I love cheese.
It's not my favorite food. It's not even my favorite kind of food. But I love it nonetheless. It is vital to the well being of many other foods, including my favorites. It's like a classical element. Earth, wind, fire, water, and cheese.
Since I was young I've been asking people what their favorite cheese is. I find that it's an excellent way to get to know a person. You can tell a lot about a person by the kind of cheese that they like. I just don't trust the ones that don't have a favorite. If you don't have a favorite, because you love several of them so much that you could never choose one above another, that's okay. I'll accept that. However, if you don't have a favorite because you've just never given it any thought... then I don't even know what to do with you. I just don't understand you on a fundamental level. Oddly enough, it turns out my father is that way. I first met him last year and I wasn't quite sure what to say to the man, so one of the things I asked was his favorite cheese. He didn't have one. I just kind of sat there. It was terribly awkward.
Sharp Cheddar, by the way. That's my favorite. It's flavorful, delicious, and highly versatile.
My second favorite is Feta. It has been rising up so quickly amongst the ranks that it may one day take the top spot. Right now the only thing that holds it back is the fact that it's not very versatile. There just aren't many different sorts of dishes in which it can be used. Granted, the ones where it can are freaking amazing, but alas, it is simply not an everyday cheese.
My third is Swiss. It has a lot more character than most other cheeses, and can be used many ways, but it's just not the powerhouse that Feta and Cheddar are.
Honorable mentions go to Cream Cheese and Parmesan.
What about you? What are your favorite cheeses? Why?
So Kendra told me about a cheese called Gruyère. It was described to me as if Cheddar and Parmesan had a baby. I can only imagine that Cheddar and Parmesan would have had some hot, oily cheese sex.
Also, I believe that that is a term that should never be applied to humans.