Dang, it’s been a busy couple of weeks. As soon as everyone came out of hibernation, social schedules across the city exploded. So, I fell off the face of the internet and into the real world full of birthday parties, spring cleaning, and Mother’s Day. I’ve taken pictures of more humans than food lately and most of what has come out of my kitchen has been vegetable salads because, ya know, health, and summer is coming. (Hahaha, do you get it? Game of Thrones joke! Do you get it now? Ok, good.)
One of those birthday parties was, in fact, mine. I celebrated my birthday at the end of April and I got one of the funniest, slyest, and I have to say, sweetest gifts. A few of “my guys” (ie. the dudes that I assist around the office every day) used both my love of cheese and my tendency towards gullibility to send me shopping for my own birthday gift.
The day before my birthday, I was fed a story about some “parents coming into town,” “celebrating an anniversary,” and “loving cheese.” There was also a direct quote of, “If anyone knows cheese, it’s you.” So I was asked to go to Murray’s Cheese Shop, a short walk from our office, to shop for cheese.
And why would I say no to that?
I picked out a Vermont cheddar from Cabot (duh), a smoky blue, a perfectly stinky goat cheese (also from Vermont), and something similar to a Manchego. All the makings for a great cheese plate – a variety of cow, sheep, and goat cheese**. Some soft, some hard. Some stinky, some mild. I was so excited to think what these anniversary-celebrating parents thought of the cheeses I picked. But…
…The next day, after being showered with flowers and prosecco from some of the best co-workers a girl could ask for, I was presented with a cold FedEx box. And it was full of the cheese I had so carefully picked out the day before.
So. I had a few gals over to eat cheese and drink wine because that’s just what you do when your bosses give you cheese that you picked out yourself for your birthday. It was a beautiful evening and quite a spread. I don’t have any recipes for you today. But I have photos of cheese and wine and a night spent out of the kitchen and amongst friends. Because that is what warm spring nights are made for.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have another social engagement to keep. See you with a recipe soon, I promise!
* I baked this bread. It’s my go to homemade baguette recipe because it is so easy and delicious.
** Of course, I forgot to save all the labels so I could tell you exactly what kind of cheeses I got. Oops.
I think a good cheese plate has different cheese, meats, some nuts, some fruits, and maybe some bright green, young olives. You can also check out what Gaby likes, what Ina likes (of course), or what Sydney likes (I’m also a big fan or Marcona almonds on a cheese plate).