“A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality.”

Last night was cold, not chilly but downright cold. This week will be cool every day and cold at night, hints of the season to come. My windows were all shut last night, and I was warm and cozy huddled under the blankets. Today I’m wearing a long sleeve shirt. I can’t remember the last time I wore one.

My lawn is cluttered with fallen leaves and bunches of pine needles. The flowers are just about gone, their colors fading away. I always miss color the most when winter comes. It is a drab season. Christmas is winter’s only salvation. It brings light and color back but only for a short while, never long enough. Last year the thought of winter’s darkness returning was too much so I decided to keep color alive. I left two strands of colored lights wrapped around the deck rail. They have been lit every night since Christmas, and every night I marvel at the colors and how brightly they shine. It is the one spot winter doesn’t dim.

I’m getting the urge to bake, something I haven’t done in a while. I snip recipes and save them in a bulging folder. The recipes are in no order so I go through them one at a time looking for the perfect recipe for my mood or for the occasion. My friend is coming over tomorrow afternoon for a few drinks and I’ll make a couple of appetizers. I have been through the file and have three possibilities. I’m leaning towards roasted figs and prosciutto as one of them then maybe a charcuterie as the second. I bought a honeycomb a bit back and I think it would be perfect with the meat and the cheese. I guess I’ve made my choices. Next I’ll make my list.

I enjoy making dishes I’ve never made before. I’ve been lucky: nobody has ever spit any out or been rushed to the hospital. Most times the food disappears, and many times I get asked for the recipes. I always give them. I consider that the highest of compliments.

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4 Comments on ““A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Long time since I had to close the windows during night here. Even if the nights aren’t colder now than during suumers the days are. So the cottage doesn’t get warmed up during the day the same way.

    I was thinking for a while that I should bake some shortbread cookies filled with fig jam or gooseberry jam but I never came around to it. The cold has stolen all energy but I did like the thought of baking anyway.

    I rarely follow any recipes, I work as we say here from the hip 🙂 It sounds odd even in Swedish to be honest, what on earth has a hip to do with cooking 🙂 I must of course at least know the main ingredients the first time I make the food but after that time anything isok 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It is going to be colder tonight, but I love cool nights for sleeping. My bedroom chilly one was the only window I left open.

      Wednesday looks to be the best day, the warmest anyway.

      I love figs so the fig jam sounds great. Shortbread cookies were my Dad’s favorite, and I always put some in his Christmas stocking, special ones in a tin.

      Actually the saying is you shoot from the hip which means you make a decision without thinking about the consequences. In politics it means the speaker doesn’t hold anything back and is sometimes brutally honest.

      I will tweak recipes that I have cooked before, but new stuff I follow a recipe, especially foreign food.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Today was cool. I should have worn a jacket or something with long sleeves when I went out with the dogs. All my long sleeve things are away with the winter clothes. I’m not bringing them out yet. I don’t want to jinx the weather. 🙂
    The windows are all still open and they will stay open tonight. My bed is very snug and there are two dogs lying somewhere close to me giving off a lot of heat. Not so nice this past summer but very comfortable now.
    I keep wanting to bake bread and make pizzelle but just haven’t organized myself enough to do it. It’s cool enough now so maybe that will motivate me to fire up the pizzelle make and the bread machine. 🙂

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My closet has both always available so I grabbed a lighter weight long sleeve to do some errands. The car was warm with the sun on it so I left Gracie home. Soon, though, she’ll be riding shot-gun every time.

      The upstairs window is open, but I have closed the ones in here, the den. It was so chilly I had to choose between socks or shut windows as my feet were so cold. I shut the windows.

      I’ll do my appetizers tomorrow then figure out what appeals to me to bake.

      Have a wonderful evening!

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