitizenErased » Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:10 am UTC

You can't beat cheese with a bottle of red and an anti-pasto platter...beautiful!

I just bought $30 worth of cheese on Saturday with my girlfriend at an 'exclusive' cheesery. I don't think they were too impressed when we gulped it all down in 10 minutes (I think they expected us to savor the taste a bit more :) )

I don't mind the stock standard stuff you get from the supermarket either as long as it's a sharp-flavoured cheese

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Postby d3adf001 » Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:13 am UTC

why do you say cheese when you take pictures?

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Postby GhostWolfe » Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:16 am UTC

d3adf001 wrote:why do you say cheese when you take pictures?

Something to do with saying the word "cheese" forms the mouth into something approximating a smile that looks a little natural without grinning like an idiot or grimacing.
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Postby CitizenErased » Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:17 am UTC

d3adf001 wrote:why do you say cheese when you take pictures?


From the ever-reliable Straightdope:

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Postby Vandole » Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:53 am UTC

Cheese is awesome. Specifically cheddar, mozzarella, Danish Havarti (Canadian tastes completely different and not nearly as good) and Gouda. Parmesan is good in moderation on spaghetti, too.

I will agree with the awesome cheddar cheese - apple pie two hit combo. Another good one is cooking up some ground beef and macaroni noodles in a kind of light tomato sauce with onions and mushrooms (if they're your thing), then serving with a slice of Gouda on top. Mmmm. I need to get my parentals to teach me to cook that before I leave home.
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Postby Sprocket » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:04 pm UTC

Cheeseiness is next to godliness.

Feta
Goudah
Guyere
Moneteray Jack
Extra Sharp Cheddar
Brie
Ricotta
Chevre

I think that's the basic cannon of Oh me yarm F***ING GOOD! I'm probably missing a few.

Vandole wrote:Danish Havarti .
I prefer dill havarti.
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Postby Bakemaster » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:37 pm UTC

Ooh! I forgot pepper jack. Especially with any kind of grilled chicken or sausage sandwich.
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Postby Mister_Penguin » Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:05 am UTC

I live in Wisconsin. I am required by law to like cheese.

mmm... Now I want a hard Italian cheese on crackers, with prosciutto.
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Postby xooll » Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:11 am UTC

Cheese = edible love

Especially if it's made from sheep's milk.
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Tue Jul 10, 2007 11:53 am UTC

This so-called "American Cheese" is blasphemy. A disgrace to all species of cheesedom.

I'm slightly lactose intolerant. It comes and goes. But still, cheese is made of milk, age, and win.

My favorites include:

Sharp Cheddar - The sharpah the cheddah the beddah. When I go to some restaurants and order a burger, I tell them I want Sharp Cheddar on it. Sometimes they look at me strange. I tell them it tastes a lot better. Whenever I make my own burgers, I put cheddar on them.

Mozzerella - love it on pizza and meatball sammiches. Subway has recently started selling personal pizzas here. They put mozzerella cheese on the pizzas. I tell them to put it on my meatball sammich. They say it's for the pizzas only. I say I don't care, I want the mozzerella. Don't put any of that White American cheese-flavored artificial food by-product.

Provolone - see mozzerella for same statements. That's why I love Quizno's. They put the provolone on the meatball sammich. Toasted meatball with the provolone = Win^3.

Ricotta - Love it in lasagna and manicotti.

Parmesan - Same as Ricotta. Also love it too much on spaghetti. When I go to the store I usually get the Paremsan blend (parmesan/asiago/mozzerella). That is a triple win right there on the top of your spaghetti. I really love the freshly grated stuff at Olive Garden. The only problem is they don't put enough. I almost want to grab the grated out of their hand and do it myself.

Mexican Melting Cheese (el queso blanco) - now this, ladies and gents, is major win. Melts easily for nachos (as does Velveeta, but that's a by-product of the blasphemous American cheese-flavored artificial food by-product), as well as for any other Mexican dishes. I used to make homemade enchiladas with the stuff. My old roommate wanted me to make them one night for her and her boyfriend. She said she'd pick up the ingredients. I told her to get that stuff. She wanted to get something cheaper, like monterrey jack. I said that would work, but for full authentic flavor, you will get the Mexican Melting Cheese. She got upset over the price. I said it's a small price to pay for such winsome cheese.

Monterrey Jack - a fairly decent cheese. Makes a semi-decent substitute for the Mexican Melting Cheese for any Mexican dishes.

Cream Cheese - I love the cream cheese on a toasted bagel. Yeah, the cream cheese. Everybody likes the cream and the cheese and the cheesey cream.

Cottage Cheese - sometimes good in lasagna, but also good with a bit of pineapple or other fruits.

Dang. All this talk of cheese makes me want some. I've got chips.
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Postby lesliesage » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:12 pm UTC

Page two and no one has mentioned Raclette? When I went to Switzerland it changed my life. The whole proper system and everything.

(Yay for brie on crackers with wine, and for anything melted in Mexican food. Or Italian. Yay for cheddar in Britain, because they don't dye it orange.)

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Postby Durinthal » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:53 pm UTC

Bakemaster wrote:Ooh! I forgot pepper jack. Especially with any kind of grilled chicken or sausage sandwich.

Win.

Unfortunately, my girlfriend doesn't like pepper jack... but that means all the more for me, I suppose.

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Postby evilbeanfiend » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:56 pm UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:This so-called "American Cheese" is blasphemy. A disgrace to all species of cheesedom.


i find it hard to disagree with this.

mozzarella, roquefort, caerphilly all good stuff. nasty plastic stuff bad.
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Postby bookishbunny » Tue Jul 10, 2007 1:03 pm UTC

Hey, isn't this the "kinky things you've done with cheese" thread?
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Tue Jul 10, 2007 1:34 pm UTC

SilverWolfe wrote:I love certain types of cheese to the point that I will sit there with a hunk of cheese and a knife and just eat it...

EDIT: for example, I wanted a snack one day, and I wandered around the supermarket for ages caues nothing appealed to me. I ended up with a wheel of Danish Havarti, with the packaging peeled back, biting into it like it were a cangy bar or something. Yum.


I used to do something similar. One thing I always enjoyed doing as a kid was grating the cheese for my parents if we were having something that required said cheese. For example, if we were having tacos, burritos, or chili, it was cheddar. If we were doing pasta casserole or lasagna, it was mozzerella. I'd grate the cheese down to a bite-sized nub, then eat that bit. I always put more cheese on my food than my parents do. My parents used to joke and ask me "would you like a little spaghetti with that parmesan?"
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Postby Sprocket » Tue Jul 10, 2007 1:45 pm UTC

My breakfast was smoked goudah and stoned wheat thins. I like my food pre-abused. But actually the wheat thins were a bit over powering for the goudah. It really is a pasta salad cheese.
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Postby GhostWolfe » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:44 am UTC

This morning I had rasin toast with vintage cheddar (yum).

CatProximity wrote:But actually the wheat thins were a bit over powering for the goudah. It really is a pasta salad cheese.

I got that the day I decided to put cream cheese on wholemeal bread. The bread had a lot of flavour and I couldn't really taste the cheese anymore.
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Postby Jauss » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:38 pm UTC

Right now I'm eating smoked gouda with crackers and rosemary focaccia with garlic & herb goat cheese.
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:52 pm UTC

One thing my great-granddad introduced me to when I was younger was pimento cheese. Basically it's cheddar cheese, pimento chunks, mustard, and mayonnaise mixed together. Every now and then I enjoy a pimento cheese sammich. I remember when my great-granddad passed away, someone brought us a plate of pimento cheese sammiches for the dinner we have after the funeral. My dad knew nothing about that. He was a bit surprised when others showed up. They all fortunately brought something. The night we were given the sammiches, grandma and I had to control ourselves, or else the plate would have been picked clean.
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Postby rachel » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:10 pm UTC

Cheese may very well be the best food ever. If you eat it with tomatoes it is delicious beyond all reason.
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Postby Tractor » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:15 pm UTC

Cheese makes me a happy panda.
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bookishbunny wrote:Hey, isn't this the "kinky things you've done with cheese" thread?


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Postby Sprocket » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:35 pm UTC

Jauss wrote:Right now I'm eating smoked gouda with crackers and rosemary focaccia with garlic & herb goat cheese.
That sounds intense.
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Postby Jauss » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:57 pm UTC

It was delicious.

I went to Trader Joe's today and got the fun, gourmet-ish food. In addition to the cheeses and breads I also bought roasted cashew butter, lemon curd, cherry spread, imported Italian cinnamon ginger yogurt*, natural cherry vanilla creme soda, cranberry lemonade, mango quarters in fruit juice, tea, and an assortment of multicolored potatoes.

* A friend dumpstered yogurt of this brand once and it was delectable. They come in these cool little jars.
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Postby rachel » Wed Jul 11, 2007 4:05 pm UTC

Jauss wrote:* A friend dumpstered yogurt of this brand once and it was delectable. They come in these cool little jars.



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Postby Sprocket » Wed Jul 11, 2007 4:44 pm UTC

Jauss wrote:It was delicious.

I went to Trader Joe's today and got the fun, gourmet-ish food. In addition to the cheeses and breads I also bought roasted cashew butter, lemon curd, cherry spread, imported Italian cinnamon ginger yogurt*, natural cherry vanilla creme soda, cranberry lemonade, mango quarters in fruit juice, tea, and an assortment of multicolored potatoes.

* A friend dumpstered yogurt of this brand once and it was delectable. They come in these cool little jars.
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Postby Jauss » Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:22 pm UTC

rachel wrote:
Jauss wrote:* A friend dumpstered yogurt of this brand once and it was delectable. They come in these cool little jars.



Your friend wins at life.


:)

We used to go dumpster-diving for food on a regular basis, but I at least haven't done it for over a year due to health reasons. Now that I have a immune system again I should check out the scene. Sadly, lot of the really nice dumpsters (*giggle*) are either locked up tight or not as promising anymore. We used to get great stuff from Trader Joe's, tea of all kinds and forms from Tazo (they had best smelling dumpster evar), and less than day old bread, including olive loaf, from Grand Central Bakery's bins back in the day that were sometimes still warm. I think a couple of the produce dumpsters are still viable.

Cat Proximity wrote: Man, you eat how I would eat if I had more money and actually ate at home more. Lately I just eat salad and cereal.


I splurged today, that's not the kind of stuff I buy/eat on a regular basis. I have a limited income right now. Then again, it's not like when I first moved here and I spent only $40-$65 on groceries a month.

Ramen, spaghetti, sauce, cheap cheddar, broccoli, bananas, peanut butter, Wonderesque bread, some orange juice, cereal, milk, maybe some other fruit or vegetable and occasionally some "reserve stew beef"...that's pretty much what I used to live of off.
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Postby une see » Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:12 pm UTC

Wait, wait, wait. Isn't it illegal to go through dumpsters for stuff? And kind of unsanitary.

I love the ramen (Cup Noodles, I think?) that you can buy for about 60 cents. Tastes good, and is cheap. But I think it makes your hair fall out. That's not too good.
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Wait, wait, wait. Isn't it illegal to go through dumpsters for stuff? And kind of unsanitary.


Yes, and yes. But plenty of places throw away perfectly good food, and assuming the packaging isn't compromised, it's still perfectly good food. Doesn't mean I'm going to do it, but I've got no problems with someone else doing it.
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Yeah, I don't really, either. But I had this sudden vision of rotting banana peels and Ebola-infested vomit, along with expired milk and mushy plums. Bleh.
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Belial wrote:So much spam. What is this about essays? Do you mean essays about the thread topics where you've been posting this sentence?
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I just wanna give someone free ice cream. I wouldn't call it spam...spam would make a disgusting ice cream.


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I just wanna give someone free ice cream. I wouldn't call it spam...spam would make a disgusting ice cream.


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Postby Jauss » Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:04 pm UTC

une see wrote:Wait, wait, wait. Isn't it illegal to go through dumpsters for stuff? And kind of unsanitary.

I love the ramen (Cup Noodles, I think?) that you can buy for about 60 cents. Tastes good, and is cheap. But I think it makes your hair fall out. That's not too good.


And illegal means impossible how? 8)

The legality issue is kind of interesting actually. The truth is most places lock up their dumpsters because they're worried about what people might put in (which they'll be charged for disposing of) not what they might take out. And if you're all up in some business' private property to even get to the dumpster there's the issue of trespassing. I think the dumpsters themselves are often technically off limits too for liability reasons.

That's mostly on paper though. Don't do bad things or make a mess and you probably won't get into trouble even if you get caught by The Man. We've never had the po-po roll up on us and I imagine we'd only get a warning if they did, they've got better things to do than harass us. The worst we've got is some employees yelling at us; the best, some employees (at Grand Central in the good ol' days) telling us not to be so shy and giving us extra bread fresh from the ovens.

As for cleanliness, there are certain dos and don'ts of diving (mostly don'ts.) Do wash all food (such as produce) or outer containers with soap and water. Don't dive meat or other highly perishable foods or anything they've leaked on. Do dive in the evenings -- or preferably to most -- late nights and early early mornings because a) cover of darkness, b) usually less people out and about to hassle you, c) that's when food usually gets tossed so many of the usually locked dumpsters are open, and most importantly, d) because you don't want to be diving food that's seen the heat of day/been exposed to the elements for a long period of time. Wearing gloves and donning clothes you don't mind getting grody/plan to wash soon are also good ideas.

Don't dive sketchy looking food. If a container/package has a hole or is otherwise compromised, leave it be. If produce doesn't look like something you'd pay money for, leave it be. Don't dive out of bins/bags where straight up garbage, filth, or chemicals are mixed in with the food. Most places that we go to separate food from dangerous waste, either completely or in different sections of the dumpster. (A lot of businesses are aware that people go diving and some actually make it easier and safer to do so, like having bread or produce only plastic bins apart from the general dumpster or tossing end-of-shift pizzas in pizza boxes.)

Some people draw the line at diving only packaged food, some people will dive pretty much anything that isn't rotting. It's a personal choice. Germs are all around you all the time and if you're in good health and follow the basic rules you should be fine. No one I know has ever gotten sick from eating dived food.

People dive because they're flat broke, because they'd like to use their money for others things, or because they just plain believe in not letting perfectly good food (and a plethora of other useful things) go to waste. Also, because it's often fun.

It's like being a hunter-gatherer. Make an adventure of it –– put on your black, post some lookouts and sing the Mission Impossible theme. There's nothing like the occasional jackpot night when you return with a pick-up truck full of normally expensive produce, hummus, tea, other beverages, artisan bread, pastries, packaged meals, and gourmet food that you didn't pay for.
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