Saturday, January 14, 2006

How Can a Cheese be so Good?

"Well if you love it so much, why don't you marry it?!" Ok. I will.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, my new spouse and delicious snack, Ski Queen Gjetost cheese!

I can't pronounce it, but goddamn if I can't marry it and eat it in a variety of ways.

It hails from Norway and is a delicious blend of boiled whey, goat's milk, cream and milk. It is very sweet and has that goaty, barnyard flavor that I love. It's kinda like your pet goat took a soak in a vat of caramel and cream and then you let it harden and called it cheese. That is Gjetost.

I bought this small block in California at IKEA. I bought a large block of it in Montreal last winter and it was much darker in caramel color. Not sure why. I don't remember a difference in taste.

Today I am going to try it on this nice Fitness Bread. And then I might go for a run like the nice lady on the package.

When you melt it, it takes on a whole new flavor. It makes me want to marry it all over again.

Lest you think I go around marrying cheese at whim, I'll have you know that I've been having an affair with Gjetost cheese since I was 8 years old. Went over to Debbie Bernstein's house after school and her mom gave me a chunk for snack. I had never tasted anything like it. And her mom wasn't even Scandinavian. And we were in DENVER in the 1970's for god's sake. See, it was meant to be.


At 5:24 PM, Blogger melissa said...

Oh my god, my mom loves that cheese. I just tried it over the holiday at her house. I don't want to marry it, but if I close my eyes so I can't see the odd color, it actually does taste pretty good. My mom said she discovered it on her honeymoon (mid-60's) backpacking around Northern Europe.

I like your blog - I laughed out loud.

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Catherine said...

I have the same block of cheese sitting in my fridge, too! Uhm...i mean, the same brand of cheese. It's been in there since November. After reading your blog it makes me wanna give Gjetost another chance...maybe not a chip off that old block sitting in the shelf of the fridge door. But, I don't know, Gjetost kinda left a bitter taste in my mouth. Maybe it just needed to warm up a bit like you suggested. But damn that caramel color looks yummy!

At 5:12 PM, Blogger toril said...

I love your blog - now I am dying to find out exactly where in Montreal you found that ski queen - I am a norwegian living in Quebec - dying to eat my favourite cheese!


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